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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.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1994 - present

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Past Appearances


  • 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, 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
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