Sean G. Hanagan: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Sean G. Hanagan

White Plains,  NY  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • International Employment Issues
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • Retail
  • Technology and Telecom
University Saint Michael's College, B.A., cum laude, 1991; Temple University Japan, Tokyo, Japanese
Law SchoolAmerican University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1995; Temple University Japan, Tokyo, International Law
Admitted1996, New York

Professional Associations and Activities

•American Immigration Lawyers Association
•American Bar Association, Immigration Section


Sean G. Hanagan is a Shareholder in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He leads the firm's Immigration Practice Group.

Working with human resources professionals and in-house counsel, he helps employers develop business solutions and policies for the hire and movement of international staff. Mr. Hanagan advises on I-9 employment eligibility verification, E-Verify and social security issues, and on best practices to avoid hiring-related discrimination. He defends companies subject to government audits and investigations, and guides employers through the process of securing employment visas for critical foreign staff. Mr. Hanagan speaks regularly before employer organizations and writes on workplace law subjects.

He studied Japanese and International law at Temple University Japan, in Tokyo.

Practice Focus Areas

•Assuring immigration benefits compliance by advising on DHS post-approval site visits and public access files for visa petitions, and training employers' staff on proper records maintenance
•Conducting I-9 internal audits and developing Social Security No-Match notification procedures and policies for employers
•Creating and implementing employee I-9 verification procedures and programs that meet ICE and civil rights requirements
•Representing employers under immigration investigations, civil I-9 audits, or who have been subject to ICE worksite operations
•Negotiating with ICE on behalf of corporate clients to reduce or avoid costly fines and federal contract debarment
•Conducting internal reviews of potential violations of employee verification policies and immigration laws, and formulating action plans to ensure legal compliance
•Reviewing the verification processes of clients' contractors and temporary worker providers
•Developing employee recruiting and hiring strategies to minimize visa cap implications and maximize potential use of cap exemptions and alternative avenues to the H-1B category
•Counseling employers on international transfers and travel strategies for executives, managers, engineers, scientists, chemists, athletes, and specialized and key employees, including advice regarding security issues that may affect entry to the United States
•Preparing and filing temporary employment visa petitions, including among others E, I, J, H, L, O, P, R and TN visas

Honors and Recognitions

•Business Council of Westchester, “40 under 40 Rising Star” (2008)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Japan Society
•Rotary International

Published Works

Immigration For Employers, bi-annual newsletter Contributor and Editor, and editor of practice group blogs, articles and quarterly immigration e-blast
•“Employing International Workers, Inside the Minds series (2013 Edition) [Chapter Author]
•“Workplace Law Implications of 2012 Presidential Election, ” Jackson Lewis Preventive Strategies (October 2012)
•“How The Immigration Policy Stalemate is Hurting Businesses and the Economy, ” Inside Counsel (July 2012) [Quoted]

Speeches and Presentations

•“U.S. Immigration Law Reform: What You Don't Hear in the Press, ” American Bar Association Labor And Employment Mid-Winter Conference (March 2014)
•Pro-Bono Partnership Immigration Presentation, Westchester, New York (November 2013)
•“Legal Quick Hit: Employment-Based Immigration Options for Foreign Workers in the U.S.” Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast Presentation (June 2013)
•“Immigration Reform: The Employment Perspective, ” American Bar Association CLE Webinar (April 2013)
•NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference Speaker (June 2011)

In the News

July 7, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Expands Immigration Practice in Boston

July 7, 2015

BOSTON, MA (July 7, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Gary A. Pappas and Meredith K. Stewart have joined the firm's Boston office. They were previously the two principals in the boutique Boston immigration firm of Pappas, Lenzo...

July 7, 2015
Law 360

Sean Hanagan, Gary Pappas, Andrew Pickett and Meredith Stewart Comment on Jackson Lewis' New Boston Team

July 7, 2015

Sean Hanagan, Gary Pappas, Andrew Pickett and Meredith Stewart discuss Jackson Lewis' Boston growth in Law 360's “Jackson Lewis Adds Immigration Shareholder, GC In Boston.”Subscription may be required to view article

June 9, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015

June 9, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 9, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation:


June 10, 2015

Jackson Lewis Employers' Immigration Update - No. 18, June 2015

June 10, 2015

H-1B Numbers Up More Than 35% USCIS received approximately 233, 000 petitions for fiscal year 2016 beginning in October 2015. Last year, USCIS received 172, 500 petitions, meaning there was an increase of over 35% from last year. USCIS randomly selected petitions to meet the general category cap of 65, 000 and the advance degree...

May 8, 2015

Restrictive DHS, DOL Rule on H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Program Makes Visa More Difficult for Employers

May 8, 2015

The Department of Labor's and the Department of Homeland Security's joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) imposes new burdens on the certification of employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary, non-agricultural employment and stiffens enforcement obligations applicable to employers of H-2B workers and U.S. workers similarly...

March 12, 2015

Jackson Lewis Employers' Immigration Update - No. 17, March 2015

March 12, 2015

H-1B Cap Filing Opens April 1, 2015 Employers must be ready to file their completed H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2015. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allocates 65, 000 new H-1B visas each fiscal year (running October 1 - September 30) and another 20, 000 H-1Bs are reserved for individuals who received a master'...


The Goldilocks Principle - The Dangers of Overzealous I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
December 8, 2011

Employers navigating the I-9 employment eligibility verification process for new hires are confronted with a gauntlet of confusing rules, standards, and exceptions to the rules that some have opined are deliberately designed to make the innocuous looking one-page form a magnet for errors.

By Sean G. Hanagan

Department of Homeland Security Issues long awaited final Electronic I-9 rules
July 26, 2010

In April 2005 when Public Law 108-390 went into effect allowing for employers to sign and retain I-9 employment eligibility verification forms electronically, employers and immigration practitioners alike may have been justifiably confused as provisional guidance from the Department of Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration Customs an

By Sean G. Hanagan

Jackson Lewis Delivers Immigration Insights to Forbes Readers
April 7, 2010 recently explored the pitfalls faced by foreign business visitors attempting to enter the United States on short-term trips. Jackson Lewis' Global Immigration practice group Partners Davis Bae and Sean Hanagan were quoted extensively.

By Sean G. Hanagan


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Restrictive DHS, DOL Rule on H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Program Makes Visa More Difficult for Employers
Sujata Ajmera,Lucrecia M. Davis,Minnie Fu,Raazia K. Hall,Sean G. Hanagan, May 15, 2015
The Department of Labor’s and the Department of Homeland Security’s joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) imposes new burdens on the certification of employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary, non-agricultural employment and stiffens enforcement obligations applicable to employers of...

“Stalemate” in Congress over Executive Orders as DHS Spending Bill Deadline Approaches
Sean G. Hanagan, March 30, 2015
With a one-party majority in both houses of Congress after the 2014 mid-term elections, observers have been watching for signs of greater cooperation, and die-hard optimists even hope for legislation addressing the country’s broken immigration system. Alas, political brinksmanship appears to...

Executive Action on Immigration
Davis C. Bae,Minnie Fu,Raazia K. Hall,Sean G. Hanagan,David S. Jones, February 26, 2015
President Barack Obama has announced he will take executive action to expand the population of currently undocumented individuals who will be allowed to remain and work legally in the U.S. The President also announced expansions of employment-based legal immigration. Many details remain to be...

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Sean G. Hanagan

44 South Broadway, 14th Floor
White PlainsNY 10601


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