William A. Stock (Bill) is one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, he has practiced immigration law exclusively for over twenty years. His clients include small businesses, medium sized companies, and multinational corporations and their employees, as well as individual clients, investors and researchers.
Bill leads a team of thirty-two attorneys, senior and junior paralegals in obtaining employment-based immigration benefits for clients, such as nonimmigrant visa classification (H-1B, L-1, E-1 and E-2, TN and O-1); permanent residence or “green card” status through Labor Certification or as immigrants of Exceptional or Extraordinary Ability (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3); investment-based immigration (EB-5); and unusual or complicated matters such as physician J-1 waivers, visas for entrepreneurs, and mandamus or APA review actions brought in federal court.
Bill served as President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the 16,000 member national organization of immigration lawyers in 2017. He has long been active in the association on both a national and state level and has served several terms on the Association’s Board of Governors. In 2000, he received the Association’s Joseph Minsky Award for outstanding accomplishments in immigration law.
Bill is a Senior Editor of AILA’s annual Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, and is the co-author of the “J Visa Guidebook” from Lexis Publishing. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Villanova University School of Law. He has been included since 2004 in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/ White Inc.); since 2006 in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers and Partners), Who’s Who in American Law, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Bill is also featured as a 20 top practitioner in the area of Immigration Law by Lawdragon.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), (B.A.1990), he received his law degree from the University of Minnesota (J.D., magna cum laude, 1993) where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
William A. Stock Participates in C-SPAN Debate
Bill Stock participated in a National Press Club debate and discussion on the legal considerations of “sanctuary cities” that welcome all immigrants and do not use local resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Jessica Vaughan argued that sanctuary policies are illegal and present public safety problems. William Stock countered that sanctuary cities and their related state and local authorities are not thwarting federal immigration law enforcement efforts. After the two speakers made their presentations, they took questions from the audience. The video of the debate can be found here.
William A. Stock, AILA President, Reaction to Trump Speech on Fox News
Bill Stock thinks Donald Trump is in a fantasy world when it comes to his immigration stance. Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric plays well to hardline groups but Trump has provided little details on a comprehensive policy but rather is focusing on an enforcement only approach. To read Bill’s full editorial, click here.
William A. Stock Interviewed by Law360 on Immigration Regulations
William A. Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and founding partner at Klasko Immigration Law Partners, was quoted in a story by Allissa Wickham for Law360 entitled “Immigration Regulations To Watch Before Obama Exits Office” published August 12, 2016. Bill expresses optimism the new proposed regulation to boost job portability will take effect soon and will be key in clarifying when high-skilled employees are able to maintain priority dates. Sign up for a free seven-day trial on Law360 to read the article.
William A. Stock Interviewed on Obama’s Immigration Legacy
William A. Stock, the newly elected President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, sat down with Michael Matza of The Philadelphia Inquirer for a Q&A on comprehensive immigration reform and Obama’s record. The article was published on July 10, 2016.
William A. Stock Quoted in AP Higher Ed Story
William A. Stock was quoted in a story by the Associated Press titled “US Colleges Court Foreign Entrepreneurs Who Need Visas” published on July 6, 2016 by Collin Binkley. This story also appeared in ABC News, CNBC, Daily Mail, New York Times, Washington Post, among other outlets.
William A. Stock Interviewed by The Washington Post to (In)Validate Trump Claim
Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Fact Checker column of The Washington Post spoke with William A. Stock (Bill) for the story “Donald Trump’s almost-true claim that the president has power to ban ‘any class of persons’” published on June 15, 2016. Click the link and read the story to see Bill’s stance.
William A. Stock quoted in The New York Times
William A. Stock (Bill) was quoted in The New York Times piece “Economic Promises a President Trump Could (and Couldn’t) Keep” on May 21, 2016 by Nelson D. Schwartz. This story recounted areas where the President could and couldn’t use his power to enact reforms including tax cuts, health care, trade, job creation, immigration, among others. Bill intimated that Immigration was an area “where the president’s power is least restricted” and that he might more likely be able to deliver on campaign promises.
William A. Stock Quoted in the Washington Business Journal
Mr. Stock was quoted in the Washington Business Journal on April 8, 2016, in a article entitled “H-1B Visas Gone With Days Again; How to Make The Process Fairer” authored by Kent Hoover in a story relating to the federal government receiving enough applications to fill the 85,000 slots available for new H-1B visas in only a few days. Mr. Stock discussed the inadequacy of the 85,000 Cap on H-1B visas and ways to make a program do what it is suppose to do to earmark H-1B visas for employers. To read the full article click here.
Bloomberg: Visa Headache Trump Sanders Agree On in Focus Amid Shortage
William A. Stock was quoted in the Bloomberg news on April 8, 2016 in a article entitled “Visa Headache Trump and Sanders Agree ON in Focus Amid Shortage” authored by Jeanna Smialek in a story relating to America’s visa program for temporary skilled workers limits. Mr. Stock discussed why the H-1B program is not working properly. To read the full article click here.
William A. Stock participated as a speaker at the 37th Annual AILA South Florida Immigration Law Update.
William A. Stock recently participated as a presenter at the AILA South Florida 37th Annual Immigration Law Update. Mr. Stock served as a panelist on “Issues in L-IA, L-1B and EB1-3 Processing,” and as the moderator of the plenary session, “Overview of Recent Developments in Immigration Law.”
Partners Named to 2016 International Who’s Who Legal of Corporate Immigration Attorneys
H. Ronald Klasko, William A. Stock, and Elise A. Fialkowski have again been named the world leading Corporate Immigration Lawyers by clients and peers in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2016 Who’ Who Legal 2017 – Compendium Edition. To review the listing on Who’s Who Legal website, click here.
William A. Stock Presents at the 4th Annual Winter CLE Conference of Southern California Chapter of AILA
William A. Stock participated as a speaker at the 4th Annual Winter CLE Conference of Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Stock updated the conference on recent legislation and regulations affecting employment-based and immigration-based immigration, and spoke about prospects for further legislation on his election year.
William A. Stock Presents at State Bar of Texas
William A. Stock presented at the State Bar of Texas’ 14th Annual Course “Advanced immigration Law 2016.” Mr. Stock gave the lunchtime keynote, “Can We Find a Common Political Ground in immigration?” and was a panelist for the session “Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing.”
William A. Stock Presents at American Immigration Lawyers Association Midwinter Conference
Mr. Stock participated in the panel session “Hot Topics,” providing updates on late-breaking legislative and regulatory issues that are currently impacting business practice, as well as a report card on President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration and the status of provisions meant to help businesses.
William A. Stock Presents at the 2016 AILA Midwinter Conference
William A. Stock participated as a presenter at the 2016 AILA Midwinter Conference “Leading Edge Business and Removal Practice Issues.” Mr. Stock participated in the panel session “Hot Topics,” providing updates on late breaking legislative issues that may impact business that may impact business practice as well as updates on executive action.
William A. Stock Recognized as 2016 Immigration Lawyer of the Year
Klasko Immigration Law Partners is pleased to announce that William A. Stock has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Immigration Lawyer of the Year for the Greater Philadelphia region. To read the accompanying interview click here.
Bill is a frequent author and speaker on Immigration law topics around the country.
Bill has served as a Senior Editor of AILA’s annual Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, and as the co-author of the “J Visa Guidebook” from Lexis Publishing. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Villanova University School of Law and has been included since 2004 in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/ White Inc.); and since 2006 in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers and Partners), Who’s Who in American Law, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. Bill is also featured as a 20 top practitioner in the area of Immigration Law by Lawdragon and HR Executive.
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