Overview

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

Member

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

Recognition

Recipient, The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys

Top 15 for Immigration Law

Human Resource Executive Magazine

2010

Named, Top Lawyers in South Florida

South Florida Legal Guide

2009-2015

Named, Florida's Legal Elite

Florida Trend Magazine

2007

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

An Increase in Work Site Enforcement and Raids

Bloomberg Law

February 1, 2018

Expanding In-Person Interviews

Human Resource Executive Online

September 28, 2017

Guestworker Programs Breed Gender Bias, Advocate Says

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

September 14, 2017

Trump Forges Ahead with Immigration Agenda

Bloomberg BNA

September 13, 2017

The RAISE Act Unveiled

ASAP

August 10, 2017

Trump Wants to Narrow H-1B Visa Program

SHRM Online

April 19, 2017

The Gig Is Up: Immigration Implications for the New Workforce

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

March 29, 2017

HR's Immigration Concerns

Human Resource Executive Online

March 23, 2017

New Travel Ban Has Businesses on Standby

Bloomberg BNA/Daily Labor Report

March 7, 2017

Travel Ban Poses Risks to Employers

Business Insurance

January 31, 2017

Decision Upholding $1.1 Million DOL Award Reminder of H-1B Challenges in Health Care

Bloomberg BNA Affirmative Action Compliance Newsletter

August 29, 2014

E-Verify – Supervisor Briefing

XpertHR

August 12, 2014

Form I-9 – Supervisor Briefing

XpertHR

June 27, 2014

Plenty of H-1Bs a Possibility

Workforce Management

August 2, 2013

Need High-Level, Temporary Help?

Vineyard & Winery Management

July 1, 2013

Senate Bill’s H-1B Provisions Could ‘Change the Game Plan,’ Attorney Says

Bloomberg BNA Workplace Immigration Report

June 10, 2013

Practitioners Warn of Potential Pitfalls In Completing New I-9 Forms for Employees

Bloomberg BNA Workplace Immigration Report

April 15, 2013

H-1B Visa Cap Reached in First Week For First Time Since Fiscal Year 2009

Bloomberg BNA Workplace Immigration Report

April 15, 2013

The Path to Filling Empty Jobs

Human Resource Executive

April 1, 2013

The 'Path' to Filling Empty Jobs

Human Resource Executive

February 5, 2013

Higher Visa Fees, Penalties Foreseen with Immigration Reform

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

January 30, 2013

Election's Impact on HR

Human Resource Executive Online

October 15, 2012

Immigration law's chilling effect on commerce

Daily Business Review

June 29, 2012

Jorge Lopez Discusses Present and Future of E-Verify

The National Law Journal

July 10, 2009

Immigration Policy: Help Wanted

Forbes.com

March 27, 2008

Books & Book Chapters

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

Speaking Engagements

Immigration

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018
2017 Florida Employer Conference

Miami, FL

October 17, 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
2017 Littler Global Puerto Rico Conference

Hato Rey, PR

April 7, 2017
Second Annual Conference in Central America

Panama City

October 12, 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

Education

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

Languages

  • Spanish

Bar Admission

Florida