- Syracuse University College of Law, JD, 1997, cum laude
- Trinity College, BA, 1994
Berin S. RomagnoloPartner
Berin is a member of the firm’s Immigration and Employment Law Groups. She has extensive experience in business immigration matters. She describes the immigration options available to employers and obtains temporary and permanent employment authorization for foreign national employees. Berin explains to employers the impact of organizational changes upon foreign nationals and develops strategies to ensure continuous employment authorization through mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and corporate restructurings. She assists entrepreneurs and foreign businesses start businesses and operations in the United States, and facilitates taking care of all business needs, such as writing the business plan, obtaining financing, understanding the tax implications of the business model, drafting and filing the appropriate corporate documents, locating and negotiating a lease for the business, and protecting intellectual property developed by the business. Berin assists businesses with audits and compliance issues related to I-9’s, E-Verify, and H-1B and green card-related wage and hour rules. She prepares ex-patriate agreements and facilitates obtaining work permits from other countries. She obtains Temporary Protected Status for individuals and assists with staying or ceasing removal proceedings. She prepares and files marriage-based green cards and other family-based green card petitions.
Berin also has experience in employment counseling and litigation. She has handled discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints and cases. She has developed and revised handbooks and policies and assisted in implementing and executing policies. She has drafted employment agreements and compensation agreements. Berin has drafted and litigated all issues related to non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secrets, and confidential information agreements. She has assisted in internal and governmental audits, particularly wage and hour audits involving exempt status, independent contractor status, overtime, deductions, tips, and minimum wage. She has litigated wage and hour complaints, including a class action. Berin has strategized with employers about issues related to leaves of absence, disabilities, workers compensation, and reasonable accommodations. She has handled disciplinary issues, terminations and reductions-in-force, and negotiated and drafted severance agreements.
- Obtained work visas and green cards for managers, executives, and employees of new U.S. companies, entrepreneurs, and local, national, and international companies in various industries including energy, healthcare, technology, research and development, financial services, business consulting, institutions of higher education, accounting, and architects.
- Counseled companies through mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and corporate restructurings to keep foreign nationals’ employment authorizations in tact.
- Defended companies in DOL audits involving I-9 compliance, H-1B wage compliance, benching, overtime, and tips.
- Defended wage and hour class action involving prevailing wages, overtime, deductions, and minimum wages for foreign national employees.
- Litigated both sides of non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secret and confidential information cases.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Bar Association, Immigration Section, Section Council
Massachusetts Bar Association, Employment Section, Former Section Council
Society for Human Resource Management
Victims Rights Law Center, Immigration and Employment Mentor & Pro Bono Attorney
Berin is a speaker regarding immigration and employment topics for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Berin was a presenter at the New England Innovation Alliance on “Hiring and Retaining Foreign Nationals” in October 2013. She was a panelist at the Boston Bar Association’s program titled “Strategies for Success” in July 2013. She often lectures at Endicott College teaching “Employment Issues for Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups and Small Businesses”. Berin has also lectured at a Boston University Law School class called “Representing Life Science Companies”.
Berin was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star every year from 2006-2009, 2011 and 2012.
News & Media
- Tips for Employing Foreign Nationals
- Tougher & More Frequent H-1B Site Visits – Time to Proactively Audit Your H-1B Compliance!
- The Immigration Impact of Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings
- H-1B Filing Deadline Is Approaching - Time To Determine H-1B Needs
- Executive Order Regarding Foreign Nationals - The Impact on Employers
- New Rule Allows Employers to Hire & Retain Highly-Skilled Workers More Easily
- Employing Workers on H1B Visas
- New Immigration Path for Foreign Entrepreneurs
- Immigration Options For Foreign Entrepreneurs
- From I-9 To E-Verify: On The Immigration Frontlines
- New I-9 Form Published Today
- US Immigration Options For Foreign Entrepreneurs
- Corporate Changes Ahead? Check For Immigration Issues
- New Rule – Additional 7 Months of Work Authorization for STEM Graduates
- H-1B Filing Deadline Is Approaching – Time To Determine H-1B Needs
- New Rule Helps E-3 Australian Workers, H-1B1 Chilean & Singaporean Workers, And EB-1 Outstanding Professors & Researchers.
- New Guidance on How to Conduct Internal I-9 Audits
- New Rule Allows Some Greencard Applicants to File Their Applications Years Early
- New USCIS Guidance Requires Amended/New H-1B Filings When Employees Change Worksites
- New Guidance & FAQ To Aid H-4 Spouses in Applying for Work Authorization under New Law
- Proposed H-4 Visa Expansion Proves Controversial
- New Rule: Certain H-4 Spouses Can Apply for Work Authorization Soon!
- H-1B Filing Deadline Is Approaching - Time to Determine H-1B Needs
- Ease and Speed Up the U.S. Entry Process
- Over Half of the New H-1B Petitions Submitted on April 1st Will Be Rejected
- H-1B Filing Deadline Is Approaching – Time to Determine H-1B Needs
- E-Verify Resumes Today After Government Shutdown
- Immigration & Employment Impact of Government Shutdown
- Employers Must Use New I-9 Form Starting Today, May 7th
- H-1B Cap Reached. Lottery Date and Chances To Be Announced
- Time to Assess H-1B Needs, as April 1st Filing Date Approaches
- New USCIS Website To Help Foreign Entrepreneurs Create and Operate Businesses in the U.S.
- Reprieve from Deportation for Immigrants
- H-1B Cap Reached! No More New H-1B’s Until October 1, 2013
- H-1B’s Are Running Out Fast! Time To Assess H-1B Needs For The Fall
- H-1B Visas Are Almost Exhausted - Time To Assess H-1B Needs!
- On the Immigration Frontlines: From Silent Raids to e-Verify
- USCIS Announces Initiatives To Increase And Ease Foreign Investment And Entrepreneurship In The U.S.
- Severe B-1 Business Visitor Restrictions, Workplace Audits, and Other Impacts on Businesses Likely In Light of Recent Infosys Case
- Employers May Now Employ F-1 OPT Workers In Business & Management Positions And In Psychology-Related Positions For An Additional 17 Months And May Delay H-1B Filings
- Take A Look At The New Document That Can Be Used To Complete the I-9 Form - The New Joint Employment And Travel Authorization Card
- Individuals In Some States Can Now Verify Work Authorization Status Before Seeking Employment Through the New E-Verify Self Check System
- Time to Assess H-1B Work Visa Needs Now
- Foreign Employee Visa Applications Linked to Deemed Export Certification
- Helpful Tips by the CBP for Holiday Travel
- No-Match Is Different Than No Work Authorization
- Traveling Tips for Labor Day Weekend (And Always)
- New Law Greatly Increases H-1B and L-1 Filing Fees and Allocates $600 Million To Increase Border Security and Immigration Enforcement
- TPS and I-9 Forms - New Guidance
- I-9 Goes Green
- Immigration Updates: ICE Increases I-9 Workplace Audits and USCIS Issues a New Filing Fee Schedule and New E-Verify Guides.