Overview

H. Ronald Klasko (Ron) is widely recognized by businesses, universities, hospitals, scholars, investors and other lawyers as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP and its Managing Partner, he has practiced immigration law exclusively over three decades.

Under his leadership, the firm has been chosen every year for the last ten years by the highly regarded Chambers Global 2015 as one of the top five immigration law firms in the United States; Ron himself is recognized annually as being in Tier One of immigration lawyers by Chambers Global and U.S. News and World Report. In addition, he has been included in the highly regarded Best Lawyers In America for two decades and has also been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Lawdragon’s/Human Resource Executive’s list of The Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Guide.  Who’s Who Legal in Corporate Immigration named him as the most highly regarded immigration lawyer in the world.

A former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ron served as General Counsel of that organization for three Presidents and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1980.  He has served as National Chair of AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor Liaison Committee and Business Immigration Committee, and he served as National Chair of that organization’s INS General Counsel Liaison Committee and the National Task Forces on Labor Certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and Employer Sanctions.  He presently chairs AILA’s EB-5 Committee, and is serving his fifth term in that capacity. Ron is one of only three practicing attorneys ever honored with the AILA Founders Award for his contributions to immigration jurisprudence. 

At the request of members of Congress and their staffs, Ron has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.  He has been invited to lecture and provide training to staff members and lawyers of the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, INS General Counsel Management Conference, Immigration Judges Association and U.S. Department of Justice.  In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Villanova University Law School and is a frequent lecturer on immigration law subjects. 

A member of the prestigious Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, Ron is the co-author of the two volume Employers’ Immigration Compliance Guide (Matthew Bender 1985).  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Industries Served:

  • Architecture
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Information Technology
  • Investment
  • Landscaping
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Community (Physicians, Hospitals, Medical Schools)
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Research Institutions
  • Scientific Community (Researchers, Scientists)
  • Transportation
  • Universities

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EB-5 Overview

H. Ronald Klasko (Ron) is one of the country's leading lawyers representing EB-5 lawyers. Ron represents thousands of foreign investors from all around the world, over 50 approved regional centers and numerous U.S. developers and business owners who have sought his counsel in connection with using the EB-5 program to raise capital for investment projects.

Ron’s counsel has included applications to designate new regional centers; applications for pre- approval of  projects within regional centers; having projects adopted by existing regional centers; structuring projects to be EB-5 compliant; preparing template I-526 petitions; and advice on successfully marketing EB-5 projects.  Ron has successfully represented many direct individual EB-5 investors, direct  pooled EB-5 investors and regional center investors. In the area of treaty investors visas (E-2), Ron is particularly well known, having served as the lead attorney on the famous Matters of Walsh and Pollard case, which established they key precedent for E-2 visas.   

Ron is serving his fifth term as Chair of the EB-5 Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In this capacity, he leads advocacy efforts with USCIS to improve the EB-5 program. As Chair of the Best Practices Committee of IIUSA, the association of EB-5 regional centers, from 2012 to 2013, Ron worked with regional centers, developers and EB-5 professionals to develop the first comprehensive list of best practices in the EB-5 industry.

One of the most prolific EB-5 bloggers, Ron is a sought after speaker and regularly speaks on EB-5 topics around the country and around the world. Recently, he spoke at and served as the “Program Co-Organizer” for the widely attended 2015 Invest in America Summit in China. Ron has been interviewed by U.S. Chinese media on numerous occasions and has been quoted in Forbes Magazine and other media on his views on EB-5 matters.

A founding members of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, Ron serves as both its Managing Partner and Chair of the 25 person EB-5 Team of the firm. He has practiced immigration law exclusively for over three decades. Under his leadership, the firm consistently has been chosen with five other firms by Chambers Global 2015 as the top  U.S. business immigration law firms.

Ron is a former national president of (AILA).  He served as General Counsel of that organization and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1980. He is one of the only three practicing attorneys ever honored with the AILA Founders Award for his contributions to immigration jurisprudence. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ron has received enormous recognition from his peers in the immigration law community. He has been included in the highly regarded Best Lawyers in America (Woodward and White) for two decades, is named as one of the top 25 immigration lawyers in the country by EB5 Investors magazine and has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Lawdragon’s/Human Resources Executive’s list of The Most Powerful Employment Attorneys Guide. Who’s Who in Corporate Immigration named him as the most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the world.

 


Background

Education:

  • Lehigh University: B.A. magna cum laude 1971, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Pennsylvania: School of Law, J.D. 1974

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania

Personal Interests:

  • White water rafting (Class 5 Rapids)
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Teaching
  • Delivering speeches
  • Cheering on his entrepreneurial kids

Professional & Civic Activities:

  • National Chair, AILA EB-5 Committee (2009)
  • Member, Board of Governors, AILA (1980–present)
  • National Chair, AILA Business Immigration Committee (1999–2000)
  • General Counsel, AILA (1996–1999)
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Villanova University (1985 – 1990)
  • Invited by U.S House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary to testify on Immigration Reform
  • National Chair, AILA National Task Forces on Labor Certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and Employer Sanctions
  • National Chair, AILA’s U.S. Dept. of Labor Liaison Committee
  • National President, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (1988)

Honors & Awards

  • Named by EB-5 Investors magazine’s list as one of the country’s top 25 immigration lawyers (2015-2016).
  • Named to the Most Powerful Employment Attorney list for 2016 by Human Resource Executive Magazine
  • Named one of U.S. top Immigration Lawyers, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners (2006-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America,Woodward and White (1991-present)
  • Chosen as most highly regarded immigration lawyer in the world,International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2007-2008)
  • One of only two business immigration lawyers chosen among the top 500 lawyers in the U.S., Law Dragon (2006)
  • Founders Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association(1999)
  • Member, Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers

Presentations

Ron is one of the most sought after and active immigration law speakers in the country. His talks are in demand from Coast to Coast. He speaks extensively on the latest and most significant immigration issues and how legislative changes will affect multinational corporations, leading universities and research institutions, hospitals, and individuals.

