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Forrest G. Read IV

Principal
Raleigh

P 919-760-6460
F 919-760-6461
Forrest.Read@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Forrest G. Read is a Principal in the Raleigh, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. After spending four and a half years in the firm’s Washington, DC Region office, he relocated to Raleigh in the summer of 2017. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has particular focus in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read's immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, P, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM labor certifications, national interest waivers, and EB-1 petitions, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations. He has broad experience in advising large, mid-size and small employers on their various immigration needs and developing strategies to help them navigate through complex immigration issues, including minimizing the risk of and responding to ICE and USCIS audits. He also has particular experience in counseling employers in the health care industry and addressing immigration-related issues that arise for their broad range of health care professional employees (including advising on and obtaining employment authorization for medical residents and fellows and obtaining J-1 visa waivers for foreign national physicians completing their medical training in the United States). His immigration practice also includes defending employers in connection with Department of Labor H-1B and H-2B investigations and immigration-related litigation.

Mr. Read’s employment law experience includes representing management, particularly academic medical centers in the GME context, in a wide array of workplace disputes and litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including matters related to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, disability, family and medical leave, various wage and hour issues, contracts, and intentional torts. He advises academic medical centers on the interplay between applicable academic law and employment law and the ramifications of what are divergent legal requirements and standards. Mr. Read also provides counsel with respect to the legal impact of competency standards for residents and trainees in GME, including situations involving discipline, remediation, and dismissal. He provides advice and guidance in the peer review process, including provision of verification and assessment of training in response to third party inquiries.

As a member of the Firm’s Corporate Diversity Counseling group, Mr. Read also has experience in providing assessments and making recommendations to corporate and institutional clients with respect to diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives, conducting related internal investigations, and shaping, developing and enforcing effective policies and initiatives to ensure consistency with client values and in furtherance of business goals and objectives.

Honors and Recognitions

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms
JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

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March 8, 2019
SHRM

Forrest Read Discusses Proposed Legislation to Eliminate Backlogs for Employment-Based Green Cards

March 8, 2019

Forrest Read discusses the implications of proposed legislation for employment-based green cards that would reduce the wait for permanent residence primarily for Indian workers, and increase wait times for others in "Lawmakers Propose Eliminating National Caps on Work-Based Green Cards," published by SHRM. Subscription may be... Read More

October 10, 2018
SHRM

Forrest Read Comments on Implications of Judge Blocking Temporary Protected Status Cancellation

October 10, 2018

Forrest Read comments on the implications of a federal judge temporarily blocking the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protected Status for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan in "TPS Recipients Keep Right to Work for Now," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 15, 2018
HR Pulse

Forrest Read Authors "Opioid Crisis and Doctor Shortages Worsen Under U.S. Immigration Policy"

May 15, 2018

Forrest Read authors "Opioid Crisis and Doctor Shortages Worsen Under U.S. Immigration Policy," published by HR Pulse.   Read More

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H-1B - Get Your Ticket for the Lottery!

February 8, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Immigration Year-In-Review

December 7, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Federal Judge Enjoins DHS’s Public Charge Rule and Required Use of Related Forms
October 11, 2019

U.S. District Court Judge George S. Daniels of the Southern District of New York enjoined the Trump Administration’s new Public Charge Rule scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019. The new Rule has been the subject of much controversy and would have made it more difficult for foreign nationals to obtain green cards or... Read More

Diversity Lottery Registration Begins
October 2, 2019

Online FY 2021 Diversity Lottery registration began on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at noon (EDT) and ends on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at noon (EDT).  This year, 55,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available.  The Diversity Lottery provides visas to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Read More

Re-registration Process Announced for Syrian Nationals in TPS
September 24, 2019

In August 2019, the Department of Homeland Security extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrian beneficiaries until March 31, 2021. Now is the time for these beneficiaries to re-register and apply to extend their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Read More