AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
2012 MIDYEAR CONFERENCE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012
LOS SUENOS MARRIOTT OCEAN & GOLF RESORT ♦ COSTA RICO
Ann Allott possesses considerable experience handling the entire spectrum of immigration and nationality matters, from employment-
based nonimmigrant and immigrant, to investor cases, labor certifications and family-based cases. She has represented employees and
their families from companies in all parts of the United States and many countries. Mrs. Allott is an active AILA member, and she is a
member of IMMLAW, a national consortium of immigration law firms whose members practice autonomously, but share their
knowledge and expertise and exchange ideas and information in emerging areas so that their clients can benefit from the most
innovative, highly sophisticated techniques. Mrs. Allott was designated a Colorado Super Lawyer each year from 2003 through 2011.
In 2009, she received the Life Time Achievement Award presented by Archbishop Chaput of Colorado for the Catholic Lawyer’s
Eric S. Bord is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice in the Washington, DC office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. His
counsels clients ranging from Fortune 100 industry leaders to start-up businesses on the immigration and employment issues that arise
in the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international personnel worldwide. In addition, he directs Morgan Lewis’s
immigration compliance and risk management practice, counseling clients in the areas of immigration-related compliance,
investigations, and immigration due diligence for corporate transactions. Eric is a frequent author and speaker on immigration topics,
and he has developed and performed training programs for clients and human resources professionals on many subjects, including
immigration compliance, the labor certification process, and the U.S. visa and immigration system. He is admitted to practice in the
District of Columbia and Maryland and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Daniel Brown is a Partner in Berry Appleman & Leiden’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Brown has extensive experience counseling
corporate clients on business immigration and compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Brown has held a number of senior positions
within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to entering private practice. From May 2005 to August 2006 he served as
Counselor to the Assistant Secretary and then Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Brown also served as the first director of ICE’s Secure Border Initiative Program Management Office.
David Gerger (of Gerger & Clarke in Houston) defends criminal investigations and cases throughout the country for individuals and
businesses, foreign and domestic, public and private. In 2011, he represented the HR manager in the “IFCO” case, in which all felony
charges were dismissed on the first day of trial. David graduated from Yale University (BA 1982) and the University of Texas (JD
1985; Law Review Book Editor) and clerked for U.S. District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth and U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge Jerre Williams.
Before starting his own firm, David worked at Vinson & Elkins; as an Assistant Federal Public Defender; and with Foreman,
DeGeurin, Nugent & Gerger. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America; SuperLawyers; Chambers USA.
Bonnie Gibson focuses on immigration, worksite immigration compliance, and corporate immigration compliance programs at
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP. She practices at the intersection of U.S. immigration and labor law, bringing 25 years
of California labor and employment experience to a practice now concentrated on immigration and immigration compliance. With her
extensive I-9 and E-Verify experience, she counsels companies nationwide on developing and managing immigration compliance
programs, including I-9 and E-Verify training and audits. She regularly advises on immigration compliance issues in mergers,
acquisitions, and contracting relationships, and represents companies in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement proceedings.
Bonnie also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e., EB-5). Prior to joining Fragomen as a partner in 2008, Bonnie was a
shareholder with Littler Mendelson.
Josie Gonzalez is the managing partner of Gonzalez & Harris in Pasadena, California. She received her law degree from the U.C.
Berkeley. She recently represented a major corporation facing federal criminal charges. She developed the company's immigration
corporate compliance program that was described by the sentencing judge as an A+ program. She received the “Lifetime Achievement
Award” from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was the 2008 recipient of the AILA Founder’s Award for “the most
substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy”. She has contributed as Chair, Co-Chair & member of various national
liaison committees including AILA's Worksite Verification Committee. Josie has published numerous articles for legal and business
journals and is the editor of AILA's leading treatise, Guide to Worksite Enforcement & Corporate Compliance.
David Grunblatt is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, heading its immigration practice group. He served as chair of AILA’s New
York Chapter, was formerly chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and formerly chair of the Vermont
Service Center Liaison Committee. He was formerly chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration and
Nationality Law and was chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law at the New York County Lawyers Association.
Richard A. Gump, Jr. is the shareholder of the Law Offices of Richard A. Gump, Jr which provides strategic planning for
international personnel. The firm concentrates on worksite compliance and business employment visas. Clients include investors,
employers of all sizes, and individuals seeking citizenship and family unification. Mr. Gump graduated from the University of Texas
School of Law, and has been practicing for 39 years. He is a member of AILA (past chair of the AILA Texas Chapter and the AILA
Texas Service Center Liaison Committee, and member of the Compliance Audit Standards Committee). He has been the American
Immigration Council Ambassador for the Texas Chapter of AILA since 2005. A frequent writer and speaker, he has chaired the
Planning Committees for the University of Texas’ Immigration and Nationality Law Conference and the State Bar of Texas Advanced
Immigration Law Conference. Mr. Gump has been named in Texas Lawyer’s “Go to Guide” for outstanding immigration law
attorneys, and since 2003 has been recommended by Super Lawyers in the field of immigration law. He also has been recognized in
the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been
included in the The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Immigration Law for ten years. Mr. Gump handled the first employer
sanctions case filed in the southwestern United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and was co-counsel in
one of the largest civil/criminal settlements in worksite compliance history.
