Ian R. Macdonald

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Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Immigration & Compliance
  • Labor & Employment
  • Global Human Capital Solutions
Contact InfoTelephone: 678.553.2467
Fax: 678.553.2212
University The New School, B.A., 1996
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1999
Admitted2000, New York; 2009, Georgia

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

BornLondon, United Kingdom, 1970

Ian R. Macdonald focuses his practice on developing, assessing and managing global mobility programs for multinational companies on a range of challenges affecting the movement of people capital domestically and internationally, including secondment agreements, benefits transferability, local host country employment concerns and immigration.

Ian and his team work closely with companies to manage and modify, where needed, corporate immigration programs to maximize efficiency, service and regulatory compliance levels. He is experienced with the full range of business immigration sponsorship categories (visas and permanent residence), anti-discrimination rules to reduce or eliminate risk of employment litigation, employer sanction cases, and I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Ian assists clients with establishing risk-based performance standards (RBPS) and Department of Homeland Security protocol, providing risk assessment assistance to corporations subject to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and assisting clients with ITAR/Export Control compliance within the immigration context.

Ian has developed strategic relationships abroad that he utilizes when working with clients to ensure compliance with foreign registration requirements. He is experienced with analyzing complex global mobility opportunities on country-specific matters to facilitate the transfer of personnel. Ian is also experienced in counseling employers on immigration strategy as well as immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, reduction in workforces, and furloughs.

Prior to joining the firm, Ian worked for the United Nations, various non-governmental think tanks and corporate law firms in London, Washington, D.C., New York and Atlanta.

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, aLaw360Employment Practice Group of the Year, 2013

•Listed,Chambers USA Guide, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009-2010

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Articles & Publications

•Author, Hidden Employment Risks In 3rd-Party IT Sourcing ,Law360, March 25, 2014

•Quoted, Hiring? Better Get Ready for H-1B Visa Season,Corporate Counsel, February 5, 2014

•Quoted, 5 Tips for Handling the H-1B Visa Process,Law360, January 31, 2014

•Quoted, As Feds Wander on Immigration, S.C. Blazes Its Own Tough Trail,McClatchy - Washington Bureau, January 21, 2014

•Quoted, S.C.'s Workplace Immigration Program Gets National Spotlight,State, January 21, 2014

•Quoted, S.C. Leads in Immigration Workplace Compliance,Charlotte Observer, January 20, 2014

•Quoted, Absent Immigration Reform, Cos. Face Increased Enforcement,Law360, January 10, 2014

•Author, Embracing the Uncertainty: The Challenges of Practicing US Immigration Law in a Continuously Changing Landscape, Chapter 3, National Trends in Immigration Law, Aspatore Special Report, Thomson Reuters, January 1, 2014

•Quoted, 5 Visa Tips in the Wake of the Infosys Settlement,Corporate Counselmagazine, November 13, 2013

•Quoted, $34M Infosys Settlement Highlights Visa Pitfalls,Corporate Counselmagazine, November 1, 2013

•Quoted, U.S. Accuses Infosys of 'Fraud and Abuse' in Visa Case: Company to Pay $34 Million Penalty, Says Claims Against It Were Untrue,The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2013

•Quoted, Infosys to Pay Record $34M to Settle Visa Violation Claims,Law360, October 30, 2013

•Featured, Immigration Team Leaves Littler for Greenberg,The Daily Report, October 11, 2013

•Featured, Greenberg Launches Atlanta Immigration Practice,Atlanta Business Chronicle, October 4, 2013

•Featured, Greenberg Traurig Expands Global Immigration Practice with Prominent Atlanta Attorneys - Immigration Practice Expands Presence in Atlanta,GT Press Release, October 4, 2013

•Author, 5 Reforms to Watch as the Immigration Debate Heats Up, Law360.com, May 23, 2013

•Author, Legal Immigration Fix Key to Reform Bill,Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 26, 2013

•Author, Immigration Reform Bill Offers Employers a Mixed Bag, Law360.com, April 18, 2013

•Author, Practitioners Warn of Potential Pitfalls in Completing New I-9 Forms for Employees,Bloomberg BNA Workplace Immigration Report, April 15, 2013

•Author, H-1B Visa Logjam Leaves Employers, Clients Stuck,Lawyers USA, April 15, 2013

•Author, 5 Tips for Employers on a Smooth Transition to the New I-9, Law360.com, April 5, 2013

•Author, H-1B Demand This Year Will Be Fast, Furious,Computerworld, April 1, 2013

•Author, Immigration Reform: Which States Would Feel It Most? California, for One,Christian Science Monitor, January 30, 2013

•Author, Higher Visa Fees, Penalties Foreseen with Immigration Reform,Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), January 30, 2013

•Author, For Employers, Devil Is In Details of Immigration Reform, Law360.com, January 28, 2013

•Author, Stakes High for Employers in Immigration Reform Push, Law360.com, January 14, 2013

•Author, How the Immigration Policy Stalemate is Hurting Businesses and the Economy,InsideCounsel, August 1, 2012

•Author, The Death Of Ariz: Immigration Law SB 1070, Law360.com, July 12, 2012

•Author, Justices' Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law Has Limited Workplace Impact, Analysts Say,Bloomberg BNA, July 10, 2012

•Author, Supreme Court's Immigration Decision Also Keeps E-Verify in Operation,TLNT, July 5, 2012

•Author, Employment Eligibility,Columbus CEO, June 26, 2012

•Author, Ariz. Immigration Ruling May Save Cos. from State Law Hassles, Law360.com, June 25, 2012

•Author, E-Verify Mandate About to Hit Ga. Businesses,Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 2, 2011

