Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin has served as staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law.
Austin has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues. Most recently, he appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee's Social Security Subcommittee to discuss how to enforce immigrations laws at the worksite effectively. He also has testified before the Immigration Subcommittees of the House and Senate to share his knowledge on a variety of business immigration related topics, including the H-1B and L visa programs and corporate immigration compliance.
He is also the founding co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration, published by Thomson Reuters/West.
Chairman, City Bar Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Publications and Lectures
Austin has co-authored a number of publications including:
Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law & Practice, with Steven C. Bell, Practising Law Institute.
Cynthia leads the firm’s High Tech practice in the heart of Silicon Valley. As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice, she directs the strategic representation of companies ranging from large fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs. She also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e. EB-5).
Cynthia is a long time Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law where she has taught since 1988. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.
Cynthia is also the Managing Partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. She is experienced in government investigations, audits and establishing compliance programs for companies.
Cynthia has served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Cynthia joined Fragomen over 23 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.