Blake Chisam is Fragomen’s Chief Audit and Privacy Officer. In this role, he oversees the firm’s audit and risk management activities, as well as the firm’s privacy program. Blake also serves as the firm’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Data Protection Officer (DPO).
In this role, Blake ensures Fragomen processes personal data in compliance with the applicable global data privacy regulations.
Resident to the firm’s Washington, DC office, Blake’s practice focuses on risk management and compliance, along with government strategies.
Blake was previously senior counsel to the immigration subcommittee for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, where he worked on policy and oversight issues related to employment-based immigration, international law, border security, immigration enforcement, refugee issues, naturalization and citizenship.
In addition to his former role with the House Judiciary Committee, Blake served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics Committee) from 2009-2011, and counsel to the Ethics Committee Chair and Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Zoe Lofgren in 2009.
During his tenure, Blake directed an unprecedented number of complex Congressional ethics investigations and served as lead counsel in high-profile House ethics disciplinary hearings.
Prior to his government service, Blake practiced immigration and nationality law in the private sector. His practice focused on advising organizations with respect to immigration-related policy, employment issues and other related matters.
Blake is a sought-after speaker and guest lecturer and has published many commentaries on immigration law including a book, Immigration Practice, which he co-authored. In 2000, he was awarded the Meritorious Public Service Award by former Attorney General Janet Reno.
- Directed scores of Congressional investigations and oversight hearings on wide range of topics, including employment-based immigration, global immigration, federal claims processes, and ethics
- Negotiated and drafted complex legislation
- Advised Members of Congress on immigration and other policy matters
- Litigated complex cases before state, federal and administrative tribunals
- Temple University School of Law | J.D., 1994
- Auburn University | B.A., 1991, summa cum laude
- University of Alabama | Bachelor of Arts Studies, 1988
Bar admissions: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland
- U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
- Practice Limited to Federal Immigration & Nationality Law
- Member, American Bar Association
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