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Patrick Shen

Former Department of Justice

Patrick is a partner in Fragomen's Government Strategies and Compliance practice.  He helps multinational corporations and employers across all sectors establish and maintain compliant corporate immigration programs.


In 2007, Patrick was appointed by the President and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate as Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. He previously served as Policy and Planning Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security, and Chief Immigration Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Earlier in his career, Patrick was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, an appellate litigator with the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, and Assistant District Counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).


Patrick was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law.  He also is a frequent lecturer in the law and business communities, and has published numerous articles on the subject of corporate immigration compliance.


Patrick was a sports reporter in Taiwan prior to attending Brigham Young University Law School.  He became a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) in 2002 and still volunteers with his local fire department in Rockville, Maryland.

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