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  • EDUCATION
  • Syracuse University College of Law, JD, 1997, cum laude
  • Trinity College, BA, 1994

Berin S. Romagnolo

Partner
617.973.6105 fax 617.722.4929 V-card

Berin is a member of the firm’s Immigration and Employment Law Groups.  She has extensive experience in business immigration matters.  She describes the immigration options available to employers and obtains temporary and permanent employment authorization for foreign national employees.  Berin explains to employers the impact of organizational changes upon foreign nationals and develops strategies to ensure continuous employment authorization through mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and corporate restructurings.  She assists entrepreneurs and foreign businesses start businesses and operations in the United States, and facilitates taking care of all business needs, such as writing the business plan, obtaining financing, understanding the tax implications of the business model, drafting and filing the appropriate corporate documents, locating and negotiating a lease for the business, and protecting intellectual property developed by the business.  Berin assists businesses with audits and compliance issues related to I-9’s, E-Verify, and H-1B and green card-related wage and hour rules.  She prepares ex-patriate agreements and facilitates obtaining work permits from other countries.  She obtains Temporary Protected Status for individuals and assists with staying or ceasing removal proceedings.  She prepares and files marriage-based green cards and other family-based green card petitions.

Berin also has experience in employment counseling and litigation.  She has handled discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints and cases.  She has developed and revised handbooks and policies and assisted in implementing and executing policies.  She has drafted employment agreements and compensation agreements.  Berin has drafted and litigated all issues related to non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secrets, and confidential information agreements.  She has assisted in internal and governmental audits, particularly wage and hour audits involving exempt status, independent contractor status, overtime, deductions, tips, and minimum wage.  She has litigated wage and hour complaints, including a class action.  Berin has strategized with employers about issues related to leaves of absence, disabilities, workers compensation, and reasonable accommodations.  She has handled disciplinary issues, terminations and reductions-in-force, and negotiated and drafted severance agreements.

Representative Transactions

  • Obtained work visas and green cards for managers, executives, and employees of new U.S. companies, entrepreneurs, and local, national, and international companies in various industries including energy, healthcare, technology, research and development, financial services, business consulting, institutions of higher education, accounting, and architects.
  • Counseled companies through mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and corporate restructurings to keep foreign nationals’ employment authorizations in tact.
  • Defended companies in DOL audits involving I-9 compliance, H-1B wage compliance, benching, overtime, and tips.
  • Defended wage and hour class action involving prevailing wages, overtime, deductions, and minimum wages for foreign national employees.
  • Litigated both sides of non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secret and confidential information cases.

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Massachusetts Bar Association, Immigration Section, Section Council
Massachusetts Bar Association, Employment Section, Former Section Council
Society for Human Resource Management
Victims Rights Law Center, Immigration and Employment Mentor & Pro Bono Attorney

Newsworthy

Berin is a speaker regarding immigration and employment topics for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Berin was a presenter at the New England Innovation Alliance on “Hiring and Retaining Foreign Nationals” in October 2013.  She was a panelist at the Boston Bar Association’s program titled “Strategies for Success” in July 2013.  She often lectures at Endicott College teaching “Employment Issues for Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups and Small Businesses”.  Berin has also lectured at a Boston University Law School class called “Representing Life Science Companies”.

Berin was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star every year from 2006-2009, 2011 and 2012.

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