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Expert in Immigration Enforcement, i-9 Worksite Compliance, Homeland Security

Expert ID: 731764 Colorado, USA

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Expert has over 33 years of immigration experience, formerly employed by the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) and by the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE/HSI). His extensive experience with the INS and ICE includes working in positions as an Immigration Officer, Immigration Inspector, Deportation Officer, Immigration Examiner, Criminal Investigator, Chief Legalization Officer, and Senior Special Agent. Since his retirement from government service, expert has been the principal of a boutique investigative and consulting firm specializing in worksite compliance assessments, compliance reviews, I-9 audits, and training in the identification and detection of counterfeit identity and employment eligibility documents. Expert also provides investigative and expert witness support to law offices in a vast array of complex immigration matters in the defense of businesses or clients charged with immigration violations. He often assists law offices in trial preparation and litigation support as an investigator and expert witness in an array of complex immigration issues. He also provides training in the methods by which employers are able to identify and detect counterfeit identity and work eligibility documents.

Expert was engaged by a lawyer who was under charges for disbarment in the state of Illinois. He investigated a complex immigration issue for which the client (attorney) was subject to disbarment to provide expert testimony on the client's behalf before the Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission ("ARDC") Expert acted as an investigator and expert witness for a plaintiff in a complex and extensive civil case involving the allegation of unfair labor and illegal employment practices used by a competitive bidder for city cleaning contracts. The defendant was accused of hiring and underpaying undocumented workers, which adversely affected the ability of the plaintiff to win government contracts during the bidding process. On behalf of the plaintiff, expert was able to investigate and make sense of the hiring practices employed by the defendant, testifying as an expert on behalf of the plaintiff the defendant was knowingly hiring undocumented workers in an attempt to pay the undocumented employees less and gaining an unfair competitive bidding advantage. A law firm representing a plaintiff involved in a workman’s compensation matter engaged him as an expert in immigration documents. He was responsible to examine and form opinions of employment and identity documents presented by employees at the time Form I-9 was executed to determine whether the documents were genuine or counterfeit. A large law firm was engaged by several large insurance companies to file suit in an attempt to sue for millions of dollars paid to unscrupulous doctors and medical staff in a scheme to defraud the insurance carriers. He was secured as an expert to assist the legal team in determining the immigration bonifides of patients and doctors involved in the investigation.

Expert was engaged by a law firm to assist in the defense of a large company that had been audited and subsequently raided by the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), having been indicted for knowingly and in reckless disregard for the Immigration Law, had hired undocumented workers. Expert was engaged by the law firm to assist the defense team as an investigator, expert witness, and force multiplier.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Denver, Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Aurora, Colorado - Fort Collins, Colorado - Arvada, Colorado - Pueblo, Colorado - Westminster, Colorado - Boulder, Colorado - Greeley, Colorado - Longmont, Colorado

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: BS Subject: Secondary Education/Biology & Physical Education Institution: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal, Founder and Owner Department: Responsibilities: As founder, owner, and principal, Expert utilizes his experience as a 33-year veteran Immigration Officer and Homeland Security special agent at this boutique investigation and consulting firm specializing in complex immigration issues, with an emphasis in assisting law firms in the area of litigation support in the area of Immigration Enforcement and Form i-9 Worksite Compliance. ISL Consultants provides Investigative Support and Immigration Consulting Services to Law Offices with an emphasis in complex Immigration Issues, specializing in assisting in the legal defense of companies investigated for, or charged with, civil and/or criminal I-9 compliance violations. ISL provides Law Offices with Litigation Support and Trial Preparation for Civil, Criminal, and Administrative cases, applying unique investigative resourcefulness and institutional knowledge derived from 33 years experience as an Immigration Officer and Immigration Criminal Investigator.

