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In Memoriam: Former Partner Sam Bernsen (1919-2020)

In Memoriam: Former Partner Sam Bernsen (1919-2020)
Sam Bernsen, who played an integral role in helping establish Fragomen as a leading global immigration services firm, passed away at his home in Bethesda, MD, on July 26. He was 101.
 
Bernsen joined the firm in the late 1970s following a distinguished career in government, including 38 years with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) - four of which were as INS General Counsel. Throughout his tenure with INS, Bernsen was involved in a variety of immigration issues, including the denaturalization and deportation of Nazi war criminals and racketeers.  
 
During his career with Fragomen, Bernsen helped lead the firm during a period of considerable growth, including the opening of its office in Washington, D.C., which continues to serve as the headquarters of the firm's Government Strategies and Compliance Group. 
 
"Sam was an outstanding attorney whose legal acumen, especially in the area of immigration, was unrivaled," said Fragomen Chairman Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. "Importantly, he was an exceptional human being, someone who cared deeply for the personal aspect of immigration. He will be missed, but his many contributions will endure." 
 
Bernsen was predeceased by his beloved wife of 73 years, Elizabeth, and his son, Clifford. He is survived by his son, Stuart, and daughter-in-law, Judith, of Bethesda.
 
Click here to read his full obituary, which appeared in The Washington Post.