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Ron Abramson began his career with the New Hampshire Public Defender Program before establishing himself as one of the State's preeminent immigration lawyers. In a career spanning 23+ years, Ron has handled a multitude of immigration, criminal defense, civil litigation, and international legal matters. Ron has also served as an international trade consultant, and as a law professor in the U.S. and abroad.
As a naturalized United States citizen, Ron's passion and main professional focus is immigration law. He has successfully obtained all manner of business and family-based visas, has taught at national training programs, and has litigated a number of cases all the way to the U.S. Circuit Courts.
From 2004-2006, Ron returned to his native Chile as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, where he taught courses relating to Chilean criminal justice reforms. While in Chile, Ron also was appointed New Hampshire's Commercial Consul to Chile by then-Governor John Lynch, serving as an international trade consultant. In addition to his immigration practice, Ron advises businesses concerning the implications of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (as well as other multi- and bilateral trade agreements), ITAR, distribution agreements, and contracts. He is one of the area's few native Spanish-speaking lawyers and is conversant in (slow) French.
Ron also participates in a number of Latino/Hispanic community initiatives, has coached youth sports, and currently serves as Secretary of the Board of New Hampshire Public Television. Ron maintains his work-life balance by being an avid distance runner, and has undertaken a number of extreme running challenges on behalf of selected causes over the years. Run has run blindfolded in order to raise awareness and money for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Team With a Vision; he has guided disabled runners through Team with a Vision and Achilles International, serving as a sighted guide at the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, the National Blind Half-Marathon Championships, the Bay State Marathon, and the Ragnar Cape Cod Relay; he ran two marathons and two ultramarathons in a month to raise money for chairty.
- New Hampshire - all courts; all levels
- U.S. District Court - New Hampshire (member CJA Panel)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association – Official Liaison to NH U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) office
- National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild
- New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- U.S.-Chile Chamber of Commerce
- Named New Hampshire's Best Immigration Lawyer by Business NH magazine [as selected by legal peers], February 2012
- Manchester Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" list for 2004
- Fulbright U.S. Scholar by the William J. Fulbright Commission, where taught at the prestigious Diego Portales School of Law in Santiago, Chile
- Board of Governors - Secretary, NH Public Television
- Founding Board Member, Vote Now New Hampshire Hispanics
- Board Member, Vision Hispana (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
- Former Board Member, Latin American Center
- New Hampshire Humanities Council
- Youth Soccer Coach
- State of New Hampshire's Commercial Consul to Chile, 2005–2010
- Of Counsel, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. – 2006-2009
- International Practice Director, Albagli Zaliasnik, Santiago, Chile, 2005-2006
- Visiting Law Professor [Fulbright U.S. Scholar], Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, 2004-2005
- Adjunct Professor, Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2000-2004
- Private Practice, 1998-2004
- Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Public Defender, 1993-1998
- J.D., George Washington University, 1993 (Moot Court & Trial Court Honor Boards, Dean's Fellow)
- B.A., Emory University, 1990 – Dean's List; W.H. Hightower Scholar
PUBLICATIONS / MEDIA / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Faculty Member/Speaker - American Immigration Lawyers' Association 2015 Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD; Topic: "Life & Death Consequences: Case Management in Removal Proceedings"
- