Brian D. Bumgardner

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Mr. Bumgardner’s practice includes a full range of business immigration matters in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on semiconductor design and manufacturing, industrial and power equipment manufacturing, information technology, biotechnology, life sciences, and health care. He assists employers in obtaining temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of new and current employees.  Mr. Bumgardner possesses extensive knowledge and experience in preparing visa petitions for extraordinary ability workers (O-1), specialty occupations (H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3), and the transfer of managers, executives and specialized knowledge foreign personnel to startup and established U.S. offices (L-1). He is experienced in securing work-authorized classifications for professionals entering the U.S. pursuant to NAFTA (TN), as well as a variety of other temporary employment visa classifications. Mr. Bumgardner also assists with obtaining U.S. Department of Labor approval of applications for alien employment certification (PERM) and petitioning for extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and multinational manager and executive immigrant petitions (EB1). Mr. Bumgardner possesses extensive experience advising on the immigration impacts related to corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions, as well as Reductions in Force. He also assists companies with I-9 compliance issues including internal audits, government investigations, and compliance programs.

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  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • North Carolina

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Building a Successful Immigration Program: Key Planning Considerations for Active Businesses" - Las Vegas - May 4, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "As The World Turns: Immigration Prospects and Pitfalls Under the New Administration" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • 2007 - Kansas Law Review - "Fernando-Vargas v. Gonzales: Due Process Concerns, Probable Consequences, and Possible Solutions"
  • April 13, 2018 - CNBC - "Big American tech companies are snapping up foreign-worker visas, replacing Indian outsourcing firms"
  • Recipient, W. Ross Hutton Award for distinguished performance, Legal Aid Clinic, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Staff Member, Kansas Law Review

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