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  • Feb 10, 2021Raymond Lahoud to Judge NYU 2021 National Immigration Law Competition

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, has volunteered once again to judge the New York University (NYU) School of Law Moot Court Board’s 2021 National Immigration Law Competition (ILC), to be held virtually through Zoom February 12-14, 2021. Lahoud will judge Preliminary Round 1.8, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., on Friday, February 12.

    “I am honored to participate in the NYU Immigration Law Competition again this year. It is a privilege to see these young minds at work,” said Lahoud.

    About the NYU Immigration Law Competition

    Since 2006, the NYU Moot Court Board has hosted the ILC annually for NYU Law students and those of other ABA-accredited law schools, concentrating on leading immigration law issues. The competition is judged by a distinguished panel of NYU alumni and New York’s legal practitioners, with the final round judged by federal appellate and district court judges. The two issues on appeal are whether a noncitizen’s failure to register as a sex offender is a crime involving moral turpitude that makes them subject to removal; and whether noncitizens in removal proceedings have a due process right to be made aware of discretionary relief from removal.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Jan 21, 2021Ray Lahoud to Speak at 2021 New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for “Basic Bars to Asylum” on Friday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the 2021 New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference. The sixth annual conference is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School.

    “Each year, it has been a pleasure to get involved in the New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference. As much has changed in immigration law this year, I look forward to taking part in this highly-educational event again,” said Lahoud.

    About the New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference

    The virtual event, February 5-6, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., provides basic/beginner and advanced tracks and offers up to nine New York CLE credits. Other discussion topics on February 5 include basic asylum, withholding, CAT, the International Human Rights Law, evolving theories of social group, protection, and expedited forms of removal. The following day, the conference will address representing children in asylum claims, presenting a case remotely, and immigration court updates. The event, typically held at New York Law School will also include welcome speeches, closing remarks, and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud’s experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers. His immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, Lahoud seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. His ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. Lahoud was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Jan 08, 2021Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, a Member of the firm, are pleased to present the free webinar, “Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals.”

    COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the American immigration system in a wide range of areas. Large corporations are seeking to transfer employees to the United States from foreign affiliates. Small businesses are interested in hiring foreign workers. Employers are trying to continue employing individuals who are authorized to work under Temporary Protected Status. Overwhelmed and understaffed hospitals are looking to hire and/or retain foreign medical professionals. Colleges and universities are supporting a large roster of foreign students and faculty. Individuals are interested in traveling to and from the United States or seeking to retain or hire au pairs through international agencies. Millions of people have been affected.

    This webinar will cover all these issues and provide an update for 2021. Ray and William will discuss:

    • Current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions on Visas and Travel to the United States and How These Have Affected a Broad Range of Employers and Employees
    • Exceptions to the Travel Restrictions from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
    • Current Restrictions at the U.S. Border With Canada
    • Recent Updates on Extensions of Temporary Protected Status

    When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    This course has been approved for 1.2 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in New Jersey. We have provisional approval for CLE credit in Pennsylvania, however, the number of total credits and final approval are still pending. Attorneys seeking CLE credit in New York may apply for credit by submitting a request for credit using a New Jersey CLE certificate.

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more. He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. William has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    William is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination. He has also advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

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  • Jan 01, 2021Norris McLaughlin Promotes Two Associate Attorneys to Members of the Firm

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicholas J. Dimakos and William C. Menard to Members of the firm effective January 1, 2021.

    “Both Nick and William exemplify what Norris McLaughlin stands for in our mission and values, so we are pleased to present them with this advancement in their legal careers,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Nick Dimakos

    On his promotion, Dimakos stated, “I’ve learned so much from my colleagues and mentors here at Norris McLaughlin, and I’m happy to continue my journey with the firm in this new role.”

    Dimakos focuses on trust and estate litigation, representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. His practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, including will contests and challenges to account beneficiary designations; accounting actions involving estates, trusts, and powers of attorney; contested administrations involving challenges to and the defense of the actions of executors and trustees; trust terminations and modifications; and guardianship actions.

    Dimakos is frequently appointed to serve as counsel to alleged incapacitated individuals and volunteers as a mediator for Somerset County’s Probate Early Settlement Program. He writes about probate litigation and guardianships on the firm’s NJ Beneficiary Rights Law Blog, “Guardians of Your Will.”

    Dimakos received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review.  After graduation, Dimakos clerked for the Assignment Judge of Bergen County, the Honorable Peter E. Doyne (Ret.). He earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from The College of New Jersey in 2008.

    About William Menard

    “It’s been a pleasure working at Norris McLaughlin and I am thrilled the firm trusts me enough to provide me with this opportunity to take on more responsibilities,” Menard commented.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He represents both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and represents clients at trial in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country. Menard is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and routinely represents clients before the federal courts of appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. He has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and various temporary visas, representing clients from across the globe.

