As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California and Phoenix practices, Rod directs the strategic representation of a diverse array of clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He also serves as a member of the firm’s national Executive Committee.

Rod is experienced in all aspects of business-immigration and related laws, with an emphasis on PERM Labor Certification, National Interest Waivers, EB-1 for Outstanding Researchers and Extraordinary Ability, corporate reorganizations, pre-hire processes/discrimination, lobbying and legislative analysis, and nonimmigrant statuses.

Prior to joining Fragomen in 2008, he was a shareholder for Littler Mendelson, where he managed the Worldwide U.S. immigration practice. His law firm experience also includes practices at Baker Botts and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Formerly, Rod was Senior Counsel at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, where he managed global immigration.

Rod has taught business immigration law at Arizona State University Law School and comprehensive immigration law at Southern Methodist University Law School for many years.

He is the author of two annually updated loose-leaf treatises: Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals and Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings. He also has for many years been an editor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference book. Rod is a frequent speaker and contributor to a variety of organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and trade groups. He also is active in immigration reform proposals to Congress and agencies.


Cornell University | M.A. (A.B.D.), 1993
Cornell University Law School | J.D., 1986
Oklahoma Christian University | B.A., 1983


Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2010 to 2021

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Arizona, California, Texas


Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Federalist Society

Member, Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University Law School

Member, Arizona Technology Council’s Law and Technology Committee

Member, TechAmerica Southwest Executive Board

Member, The National Advocates (Top 100 Lawyers)

Former Member, Global Commission on International Migration

Former Member, Board of Directors, American Council for International Personnel (ACIP)

Designed high-volume and innovative PERM, NIW and EB-1 programs for major companies to maximize speed to permanent residence and cost savings with rigorous compliance

Advocated legislative and administrative reforms tailored to high-tech and other clients

Developed innovative processes for M&A and internal reorganizations for a variety of acquisitions, spinoffs and restructurings

Built Lean Six Sigma training pyramid for many client service teams in the firm and led many Kaizen analyses to improve client service 

Publications and Lectures

Presenter, “EB-1 and NIW as H-1B Cap Alternatives.” Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 11, 2018.

Workshop Leader, “U.S. Employment-Based Visa Management.” Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 10, 2018.

Presenter, “Green Card Strategies Beyond PERM: EB-1 and National Interest Waiver.” Council for Global Immigration 2017 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 12, 2017.

Workshop Leader, “U.S. Employment-Based Visa Management.” Council for Global Immigration 2017 Symposium, Arlington, VA, June 11, 2017.

Speaker, “H-1B Cap Subject Visa 2017: Exploring Key Issues, Trends and Alternatives.” Webcast, The Knowledge Group, April 11, 2017.

Speaker, “Technology Corporations’ Specific Employment Needs and the Visa Process to Meet Them.” Paralegal Association of Santa Clara County 38th Annual Educational Seminar, Mountain View, CA, October 15, 2016.

Presenter, “Why National Interest Waiver and EB-1 Green Cards May Be an Option for You.” Council for Global Immigration 2016 Symposium, Washington, DC, June 21, 2016.

Presenter, “Workshop: Intersection of Immigration and Employment Law.” Council for Global Immigration 2016 Symposium, Washington DC, June 20, 2016.

Presenter, “Introduction to U.S. Employment-Based Visa Management.” Council for Global Immigration 2016 Symposium, Washington, DC, June 18-19, 2016.

Author, Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings, originally published 2005 (updated annually).

Author, Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals, originally published 2001 (updated annually).

Editor, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Nationality Law Handbook (2008-present).

Speaker, various business immigration topics at conferences and symposiums, including the following:

  • World Economic Forum
  • Council for Global Immigration
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Immigration Lawyers on the Web
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Western Immigration Networking Group (WINGs)
  • Southwest Association of Law Librarians
  • Various consulates on behalf of clients throughout China and in Vietnam and India
  • Various state and federal associations of general contractors
  • Various bar associations

​Interviewed by:

  • CNN Money Magazine
  • Forbes
  • Business Week
  • The International Herald Tribune
  • EE Times
  • Corporate Legal Times
  • Workforce Management
  • Information Week
  • ILW Immigration Daily
  • Numerous newspapers
  • Various radio stations

作为律所在北加州和凤凰城的管理合伙人, Rod 领导从初创公司到世界500强的多元客户在移民事务上的战略规划。Rod是Fragomen全美执行委员会的执行董事。


在加入Fragomen之前,Rod是Littler Mendelson的合伙人负责律所的全球移民事务。除此之外Rod还曾经在Baker Botts and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison等律所就职。Rod还曾经是德州仪器的资深律师,在那里他负责公司的全球移民事务。

Rod同时还在Arizona State University法学院教授商务移民法,在Southern Methodist University法学院教授综合移民法。Rod是两本法学参考书的作者:《商业移民法:雇用外国人的战略》和 《商业移民法:表格和申请》。他多年来一直担任美国移民律师协会(AILA)年会会刊的编辑。 Rod是多个组织的发言人和组织者,包括人力资源管理协会(SHRM),全球移民委员会(CFGI)和一些贸易团体。Rod还是国会和政府机构移民改革议案的推动者。