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AZ Immigration Webinar
In the days since Governor Jan Brewer signed the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (Senate Bill 1070) into law, the media coverage concerning the statute and its impact on Arizona has been continuous. However, this coverage has failed to adequately address the impact that the Bill will have on Arizona employers. During this webinar, CBR and Jackson Lewis, LLP will do all of the following:
SB 1070 Immigration Webinar:
Date and time TBD
Bring all of your questions and comments regarding the topic!
Jeffrey W. Toppel is an associate in Jackson Lewis LLP’s Phoenix office. Mr. Toppel represents employers in a wide range of employment-related disputes, including wrongful termination and discrimination claims before various state and federal governmental agencies, as well as in Arizona state and federal courts. Mr. Toppel also represents parties in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Toppel regularly advises employers on issues that arise in the workplace, including compliance with state and federal immigration laws affecting the workplace. Mr. Toppel often drafts employment policies, handbooks, and contracts.
Mr. Toppel earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in labor and employment law, and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Mr. Toppel is active in the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law Section, serving on its CLE Committee and as former editor of the Section’s Newsletter. In addition, Mr. Toppel serves as the Secretary/Treasury on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section.
Victor X. Cerda is an immigration Partner in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis LLP, and a nationally recognized leader in representing the employer community on complex immigration enforcement issues. He focuses his practice exclusively on advising, counseling, and litigating on behalf of corporations, individuals, and overseas clients on immigration and visa processes. His areas of focus include employer worksite enforcement, I-9 compliance audits, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, entertainment visas, and immigration court removal proceedings. Mr. Cerda has represented and counseled foreign governments, current and former Heads of State, Fortune 500 companies, executives and business owners, members of the motion picture, recording, and professional sports industry, and individuals facing complex immigration matters. Mr. Cerda has successfully counseled companies in navigating through ICE I-9 audits and worksite investigations, defended individuals in removal proceedings, and addressed security issues in the visa process.
In addition, Mr. Cerda frequently provides expert commentary on immigration and homeland security issues for national media, including FOX, CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. In 1995, Mr. Cerda began his legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice representing the United States in hundreds of immigration bond and removal hearings. On September 11, 2001, Mr. Cerda was appointed Counsel and Acting Chief of Staff for the legacy-INS. He had primary responsibility for many of the Nation’s post-9/11 immigration efforts and legal reforms. In March 2003, Mr. Cerda became the Counsel to the Assistant Secretary and Acting Chief of Staff for the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mr. Cerda provided legal, policy, and operational oversight over immigration investigations, detention and removals, worksite enforcement, and high-profile deportation cases, including national security cases. He represented ICE in White House and interagency decision-making, and testified before Congress on immigration enforcement issues on numerous occasions. In 2004, he became the Acting General Counsel for ICE, managing 600 attorneys nationwide and formulating ICE legal positions on removal cases, worksite enforcement, and national immigration issues. He concluded his government career as the Acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) where he managed DHS’ detention and removal operations and managed more than over 4,000 employees, including more than 2,500 sworn federal law enforcement officers. As DRO Director, he reorganized DRO’s Headquarters and Field Offices, expanded ICE’s fugitive operations mission, deported a then-record number of individuals, implemented a national Alternatives to Detention Program, and began implementing the Criminal Alien Program.