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H. Ronald Klasko
Ron Klasko, ABIL Lawyer

Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP
1601 Market Street
Suite 2600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 825-8600
Fax: (215) 825-8699
ron.klasko@abil.com
www.klaskolaw.com

Additional Offices:
31 West 34th Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 796-8840
Fax: (212) 798-8859

120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 876-6653
Fax: (312) 876-7344

"Practicing Immigration law is a most rewarding profession. I have the opportunity to assist the best and brightest build a life in this country, a country I love. I get to contribute in a small way to the success of this country through the success of my clients."

H. Ronald Klasko's Story

Ron's immigration law practice began as a reply to a memo. While working at a general practice law firm after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, a senior partner sent around a memo asking for an attorney to take on the two or three immigration cases they received each year. Due to his interest in foreign cultures, travel and working with people, Ron agreed, and his career took on a whole new direction.

After attending his first Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers (later to become the American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA) Conference, Ron embraced the strong commitment shared by members of the immigration legal community. One of his first cases was with a Chinese immigrant in Philadelphia, whom he impressed by being an honest, dedicated and hard working lawyer. After that Ron gained the trust of the larger Chinese community. His immigration practice grew steadily each year and in the early 1980s, it became his sole practice. After moving into a larger multi-practice firm for 15 years, in 2003 Ron left and formed his own firm - Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP.

One of the first speeches that Ron ever gave on immigration was on the topic of the deportation and denaturalization of Nazi war criminals. From this, he became the chair of the National Jewish Community organization on Nazi Germany War Criminals and brought the issue to AILA to form a panel dedicated to the topic. That was Ron's first involvement with AILA, where he went on to become the Chairman of the Philadelphia chapter, a national board member, and in 1988, its president. For three years, Ron served as AILA's general counsel, in which position he was one of the key negotiators with the government regarding the interpretation of the 245(i) grandfathering legislation of 2001. This allowed undocumented immigrants to pay a penalty to adjust to lawful immigrant status provided they had the appropriate sponsorship. For his contribution on behalf of immigrants, Ron was the second practicing lawyer ever to be honored with the AILA Founder's Award. Ron has been invited by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice to participate in the training of officers and employees of each of those agencies. Ron most recently served as chair of the AILA EB-5 Committee on investor-based immigration for 5 years.

Because Philadelphia is a center for universities and hospitals, Ron's practice has evolved to include a focus on immigration work within the university and medical fields. He founded and chaired the Healthcare Institutions Interest Group of NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and his firm was the first global advocate partner firm of NAFSA.

Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP Blog
http://blog.klaskolaw.com/

Ron is very proud of the firm he has built, which has grown to 70 people. He started the firm's EB-5 practice and, in five years, built it to one of the largest and most acclaimed practices in the country.  Under his tutelage, many of the firm's lawyers have risen to prominence, including his partner, Bill Stock, who recently completed his term as national President of AILA.  Ron is especially proud that his firm was chosen as a "Best Place to Work in Philadelphia."

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