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Clark Hill adds immigration lawyer Rob Neale in San Francisco

December 11, 2019

December 11, 2019, San Francisco – Clark Hill PLC today announced the addition of Rob Neale as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Immigration Law practice in the San Francisco office. Neale’s practice will focus on representing clients in California, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States on immigration matters. Neale was formerly the Partner-in-charge of the Immigration practice at Garvey Schubert Barer in Seattle. 

“Rob is an excellent addition to our expanding Immigration Law practice,” said Michael Nowlan, co-leader of Clark Hill’s Immigration Law practice. “With client demands increasing, Rob’s experience will be a tremendous asset to our clients both in the region and across the country.”

As a former in-house lawyer at Microsoft Corporation, Neale brings a unique perspective in understanding how a client’s internal immigration policies and practices can be used as a competitive advantage in hiring and retaining the best foreign talent. He represents industries, including software, design, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, fine arts, sports, international trade, and engineering in successfully managing their global workforces in line with business objectives.

“I was drawn to Clark Hill’s Immigration team for the talent, resources, and extensive footprint that the firm offered,” Neale said. “With my clients’ immigration needs becoming increasingly complex, the Clark Hill platform will be of significant benefit in expanding my practice.”

Neale advises clients on all aspects of corporate immigration law, regulation, policy, and compliance, including nonimmigrant work visas, permanent residence, naturalization, family-based matters, and corporate restructuring. He advises employers on implementing comprehensive I-9 and E-Verify compliance programs and provides legal representation on government audits and administrative actions.

Neale earned a J.D. from the University Of Oregon School Of Law where he received an Environmental Law Certificate and earned a joint J.D. /M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He earned a B.A. with High Honors from DeVry Institute of Technology.

Neale is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia as a Practitioner of Foreign Law, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the King County Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations, including the Society for Human Resource Management, and has authored numerous articles and blogs.

About Clark Hill PLC

Clark Hill is an international law firm with multidisciplinary practices that draw on our attorneys’ industry and policy knowledge, our deeply held shared values, and a global network of premier firms and advisors to provide innovative legal solutions and excellent client service worldwide.

Founded in 1890, Clark Hill is one of the largest law firms in the United States, with more than 600 attorneys and professionals, and 25 offices in the United States, Dublin, and Mexico City. The firm has been significantly expanding since 2013, beginning with the addition of 100 lawyers from Thorp Reed & Armstrong. In 2017, the firm combined with Los Angeles-based Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, adding 100 lawyers, and in 2018 the firm combined with Texas-based Strasburger & Price, LLP, adding 200 lawyers in Texas, New York, Washington, D.C., and Mexico City.

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