Tony Derosby has practiced exclusively in the area of employment and immigration law since he joined the firm in 1988, and directs the firm's Immigration Practice Group. Tony helps clients achieve business objectives in the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international personnel. He leads a practice group providing immigration services for employers in a variety of industries, including medicine, technology, education, manufacturing, recreation/tourism, forest products, financial institutions, and energy. His group partners with human resources personnel, recruiters, and in-house counsel in obtaining temporary and permanent visas. He has a substantial background in all work-related visa classifications and provides strategic guidance to clients at all stages of the employment relationship.

Honors & Distinctions

Included in Chambers USA since 2005 for Labor & Employment Law; Tony is the only immigration attorney in Maine ranked in Band 1 in Labor & Employment: Immigration

Included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 for Immigration Law 

Professional Activities

Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association

Member, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee

Member, Massachusetts State Bar Association Employment Law Section

Member, Maine State Bar Association Employment Law Committee

Tony is a frequent speaker at employment law seminars and regularly conducts management and employee training.

Civic Activities

Tony leads the firm's partnership with the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project, providing pro bono legal assistance to applicants for asylum from Congo, Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, and other countries.

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Represents employers and employees in the design and implementation of employment-related immigration strategies. Tony has obtained approvals for thousands of employment-related immigration applications, including applications on behalf of multi-national executives and managers, "extraordinary ability" applicants, "outstanding" researchers and scientists, advance-degree professionals, national-interest waivers, professionals, skilled workers, and immigrant investors, as well as nonimmigrant applications in the J-1, H-1B, L-1, O-1, R, E-1, E-2, E-3, and related dependent applications.

  • Serves as outside immigration counsel for IDEXX, a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic, detection, and information systems for veterinary, dairy, and water testing applications. Tony has represented IDEXX for more than 14 years, leading a team providing a full range of immigration and immigration-compliance support. IDEXX is a publicly traded company employing over 7,300 full-time and part-time people across six continents. Tony has implemented Lean Six Sigma methodologies in a continuous improvement process with IDEXX, helping IDEXX achieve process efficiencies and process performance improvements in the delivery of H-1B, L-1, O-1, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and other visa strategies.

  • Serves as outside immigration counsel for Unum, the largest provider of disability insurance products in the United States and the United Kingdom. Unum is a Fortune 500 company publicly-traded on the New York Stock Exchange, employing more than 9,000 people, with total revenue for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2016 in excess of $11.05 billion.  Tony helps lead a team providing a full range of immigration and immigration-related compliance support for Unum. When Unum needed immigration support for the hire of key IT executives, managers, and Agile Scrum leadership, Tony led the team that designed and implemented the business immigration strategies using a range of employment-based visas, including O-1, H-1B, L-1 and employment-based green cards in the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 categories.

  • Serves as outside immigration counsel for Bates College, a nationally-recognized 150-year old coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to assuring in all of its efforts the dignity of each individual. Tony supports Bates College on a broad range of questions relating to immigration status, international travel, and visa documentation for international faculty and students, including advice and counsel relating to questions arising under the Trump Administration travel ban.

  • Has served as outside immigration counsel for MaineGeneral Health and its affiliates for more than 20 years, leading a team that has designed and implemented a broad range of immigration strategies on behalf of MaineGeneral Health and its physicians, including Conrad 30 waiver applications, H-1Bs, O-1s, and employment-based green cards in the EB-1 and EB-2 categories.

  • Serves as outside immigration counsel for MaineHealth, Maine Medical Partners, Maine Medical Center and affiliates forming Maine’s largest integrated healthcare network, helping lead a team that has designed and implemented immigration strategies for MaineHealth and its physicians for more than 20 years, including Conrad 30 waiver applications, H-1Bs, O-1s, and employment-based green cards in the EB-1 and EB-2 categories.

  • Has served as outside immigration counsel for J.D. Irving, Limited (“JDI”), and its affiliates (collectively “Irving”), for more than 15 years. Irving is a diverse family-owned company with operations in Canada and the United States. Irving has approximately 13,500 employees working in business segments that include forestry and forest products, transportation, shipbuilding and industrial fabrication, retail and distribution, consumer products, industrial and construction equipment, and specialty printing. Tony leads a team that designs and implements immigration strategies supporting diverse cross border business activities, including applications under NAFTA in the TN, L-1, and B-1 categories.