Michael represents large companies and multinational firms. In addition, he has represented individual clients, startup companies and small and mid-size companies on U.S. immigration matters.

Michael partners with corporate clients to provide strategic counsel on all matters involving U.S. immigration and nationality law, as well as policy and compliance, to manage large immigration programs. He guides corporate clients on immigration aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, outsourcing and corporate restructuring, as well as I-9 employer sanctions matters.

While in law school, Michael served as an Oralist for the Philip C. Jessup and Benjamin N. Cardozo Moot Court competitions.

Before joining Fragomen, he was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General's Honor Program and served as a Trial Attorney for the former Immigration & Naturalization Service in the Los Angeles District.

Michael successfully represented pro bono a single mother and her children who sought relief from deportation after being brought to the United States by the children’s father and being subsequently abandoned by him.

Michael speaks English, French and Spanish.


Southwestern University School of Law | J.D., 1993
New York University | B.A., 1987


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2019 to 2022

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California


Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Represents one of the world’s largest technology companies (focused on the company’s technology solutions business, which provides business products including storage and servers, managed services, and software); a “Big Four” international accountancy and professional services firm; the world’s largest financial services company and bank; and the largest independent biotechnology company

Represented a large hotel chain before the Administrative Law Judge of the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) on an employer sanctions matter

Was the sole counsel representing a large computer company on a widely cited case decided by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, which held that the Department of Labor wrongfully denied the employer’s Reduction in Recruitment labor certification cases outright, rather remanding the cases for continuation under traditional processing. The Board’s ruling subsequently applied to all such cases filed by U.S. employers.

Represented three separate foreign aerospace companies, from Italy, Korea and Taiwan, and successfully registered each company for Treaty Investor/Trader status, enabling each company to partner with various U.S. aerospace companies in order to transfer large numbers of employees to the U.S. for technology transfer. He has also represented individuals and small companies in qualifying for Treaty Investor/Trader status.

Publications and Lectures

Speaker on employer sanctions and immigration topics for organizations such as the Employers Group and the Council for Global Immigration.

Guest Lecturer in Immigration Law at Southwestern Law School.