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Ramon E. Rivera
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Areas of Practice include:

International & Immigration
Labor & Employment

Case Studies:
Setting Trends in HR Law

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Peer Review

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Chancellor's Citation

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11/10/2015OPT/CPT Training for Foreign Nationals

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06/11/2014The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration – Related Unfair Employment Practices issues guidance on employment of F-1 student visa holders.

Ramon E. Rivera is a partner at Mackenzie Hughes. Ramon is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Business Department. He has served as Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment/Immigration Law Group, where he managed the workflow and activities of the group in a team oriented environment to identify and implement specific joint action projects intended to increase the group's overall moral, enhance the visibility of the group in our competitive arena, improve service and value delivered to our clients, secure better business opportunities, and work towards developing a dominant position in Central New York's labor, employment, and immigration law marketplace.

Ramon also provides counsel and assistance to corporate and individual clients with establishing U.S. branch offices, affiliates and subsidiaries; assist corporate and individual clients create foreign joint ventures; counsel businesses on U.S. employment and non-discrimination laws, I-9 compliance and worksite enforcement audits; assist businesses and individuals obtain employment and family based immigrant and non-immigrant visas; assist local and nationally based hospitals and medical providers obtain administrative waivers of the two-year home residence requirement for foreign physicians; provide counsel to domestic and foreign based commercial entities with custom and trade related issues; counsel foreign and domestic corporations with inter-company transfers of key personnel, executives, and multinational managers; serve as lead counsel representing individuals charged with removal or inadmissibility in various federal administrative removal proceedings and U.S. district courts, land ports of entry, suppression hearings, motion practice; and prepare and file administrative appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 from the University of California in Philosophy and then received a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, with a concentration in law and economics, in 1994. While at the University of California, he was a member of the Financial Aid Advisory Committee, the Interfraternity/Panhellenic Judicial Committee and the Vice-Chancellor Selection Committee. Ramon was admitted to the New York Appellate 4th Department and the U.S. District Court, Northern District in 1995. He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2001.

Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Ramon was the Managing Partner at Micale & Rivera, LLP and a Solo practitioner at Rivera Law Firm where he counseled/represented individual and corporate clients in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant employment based visas. He also assisted corporate clients relocate foreign executives and managers to the U.S.; counseled international business entities with customs and trade issues; counseled employers regarding I-9 verification and compliance issues; and represented employers charged with I-9 paperwork violations, unfair immigration employment practices, and related document fraud before the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ramon has also counseled and represented individual petitioners in family-based immigration matters before the Buffalo INS District Office, the Regional INS Service Centers and the U.S. State Department, among many other responsibilities.

Ramon collaborated on the writing of "Immigration Strategies for Companies" published in January 2009, authoring the chapter entitled "What Your Company Needs to Know About Immigration in Today's Economic and Regulatory Environment." This book is an authoritative insider's perspective on key strategies for advising companies in hiring foreign workers and complying with immigration regulations.

Ramon was recognized in 2001 by The Central New York Business Journal as one of "40 under 40," an honor that was awarded to the top 40 Central New York business leaders under age 40 for their impact in making the region a better place to work and live. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell, nominated to Who's Who in American Law, selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in American®, and in 2011 was awarded the Syracuse University Chancellor's Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Law.

Over the years, Ramon has been recognized for his accomplishments as an amateur and professional boxer. He was recognized as one of the top three professional boxing prospects in the lightweight division in 1981. From 1979-1981, he was honored as a nationally ranked Golden Gloves and Amateur Athletic Union Champion. In the past, he has also been recognized as the Western Regional Golden Gloves Champion, the Puerto Rican National Jr. Olympic Champion, the U.S. Western Regional Jr. Olympic Champion and finally, the Arizona Jr. Olympic and State Golden Gloves Champion. Ramon also managed a local Syracuse professional boxing prospect, who was featured in Boxing's world-recognized publication, The Ring Magazine, April 2002.


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