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Trusted, responsive and creative immigration, I-9 and E-Verify counsel

Eric Ledbetter advises U.S. and global employers on complex business immigration matters. Eric is recognized by Chambers USA and has extensive experience advising employers in information technology, health and life sciences, manufacturing, banking and financial Institutions, and research and higher education sectors, among others. Leading a team of lawyers, paralegals and assistants also recognized by Chambers USA, he works with employers of all sizes to manage and support their immigration compliance programs. His counsel covers a full range of:

  • Workers, including doctors, scientists, researchers, engineers, business executives, entertainers, high-tech workers and investors
  • Nonimmigrant visas, including H, L, O, TN, B, E, F and J among others
  • Permanent residency petitions, including PERM foreign labor certification and EB-1 Outstanding Research, Extraordinary Ability and Multinational Management
  • Workplace issues, including immigration and I-9 compliance, E-Verify best practices, avoidance of discrimination claims based on alienage and citizenship status, as well as investigations and immigration enforcement matters

As a partner and trusted advisor to his clients, Eric is a proven problem solver. With deep knowledge of immigration law and responsiveness to the operational needs of his clients, he and his team deliver results that inspire confidence and bring certainty to employers navigating a thicket of immigration laws and regulations.

Eric is a frequent speaker and author on timely developments in immigration law and compliance.

Experience in Action

  • Helping employers strategize long-term retention of non-U.S. citizen employees through a combination of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and business- and family-based petitions.
  • Advising multinational employers on U.S. immigration strategies to transfer executives, senior management and specialized-knowledge workers into the U.S.
  • Helping employers meet strategic workforce needs, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, reductions and growth development.
  • Developing case strategy to support permanent residency petitions based on PERM foreign labor certification, including preparing all of the necessary application materials and documentation, and helping companies and their employees navigate a complex application process.
  • Advising employers on best practices for E-Verify and I-9 compliance with regulatory authorities at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Defending employers in I-9 and E-Verify related audits and investigations.

Professional Recognitions

  • Crain's "Notable LGBTQ Executives" (2020)
  • Who's Who Legal (2020: Corporate Immigration)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers® "Rising Stars" (2012-2016: Immigration)
  • Chicago Volunteer Lawyers Service Foundation "Distinguished Service Award" (2010) 
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch" (2010)
  • Chambers USA® (2022-present: Immigration)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), chaired and served on numerous committees at the national and local level
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (2017-2019)
  • Chicago Chapter, Vice Chair CLE Committee, Chicago Chapter, member, National Chapter DOL National Liaison Committee
  • National Immigrant Justice Center, pro bono asylum counsel
  • Quarles National Clean Energy Industry Initiative
  • Quarles Research Institutions Initiative
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, board of directors, member

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