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I-9 Industry Experts

While the views expressed by our guest “I-9 Experts” do not necessarily reflect the views of LawLogix, we highly value their opinions and appreciate their contributions to our growing online community. Call for Articles: General Immigration practitioners and Labor and Employment attorneys with expertise in I-9 and E-Verify compliance are invited to submit articles for consideration. Call for submission of articles is ongoing.
Please contact our Editor John Fay for submission guidelines.

John Fay, President

John Fay is an immigration attorney and technologist with a deep applied knowledge of I-9 compliance and E-Verify rules and procedures. During his career, John has advised human resource managers and executives on a wide variety of corporate immigration compliance issues, including the implementation of electronic I-9 systems. In his current role, John serves as President at the LawLogix division of Hyland Software, Inc., where he oversees all aspects of the division’s operations and provides strategic leadership and direction in the development and support of Form I-9, E-Verify, and immigration case management software solutions.

Bruce E. Buchanan

Bruce E. Buchanan is a founding partner at Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC with offices in Nashville and Atlanta, where he represents employers and individuals in immigration law, with a special emphasis on employer immigration compliance, and employers in employment/labor law matters. Additionally, he is Of Counsel to Siskind Susser concerning employer immigration compliance matters.

Mr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982. He served as senior trial specialist for the NLRB for 20 years. Mr. Buchanan also served for 12 years as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law. He went into private practice in 2003 and formed his own law firm in late 2015.

Mr. Buchanan is passionate about representing clients on I-9 compliance issues, such as ICE inspections and internal I-9 audits. He is the co-author of the book, I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, which is geared to HR professionals and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379. He also authors his own blog on employer immigration compliance located at www.employerimmigration.com and is a regular contributor to HR Professionals Magazine. Bruce is the long-time editor of the TBA’S Immigration Law Section newsletter and Labor and Employment Section newsletter.

Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas. He may be contacted at bbuchanan@sblimmigration.comand (615) 345-0266.

Kevin Lashus, Partner, Fisher Broyles

Kevin Lashus is a Partner with the Austin office with Fisher Broyles. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Lashus is a graduate of Stanford University and The University of Texas School of Law. He was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under then Attorney General John Cornyn. He then moved on to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2002, and, in 2003, became Assistant Chief Counsel with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, where he remained until 2007 in its San Francisco office and, most recently, its Minneapolis/Saint Paul office—advising special agents during national security investigations, criminal immigration prosecutions, and worksite enforcement actions. Mr. Lashus was a member of the National Security Team.

Nicole A. Kersey (“Nici”), Managing Director

Nicole A. (“Nici”) Kersey is an attorney whose practice has been dedicated to employment-based immigration, with a focus on the Form I-9, E-Verify, and related immigration compliance issues. Ms. Kersey partners with law firms, businesses, and other U.S. employers to provide advice, project management, and consulting services to organizations of all sizes to help them avoid civil and criminal penalties, as well as ancillary damage to reputation, caused by weaknesses in their immigration-related hiring and record-keeping practices. 

Nici also has experience working with employers to procure nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for foreign national employees. She has worked with individuals to obtain, extend, amend, and change nonimmigrant status and has assisted clients to obtain lawful permanent residence in the U.S. through applications for labor certification, petitions for outstanding researchers and aliens of extraordinary ability, and international manager petitions.