Rob helps clients hire and retain the best and brightest global talent in the ever-changing, complex U.S. immigration landscape. By gaining a deep understanding of his client’s business and culture, he is able to offer creative, cost-effective strategies which allow his clients to turn immigration sponsorship into a competitive advantage.
Rob has extensive experience advising companies and individuals on the complexities of business immigration law, including securing temporary work permits, submission of permanent residence applications, I-9 compliance, U.S.-Canada cross-border matters and consular processing. He has successfully implemented comprehensive proactive compliance programs in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Rob spent eight years as in-house counsel at Microsoft Corporation where he assisted employees, managers, business partners and other stakeholders with their immigration needs. He developed expertise in establishing, maintaining and improving corporate immigration policies and procedures.
Rob also held a managing attorney role in the Northern California offices of the largest international immigration firm, where he worked with a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Following graduation from law school at the University of Oregon, Rob worked for a Portland law firm where he focused on non-business immigration matters such as asylum/refugee law, naturalization/citizenship, deportation/removal defense and federal litigation at both the District Court and Court of Appeals levels. Rob has personal experience with the U.S. immigration system through the international adoption of his two youngest children from Taiwan.
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1994 - present
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 5.21.18
- 2018 Worksite Enforcement Investigations by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Already Double 2017 TotalCross Border Business Law Blog, 5.17.18
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Expected to Submit Proposed Rule Rescinding H-4 EAD Regulations by June 2018Cross Border Business Law Blog, 3.2.18
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 1.26.18
- Updated Form I-765 Allows Applicant to Request Social Security Number Without Having to File Separate Request with the Social Security AdministrationCross Border Business Law Blog, 10.24.17
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 9.29.17
- Now Effective: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Selected Under Fiscal Year 2018 CapCross Border Business Law Blog, 9.27.17
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tightens Requirements on Green Card Applications for Renewing Advance Parole Travel Authorization DocumentsCross Border Business Law Blog, 9.14.17
- Department of Homeland Security Will Require In-Person Interviews at Local USCIS Field Offices for Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence Applicants Beginning October 1, 2017Cross Border Business Law Blog, 9.1.17
News & Insights
- GSB Newsroom, 9.5.17
- Sponsored EventBellevue, WA, 8.6.18
- Washington, 2005
- Oregon, 1992
- Law Society of British Columbia, Practitioner of Foreign Law, 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1995
- U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 1995
University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1992
Pepperdine University, JD/MBA, 1988-1990
DeVry Institute of Technology, B.S. 1987
Honors | Recognitions
- Epsilon Delta Pi Honorary Society, 1987
- Multiple awards for pro bono volunteerism while working at Microsoft Corporation
- Pro bono award from Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ), 2008