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Bruce E. Buchanan counsels employers on immigration compliance issues and on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspections and audits. He also has significant experience with matters related to employment-based visas, family-based petitions, naturalization, asylum, and U visas. Bruce frequently handles I-9 compliance issues, including internal I-9 audits, investigations by the Immigrant Employee Rights (IER) Section on the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and E-Verify issues.

Before focusing on immigration, Bruce served as senior trial specialist for the NLRB for 20 years, counseled clients on union-filed representation petitions, represented employers in collective bargaining, and advised on wage and hour and Family and Medical Leave Act matters.

In addition to his legal practice, Bruce regularly writes and speaks on immigration compliance issues for employers and has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Among his many publications, Bruce co-authored the book, I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, and is the long-time editor of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Newsletter. He is a member of the Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Be About Change, United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee

Member, Board of Directors

Immigration Law and Labor & Employment Law sections

Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)


Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


The Associated General Contractors of America – Middle Tennessee


Middle Tennessee Chapter


News, Analysis & Press

WPI Labor Day Report 2022

WPI Report

September 5, 2022

Tennessee Lowers the Employee Threshold to 35 for Mandatory Use of E-Verify

TBA's Labor & Employment Law Newsletter

June 2022

USCIS Seeking Public Comment on Use of Permanent Remote I-9 Verification

TBA's Labor & Employment Law Newsletter

November 2021

SSA No-Match Letters Discontinued Again

TBA's Labor & Employment Law Newsletter

May 2021

ICE Announces Another 30-Day Extension to I-9 Virtual Verification

TBA's Labor & Employment Law Newsletter

July 2020

Books & Book Chapters

  • I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, 2nd edition, co-author with Greg Siskind, Alan House Publishing, 2017

Speaking Engagements

Current Issues in Worksite Enforcement

AILA Annual Conference, New York City

June 2022

DHS/ICE Audits – from Receipt of NOI to Litigating Fine before OCAHO

Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA Annual Conference

March 2022

E-Verify Changes and Challenges

AILA Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Conference

December 2021

Biden Administration and Employer Immigration Compliance


August 2021

1st 100 Days under President Biden – Where are we Headed in Immigration Law?

TBA Immigration Law Section Forum

May 2021

Immigration and Employment Issues under Biden

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Middle Tennessee, Nashville

February 2021

I-9 / Worksite Enforcement Current Trends

AILA Mid-South Fall Conference

October 2020

Why I-9 Compliance Should be a Priority

Greater Nashville Chapter of APA, Nashville

November 2019

ICE Audits/Raids of Employers – Is Your Business ICE’s Next Target?

AGC - Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference, Chicago

October 2019

I-9 compliance Issues

AILA Mid-South Fall Conference, Chattanooga

October 2019

IER Investigations in the Era of BAHA

AILA Employer Compliance and Worksite Enforcement Conference, Park City, UT

September 2019


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1982
  • B.S., Florida State University, 1979magna cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas