Tony Derosby leads Pierce Atwood’s Immigration Practice Group. He has advised and supported business immigration clients on immigration and global mobility issues for more than 25 years.
Tony helps clients achieve business objectives in the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of international personnel. He serves as immigration counsel for clients in a variety of industries, including health care, technology, education, finance, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, recreation, hospitality, forest products, and energy. His clients include publicly-traded and privately-held multinational corporations requiring guidance and support for cross-border immigration and workforce mobility. He partners with in-house legal counsel, human resources personnel, and recruiters in obtaining temporary and permanent employment-based visas for international personnel required in labor-short or special skills occupations. He has a substantial background in all work-related visa classifications and provides strategic guidance to clients at all stages of the employment relationship.
Tony works with clients to design and implement immigration strategies for significant cross-border projects, including a $120 million dollar capital improvement project involving temporary cross-border assignments for 27 maintenance, engineering, operating and management employees; delivery and installation of offshore wind towers to support 30MW wind turbines for the Deepwater Block Island Offshore Wind Turbine Project involving temporary cross-border assignments for a core project team from various locations in the EU; and cross-border software installation and upgrade projects involving cross-border teams consisting of engineers, IT professionals, business analysts, and operations personnel.
Tony helps clients identify and implement immigration strategies for key personnel, including international personnel recruited for senior leadership and critical technology positions in publicly-traded companies. He serves as immigration counsel for health care organizations and helps health care clients identify and implement immigration strategies for the recruitment and retention of international medical graduates and non-US physicians. He provides immigration guidance and support for private secondary schools and colleges. He works with corporate immigration clients to implement immigration strategies for retention of key international personnel following business acquisitions.
Tony counsels business immigration clients on immigration-related compliance issues. He represents clients in IRCA/I-9 inspections and enforcement actions by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
Tony is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is committed to continuous improvement in the delivery of client service. He has engaged with business immigration clients on the application of Lean Six Sigma principles to achieve improved business immigration processes and reduced cost.
Honors & Distinctions
- Top Ranked “Band 1” by Chambers USA in Labor & Employment: Immigration
- Pierce Atwood McKusick Community Impact Award for pro bono work with Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (2016)
- Selected by The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003 for Immigration Law and named Portland, Maine “Lawyer of the Year” for Immigration Law 2015
- Katahdin Counsel Recognition by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for pro bono legal service (2013-2016)
- Outstanding Service Award from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (2013)