Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC • Chattanooga, Tennessee
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|Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
1800 Republic Centre
633 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37450
Robert C. Divine, leader of the Firm’s Immigration practice group and a shareholder who works from the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and Chattanooga offices, concentrates his practice in business immigration and litigation. He has extensive experience serving clients from throughout the world in the arrangement of all types of business-based temporary and permanent immigration status, including specialty occupations (H-1B, TN, E-3), individual and blanket international transferee programs (L-1), traders and investors (E-1/E-2, EB-5), medical workers, religious workers, labor certification, national interest waivers, and extraordinary ability aliens.
Mr. Divine has represented and assisted employers and other parties in some of the largest immigration enforcement investigations and prosecutions as well as private RICO actions. He provides strategic advice and training for employers in their immigration compliance efforts. Mr. Divine also has litigated significant business matters, including contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, and business torts (including RICO, misrepresentation, Consumer Protection Act).
By presidential appointment, Mr. Divine served in Washington, D.C. from July 2004 until November 2006 as the first Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the world’s largest immigration services agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. From July 2005 until July 2006, he served as Acting Director and then Acting Deputy Director of USCIS, spearheading the USCIS Transformation Program, testifying in Congress about the E-Verify system and intercountry adoptions, enhancing operational security, and increasing transparency of rules and procedures. In early 2004 he served as an expert retained to assist the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its congressionally mandated study on the expedited removal process. He has testified as an expert on immigration law for courts in the United States and abroad.
- College: University of North Carolina, B.A., 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa; Morehead Scholar)
- Law School: Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Bar AdmissionsTennessee, 1988
North Carolina (Inactive)