Jay T. Jorgensen is a partner and litigator in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin LLP. His practice involves representing
individuals and corporations in all phases of complex criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Jorgensen has represented pharmaceutical and
food production companies in criminal and qui tam cases at every stage of development, from undercover and internal investigations
to grand jury proceedings to trial. Mr. Jorgensen’s practice has also included civil and criminal appeals for individuals and businesses
before numerous federal circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jorgensen served as a law
clerk to William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and then-Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., at the United
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Marketa Lindt practices business immigration law at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, where she leads the immigration group’s
worksite compliance practice. Ms. Lindt counsels companies in defending in workplace enforcement actions, developing policies to
avoid employer sanctions and preparing for mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. Ms. Lindt advises employers on
workforce strategy and visa processing for foreign national employees. Ms. Lindt currently serves as vice-chair of the AILA’s
National Employment Verification Liaison Committee, and has served on a number of other national liaison committees in past years.
She currently serves as chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Section Worksite Enforcement Subcommittee and co-
chairs its annual worksite enforcement seminar. During 2005–06, she was chair of AILA’s Chicago Chapter and served on AILA’s
Board of Governors. Ms. Lindt regularly speaks at national and regional conferences and has written a number of articles on
immigration law and practice. In 2001, she was awarded AILA’s national Joseph Minsky Young Lawyers Award, given to an attorney
who has made significant contributions to the field of immigration law. Ms. Lindt is an author of the immigration treatises Business
Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals and Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings. Who’s Who Legal:
Illinois lists Ms. Lindt as one of the foremost corporate immigration attorneys in Illinois and also names Ms. Lindt as a leading
corporate immigration attorney worldwide in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.
Sharon Mehlman is Co-Managing Partner of Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP in San Diego, CA. Her practice is focused on
employment-based immigration for the technology industry. She is past Chair of AILA’s USCIS SCOPS and Benefits (HQ)
committees, Interagency committee, CSC liaison committee and the lockbox liaison. She is a frequent lecturer on employment based
immigration topics including I-9/worksite enforcement issues, labor certifications, and USCIS and Service Center issues. Sharon has
been involved in a large number of client “self audits”, I-9 trainings, ICE negotiations, and advising of employers in the establishment
of I-9 compliance programs.
Charles M. Miller is a principal in the Miller Law Offices, Studio City, California, a U.S. News and World Report top-tier
immigration law firm. Mr. Miller is the co-author of the American Bar Association book, Immigration Compliance Auditing for
Lawyers, as well as Immigration Law in the Workplace (Aspen Publishers) with co-authors Marcine A. Seid and S. Christopher
Stowe, Jr. Charles Miller currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Homeland Security Compliance Council. He
previously served on the California State Bar's first Specialty Advisory Commission, both as member and chairman. He has served as
a member of the California Board of Legal Specialization administering the California State Bar’s legal specialties. Mr. Miller has
been the recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in
immigration litigation. He has served on AILA's national Board of Directors, as well as its Southern California Chapter Chair. A
former INS attorney, his private practice has been recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers, in Super Lawyers, Corporate
Counsel edition and annually in The Best Lawyers in America since 1991.
Wendy Padilla-Madden is an attorney in Balch and Bingham’s Birmingham office and practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment
group. She specializes in business immigration law. Her practice is divided into two main areas: immigration compliance and
obtaining temporary employment authorization and permanent residence (immigration benefits) for foreign nationals.
Amy L. Peck is an attorney in Omaha, Nebraska office with Jackson Lewis LLP. Ms. Peck previously served as one of 19 elected
Directors of the 12,000 member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2008-2011). She currently serves on the AILA
Interagency Committee, The Annual Conference Committee, and Chairs the AILA FOIA Liaison Committee. She recently served on
the AILA Verification Committee, the AILA Comprehensive Reform Committee (2010-2011) and is a founding member of the Global
Migration Action Group (2009 to present). She served as Chair of the AILA National Executive Office for Immigration Review
(EOIR) liaison committee (2008-2010). Ms. Peck received the President’s Award for Worksite Compliance in 2008 and has received
the top AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been listed in the US News “Best Lawyers” report (2010 and 2011),
a “Top Lawyer” in Omaha Magazine in 2010 and 2011 and was selected by her peers as Best Lawyer for 2011 Annual Guide to
Immigration Law, featured in The American Lawyer. She was selected for Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women
Lawyers 2011. Ms. Peck has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2010. She was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Omaha
Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year.