  • Ron has spoken at the following venues, among many others:

    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • Duke University
    • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
    • Florida Bar Conference
    • Harvard Business School
    • Johns Hopkins University   
    • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
    • Tenet Healthcare Corporation
    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Texas
    • Yale University 
    • WHYY – interviewed for article regarding EB-5 visa program

Ron is a prolific writer and blogger and has published hundreds of articles in national and international journals, newspapers, and conference handbooks.

In addition, Ron is the co-author of the two-volume Employers’ Immigration Compliance Guide (Matthew Bender 1985).  To request a copy of a specific publication or presentation, e-mail Ron at rklasko@klaskolaw.com.

  • AILA Annual Conference 2016 – Las  Vegas – Advanced Issues in EB-5 – (June 22 25-,2016)
  • Investment Migration Council Forum 2016 – Geneva, Switzerland – Advanced Issues in EB-5
  • Klasko Immigration Law Annual Spring Seminar – Philadelphia (April 19, 2016)
  • The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business – Philadelphia – Immigration Options for MBA’s (March 29, 2016)
  • Invest in America Summit 2016 – Shanghai, Bejing and Shenzhen, China (March 12-19, 2016)
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter – EB-5 (March 4, 2016)
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Conference – Big Sky, MT (February 21 – 23, 2016).
  • NES Financial EB-5 Seminar – Miami – (February 19, 2016).
  • Los Angeles Bar EB-5 Conference – Los Angeles – EB-5 Law vs. Lore, Nonimmigrant to EB-5 (February 13, 2016).
  • South Florida Chapter of AILA CLE – Miami – Strategies for Working Around H-1B Shortage, EB-5 Dead and Revived, Mandamus and Declaratory Judgment (February 4-5, 2016).
  • EB-5 Investors Magazine 2016 EB-5 Conference – Las Vegas – Migration Agent Training on EB-5, EB-5 Program Reform and Advocacy (January 15 -16, 2016).

 


In the News

H. Ronald Klasko quoted in CNN Money

Ron Klasko was quoted in a story by Sophia Yan for CNN Money entitled “Chinese flock to America to work for companies they’ve bought” published July 22, 2016.  Ron affirms the popularity of the EB-5 immigrant investor visa has reached unprecedented heights and will continue to increase among Chinese nationals.

H. Ronald Klasko quoted in Daily Business Review

Ron Klasko and Rohit Kapuria discussed possible legislative changes to the EB-5 visa program at the Arnstein & Lehr Advanced EB-5 Seminar in Miami, FL on May 20.  Ron was quoted in the article “Bill Would Tighten EB-5 Visa Controls, Could Add to Backlog” by Carla Vianna of the Daily Business Review published on May 23, 2016.  Please subscribe to this publication to read this article (free subscription).

H. Ronald Klasko and Stephen Yale-Loehr Quoted by Law360 in Article on the EB-5 Deadline

H. Ronald Klasko and Stephen Yale-Loehr were quoted by Law360 on August 4, 2015, in “Attys Slammed With EB-5 Requests as Expiration Date Looms.” “It has never, ever been anywhere near this busy,” Mr. Klasko noted. “Almost certainly, the program will be extended. But whether it’s an extension by itself or an extension with some [reforms], nobody really knows right now.” Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that attorneys at his firm have “basically given up our summer vacations” to work on the influx of cases. “Investors are spooked. And we’re seeing a dramatic rise in the number of investors who are trying to get their petitions filed before September 30, and project developers who are trying to finalize their projects … and that’s causing increased work for both immigration attorneys and the immigration agency.”

Ron Klasko Quoted in The Wall Street Journal

H. Ronald Klasko (Ron) was quoted in The Wall Street Journal on August 8, 2013, in an article entitled “Favoritism Charges Slow DHS Nominee” authored by Angus Loten and James Grimaldi, in a story relating to how some USCIS employees feel Alejandro Mayorkas gave special treatment to a casino project backed by foreigners. Ron, a representative of a client in question, discussed the approval rate of EB-5 applications.


Publications

Ron is a prolific writer and blogger and has published hundreds of articles in national and international journals, newspapers, and conference handbooks.

In addition, Ron is the co-author of the two-volume Employers’ Immigration Compliance Guide (Matthew Bender 1985).  To request a copy of a specific publication or presentation, e-mail Ron at rklasko@klaskolaw.com.


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Representative Matters

Ron’s clients run the gamut from multinational corporations and their employees, to hospitals, to many of the nation’s universities, to investors and other private individuals.

His practice focuses on:

  • Representation of multinational and domestic corporations, their employees and private individuals in immigration matters before USCIS, Department of Labor and U.S. Consulates;
  • Immigration matters involving administrative and federal court litigation;
  • Advising employers on immigration compliance and defending employers in enforcement actions;
  • Complex immigration litigation in federal court;
  • Consultation and outreach services to community and foreign student organizations and to attorneys;
  • Representation of universities and hospitals, as well as students, researchers, faculty and medical doctors;
  • Representation of foreign investors, as well as regional centers and developers with EB-5 matters;
  • Matters involving: Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver Petitions, Exchange Visitors, Immigrant Visa Processing and Adjustment of Status, Labor Certifications, Naturalization, Temporary Work Visas and Waivers of Inadmissibility.

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