The nation’s second-largest immigration law firm will be created in a merger on Jan. 1.The new 65-lawyer firm, Foster Quan, is the result of a merger between two Houston law firms, Tindall & Foster and Quan, Burdette & Perez, according to a press release.The new firm will be well-positioned to capitalize on expanding corporate demand for comprehensive immigration services, the press release says.The nation’s largest immigration law firm is apparently Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, with more than 250 lawyers. … [Read more...] about Second-Largest US Immigration Law Firm Created through Merger
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A 250-lawyer New York-based international law firm known for its immigration work is the subject of a preliminary investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, which says it may have improperly advised clients about labor certification applications.The applications are used to get “green cards,” which authorize the American residency of foreign workers sponsored by employers for jobs that qualified U.S. workers can’t be found to fill. According to the department, Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy may have violated a rule that prohibits law firms from advising clients about the qualifications of American applicants for these same jobs. Hence, it is auditing all of Fragomen’s labor certifications, explains the National Law Journal in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).The firm says in a written statement that it is “shocked by the Department of Labor’s precipitous and unjustified action” but will cooperate with the … [Read more...] about Major N.Y. Immigration Law Firm Investigated by Dept. of Labor
Carlton Fields is the best law firm for its diversity efforts, according to 2014 rankings by Vault.com.The Florida-based law firm was rated best overall for diversity five years in a row, the Careerist reports. It also led separate categories for its diversity efforts in regards to minorities, women, LGBT employees, and individuals with disabilities.Leading Vault’s list of the top 25 law firms for diversity are:1) Carlton Fields2) Ropes & Gray3) Littler Mendelson4) Debevoise & Plimpton, and Jenner & Block (tie)5) Schiff HardinThe Careerist points out differences with American Lawyer Media’s diversity scorecards, which are due to methodology. The Vault rankings are based on associate rankings of law firm diversity and recruiting initiatives, while ALM’s scores are based on headcount.ALM ranked Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith tops for diversity, while Carlton Fields was ranked 28th out of 228 firms. For women, the National Law Journal ranked Fragomen Del … [Read more...] about Which law firms are best for diversity? Vault releases its rankings
DLA Piper added the most lawyers last year, in terms of head count, while Ice Miller had the largest percentage gain.Those are among the revelations on a chart compiled by the National Law Journal as part of its articles on the top 350 law firms. Overall, these top firms grew in head count by 1.1 percent, down from 1.7 percent growth the prior year, the NLJ reported. Despite the overall gain, 40 percent of the firms on the list—a total of 140 firms—lost lawyers last year.The top five firms, in terms of head count, were:1) DLA Piper (added 290 lawyers, for a total of 4,036)2) Baker & McKenzie (added 199 lawyers, for a total of 4,004)3) Bryan Cave (added 106 lawyers, for a total of 990)4) Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (added 98 lawyers, for a total of 404)5) McKenna Long & Aldridge (added 85 lawyers, for a total of 509)The law firms that lost the most lawyers, in terms of head count, are:1) Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (down 97 lawyers, for a … [Read more...] about Which law firms gained and added the most lawyers last year?
Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor reportedly have called off their audit of a prominent immigration law firm they suspected earlier of improperly advising clients about labor certification applications.The applications are used to get “green cards” allowing foreign workers to become American residents, when a “minimally qualified” U.S. worker can’t be found for the job. However, under administrative rules, law firms aren’t allowed to advise client companies about whether American applicants are “minimally qualified,” explains the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.The DOL had been auditing Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, a 250-attorney New York-based boutique, suspecting that the law firm had violated this regulation. But now, in what the WSJ blog describes as “somewhat of a mea culpa,” the DOL says it isn’t going to pursue the audit because its prior rulings on the subject were confusing.The law firm has said … [Read more...] about Feds to Fragomen Firm: Oops, Never Mind About That Audit