Bernhard Mueller

Shareholder || Columbia

Bernhard Mueller is a member of the Cross-Border Practice Group of Ogletree Deakins and has more than 14 years of experience in handling employment and immigration law matters for multinational corporations. A native of Germany, Bernhard focuses his international employment practice on Europe, Canada, Latin America and Africa, where he has handled matters involving global workforce mobility, European data privacy / data protection compliance issues, global sales incentive pay plans, employment and expatriate assignment contracts, employer policies and handbooks, immigration law compliance and government enforcement matters, and immigration options for international assignments and technical assistance projects. He represents clients across the United States and internationally in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, aerospace, information technology, biotech / biopharma, utilities, oil & gas, construction, telecommunication, and professional services.

Bernhard has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA as a top immigration attorney every year since 2007, and he has been named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer’s Outstanding Young Lawyers – Rising Stars in 2009 and 2011.* He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law and global mobility topics before trade associations, industry groups and professional organizations. He has authored various newsletters and articles on these subjects.

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As a full-time member of Ogletree Deakins’ Cross-Border Practice Group, Bernhard is part of a growing team of international attorneys based in four countries with unique experience handling employment-law and immigration-law matters worldwide.  The International Practice Group consists of lawyers with in-house experience working for multinationals, lawyers experienced in cross-disciplinary matters such as white collar crime, M&A, immigration and tax, lawyers with educational and language experience in a multitude of foreign countries including China, Cuba, Brazil, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Austria, Ireland; and German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean lawyers experienced working in the United States.

International Employment Law & Global Mobility:

Bernhard advises multinational companies on a broad range of international legal issues, including global workforce mobility, compliance with foreign employment laws, data protection / data privacy laws, and other ancillary legal issues arising out of global employment practices. He represents companies throughout the world in developing global mobility policies and obtaining necessary employment visas to transfer key employees among various countries.  Some of the representative projects have included:

U.S. Immigration Law & Compliance:

Bernhard provides comprehensive business immigration advice to U.S. employers wishing to hire foreign nationals, advising companies on the appropriate employment work visas, work authorization, and issues related to permanent resident applications. He assists a broad range of companies, from small family-run business to Fortune 50 companies, in various industry sectors on the U.S. temporary work visa (e.g., H-1B, L-1, TN, E-1, E-2, E-3, O-1, and B-1 visas) and permanent residence sponsorship options. In addition, he assists U.S. companies in preparing employment eligibility compliance programs and related corporate policies, such as improved compliance with I-9 verification requirements and federal or state E-Verify rules. He represents companies in government enforcement actions and in litigation arising out of immigration law compliance matters, such as I-9 investigations, allegations of discrimination in the I-9 verification process (including pattern-or-practice claims), and regulatory enforcement cases initiated by the Labor Department’s Wage & Hour Division in connection with an employer’s compliance obligations in the H-1B visa sponsorship context. Bernhard is known for finding creative, efficient and simple solutions for clients’ employment and immigration law compliance concerns.


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Professional Activities

  • South Carolina Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • ABA International Law Section


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