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Bar Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
    ,
    J.D.
    ,
    1999
  • Salve Regina University
    ,
    B.A.
    ,
    1996
    ,
    cum laude

Ryan M. Freel

Ryan began his career with Fragomen as an Associate in 1999. As his career progressed within the firm, he managed the inception and ongoing operational development of our Singapore office. Ryan was also appointed the Senior Client Services Manager within the Asia Pacific region. In 2005, Ryan took a position as the Director of Global Immigration Services with a well-known relocation company. He subsequently joined a leading global immigration consulting firm, where he held the position of Vice President of Global Operations. Ryan rejoined Fragomen in October 2007 as the Director of International Alliances and Client Services. He has also led the firm’s Co-Counsel Network and its expansion efforts in the EMEA regions while in this role. Ryan currently serves as an Associate and oversees the Firm’s US-based Global Business Visa, Passport, Document Services, and Consular Teams. In this capacity, Ryan oversees the preparation and filing of all business and employment visa applications filed in the US on behalf of the Firm's clientele. He also oversees the procurement and authentication of documents required in support of client immigration applications, which includes obtaining personal records and corporate documents (e.g., academic credentials, criminal history reports, vital records, etc.) as well as coordinating legalizations, apostilles and translations.

Representative Experience

Provided Saudi Arabia immigration guidance, as well as strategic counsel on compliance and best practices, to several major multinational investment banks, engineering firms, and IT companies

Served as the firm’s primary point of contact in the establishment and execution of a joint venture between Fragomen and Abacus Consulting in the United Arab Emirates

Led the commercial management of the firm’s Global Co-Counsel Network and established policies for the qualification, selection and ongoing management of the firm’s immigration service providers

Provided senior management leadership for a large multinational IT company by establishing global best practices, refining the company’s global immigration program, and improving operational efficiencies and process improvements to minimize client expenditures

Researched and co-authored a comprehensive Best Practices report analyzing five Fortune 500 companies on compliance management of business travelers, immigration program management, use of technology, tracking and monitoring of expiration dates, and internal immigration policies

Participated in the inception of the Firm’s practices in Singapore and South African practice, integrated and trained staff on the use of the Firm’s proprietary case management system, service philosophy and best practices

Professional Accomplishments

Memberships

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Former Member, Employee Relocation Council (GMS Certified)

Former Member, US Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Former Member, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce

Former Member, American Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

Co-authored “Developing Business Relationships in the Global Immigration Sector” article, which was published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Ryan has served as the Firm’s primary speaker on all matters pertaining to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also lectures on global immigration compliance and best practices to Fortune 500 companies on a regular basis.

In addition, Ryan is a speaker and presenter on global immigration law for the following organizations:

American Council for International Personnel

Society of Human Resource Managers

Association of Corporate Council - Global Immigration Compliance

California Bar Association

NAFSA (International Association of International Educators)