Jorge R. Lopez has practiced immigration law for more than 30 years and focuses on corporate immigration, processing temporary and permanent corporate visa petitions, and all aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act regarding visa benefits and Federal I-9 immigration compliance. Jorge often appears before the Department of Homeland Security on immigration benefits and compliance matters, as well as before the Department of State and other state entities regulating immigration compliance. He also represents clients in international forums on global migration issues.

Board-certified in immigration and nationality law by the Florida Bar, Jorge has advised multinational companies on how to meet their global workforce needs and on the management of I-9 audits and federal investigations. He also has actively managed the worldwide transfer of staff for a number of multi-national companies.

Additionally, Jorge provides advice on immigration-related employment discrimination, as regulated by the Office of the Special Counsel for Immigration Related Employment Discrimination. He has developed training programs for in-house legal teams and managers at client sites related to immigration compliance modules involving I-9 and visa issues.

Jorge has published numerous articles on immigration law and frequently presents regionally, nationally and internationally at seminars and training programs addressing immigration issues. He works with a diverse selection of clients that span the following industries:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Airlines
  • Hospitality
  • Media and publishing
  • Retail

A shareholder of Littler Mendelson and a chair of the Global Mobility & Immigration Practice Group, Jorge previously worked in private practice.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Nursing Advisory Council

Florida International University School of Nursing

Former Member, Board of Governors

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Former Director

American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Florida Chapter

Former Vice-Chair

Florida Bar Certification Committee

Former Member, Presidential Rank Review Board

US Office of Personnel Management

Former Director

Immigration Related Employer Compliance Program (sponsored by the US Department of Justice), Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce


Recipient, The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Top 15 for Immigration Law

Human Resource Executive Magazine


Named, Top Lawyers in South Florida

South Florida Legal Guide


Named, Florida's Legal Elite

Florida Trend Magazine


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

H-1B Cap Registration Update


February 21, 2020

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9


February 5, 2020

WPI Labor Day Report 2019

WPI Report

September 3, 2019

How to Manage an ICE Site Visit


August 21, 2019

Protecting Yourself From ICE


April 17, 2019

Littler's WPI Labor Day Report 2018

WPI Report

August 30, 2018

An Increase in Work Site Enforcement and Raids

Bloomberg Law

February 1, 2018

The RAISE Act Unveiled


August 10, 2017

Books & Book Chapters

  • Navigating the Waters of Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination & Compliance Issues, an I-9 compliance handbook for employers

Speaking Engagements

Employment and Labor Law Update: A Look at Recent Florida and Miami/Dade Case Law and Immigration Updates Under the Current Administration

Florida Regional Employer Conference, Miami, FL

October 24, 2019

The Federal Government is Knocking on Your Door…Now What?

Austin, TX

April 16, 2019

Going Up in Smoke? A Look at U.S. Immigration, Tax and Workplace Issues Arising from the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada

November 28, 2018

Breaking Down the Basics: Defining the Fundamentals of Employer Compliance and Immigration Policy

August 14, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Tysons Corner, VA

May 23, 2018


Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Cleveland, OH

April 10, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Houston, TX

March 29, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Dallas, TX

March 28, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Los Angeles, CA

March 15, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Irvine, CA

March 14, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

San Diego, CA

March 13, 2018

Travel Bans and Border Walls: An Update on Legal Immigration Under the Trump Administration

February 22, 2018

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

Fairport, NY

October 25, 2017

2017 Florida Employer Conference

Miami, FL

October 17, 2017

DACA – An Employer’s Perspective

October 5, 2017

Immigration Mobility: Changes, Observations and Current Issues

August 22, 2017

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

2017 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference, Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2017

Global Migration in the Age of Nationalism

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Immigration Compliance Updates Under the Trump Administration

April 12, 2017

2017 Littler Global Puerto Rico Conference

San Juan, PR

April 7, 2017

What Does a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

Miami, FL

January 31, 2017

The Revised Form I-9: Understanding the Changes and Handling the Transition

January 18, 2017

The Affordable Care Act and Immigration: Imperatives for Employers in 2017

December 8, 2016

Second Annual Conference in Central America

Panama City

October 12, 2016

Preventing Discrimination Claims: Who is Protected and How to Maintain Compliance

August 31, 2016

Anticipating Immigration-Related Audits: How to Navigate an Unpredictable DOL

April 5, 2016

Immigration Law and Employment Issues: The Basics and More

December 10, 2015

International Transfers: What Each Company Needs to Remember

August 27, 2015

Prospective Employee and New Hire Screening: Legal Landmines and Best Practices

April 9, 2015

Prospective Employee and New Hire Screening: Legal Landmines and Best Practices

April 7, 2015

Navigating the Waters of Immigration Compliance: What employers can do to avoid fines and stay compliant in a changing field

December 10, 2014

The 2014 Charlotte Employer — International Edition

Charlotte, NC

September 23, 2014

Compliance and Liability Fundamentals

Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter

May 2, 2014

The Re-Emergence of the Social Security Mismatch Issue: Why this is happening and what steps employers can take to avoid future penalties and claims

February 27, 2014

New I-9 Form and Compliance Developments

April 16, 2013

New I-9 Form and Compliance Developments

April 4, 2013

The Time is Nigh! Restructure your Global Mobility Program

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 9, 2012

An Employer's Perspective: The Supreme Court Decision on Arizona's Statute and Illegal Immigration

July 20, 2012

The Bewildering Landscape of State and Federal Immigration Compliance: From E-Verify to Incentivized IMAGE Enrollment

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

The Bewildering Landscape of State and Federal Immigration Compliance - Immigration Webinar Series

October 21, 2011

Borderline Calls: Upon Further Review, the State Law Stands as Written (State Immigration Compliance)

ERR Mid Winter Meeting - American Bar Association

March 23, 2011

When ICE Comes Calling: Will You Be Ready?

November 18, 2010

The Immigration Compliance Module and Its Relationship with Employment Law

2010 Conference & Expo - SHRM-HR Florida State Council

September 1, 2010

The Labor & Employment Compliance Costs of Federal Contracting

November 13, 2009

Staying Compliant in a Time of Increased Enforcement

SHRM-HR Florida State Council

August 18, 2009

Immigration Law and Law Enforcement

2009 Houston Spring Accounting Expo Planning

May 27, 2009

Failure to Comply: Immigration Compliance Issues including I-9, E-Verify, and Other Recession Implications

Cleveland, OH

May 19, 2009

Management Perspective - Issues and Remedies in Representing or Defending Against Immigrant Employees

Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference - American Bar Association

September 10, 2008

Demystifying Immigration: Spot the Issues

Melville, NY

June 10, 2008

Recent Development in Immigration Law

Sterling Education Services

April 24, 2008

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Immigration Compliance Seminar

April 21, 2008

Managing I-9 Compliance

2008 Space Coast HR Conference

April 16, 2008

State and Local Immigration Laws: An Open Dialogue

Littler Mendelson, Washington, D.C.

December 7, 2007


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 1985
  • B.S., New York University, 1982


  • Spanish

Bar Admission