Mary E. Pivec, a partner with Williams Mullen LLC, in Washington, D.C., has extensive experience representing employers in labor,
employment, and immigration matters. She serves on the AILA Employment Verification and Documentation Committee and lectures
on issues such I-9 compliance, LCA investigations and hearings, defending employers against whistleblower and retaliation claims.
From 2007 through 2012, Ms. Pivec has been named by Super Lawyers as an outstanding attorney in Washington, D.C. in the fields of
employment/labor and immigration law. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 1990 in the area of immigration
law. Ms. Pivec is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and is admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Eileen M.G. Scofield is head of Alston & Bird’s immigration practice with multiple offices throughout the U.S. Ms. Scofield has
extensive experience in the processing of worldwide visas as well as compliance issues for large and small employers. She chairs the
AILA National E-Verify liaison committee, and has served on numerous other committees, such as worksite enforcement and DOL
liaison. Ms. Scofield has spoken before U.S. and state congressional officials, the ABA, and chamber of commerce committees on
employment-based immigration issues.
Marcine A. Seid, is the principal attorney of Seid Law Group in San Jose, California. She currently serves as an elected director of
AILA’s Board of Governors. Ms. Seid has served as a member of AILA’s Compliance Auditing Standards Task Force, AILA’s CSC
liaison committee (three terms), Chair of AILA’s AAO liaison committee and on numerous other AILA committees. She is a frequent
speaker and writer on immigration law and has co-authored two books: Immigration Compliance Auditing for Lawyers (published by
the ABA) and Immigration Law in the Workplace. Ms. Seid is recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “National First-Tier
Rankings” for Immigration Law, Best Lawyers in America and Northern California Super Lawyers.
F. Daniel Siciliano is the faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and a Professor and
Associate Dean at Stanford Law School. He is co-founder and a director of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology
company recently named to the Inc. 500, three times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the
United States, and named to the Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fasted growing) for 2010. At the law
school, he teaches Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Practice, and Venture Capital. He is the Senior Research Fellow
with the Immigration Policy Center and a national Trustee of the American Immigration Council. As a frequent commentator on the
long-term economic impact of immigration and employment eligibility policy and reform, his work has included expert testimony in
front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. For 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business
leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Mr. Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most
influential people in corporate governance. He is the co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College and serves on the board of the
Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Siciliano’s related areas of expertise include executive
compensation, corporate compliance, and strategy. He has served as a governance consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of
dozens of Fortune 1000 companies. He received his BA from the University of Arizona and completed both his graduate fellowship in
Economics and his JD at Stanford University.
William A. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a firm devoted exclusively to the practice of
immigration and nationality law with offices in Philadelphia and New York. He handles all aspects of immigration law, including
assisting companies and individuals in obtaining employment and family-based visas; resolving citizenship issues and obtaining
naturalization; and defending clients in DHS and DOL enforcement proceedings. He is featured in The Best Lawyers in America, The
Chambers Global Guide, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and is AV rated by Martindale Hubble. Mr.
Stock currently serves as secretary on the AILA Executive Committee.
Anastasia Tonello is the managing partner of Laura Devine Attorneys in New York and is also a partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in
London. Anastasia was a charter member and officer of AILA’s Rome District Chapter and currently serves as its immediate past
chair. Anastasia also serves as chair of AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee and is a frequent speaker on consular issues,
having spoken at professional conferences and at the world’s leading business schools in the U.S. and abroad. Anastasia has been
recognized in Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 (UK Edition), Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, and SuperLawyers.
Kathleen Campbell Walker is a past national president (2007-08) and general counsel (2009-10) of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association (AILA). Currently, she chairs AILA’s National Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee. She heads
the Immigration Practice Group of Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated from the El Paso office, and is board-certified in immigration
and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS). In 2010, she received the AILA National Service Excellence
Award. She has testified for AILA multiple times before the House and Senate on issues regarding border security, US-VISIT, and
immigration reform. She was named by Texas Lawyer magazine as one of five “go to” lawyers in the state of Texas on immigration
law in 2007 and one of the Extraordinary Women in Texas law in 2008. In addition, she is recognized in Chambers USA, the
International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America as a leading immigration lawyer.
Paul L. Zulkie is managing principal in the Chicago law firm of Zulkie Partners LLC. Mr. Zulkie is listed in Best Lawyers in
America and International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers for immigration law. His practice is concentrated in
business immigration law and employer sanctions enforcement. He was first elected to AILA's Board of Governors in 1995, served as
President of AILA during 2004-2005, and has served as President of the American Immigration Council since 2006.