Bo is a Partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, and leads the firm's Government Strategies and Compliance Group. He provides strategic immigration advice to a range of clients that includes corporations, hospitals and research institutions, universities, trade associations, international media outlets, and individuals facing complex immigration problems. He has long experience in helping clients identify and drive policy solutions; has guided clients through complex immigration strategy challenges, including through interactions with the agencies and with consulates around the world; and has represented clients in large-scale federal audits and investigations.

Before entering private practice, Bo served as General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1999 to 2003. He directed a legal program of 700 attorneys in 56 offices across the nation. He served in this capacity during two Administrations, advising the Commissioner of the INS, the Attorney General of the United States, the White House, other Executive Branch agencies, and the U.S. Congress on all aspects of U.S. immigration law. Bo also has extensive federal litigation experience, including several years as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice.

Bo has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress, and has made many television, radio, and print media appearances, including the PBS Newshour, Sixty Minutes, Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Bo was involved in negotiating immigration-related agreements between the U.S. and other governments, and has acted as a U.S. delegate to international organizations.

Bo also has an extensive pro bono practice, addressing asylum, Convention Against Torture, and a wide range of other immigration issues for clients in need of donated legal services. He has appeared as amicus in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court; has served as an expert witness in federal litigation surrounding the reach of federal and state authority over immigration; and has advised the Department of Homeland Security through a Homeland Security Advisory Committee task force.


Tulane University School of Law | J.D., 1987, cum laude
Tulane University | B.A., 1983


Named to "Washington D.C. Trailblazers", The National Law Journal, 2020

Named a Thought Leader: Corporate Immigration, Who’s Who Legal, 2020 to 2021

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2011 to 2022

Listed in Chambers USA, 2008 to 2021

Listed in Chambers Global, 2010 to 2020

Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2010, 2012 to 2021

Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers, 2020

Named to “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Immigration,” Human Resource Executive Magazine/Lawdragon, 2012 to 2019

Named to the “Top 20 Lawyers in Immigration Law,” Human Resource Executive Magazine/Lawdragon, 2012 to 2019

Listed in Best Lawyers in Washington DC, 2011 to 2017

Named to “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 15 for Immigration Law,” Human Resource Executive Magazine, 2010 to 2011

Given the Commissioner’s Exceptional Service Award, 2000, 2002

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Louisiana

Practice Limited to Federal Immigration & Nationality Law


Public Interest/Public Service Faculty Fellow, University of Michigan Law School

Fellow in Law and Government and Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law at American University

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Law Center

Law Clerk to the Chief Justice, High Court of American Samoa

Publications and Lectures

Co-author, “Business Immigration Law & Practice.” Two-volume treatise, American Immigration Lawyers Association publications, July 2011 (2nd Edition, 2017).

Author, “The Prospects for Immigration Reform Legislation.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine, March 2014.

Author, “The Future of Skilled Migration to the United States.” U.S. News, November 2013.

Author, “Skilled Immigration at a Global Crossroads: The U.S. Example.” Mobility, October 2013.

Author, “Truths and Myths About The Senate Immigration Bill.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine, June 2013.

Co-author, “High-Skilled Immigration Reform: What Does the Future Hold?” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Special Section: Immigration, April 2013.

Author, “Q&A: Fragomen's Bo Cooper on Immigration Reform's Potential Impact on Firm and Clients.” The American Lawyer Daily, January 29, 2013.

Author, “Immigration Reform Prospects for 2013.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine, January 2013.

Author, “The Supreme Court Speaks Out On Immigration.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine, November 2012.