Provide Expert Witness Testimony in Federal, State, Municipal, and Executive Office For Immigration Review (Immigration Court). Expert advice in I-9 Worksite Compliance Issues, Immigration Investigations, and Counterfeit Documents in Civil, Criminal, or Administrative Litigation.
Years: 2003 to 2007 Employer: United States Department of Homeland Security Title: Senior Special Agent Department: Immigration & Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Responsibilities: Since the creation of the United States Department of Homeland Security until his retirement from government service, expert was assigned to work National Security Investigations on the Denver FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. His duties included, but were not limited to, investigating persons, individuals, and organizations known to threaten the national security of the United States. Expert utilized his vast skills, training, and experience in Immigration law enforcement to defeat persons and their organizations in carrying out their threats. FBI Director awarded expert with a Director's Award in his participation as the lead investigator in a successful major national security investigation.
Years: 1974 to 2003 Employer: United States Department of Justice Title: Senior Special Agent (Criminal Investigator) Department: Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) Responsibilities: Expert has extensive experience as an INS Immigration Officer, holding the positions of Immigration Inspector, Immigration Examiner, Deportation/Removal Officer, Criminal Investigator, Supervisory Legalization Officer, Acting Trial Attorney, and Senior Special Agent. In these positions he has participated in, and executed all, functions, duties, and responsibilities within the jurisdiction of the INS. While employed with the INS, expert has held positions as the lead instructor for the Northern Region of the INS during the implementation of the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act and has worked on the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) as a senior special agent assigned to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in International Narcotic Trafficking Organizations. The United States Attorneys Office and various federal agencies have awarded expert with five (5) awards recognizing his outstanding contributions in the field of Immigration and drug enforcement.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1974 to 2003 Agency: Immigration & Naturalization Service Role: Various & Many Description: Expert has extensive experience as an INS Immigration Officer, holding the positions of Immigration Inspector, Immigration Examiner, Deportation/Removal Officer, Criminal Investigator, Supervisory Legalization Officer, Acting Trial Attorney, and Senior Special Agent. In these positions he has participated in, and executed all, functions, duties, and responsibilities within the jurisdiction of the INS. While employed with the INS, expert has held positions as the lead instructor for the Northern Region of the INS during the implementation of the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act and has worked on the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) as a senior special agent assigned to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in International Narcotic Trafficking Organizations. The United States Attorneys Office and various federal agencies have awarded him with five (5) awards recognizing his outstanding contributions in the field of Immigration and drug enforcement.
Years: 2003 to 2007 Agency: Department of Homeland Security-Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE/HSI) Role: Senior Special Agent Description: Since the creation of the United States Department of Homeland Security until his retirement from government service, he was assigned to work National Security Investigations on the Denver FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. His duties included, but were not limited to, investigating persons, individuals, and organizations known to threaten the national security of the United States. Expert utilized his vast skills, training, and experience in Immigration law enforcement to defeat persons and their organizations in carrying out their threats. FBI Director awarded him with a Director's Award in his participation as the lead investigator in a successful major national security investigation.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2009 to 2011 Country / Region: Canada Summary: A Canadian Aviation Firm required his expert opinion and direction in their international employment compliance policy. The company transfers many employees to the US to perform work and required expert opinion and training in their corporate I9 compliance practice.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations
Private Investigator 2
Awards / Recognition
FBI Director's Award-
US Attorney Outstanding Achievement Award-
International Narcotic Association Achievement Award-
DEA and ATF Special Achievement Awards

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
As an Immigration Officer and as an INS and ICE/HSI Special Agent, he has testified on hundreds of occasions in Federal, State, Municipal, and Immigration Courts within the United States in criminal and civil proceedings, all in conjunction with his assigned duties and responsibilities as a federal Immigration agent. Subsequent to experts separation from government service, as a consultant and investigator with ISL Consultants he has provided litigation and trial support in five cases involving worksite compliance (i-9) and other complicated immigration issues, at which his testimony as an expert in Immigration Enforcement issues was required. He has been deposed on dozens of occasions in complex matters relating to Immigration Enforcement, procedures, policies, and practices, and has acted as an expert in the identification of counterfeit social security and permanent resident cards. The US District Court for Colorado, the Illinois Supreme Court, Wyoming and Kansas State District Courts, and Boulder, Colorado District Court has designated him as an expert in his field.
Training / Seminars
As an Immigration Officer, he was the lead instructor in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 for the 20 state Northern Region of the INS. During his federal career he has provided training on dozens of occasions to federal and state prosecutors, investigators, and officers in immigration enforcement. Expert has provided instruction in I-9 Compliance issues to several large Denver law firms, to include: Presentation to the Denver Law Office on the Importance of I-9 Worksite Compliance and It’s Affects on Mergers & Acquisitions; Presentation on the importance of Worksite Compliance; Presentation to the Denver Law Office regarding I-9 Compliance Risks & Liabilities for Employers; Presentation to the Denver American Immigration Lawyers Association regarding I-9 Compliance Risks & Liabilities for Employers; Presentation to the Denver Law Office on the importance of I-9 Worksite Compliance; American Bar Association National Teleconference, Presentation on Immigration Updates and the Importance of I-9 Worksite Compliance for Employers; Presentation to the Denver Law Office regarding I-9 Compliance Risks & Liabilities for Employers; Presentation to members of The University Club, regarding I-9 Compliance Risks & Liabilities for Employers
Marketing Experience
As one of only a few experts specializing in I-9 worksite compliance and offering Litigation and Trial Support for Law Firms involved in complex Immigration issues, expert is well suited to assist the defense or plaintiff by providing expertise in the best methods by which to preparation cases for trial, whether they be civil or criminal matters involving complex immigration issues. Also have assisted several Denver Law firms with several complex Internal Corporate Investigations.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert in the identification of counterfeit identity and employment eligibility documents; specifically social security and permanent resident cards. Expert in the field of all Immigration Enforcement policy and procedures.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish As an Immigration Officer for over 33 years, he was required to speak, read, and communicate effectively in the Spanish language.

Fields of Expertise

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