Michael has over 38 years of experience and is responsible for leading the firm’s representation of a diverse group of clients across many industries, including large multinational corporations, small, mid-level and start-up companies, and individuals and investors.
He practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law, with emphasis on risk management for global immigration programs, including U.S. Department of Labor and I-9 compliance, immigration due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration policy development.
At the firm, Michael is Co-Chair of the EB-5 Working Group, Co-Chair of the Legal Affairs and Risk Management Committee, and a member of the firm's Finance and Global Compliance Committees. Michael has also served multiple terms as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and was the firm's General Counsel for over ten years.
Michael joined Fragomen as a partner more than 26 years ago, after having been a founding partner of the general practice firm of Campbell, Patrick & Chin, 1986 - 1990. Before that, he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Immigration Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he represented the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and other federal agencies in the federal courts, 1981 - 1986. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Michael was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for The City of New York, serving in the Torts Division (1978 - 1981).
Michael pioneered the development of the firm’s pro bono practice, including immigration advocacy and support for Sanctuary for Families, a New York-based charity that provides crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, individual and group counseling, job readiness and mentoring programs to victims of domestic violence. Working with Austin Fragomen, Michael led the establishment of Fragomen’s partnership with the New York City Bar Justice Center, providing support to low-income families with immigration matters through appointment of a Fragomen Fellow. He subsequently served as founding member of the Katzmann Study Group on Immigrant Representation, which focuses on increasing legal representation for individuals unable to afford counsel while seeking asylum or fighting deportation.