Sean G. Hanagan is a Shareholder in the White Plains, New York office of Jackson Lewis P.C., and 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.
Mr. Hanagan received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C., and studied Japanese and International law at Temple University Japan, in Tokyo. He completed his undergraduate degree in English at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont.
Mr. Hanagan is a member of the New York bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association Immigration Section. He is also an active member of the Japan Society and Rotary International, and he speaks Japanese.
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
•Assisting with the establishment of new U.S. business operations for foreign investors and entities
•Filing employment and family-based immigrant applications for permanent residency
•Advising on options such as premium processing to speed DHS approval
•Working with Jackson Lewis' 765+ labor and employment attorneys on issues which combine employment and immigration law, including export control and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
•Business Council of Westchester 40 under 40 “Rising Star” 2008
•NAPABA Northeast Regional Conference Speaker, June 2011
•Quoted in article for Inside Counsel “How The Immigration Policy Stalemate is Hurting Businesses and the Economy” July 2012
•Workplace Law Implications of 2012 Presidential Election - Jackson Lewis Preventive Strategies October 2012
•Chapter Author for Inside the Minds series, “Employing International Workers, 2013 Edition”
•Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast Presentation “Legal Quick Hit: Employment-Based Immigration Options for Foreign Workers in the U.S.” June 2013
•Speaker for American Bar Association CLE Webinar: Immigration Reform: The Employment Perspective April 2013
•Westchester New York Pro-Bono Partnership Immigration Presentation November 2013
•American Bar Association Labor And Employment Mid-Winter conference presenter, U.S. Immigration Law Reform: What You Don't Hear in the Press March 2014
•Immigration For Employers bi-annual newsletter Contributor and Editor, and editor of practice group blogs, articles and quarterly immigration e-blast