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Christopher L. Thomas

Shareholder Denver

Mr. Thomas practices exclusively in the area of immigration law.  He represents companies throughout the world in developing global mobility policies, securing necessary work visas and permanent resident cards for employees, advising on I-9 compliance issues, and representing companies in government audits and investigations. 


Experience

Mr. Thomas has extensive experience in employment-based immigration law and manages the Denver office’s immigration practice.  He advises and represents companies in the preparation of employment-based nonimmigrant petitions (e.g., B, E, H, L, O, P, R, and TN petitions), labor certification (PERM) applications, immigrant petitions (all preference categories), and adjustment of status and consular processing applications.

He represents companies undergoing immigration-related investigations, including I-9 audits, public access file reviews, SEVIS evaluations, onsite inspections, and a variety of other government probes.  In addition, to prepare companies for the possibility of such government activity, he helps them in their efforts to establish successful compliance programs.

He also represents companies in developing effective international mobility policies, helping them to secure appropriate work visas for outbound workers (e.g., transferring employees from a U.S. facility to work on a project in China, etc.) and assisting them in establishing compliance programs on a global basis.

In addition, he assists individuals with family-based petitions and naturalization applications.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association (Immigration Section, Advisory Council Member)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • IPBA (Vice Chair, Employment & Immigration Law Section)
  • Denver Chapter of J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Board Member)
  • Worksite Enforcement Liaison with Immigration & Customs Enforcement for the American Immigration Lawyers Association - Denver Chapter

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Tips for Toeing the Line: The Latest Developments in I-9 and E-Verify Compliance'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Update'' - Lexington - December 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''What every in-house counsel needs to know about I-9 Compliance'' - Colorado Springs - October 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigrations Hot Topics'' - Indianapolis - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''I-9 Game show'' - Denver - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Issues for the Workplace: I-9 Compliance and President Obama’s Executive Order'' - Phoenix - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Law and Data Privacy Concerns in Mobility Assignments'' - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Who is watching your I-9s'' - Denver - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Update'' - Costa Mesa - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Employment & Immigration Law Briefing'' - April 01, 2016
  • Law Education Institute - ''Immigration Law Update'' - Vail - January 2016
  • People Matters - ''Immigration Compliance Update for Employers'' - Phoenix - November 10, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Crossroads between Immigration and Employment Law'' - Denver - October 30, 2015
  • Colorado SHRM - ''Immigration Compliance Update for Employers'' - Keystone - October 01, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Compliance for Employers'' - Des Moines - June 01, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Crossroads between Immigration and Employment Law'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Compliance for Employers'' - Omaha - April 28, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Compliance'' - Fort Collins - April 28, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''How Obama’s Executive Order will Affect Your Workforce and I-9 Compliance'' - San Diego - April 23, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Compliance'' - Denver - April 22, 2015
  • Rocky Mountain Relocation Council - ''Developments in Immigration Law'' - Denver - April 21, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Employer Update'' - Denver - January 23, 2015
  • Law Education Institute - ''Immigration Employer Update'' - Vail - January 09, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Roundtable - ''Immigration Employer Update'' - Chicago - November 13, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Immigration and Compliance'' - Omaha - September 30, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Immigration and Compliance'' - Des Moines - September 29, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Where Immigration and Employment Law Meet'' - Denver - September 26, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''What Every Employer Needs to Know About Immigration Enforcement'' - Denver - September 26, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Developments in Immigration Enforcement'' - Dana Point - September 18, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Playing the Odds with Global Mobility'' - Las Vegas - May 08, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Immigration Update'' - Chicago - February 20, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment-Based Immigration'' - Omaha - September 17, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment-Based Immigration'' - Des Moines - September 16, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Just Business? The Challenges and Opportunities of Employment Visas in the 'New' Economy'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Immigration and EEO Laws: Managing the 'Cross Over' Liability Issues'' - New Orleans - May 09, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment-Based Immigration'' - Las Vegas - March 08, 2013
  • 2013 National CLE Conference, LEI Labor & Employment Law Program - ''Business Immigration Law: Tips and Theories for Both Sides'' - Snowmass - January 06, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Immigration Enforcement'' - Phoenix - October 26, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developing an Effective Global Mobility Policy'' - Denver - October 12, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration Enforcement - What Every Employer Needs to Know'' - Denver - October 12, 2012
  • HR and Safety Conference - ''Employment-Based Immigration'' - Fresno - October 11, 2012
  • Fresno County Employer Advisory Council - ''Immigration Compliance'' - Fresno - October 10, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Taking the I-9 Challenge'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Immigration Enforcement Update'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Essential Immigration: Managing Your Foreign Workforce and Navigating Immigration Compliance Laws'' - Dallas - April 12, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Essential Immigration: Managing Your Foreign Workforce and Navigating Immigration Compliance Laws'' - Houston - March 28, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Developments in Immigration Law'' - Las Vegas - March 09, 2012
  • Mize Houser Events - ''Immigration Enforcement Update for Employers'' - San Diego - February 10, 2012
  • Colorado Bar Association - ''Developments in Immigration Enforcement: What Every Employer Needs to Know'' - Snowmass - January 07, 2012
  • SIKICH Events - ''I-9 Compliance and Update Seminar'' - Chicago - October 19, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''What Every Employer Needs to Know about Immigration Enforcement'' - Kansas City - October 11, 2011
  • Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services - ''Employment-Based Immigration'' - October 05, 2011
  • NFCA Annual Conference - ''DOL & ICE Audits: What Every Employer Should Know'' - Denver - September 08, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''I-9 Compliance: Increased Government Enforcement Activity'' - Chicago - May 12, 2011
  • Intersection of Immigration Law and Employment Law - ''Immigration Compliance Update'' - Las Vegas - April 29, 2011
  • Intersection of Immigration Law and Employment Law - ''Immigration Compliance Update'' - Denver - April 27, 2011
  • New Mexico Chile Association - ''Developments in Immigration Enforcement'' - Las Cruces - February 01, 2011
  • Law Education Institute - ''Immigration Update'' - Vail - January 08, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Iceman Cometh: What Every Employer Should do to Prepare for a Visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement'' - Los Angeles - November 04, 2010
  • Advanced Employment Issues Seminar - ''Update in Employment-Based Immigration'' - Las Vegas - October 11, 2010
  • Advanced Employment Issues Seminar - ''Update in Employment-Based Immigration'' - Nashville - September 03, 2010

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June 26, 2017 - Xpert HR Podcast - "Stepped-Up Immigration Enforcement Puts Employers on Notice"
June 01, 2017 - SHRM Online - "California Employers May Get Caught in Immigration Battle"
April 24, 2017 - Law Week Colorado - "Employers Brace for Workplace Raids to Return Under Trump"

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