Virginia, US

Diego is a Client Services Manager splitting his time between Fragomen's Dallas and Houston offices, where he provides advice to clients’ offshore workers, vessel and rig operators and commissions, engineers and technical personnel. 

Diego is an active member of and contributor to the Fragomen Energy Maritime Engineering & Construction (EMEC) Practice Group, through which he advises on complex aspects of international transfers onshore and offshore, including multinational assignments, exploration, drilling and docking vessels.

In addition, Diego works closely with clients on the application of the International Labor Conventions for Seafarers with immigration law in several jurisdictions.

Diego began his career as an Advisor with the firm in 2004 where he managed the inception and development of the Latin American Regional Coordination Center. In 2011, Diego rejoined the firm after working as a Global Migration Manager at another immigration law firm.

Diego also manages content issues such as legal opinions and legislative analysis in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, as well as immigration programs for the sports and entertainment industries.

He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to corporate immigration for international companies and investors in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and other Latin American destinations.

Diego speaks English and Spanish.

Education


University of Miami, 2007
Case Western Reserve School of Law | LL.M., 2003
Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado (El Salvador) | J.D., 2001

Awards

Winner, Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards 2016: Relocation

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Court Admissions: Supreme Court of El Salvador

Member, El Salvador Bar Association

Member, Marine Technology Society

Member, Society of Human Resources Management

Member, Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association

Member, HR Houston, University Liaison Committee and HR Gives Back Committee

Accompanied the Salvadoran Delegation for the Application of Revision of the Judgment of 11 September 1992, before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, where he addressed nationality and immigration concerns for individuals in the disputed Honduran areas

Served with the prosecution team for the case of Slobodan Milosevic and Milan Martic in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations

Wrote memoranda for the Special Court of Sierra Leone for the Charles Taylor case

Served four years in the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador resolving criminal matters

Publications and Lectures

Moderator, “HR Mobility Strategy During Economic Recession.” Lecture, Texas SHRM Global HR, Texas Global HR Conference, Houston, TX, September 15, 2016.

Contributor, “Joining the Client’s Journey – On the Land and On the Sea: The challenges are literally everywhere when it comes to meeting the immigration needs of global energy companies.” Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 24, No. 6 (June 2016): 31-32. Print and Web.

Contributor, “4 Things To Know About Travel For The Rio Olympics.” Law360, May 26, 2016: n. pag. Web.

Panelist, “Impact of International Corporate Downsizing on Immigration.” Presentation, Gulf Coast Symposium, Houston, TX, May 12, 2016.

Panelist, “International Relocation.” Presentation, A World of Opportunities: Texas Relocation Network, Dallas, TX, March 3, 2016.

Panelist, “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Adapting your Global Mobility Strategy During Economic Downturn.” Presentation, FEM Global Mobility Conference, Houston, TX, February 9, 2016.

Contributor, “Revealed: trafficked migrant workers abused in Irish fishing industry,” Guardian (London), November 2, 2015.

Contributor, “Ireland knew about trafficked migrant fishermen in 2010 but failed to act.Guardian (London), December 17, 2015. 

Panelist, “Solutions and Strategies for Mobilizing Offshore Workers.” Presentation, Gulf Coast Symposium, Houston, TX, May 13, 2015.

Panelist, “Top Tips in Managing Business Expectations for Latin American Assignments.” Presentation, FEM Global Mobility Leaders' Forum, Orlando, FL, September 18, 2014.

Panelist, “Immigration in a Compliance Focused Environment.” Presentation, Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas, Houston, TX, April 24, 2014.

Panelist, “Global Mobility Talent in the Energy Sector.” Presentation, Global HR Business Oil & Gas Education Conference, Houston, TX, November 14, 2013.

Speaker, “Effects of Globalization on IP and Immigration.” Webinar, American Bar Association, July 26, 2013.

Speaker, “Crew Staffing Challenges for Offshore Support Vessels in Territorial & Outer Continental Shelf Waters.” Webinar, WorkBoat Magazine, April 24, 2013.

Speaker, “Global Immigration Compliance Trends.” Panel discussion, Totally Expat Show Southwest 2013, Houston, TX, February 27, 2013.

Speaker, “Crew Staffing Challenges in Territorial and Outer Continental Shelf Wars.” Lecture, Texas SHRM Global HR, Texas Global HR Conference, Houston, TX, January 16, 2013.

Co-Presenter, “Doing Business in Latin America - What You Need to Know.” Presentation, American Council on International Personnel 2012 Annual Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 6, 2012.

Speaker, “Global Immigration Compliance Trends.” Panel discussion, Totally Expat Show Southwest 2012, Houston, TX, February 27, 2012.

Lecturer, “Global Immigration Policy for Emerging Destinations in the Resources Industry.” Lecture, Totally Expat, South West US Totally Expat Show, Houston, TX, February 27, 2012.

Author, “Offshore and Maritime Seafarer ID Standards Under ILO 185.” Maritime Professional, July 22, 2011: 62-63. Print.

Guest Lecturer, “Global Migration Trends with a Specific Focus on Brazil.” Lecture, The Energy, Mining, Engineering & Construction Roundtable (EMERT), Las Vegas, NV, March 24, 2011.

Panelist, “Leveraging Alliances to Create a Cross-Border, Cross-Cultural Skilled Workforce.” Panel discussion, Dallas Regional Chamber, The United States/Mexico Technology Summit, Dallas, TX, September 23, 2010.

Speaker, “Visão Internacional do Brasil no cenário Imigratório com potencial de projetos.” Presentation, German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Mão de obra estrangeira no Brasil e brasileira no exterior 2010, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil, September 1, 2010.

Speaker, “A Evolução de Programas da Imigração Corporativa Global.” Presentation, German-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Mão de obra estrangeira no Brasil e brasileira no exterior 2009, Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil, November 27, 2009.

Co-Presenter, “HR Red Flags for Global Immigration Compliance: Managing International Business Travel in the 21st Century.” Presentation, Texas SHRM Global HR, Texas Global HR Conference, The Woodlands, TX, January 7, 2009.

Speaker, “Globalization: Business Immigration Issues and Trends.” Presentation, Global HR News, Latin America/Panama '06 Global HR News Conference, Panama City, Panama, July 7, 2006.

Co-Author, “Intelligence Reform in Support of Skilled Immigration.” In The Faces of Intelligence Reform: Perspectives on Direction and Form, edited by Angela M. Sapp, 116-120, Washington, DC: Council of Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA), 2005. Print.