Press Release
July 27, 2017

Holland & Knight Immigration Lawyer Leon Fresco Chosen as “Rising Star” by Law360

WASHINGTON (July 27, 2017) – Holland & Knight Partner Leon Fresco has been named a 2017 “Rising Star” in immigration law by Law360. He is one of only three immigration lawyers under age 40 in the country to be selected for this honor.

According to Law360, “Holland & Knight’s Leon Fresco already has several impressive career milestones under his belt, including serving as the main drafter of the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill and overseeing civil immigration cases for the government.”

Mr. Fresco is an immigration attorney in the firm’s Washington office, where he focuses his practice on providing global immigration representation to businesses and individuals. He also represents clients in administrative law and government relations matters and has extensive appellate, commercial litigation and legislation experience. He is active on the pro bono front as well, handling pro bono immigration cases across the United States.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight in early 2017, Mr. Fresco was deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and head of the Office of Immigration Litigation, where he oversaw all civil immigration litigation on behalf of the U.S. government in the federal courts, leading a team of more than 300 attorneys. Previously, he served as the staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. He was the principal advisor to Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the subcommittee, on all aspects of immigration law and policy and was the principal drafter of S.744, the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill of 2013.

Read Mr. Fresco’s “Rising Star” profile here.

Law360’s “Rising Stars” are attorneys under the age of 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. After reviewing more than 1,200 submissions for the 2017 “Rising Star” distinction, Law360’s team of editors arrived at a final list of 156 "Rising Stars" hailing from 75 law firms and spanning 35 practice areas. Winners were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective practice areas.

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