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Landing and Keeping Tech Talent


The demand for technology savvy workers has never been greater, but neither has the competition to find and retain them. Increasingly, businesses are searching for the right people both domestically and abroad, and realize that immigration is key to any comprehensive strategy for securing talent.

This free series is intended to help companies navigate the immigration, employment law and intellectual property landscape, to meet the need for these highly skilled individuals. It is presented by Pabian Law, which provides comprehensive immigration services, and Gesmer Updegrove LLP, which has a long history of serving the high tech community.

Part 1 – Identifying and Acquiring Talent

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Gesmer Updegrove Offices, 40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

This first seminar of the series is focused on topics involved in finding, retaining and onboarding new talent. In the immigration context, this requires advanced planning, even before the first interview. And regardless of the nationality of the candidate, careful thought should be given to the terms of employment and associated employment-related agreements, which can be critical to setting the stage for a productive relationship and protecting the company down the road.

The topics to be covered in this seminar include:

  • Employment, inventions, and nondisclosure agreements
  • Background checks, drug testing and interviews
  • Managing visa process during onboarding
  • Work visa petitions
  • Tourist visas for business visitors
  • Optional Practical Training and H-1B visa limitations

Click here to register for the FIRST seminar, free of charge. 

Door prize: Attend this session and the last session to be eligible to win a Surface RT tablet.

Part 2 – Retaining Talent

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Microsoft Store, Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA

This second seminar of the series is focused on topics that pertain throughout the engagement, especially those that concern the way a worker is characterized is various legal contexts. Determining the proper visa status, exemption status, employee/contractor status, and tax status can all turn on the worker’s job responsibilities, which can be difficult to pin down and can change over time.

The topics to be covered in this seminar include:

  • Independent contractors versus employees
  • Exemption status and other wage issues
  • Green cards – when to apply and what is the cost?
  • Tracking time spent on visas – watch for traps with green card applications!
  • Change in employment – when are new petitions required?
  • Extension and transferring of visas
  • Family considerations for visa holders

Click here to register for the SECOND seminar, free of charge

Door prize: One randomly chosen attendee will win more than $500 in free software, courtesy of the Microsoft Store.  Also, if you attend this session and the last session, you will be eligible to win a Surface RT tablet.

Part 3 – The End of the Engagement

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Gesmer Updegrove Offices, 40 Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

This third seminar of the series is focused on the end of the engagement. The simple fact is that most hires, at some point, end. Sometimes it is by design. Sometimes it is a function of immigration limitations. And sometimes the worker or the company just find it best to part ways. But in all of these circumstances, the company should take steps to ensure that the worker is treated fairly while the company’s interests are protected fully.

The topics to be covered in this seminar include:

  • Non-competes, non-solicits and no-hires
  • Severance agreements and issues
  • Grace period for terminated visa holders
  • Employer obligations upon termination
  • Green cards – what now?

Click here to register for the THIRD seminar, free of charge

Door prize: Attendees of this and one of the prior two sessions will be eligible to win a Surface RT tablet.



HTMLKeith A. Pabian is the Founding Partner of Pabian Law, LLC, an immigration law firm that specializes in representing companies, organizations, sports leagues, sports teams, and athletes.

Keith represents companies, organizations, universities, non-profits, individuals, and professional sports franchises to procure temporary visas, work authorization, lawful permanent residence, citizenship, and other immigration benefits in the United States. Keith’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and entities that are new to the United States. He has also worked with numerous individuals, families, domestic violence victims, and asylum clients to successfully petition for visas and green cards. He has represented clients before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of State, in Immigration Court and at Consulates and Embassies around the world.

In addition to U.S. immigration law, Keith provides immigration assistance to multinational corporations sending employees to offices outside of the United States. Through a global network of immigration lawyers, he works with many clients to relocate existing or hire new employees in over 100 countries worldwide.

Keith has also developed a unique specialization in representing professional sports leagues, franchises, and athletes in visa and immigration matters. Keith consults with numerous sports leagues on visa and immigration matters. He represents professional sports teams from all over the United States and has worked with Olympians and professional athletes to procure U.S. lawful permanent residency.

Keith additionally consults, counsels, and trains corporate clients on properly completing the I-9 process, with establishing best practices for complying with immigration laws, with layoffs and reductions in force, and with other issues that arise when hiring foreign personnel.


Joseph LaferreraJoseph Laferrera is a partner at Gesmer Updegrove LLP, and heads the employment department at the firm. He is also one of the firm’s litigation partners, and heads the firm’s data privacy and security practice area as well.

Wearing his employment law hat, Joe has extensive experience representing both employers and employees in a variety of contexts, from issues involving hiring to those involving termination, and everything in between. That may take the form of counseling and training to minimize corporate exposure for discrimination or harassment claims; drafting, assessment and enforcement of employment, separation, non-compete, inventions and related agreements; negotiation of executive compensation packages; and dispute resolution.

As one of the litigation partners in the firm, Joe helps clients not only represents clients in court, he helps those clients avoid disputes by counseling them on business strategies that minimize litigation risk and by addressing problems before they become lawsuits. Joe represents clients in all stages of the litigation process, in state and federal trial courts, before governmental agencies, in appellate matters, and in mediations and arbitrations. These matters may involve intellectual property rights, contractual disputes, corporate governance issues, and myriad other areas of the law.

Joe also heads the firm’s Data Security and Privacy practice area, guiding his clients through the statutory and regulatory morass that governs business and personal data. He is familiar with the myriad federal laws touching on privacy (such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Graham-Leach-Bliley, and “Red Flag” requirements), states’ differing approach to data breach notification, and Massachusetts’ extensive regulatory scheme mandating comprehensive written information security plans. Joe provides clients with insight and practical advice on protecting the security and privacy of their data.

Joe also works with clients on all manner of intellectual property issues, representing clients in copyright, trade secret and trademark matters.


Pabian Law

Pabian Law, LLC is a Massachusetts-based immigration law firm that specializes in representing companies, organizations, sports leagues, sports teams, and athletes. Pabian Law, LLC is dedicated to our clients. Whether a client is hiring a new employee, sponsoring an employee for U.S. Lawful Permanent Residency, or has an issue with the government, Pabian Law, LLC is committed to providing a fresh, cutting-edge, client-centered approach that is results-driven and customer-service focused.

Whether your company is a large multinational corporation, a global entity just entering the U.S. market, or a start-up company, Pabian Law, LLC will not only recommend the best visa and immigration options available, but will also be there at every stage of the process to ensure that the visa and immigration process is as seamless and stress-free as possible for the company, the employee, and the employee’s family members.

Gesmer Updegrove LLP

Gesmer Updegrove LLP is New England’s premier law firm for technology companies and emerging businesses. Its clients include individual entrepreneurs, private and public companies, venture capitalists and angel investors, and major educational institutions. The firm’s mission is to be the trusted advisor to its clients, providing quality legal services, outstanding business advice and value-added services. We work side by side with our client’s executives to bring the resources necessary to grow their companies – all while ensuring that their companies are legally protected.

The firm offers a broad range of services to our corporate clients, the entrepreneurs who make them run, and the people who invest in them. Whether you need to discuss business formation to exit strategies, patent prosecution or technology licensing, employment counseling or aggressive litigation, Gesmer Updegrove LLP can advise and guide you through the process in a way that not only addresses your legal needs, but helps achieve your business goals.