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.

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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.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane Law School, 1997
  • B.A., cum laude, Brigham Young University, 1994

Admittance to Practice

  • Colorado
  • Kentucky

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 Annual Oklahoma Conference - "Worksite Enforcement Update" - Oklahoma City - November 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Immigration Update Under Trump Administration" - St. Louis - November 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Annual Colorado Conference - "Immigration Update" - Denver - September 2018
  • Rocky Mountain Relocation Council Annual Conference - "Developments in Immigration" - Denver - September 2018
  • Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Association - "Seasonal Work Visas and Immigration Compliance" - Lexington - August 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Immigration Compliance" - Phoenix - June 2018
  • Waldron HR Conference - "Immigration Compliance Update" - Phoenix - June 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "An Ounce of Prevention . . . May Not Be Enough: Thriving in an Era of Increased I-9 Audits and Investigations" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • SHRM Webinar - "Immigration Update" - May 2018
  • MizeHouser Annual Conference - "Immigration Update" - Boca Raton - February 2018
  • CRCA Annual Conference - "Developments in Immigration Under the Trump Administration" - Chicago - January 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Developments in Immigration Under the Trump Administration" - Denver - November 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Developments in Immigration Under the Trump Administration" - Las Vegas - September 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Developments in Immigration Under the Trump Administration" - Reno - September 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Immigration Six Months into the Trump Administration" - Denver - June 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Tips for Toeing the Line: The Latest Developments in I-9 and E-Verify Compliance" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Canada Arizona Business Council - "Immigration Options for Employers" - Phoenix - April 2017
  • Chicago Roofing Contractors Association - "Immigration Update" - Chicago - April 2017
  • Hospitality Human Resources Association - "Immigration Options and Concerns for the Hospitality Industry" - Denver - April 2017
  • Mize Houser - "Immigration Enforcement Under the Trump Administration" - Kansas City - April 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Immigration Update" - Chicago - March 2017
  • Colorado SHRM - "Immigration Enforcement: What Every Employer Needs to Know" - Denver - February 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Developments in Immigration under the Trump Administration" - Denver - January 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 - "I-9 Game show" - Denver - September 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Immigrations Hot Topics" - Indianapolis - 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 Webinar - "Employment & Immigration Law Briefing" - April 1, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Immigration Update" - Costa Mesa - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Who is watching your I-9s" - Denver - April 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 1, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Immigration Compliance for Employers" - Des Moines - June 1, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Crossroads between Immigration and Employment Law" - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Immigration Compliance" - Fort Collins - April 28, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Immigration Compliance for Employers" - Omaha - 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 9, 2015
  • September 21, 2018 - Law Week Colorado - "Best Lawyers 2019: Labor and Employment"
  • April 3, 2018 - XpertHR - "Immigration Enforcement: What Employers Need to Know"
  • June 26, 2017 - Xpert HR Podcast - "Stepped-Up Immigration Enforcement Puts Employers on Notice"
  • June 1, 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"
  • May 23, 2013 - Law360 - "5 Reforms to Watch As The Immigration Debate Heats Up"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Acritas Star (2018-present)
  • Established and managed employment-based immigration practice group that earned a Tier 1 ranking at two separate law firms by U.S. News & World Report
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Immigration Law (2013 to present)

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