    Additionally, Menard is active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination and advising education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009. In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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  • Dec 21, 2020Ray Lahoud Named National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader” in Immigration Law

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, has been named a National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader” for his insightful contributions to employment topics related to immigration law developments.

    “I put my blog together and post as often as possible to open the dialogue and talk to people online about the immigration and deportation system as seen from the eyes of a lawyer. Daily, lawyers are dealing with the system, and we must educate anyone who will listen, read, or ask. It has been a privilege and an honor to provide this additional resource for those ready to start the conversation, and I will continue to do so,” said Lahoud.

    About the National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leadership” Awards

    Each year, the National Law Review recognizes less than 1% of its authors with “Go-To Thought Leadership” awards. In 2020, the National Law Review honored 71 authors or organizations from over 20,000 contributed pieces of thought leadership received. For more information, please click here. To read Lahoud’s blog posts, visit the Norris McLaughlin Immigration Law Blog, “Immigration Matters.”

    A spokesperson for the National Law Review stated, “Mr. Lahoud’s writing harnesses his extensive experience handling client matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department and representing various industries covering immigration changes from a variety of perspectives, including writing about ICE updates, litigation surrounding H-1B wage rules, and local initiatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global, serving individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of experienced and highly-trained immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. He represents businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. His compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Nov 25, 2020Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will co-present the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section webinar, “Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.”

    Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    COVID-19 has presented challenging experiences for nearly every immigration court practitioner, leading to modernization. This webinar will address:

    • An overview of the immigration courts adapting to modern technology, including electronic filing and service, video hearings, and secure video communications with detained clients
    • Implementation of this modernization
    • Best immigration trial litigation practices for detained and non-detained removal proceedings
    • Effective challenges to the electronic hearings, proper e-submissions and service, witness preparation, expert reports and testimony, and preserving appealable issues through pre-trial motions and effective trial objections and evidentiary challenges

    When: Thursday, December 17, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: federalbar.org

    • FBA Members – $0
    • Nonmembers – $75

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. Ray has served nearly every industry, including health care, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports.

    Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

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  • Oct 16, 2020I-9 Compliance Webinar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group; the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of the firm; and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free I-9 compliance webinar, “Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit,” hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    I-9 Compliance, COVID-19, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employees can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and worker specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations
    • PLUS…just released updates from the Department of Labor revising rules for federally mandated Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: lehighvalleypacoc.wliinc16.com

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more.

    William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

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  • Sep 24, 2020Ray Lahoud Speaks to Moravian Academy ‘Latinos in the Lehigh Valley’ Students

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, was a virtual guest speaker for the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” class taught by Professor Gonzalo F. del Real, M.A., Tuesday, September 22.

    “I always enjoy speaking to the younger generation about immigration and seeing their passion on the topic. To be able to help educate them on the immigration system and immigration law, as well as speak to them as a child of immigrants reminds me of why I got into this profession and why I love what I do,” said Lahoud.

    About the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” Class

    The purpose of the class is to provide students with information to help dispel any erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions they may have about the immigration process and those who are part of it. Lahoud visited the class last year to speak to students about imperialism and immigration, discussing his experience working with the immigration process, student and work visas, and the residency/citizenship process, as well as his personal journey as a child of Lebanese immigrants.

    This year, Lahoud discussed Lehigh Valley’s immigrant population and communities; and the “underground” world that takes advantage of the undocumented immigrant community through “notario” fraud, fraud, human trafficking, and smuggling; and the impact of issues such as document, benefit, and identity fraud on those in the United States lawfully. He also spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform, noting that it may be difficult, if not impossible, to see such reform in the near future.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global, serving individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of experienced and highly-trained immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. He represents businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. His compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Sep 11, 2020Ray Lahoud to Speak on “Immigration Law Amidst A Pandemic” at Emory University

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for “Immigration Amidst A Pandemic,” hosted by Emory University as part of its Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections initiative, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, September 29.

    “I am excited to be a part of this incredible mission at Emory University and, as always, look forward to educating young adults interested in immigration law and immigration in general,” said Lahoud.

    About the Emory University Immigration Program

    Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections aims to facilitate informed, nonpartisan discussion on immigration politics, law, and current events; empower entities advocating for the world’s migrant populations; and share academic and professional opportunities for students interested in the immigration field.

    The panel — comprising attorneys, judges, law school professors, and pro bono individuals serving immigrant populations — will address topics including how the legal system and immigration defense have changed with recent political changes, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected this work.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. Lahoud’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Jul 20, 2020I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free webinar, “I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit.”

    I-9 Compliance and ICE Audits

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employers can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing I-9 compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and workers in specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations

    When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – noon

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About William Menard

    William C. Menard practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals as well as conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more. He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. William has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

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