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Mr. Wald

Gregory A. Wald

Principal, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Gregory A. Wald is Principal at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. Mr. Wald's experience includes representing multinational and Fortune 500 companies and individual clients in all aspects of immigration law including non-immigrant visas, and immigrant matters regarding multinational executives and managers, individuals of extraordinary ability and professionals. He has appeared before the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Department of Labor, US Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review and various federal courts. From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Wald was an assistant district counsel for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the Miami and San Francisco districts. In this role, he advised the INS on multiple aspects of immigration, naturalization, criminal and civil law. As a member of the Employer Sanctions Team, he provided analysis and consultation to special agents on the legal sufficiency of Notices of Intent to Fine regarding Form I-9 audits, compliance and worksite enforcement operations. Mr. Wald is a frequent speaker on business immigration and compliance matters. In 2011 Gregory presented on a panel discussing immigration compliance auditing at the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium. He has presented in seminars and conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - most recently on Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors, ILW.COM's Technology Immigration: Update From The Trenches, as well as client seminars regarding the latest trends in employment-based immigration and government enforcement actions. Mr. Wald is also the author of the chapter “Aramark v. SEIU and the Evolution of Constructive Knowledge in Relation to the DHS Social Security No-Match Rule” appearing in The Immigration Compliance Book 2009-2010. He is co-editor of Survival Tool Kit for the Worksite Enforcement Jungle (2012 AILA Midyear Conference). Mr. Wald served as chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2010/2011 and currently serves on the SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2009 he was nominated as one of California's leading practitioners in the field of corporate immigration and listed in Who's Who Legal: California. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ability and ethics. Mr. Wald is listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top 5 percent of lawyers in the area. He is also listed in the The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Wald can be contacted at 415-393-9828 or gregory.wald@squirepb.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.