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Ian R. Macdonald

Ian R. Macdonald is Co-Chair of the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. He focuses his practice on developing, assessing and managing global mobility programs for multinational companies on a range of challenges affecting the movement of people capital domestically and internationally, including secondment agreements, benefits transferability, local host country employment concerns and immigration.

Ian and his team work closely with companies to manage and modify, where needed, corporate immigration programs to maximize efficiency, service and regulatory compliance levels. He is experienced with the full range of business immigration sponsorship categories (visas and permanent residence), anti-discrimination rules to reduce or eliminate risk of employment litigation, employer sanction cases, and I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Ian assists clients with establishing risk-based performance standards (RBPS) and Department of Homeland Security protocol, providing risk assessment assistance to corporations subject to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and assisting clients with ITAR/Export Control compliance within the immigration context.

Ian has developed strategic relationships abroad that he utilizes when working with clients to ensure compliance with foreign registration requirements. He is experienced with analyzing complex global mobility opportunities on country-specific matters to facilitate the transfer of personnel. Ian is also experienced in counseling employers on immigration strategy as well as immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, reduction in workforces, and furloughs.

Prior to joining the firm, Ian worked for the United Nations, various non-governmental think tanks and corporate law firms in London, Washington, D.C., New York and Atlanta.

Capabilities

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2016-2020
  • Listed, Daily Report, "Georgia Trailblazers," 2019
  • Listed, National Law Journal, "Immigration Law Trailblazer," 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment – Immigration, 2009-2019
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine "Legal Elite," 2015-2017 and 2019
  • Listed, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firm rankings for Nationwide (Tier 1), 2011-2015
  • Member, Law360 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board 
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, Georgia Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1999
  • B.A., The New School, 1996
Admissions
  • Georgia
  • New York