Leonard J. D'Arrigo
Leonard J. D’Arrigo (“L. J.”) specializes in corporate and professional immigration involving employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, labor certification, and family-based immigration.
He assists a diverse group of U.S. and foreign employers, such as multi-national corporations, religious institutions, and universities to obtain temporary and permanent visas for skilled or professional foreign national employees, including international executives and managers, engineers, researchers, skilled craft workers, medical personnel, scientists and university professors, understanding the impact of immigration issues on corporate operations. Mr. D’Arrigo has also developed an extensive practice in assisting agricultural and seasonal employers in obtaining a legal workforce through the H-2A and H-2B visa programs to meet seasonal employment needs. He assists these employers in navigating through the complex maze of government regulation, and counsels employers on compliance issues. At the same time, Mr. D’Arrigo represents individual foreign-national clients in obtaining immigration benefits through family-based immigration categories.
Mr. D’Arrigo is a frequent speaker at Immigration/Employment related conferences and seminars including, New York Farm Bureau, Capital Region Human Resource Association, and various other events.
Mr. D’Arrigo joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna as an associate attorney in September 2005. He received his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School, where he served as the Managing Editor for Lead Articlesfor the Albany Law Environmental Outlook Journal. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. D’Arrigo received the Patrick B. McNamara Prize for the highest standing in labor/employment law. During law school, Mr. D’Arrigo worked as a law clerk at Whiteman Osterman& Hanna, focusing on immigration law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Political Science from the University of Albany – SUNY. Mr. D’Arrigo also worked as a paralegal at Foley, Hoag & Elliot in
Mr. D’Arrigo is a member of the New York Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is a member of the New York State, Albany County and American Bar Associations. Mr. D’Arrigo is Past President of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities – Hispanic Outreach Services. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a licensed real estate broker.
Mr. D’Arrigo is the author of The School Yard Bully: U.S. Manipulation of International Trade Norms and Safeguard Measures, published in the New York State Bar Association’s NY Business Law Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall 2005).