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Chad Blocker

Partner

"I consider it a privilege to work with our corporate clients and their employees.  Whether a Fortune 500 or start up company, collectively they bring great energy and vibrancy to the US economy and help drive our country forward."

About

"…they bring great energy…"

Chad is a Partner in Fragomen’s Los Angeles office. He joined the firm in 1998 and has counseled on a broad array of immigration matters for a diverse client base including organizations in the following industries: financial services (investment banking, corporate banking, wealth management, private equity), technology, consulting, insurance and risk management, resort/hospitality, media, and energy, among others.

His practice includes all aspects of corporate immigration including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, naturalization, Form I-9 and Labor Condition Application compliance as well as corporate restructuring matters. He also consults with individual clients on naturalization matters and family-based petitions as well as EB-5 immigration investor petitions, including Form I-526 and Form I-829 issues as well as EB-5 adjudication trends and results.

From 1996 to 1998, Chad served as a Law Clerk to federal Administrative Law Judge John C. Holmes of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) in Washington, D.C. where he assisted Judge Holmes in writing more than 50 appellate decisions.

Chad is a frequent speaker on business-related immigration developments and trends at industry organizations and events. He has presented at a number of Council for Global Immigration conferences on topics ranging from the impact of 9/11 on visa processing to H-1B Labor Condition Application compliance. He has also presented at conferences held by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Worldwide ERC, among other prominent organizations. In addition, he was an instructor on “Immigration for Start-Ups” at General Assembly, a global educational community for entrepreneurs and start-up companies in business, technology and design. Chad has also written and edited articles for notable publications such as the Los Angeles Business Journal and Advising California Employers and Employees, a publication of the Continuing Education of the Bar – State Bar of California and the Regents of the University of California.

Chad previously served on the Board of Directors of Norcross Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages 10,000 acres of land in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Norcross provides almost $1 million in annual grants to nonprofit groups with core conservation values.

  • Advised on the immigration ramifications of the merger of two investment managers, forming one of the largest asset management firms in the world, with assets exceeding $1 trillion.

  • Counseled on the immigration consequences of a financial services firm’s divestiture of a middle-market commercial finance business.

  • Advised a large multinational technology consulting firm on establishing a large-scale compliance-focused permanent residence program.

  • Tulane University School of Law

    Juris Doctor, 1996, cum laude

  • University of Colorado, Boulder

    Bachelor of Arts, 1993

  • Bar Admissions: Colorado, Texas (Inactive)

  • Member, Advisory Board, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Former Law Clerk, Federal Administrative Law Judge John C. Holmes of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) in Washington, D.C. (1996–1998)

  • Co-Author, “Finding Tech Talent: Hiring International Students from US Universities.” Los Angeles Business Journal, August 29, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “Violators Beware: Immigration Fines Scheduled to Increase Starting Aug. 1.” Bloomberg BNA, July 14, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “2016’s Major Immigration Case Developments: Midyear Report.” Law360, July 1, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “‘Truly No Better Option’: H-2B visas for construction workers spark industry controversy.” Construction Dive, June 21, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “With an H-1B Lottery Loss More Likely, A Look at Alternatives May Be in Order.” Bloomberg BNA, March 16, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “O-1 Visa Comparable Evidence Policy May Burden Petitioners.” Law360, March 8, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “Four Tips to Ace Your H-1B Petition.” Law360, February 11, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “How to Hold On To Foreign Workers After a Merger.” Law360, February 8, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Quoted, “Returning H-2B Workers Won't Count Against Visa Cap.” Society for Human Resource Managers, February 2, 2016: n.pag. Web.

  • Speaker, “Global Immigration Trends and Updates.” Panel presentation, Fragomen Immigration Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, January 27, 2016.

  • Speaker, “Executive Action on Immigration: What Employers Can Expect in 2015.” Lecture, Worldwide ERC, St. Louis, MO, February 2015.

  • Speaker, “The Heat Wave is Coming: Preparing for H-1B Season and Alternatives.” Lecture, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Southern California Chapter, Palm Springs, CA, February 2015. 

  • Speaker, “Masters Series on Keys to Immigration Success: What Every Employer Needs to Know About Immigration in the United States.” Lecture, Worldwide ERC, Los Angeles, CA, January 2015. 

  • Author, “Immigration Law Requirements for Employers.” In Advising California Employers and Employees, Continuing Education of the Bar – State Bar of California and the Regents of the University of California, 2015. Print and Electronic. 

  • Speaker, “Hot Topics on Immigration Law.” Panel presentation, The Rutter Group, Los Angeles, CA, May 2014.

  • Panelist, “Immigration Reform and Its Potential Impact.” Panel presentation, FWD.us, Los Angeles, CA, April 2014. 

  • Speaker, “Executive Action on Immigration: A Long and Winding Road to Reform.” Lecture, FWD.us, Los Angeles, CA, December 2014. 

  • Speaker, “Advanced Topics for EB-5 Practitioners.” Lecture, ILW.com, July 2013.