Virginia, US

Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin has served as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law.

Austin has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues. Most recently, he appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee's Social Security Subcommittee to discuss how to enforce immigration laws at the worksite effectively.

He also has testified before the immigration subcommittees of the House and Senate to share his knowledge on a variety of business immigration related topics, including the H-1B and L visa programs and corporate immigration compliance.

He is also the founding co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration, published by Thomson Reuters/West.

Education


Case Western Reserve School of Law | J.D., 1968
Georgetown University | B.S., 1965

Awards

Named to "Immigration Trailblazers," The National Law Journal, 2018

Listed in Chambers USA

Listed in Who’s Who Legal

Featured in Best Lawyers in America

Named in New York Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in New York Metro Area”

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law

Listed in Who's Who in the World

Named a Super Lawyer

Listed in Lawdragon's Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, District of Columbia

Court Admissions: U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Southern District

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Migration Studies

Editorial Board Member of the International Migration Review

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council for Global Immigration

Chairman of the Practising Law Institute's Annual Immigration Institute

Distinguished Author, Thomson Reuters/West

Member of the Board, Institute of Marine and Coastal Studies, Rutgers University

Member of the Board, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Former Chairman, City Bar Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Publications and Lectures

Austin has co-authored a number of publications including:

  • Immigration Procedures Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • State Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • Immigration Legislation Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • H-1B Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • Labour Certification Handbook, with Careen Shannon and Daniel Montalvo, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • Immigration Law & Business, with Alfred J. Del Rey, Jr. and Sam Bernsen, Thomson Reuters/West.
  • Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law & Practice, with Steven C. Bell, Practising Law Institute.
  • Immigration Business News & Comment, with Careen Shannon, Thomson Reuters/West.

Austin has written numerous law review articles and articles for legal and professional publications.