Virginia, US

Carmita is a Partner at Fragomen’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She has built a strong practice while serving in a leadership capacity and remaining committed to providing pro bono services. Carmita represents top global financial services, technology and professional services organizations, leading law firms and a broad range of small and medium corporate clients and individuals across industries.

Carmita provides enterprise-wide advisory services to support corporate clients on a programmatic level. She works alongside clients’ legal departments, government relations groups, mobility groups, HR, talent acquisition and business stakeholders to help them understand policy changes, assess the impact of these changes to their workforce and modify their immigration program accordingly. Carmita is trusted by her clients’ business stakeholders and leadership teams as a strategic advisor, and she counsels them as they make strategic decisions about their immigration programs—all with an eye toward managing risk and ensuring compliance.

Carmita also has extensive experience in advising clients with respect to due diligence considerations related to corporate reorganizations such as mergers and acquisitions as well as complex post-transaction employment issues.

Carmita regularly provides pro bono services to the greater New York City community, particularly the Latino community. She recently completed six years on the Board of the City Bar Fund, which oversees the New York City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association. She continues to participate in pro bono efforts sponsored by the Justice Center and is an active contributor to the Justice Center’s efforts.

Education


The George Washington University School of Law | J.D., 1996
Providence College | B.A., 1993, cum laude

Awards

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2018 to 2019

Listed in Super Lawyers, 2013 to 2018

Listed as one of "The Top Women" in immigration in New York, Super Lawyers - New York Metro 2016: The Top Women

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, Florida

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Council for Global Immigration

Member, The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce

Member, The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Member, The Hispanic Lawyers Society of New York

Former Board Member, New York City Bar Justice Center, the nonprofit legal services affiliate of the New York City Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

Carmita is a frequent speaker for the legal and human resources community. She has also appeared on radio and television to discuss developments in immigration. Below are recent examples of Carmita’s publications, lectures and media appearances:

Speaker, “Lunch and Learn Program.” Toronto Board of Trade Market Activation Program, New York, NY, September 2018.

Featured, “How a Diverse Partnership Translates to Better Client Service.” Corporate Counsel Business Journal, August 2018.

Speaker, “How to Navigate Nationalist Immigration Initiatives Around the World.” Council for Global Immigration Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 2018.

Speaker, “Global Mobility Program, Policies and Process: Strategic, Operational and Administrative Issues.” Global Mobility and Talent Management Briefing, New York, NY, June 2018.

Interviewed, “Here’s What’s Different in Trump’s New Travel Ban.” Bloomberg, March 2017.

Quoted, “Largest Immigration Law Firm in U.S. is Busy, Very Busy.Bloomberg Law, February 2017.

Speaker, “Business Immigration in a New Administration.” Fragomen Breakfast Briefing, New York, NY, February 2017.