•Author, An ICE Storm of Immigration Audits is Coming,Corporate Counsel, June 22, 2011

•Author, Lawmakers May Expand E-Verify Rules,Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 8, 2011

•Author, Most Employers May Have to Use E-Verify System,Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 4, 2011

•Author, Immigration Enforcement,Practical Law The Journal, April 2010

•Author, Hurdles Hamper State Illegal Immigration Law,Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 6, 2009

•Author, Finesse the Visa Crisis With a Worker-Mobility Plan,Harvard Business Review, November 28, 2008

•Author, The Department of Homeland Security Wants to Put Employers at the Forefront of the Battle Against Illegal Workers,Columbus CEO, June 2008

•Author, Tech Firms Line Up at U.S. Visa Window,The Washington Times, April 1, 2008


•Speaker, H-1B Visa Season Filing and Compliance for Employers, C4CM, March 4, 2014

•Speaker, Immigration Update, Employer Aid 2013: A Year in Review and a Look Forward, GT Labor & Employment Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, October 2, 2013

•Speaker, Immigration Reform and Federal/State Compliance from an Employer's Perspective, Society for Human Resource Management - Atlanta, April 30, 2013

•Speaker, The New I-9 Form and Compliance Challenges, HR.com Webinar, April 30, 2013

•Speaker, Trends. Innovations. Practices. Asia Pacific Global Employer Services Conference, Deloitte, Singapore, November 28, 2012

•Speaker, International Employment and Global Mobility, Society for Human Resource Management - Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, November 13, 2012

•Speaker, Immigration in a Patchwork Global Economy, Annual North American Global Employer Services Conference, Deloitte, Dallas, TX, October 18, 2012

•Speaker, Recent Developments in Immigration Compliance: Office of Special Counsel's Focus on Discrimination in 2012, ICE's Continued Emphasis on Employer Enforcement Actions and Increased Intra-Agency Cooperation, Atlanta Employer Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 28, 2012

•Speaker, Recent Developments in Immigration Compliance: Office of Special Counsel's Focus on Discrimination in 2012, ICE's Continued Emphasis on Employer Enforcement Actions and Increased Intra-Agency Cooperation, Houston Employer Conference, Houston, TX, August 2, 2012

•Speaker, The Bewildering Landscape of State and Federal Immigration Compliance: From E-Verify to Incentivized, Executive Employer Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, May 11, 2012

•Speaker, Employers' Duties and Problems, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, February 10, 2012

•Speaker, The Bewildering Landscape of State and Federal Immigration Compliance: From E-Verify to Incentivized IMAGE Enrollment, Society for Human Resource Management Webinar, Atlanta, GA, November 17, 2011

•Speaker, Immigration Law Panel Breakfast, Birmingham Business Journal, Birmingham, AL, November 15, 2011

•Speaker, The Top Ten Issues HR Professionals Need to Know About International Labor and Employment Law, Annual Conference, Society of Human Resource Management, Atlanta, GA, October 18, 2011

•Speaker, Immigration Law, Department of Administration for the State of Arizona, February 20, 2011

•Speaker, Immigration Reform and Compliance for Clients and Companies, Southeastern Business Law Institute, October 28, 2010

•Speaker, Managing the Global Workforce: Recent Issues in Global Migration and Non-Competition Agreements, Global Employer Institute, September 25, 2009

•Speaker, Meeting Your Compliance Priorities through Effective Audit Programs, Employment Law Conference, September 21, 2009

•Speaker, Meeting Your Compliance Priorities through Effective Audit Programs, Executive Employer Conference, April 14, 2009

•Speaker, Trends in UK and U.S. Immigration Law, London Stock Exchange, Ius Laboris International Conference, February 6, 2009

•Speaker, Managing a Mobile Workforce - Tax and Work Authorization Issues in International Assignments, Global Employer Institute, October 23, 2008

•Speaker, More Enforcement and Fewer Visas: What Else is on the Immigration Horizon? Employment Law & Leadership Conference, September 23, 2008

Associated News & Events


10.04.13 Greenberg Traurig Expands Global Immigration Practice With Prominent Atlanta Attorneys Immigration Practice Expands Presence in Atlanta

09.30.13 Greenberg Traurig Attracts Littler Immigration Attorneys

Published Articles

03.27.14 Hidden Employment Risks In 3rd-Party IT Sourcing


04.07.14 Third Party Information Technology Sourcing May Create Unidentified Risks for Employers, Global Corporations

03.10.14 Employers Should Take Note of Critical Filing Dates Leading Up to this Year's H-1B Cap

01.14.14 Prepare Now for Foreign Talent Acquisition: H-1B Cap Demand Projected to Reach Five-Year High


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DOL Report on FY2014 Prevailing Wage Determinations Provides Some Surprising Data for Employers
Ian R. Macdonald, September 29, 2014
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its FY 2014 statistics on prevailing wage determinations for U.S. employers in connection with the sponsorship for foreign workers. This report provides interesting insight into prevailing wage requests by U.S. employers and their representatives for H-1B...

Third Party Information Technology Sourcing May Create Unidentified Risks for Employers, Global Corporations
Ian R. Macdonald, April 15, 2014
All employers that use third-party information technology sourcing entities may be sitting on unidentified risk. One of the world’s largest technology outsourcing companies, Infosys Corp., was fined a record $34 million for immigration-related violations last fall. This settlement represents...

Employers Should Take Note of Critical Filing Dates Leading Up to this Year's H-1B Cap
Ian R. Macdonald, March 14, 2014
In a highly-anticipated decision having far-ranging impact for privately owned employers, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the whistleblower protections under § 1514A of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) extend not only to employees of publicly-held companies, but also to the employees of...

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