Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Headquarters New York City, U.S.
No. of offices 43 [1]
No. of attorneys 469 [2]
No. of employees 2,500 (estimate)
Major practice areas Immigration Law [3]
Revenue Increase US$ 441,000,000 [4]
Date founded 1951
Founder Austin Fragomen Jr.
Company type Limited liability partnership

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP is a New York City-based International Law firm established in 1951 and specialized in providing a range of immigration law services to corporate and individual clients, and is widely recognised [5] as the world's leading immigration law firm.


Fragomen employs over 2,000 immigration professionals, operating in more than 40 offices and affiliates in 18 countries. Fragomen has offices located in:

NORTH AMERICA Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Coral Gables, FL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Matawan, NJ; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Toronto, Canada; Troy, MI; and Washington, DC

LATIN AMERICA San José, Costa Rica; México D.F. (Mexico City), Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;

ASIA PACIFIC Auckland, New Zealand; Bangalore, India; Beijing, China; Brisbane, Australia; Hong Kong; Kochi, India; Melbourne, Australia; North Ryde, Australia; Perth, Australia; Shanghai, China; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; and Wellington, New Zealand

EUROPE Brussels, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; London (Holborn Gate), United Kingdom; London (Cannon Street), United Kingdom and Zurich, Switzerland + a correspondent office in Paris, France[6] through Karl Waheed Avocats[7]

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA Doha, Qatar; Dubai, UAE; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya


The firm is associated with numerous entities worldwide including Fragomen Global Immigration Services, LLC and Fragomen Global, LLP; all of which are collectively known more commonly as "Fragomen." It also advises clients on export control compliance issues before such entities as the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and Office of Foreign Assets Control.

In the United States, since the Immigration Reform and Control Act ("IRCA") of 1986 required all U.S. employers to verify the identity and work authorization of every employee hired after November, 1986, Fragomen established an IRCA/I-9 practice group. This practice also advises clients on matters related to E-Verify compliance.[citation needed]

Practice areas[edit]

  • Global Immigration
  • Global Immigration Compliance
  • I-9/IRCA and E-Verify compliance
  • Export Control Compliance
  • Employment Law

Audit by the Department of Labor[edit]

In June 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would audit all permanent labor certifications filed by Fragomen, Del Rey alleging “improper attorney involvement” in the consideration of U.S. worker applicants.[8] In August 2008, Fragomen filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor. Fragomen categorically denied the allegations and asserted the Department's actions were unlawful and an unconstitutional denial of their clients’ right to counsel. Soon thereafter, in September 2008, the Department terminated its special audit.[9] In November 2008, the Department and Fragomen filed a Joint Settlement Stipulation and Order and case dismissal. The settlement included the Department's cancellation of all special audits of pending PERM cases, and the immediate return of all cases to the normal processing queue.

Firm's historical timeline[edit]

1951 Firm originally established as Elmer Fried P.C. in New York City
1978 Opened second office in Washington, DC
1979 Opened Florida and San Francisco offices
1980 Opened Los Angeles office
1985 Opened Chicago office
1988 Opened New Jersey office
1995 Opened office in Silicon Valley
1997 Opened Troy and Irvine offices
1998 Opened Dallas office
1999 Opened first international office in Brussels
2002 Opened offices in Boston, Hong Kong & Singapore
2003 Opened offices in London and Frankfurt; and expanded the firm globally with the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers's Australia immigration practice, establishing offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane
2004 Expanded US presence with the acquisition of Hirson, Wexler & Perl in San Diego and Irvine
2005 Opened Wellington, New Zealand office
2006 Opened Shanghai and Canberra offices
2007 Opened Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Dubai, Philadelphia, San Jose and Costa Rica offices
2008 Opened offices in Beijing, Toronto
2008 Acquired the immigration practice of Littler Mendelson and established a Phoenix office
2009 Opened Johannesburg office
2011 Expanded UK practice with acquisition of CMS Cameron McKenna's UK immigration practice. Expanded Australia practice with acquisition of Greenberg Australia and added an Auckland, New Zealand office[citation needed]
2012 Opened Atlanta office

2013 Opened Zurich, Switzerland office; Mexico City office; São Paulo (Brazil), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) offices

2014 Opening offices in Kenya and Malaysia


  1. ^ "Fragomen Locations". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  2. ^ The American Lawyer  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. ^ Department of Labor, 'U.S. Department of Labor auditing all permanent labor certification applications filed by major immigration law firm,' June 2, 2008.
  9. ^ Mark Hamblett, 'Labor Department Drops Green Card Audit of Nation's Largest Immigration Law Firm,' New York Law Journal, September 19, 2008.

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