Megan Naughton

Megan R. Naughton

Partner

Megan R. Naughton

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Megan Naughton, co-chair of the Immigration Group, practices primarily in the area of U.S. immigration law, focusing on business immigration. The majority of her work involves advising businesses, schools, and nonprofits on nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for their employees and preparing visa petitions for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She also counsels employers on the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related issues, including I-9 and worksite enforcement issues. On a daily basis, Ms. Naughton oversees the PERM process with regard to the filing of regular and special-handling PERM cases, as well as the preparation and filing of outstanding professor and researcher petitions, and extraordinary ability petitions. She is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

    A frequent author on pressing topics shaping immigration law, Ms. Naughton most recently published "Foreign-Born Can Fall Into Gaps" and "Trepidation Over Employee Verification," both appearing in the Connecticut Law Tribune, and "Immigration Reform Needed to Support Emerging Technologies," appearing in the CT Business Magazine. Ms. Naughton recently co-authored a chapter regarding worksite compliance in a Matthew Bender publication on labor and employment law. She also served as a peer editor for the treatise Business Immigration Law & Practice, published in 2011 by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is mentioned in the publication's acknowledgements.

    Ms. Naughton has served as a faculty member for Sterling Educational Services' immigration series in Boston, Hartford, and Long Island. She frequently speaks for the Connecticut Business Industry Association, as well as the Connecticut Bar Association, on business immigration and related topics.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Counseled one of the 30 largest financial institutions in the United States with regard to postacquisition I-9 compliance issues and provided guidance for self-audit.
      • Routinely assist multinational companies in staffing their new U.S. offices by successfully obtaining H-1B and L-1 status for their executives and technical personnel.
      • Provide immigration training to human resources professionals, recruiters, executives and managers, business owners, and in-house counsel for a variety of clients and business organizations, including Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies and one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical companies.
      • Enable biotechnology companies, educational institutions, and hospitals to retain valuable key scientists, researchers, chemists, professors, and physicians by obtaining both temporary and permanent immigration status.
      • Routinely apply for and obtain permanent resident status for employees of our corporate clients through the Alien Labor Certification process under Reduction in Recruitment.
      • Representation of a New York City-based global management consulting firm to secure an approved L-1 Blanket petition. Converted the majority of its H-1B workforce to L-1B status at U.S. Consulates in India and China. This has allowed for more flexibility regarding staffing, compensation, and client service and no further concerns about H-1B dependency.
      • Representation of a Connecticut-based global technology company concerning one of its employees who was denied a pending PERM application. The U.S. Department of Labor indicated that the company did not list all of its requirements on the PERM application even though the requirements were listed in the ad and that this was prejudicial to U.S. workers. Robinson & Cole refiled the PERM application and successfully argued that the requirements were in fact listed on the application as an alternative and that this was appropriate. The case was reopened relatively quickly, and the employee received her permanent resident status.
      • Representation of a Danish-owned publically traded company to bring Danish nationals to the U.S. as managers and specialized knowledge personnel. Robinson & Cole filed documentation to register the company with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen as an E-2 Trader Investor. Also filed substantial documentation with the E-2 application regarding the company's real estate leases, corporate acquisitions, current employees and their immigration status, and the company's initial investment in the U.S.
      • Drafted new zoning regulation and obtained local permits for the adaptive reuse of a nineteenth-century mill complex to mixed-use development in Canton, CT.
      • Drafted zoning article to allow proposed mixed-use development.
      • Represented owner of a 46-acre municipal solid waste landfill required to close landfill, construct cap, install landfill gas collection and treatment system, perform groundwater zone of influence study, prepare wetlands mitigation program, and obtain all related air, water, solid waste, and wetlands permits and approvals.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (1998 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (1998 - present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association (1999 - present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association, Connecticut Chapter
      Past Chair of Technology Committee (1999 - present)

      National Association of College and University Attorneys (2010 - present)

      National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (2010 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Immigration for 2013 to 2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Immigration for 2011 and 2012 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Joseph F. Noonan Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship

      Fleming James Jr. Award for Excellence in the Area of Labor Law

      Connecticut Law Tribune, 2010, recognized in Women in the Law: High Achievers yearbook

      Connecticut Center for Children's Advocacy, 2010 Champion of Children Award

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Immigration Law for 2016 and 2017 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      World Affairs Council of Connecticut
      Board Member

      Center for Children's Advocacy at the University of Connecticut School of Law
      Outside Immigration Counsel

      Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc.
      Board of Directors (2015)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "Q&A with Robinson & Cole's Megan Naughton," published in Law360 (4/29/2013)

      "The Ever-Changing Definition of 'Special': New Interpretations Affect Companies Bringing Multinational Managers to U.S.," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (10/31/2011)

      "Foreign-Born Workers Can Fall Into Gaps," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (7/27/2009)

      "Trepidation Over Employee Verification," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Natalia Sharubina, appeared in Employment & Immigration Law insert (4/2008)

      "Immigration Reform Needed to Support Emerging Technologies," published in CT Business Magazine (1/2007)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Immigration Issues and Compliance," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association (9/22/06)

      "Perm Talk: How to Avoid Stalling on the Road to Permanent Residence," at Cambridge, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce (9/20/06)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 11, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Women Lawyers Listed in Best Lawyers Spring Business Edition

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      • June 13, 2014

        Hartford Lawyers Promote AILA Immigration Contest

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      • January 21, 2014

        Nicole Bernabo Organizes First CBA Labor and Employment Conference

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      • November 20, 2013

        R&C Lawyers Write Article for Connecticut Law Tribune

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      • April 10, 2013

        Megan Naughton Quoted in the Boston Globe

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      • November 21, 2011

        Attorneys Write Articles Published in Connecticut Law Tribune Special Section on Employment and Immigration Law

      • September 10, 2010

        Women in the Law and in the News

      • March 5, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Immigration Attorneys Honored by Center for Children’s Advocacy

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      • January 2, 2008

        Robinson & Cole Immigration Partner Interviewed by CBIA for Article

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      R+C News Releases

      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • April 16, 2015

        Megan Naughton Joins Statewide Legal Services Board of Directors

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • May 21, 2010

        Robinson & Cole's Naughton, Mirer, and Sharubina Named Pro Bono Legal Champion's by the Center for Children's Advocacy

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