Michael is based in the firm's Chicago office and has been practicing in the field of immigration and nationality law for over 30 years.

Michael manages a diverse practice that is comprised of start-up, midsize, and large multinational companies encompassing a broad range of industry sectors, including automotive, manufacturing, finance, pharmaceutical, technology, telecommunications, professional services and consumer products.

His work on behalf of clients includes advising on PERM compliance strategies, the immigration consequences of Mergers & Acquisitions and other corporate restructurings, Form I-9 and H-1B/LCA compliance, EB-5 advisory services and strategic immigration program management.


Fordham University School of Law | J.D., 1982
Fordham University | B.A., 1979


Listed in Best Lawyers, 2021

Listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York


Member, Board of Trustees, American Immigration Council

Secretary, French American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago

Member, Employee Relocation Council

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Former Chair of AILA’s New York Chapter (1999-2000)

Member, American Bar Association

Member, German American and British American Chambers of Commerce

Former Co-chair, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on International Law and Practice

Former Director, Canadian Club of Chicago

Treasurer, Fragomen PAC

Publications and Lectures

Michael is a frequent lecturer on immigration topics for professional associations such as the American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Society for Human Resources Management and Employee Relocation Council.

Speaker, “Problems, Trends, Updates and Solutions in the Immigration Process.” MRC ReloFest: Rethinking Global Mobility, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2, 2019.

“PERMutations: The Department of Labor's Evolving Perspective on the Role of Attorneys in the Labor Certification Process,” AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook 2008-2009 Edition, 2009.

“Retrogression of Employment-Based Visas: Chargeability and the Child Status Protection Act,” AILA’s The Reality of Business Immigration Strategic Planning for the Advanced Practitioner, 2006.

“Looking Back While Looking Ahead: Processing Labor Certifications In Anticipation of PERM,” AILA’s Countering The Culture of “No” Strategies for Business Immigration in 2004.

“H-1B Update: Annual-Cap Strategies,” AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook 2003-2004 Edition, Volume 2, 2003.

Co-Editor, “Coming to America: Entry Issues in the Current Immigration Landscape,” AILA 2002.

Off The “Fast” Track? The Effect Of Corporate Downsizing On Labor Certification Strategy And Procedure,” Fourth Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium, 2001.

“Corporate Restructuring & H-1Bs Under the New Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act,” AILA’s New Rules for the New Millennium 2001.

Co-Editor, AILA’s Second Annual New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium Handbook, 1999.