ITA Spotlight: Fragomen
Monday, January 8, 2018
Posted by: Gary Hotze
As the world’s leading immigration provider, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (“Fragomen”) has extensive experience representing companies across the entire spectrum of the information technology sector in their efforts to recruit and retain a global workforce.
Christian Dallman, Attorney, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
As the world’s leading immigration provider, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (“Fragomen”) has extensive experience representing companies across the entire spectrum of the information technology sector in their efforts to recruit and retain a global workforce. I have been assisting technology companies with immigration matters for over a decade, enabling them to anticipate and address immigration challenges before they impact their business and to plan strategically based upon their evolving business requirements and goals.
Chicagoan by birth or relocation?
If you relocated, what brought you to Chicago?
Upon graduating from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, I wanted to relocate to a city that served as a global center for law, business, and technology, and Chicago was the perfect fit. Practicing in Chicago has allowed me to represent technology clients encountering an unprecedented array of immigration issues, including insufficient H-1B visa numbers, restrictive USCIS interpretations of nonimmigrant visa regulations, and the scarce number of employment-based immigrant visas and associated lengthy quota backlogs.
How did you come to work with Fragomen?
During law school, I spent the summers working on the Washington, D.C. staff of a former Congressman who focused on immigration matters. Working for the Congressman provided me with a keen interest in the dynamic and politically charged area of immigration law. I joined Fragomen immediately after Law School and have been with the firm ever since.
What about Fragomen was appealing?
Fragomen is a wholly unique law firm. It is one of the largest firms in the world, yet is solely dedicated to providing global immigration support. In fact, Fragomen is the world’s leading single-focus provider of immigration services and support, with more than 40 office in 20 countries that work together to provide a full range of global immigration services to our clients. Working for Fragomen allows me to leverage the firm’s collective immigration experience, thereby offering my clients strategic solutions that help them achieve their business goals.
What do you like most about what you do?
I love learning about my clients and their businesses, products, and services and then, taking into account their business models and strategic objectives, providing immigration solutions to facilitate their recruitment, hiring, and retention of key talent from across the globe.
Which achievement at Fragomen are you most proud of?
I am proud to have helped my IT Clients achieve their diverse personnel goals and grow their business through providing proactive and strategic immigration advice. I have helped transform the immigration programs of several rapidly evolving IT companies into highly effective programs that support key company objectives.
Additionally, Fragomen encourages all of its attorneys to give back to the immigrant community through providing Pro Bono legal services to deserving individuals. In July 2017, I was recognized as the inaugural Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the World Relief DuPage/Aurora’s Immigrant Legal Services program. The award honored my dedication and commitment to serving the immigrant community in the Greater Chicago area. I feel truly honored to have received this award, as I am passionate about serving all members of the local immigrant community.
What’s your outlook on the local tech industry?
The tech scene in Chicago is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and opportunities. As new innovators enter the market and established players grow their local operations, the demand by Illinois tech companies for global talent has never been higher. I believe that the local tech sector is only beginning to realize its potential as a global center for business innovation.
What do you think are the top issues facing the Illinois tech community?
Concerning U.S. immigration, employers are facing a restrictive, protectionist environment, which is making it incredibly difficult for them to hire top global talent. Unfortunately, the U.S. labor market has an insufficient number of resources to support the growing high tech industry, a problem that is especially acute in Illinois.
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Practicing immigration law with a focus on the IT industry has provided me with incredible opportunities to work with innovators in fu