Chad Blocker is a Partner in Fragomen’s Los Angeles office. He joined the firm in 1998 and has counseled on a broad array of immigration matters for a diverse client base including organizations in the following industries: financial services (investment banking, corporate banking, wealth management, private equity), technology, consulting, insurance and risk management, resort/hospitality, media, and energy, among others.
His practice includes all aspects of corporate immigration including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, naturalization, Form I-9 and Labor Condition Application compliance as well as corporate restructuring matters.
He also consults with individual clients on naturalization matters and family-based petitions as well as EB-5 immigration investor petitions, including Form I-526 and Form I-829 issues as well as EB-5 adjudication trends and results.
From 1996 to 1998, Chad served as a Law Clerk to federal Administrative Law Judge John C. Holmes of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) in Washington, D.C. where he assisted Judge Holmes in writing more than 50 appellate decisions.
Chad is a frequent speaker on business-related immigration developments and trends at industry organizations and events. He has presented at a number of Council for Global Immigration conferences on topics ranging from the impact of 9/11 on visa processing to H-1B Labor Condition Application compliance.
He has also presented at conferences held by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Worldwide ERC, among other prominent organizations. In addition, he was an instructor on “Immigration for Start-Ups” at General Assembly, a global educational community for entrepreneurs and start-up companies in business, technology and design.
Chad has also written and edited articles for notable publications such as the Los Angeles Business Journal and Advising California Employers and Employees, a publication of the Continuing Education of the Bar – State Bar of California and the Regents of the University of California.
Chad previously served on the Board of Directors of Norcross Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages 10,000 acres of land in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Norcross provides almost $1 million in annual grants to nonprofit groups with core conservation values.
- Advised on the immigration ramifications of the merger of two investment managers, forming one of the largest asset management firms in the world, with assets exceeding $1 trillion.
- Counseled on the immigration consequences of a financial services firm’s divestiture of a middle-market commercial finance business.
- Advised a large multinational technology consulting firm on establishing a large-scale compliance-focused permanent residence program.
- Tulane University School of Law | J.D., 1996, Cum Laude
- University of Colorado, Boulder | B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions: Colorado, Texas (Inactive)
- Member, Advisory Board, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Institute for Corporate Counsel
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Former Law Clerk, Federal Administrative Law Judge John C. Holmes of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) in Washington, D.C. (1996–1998)
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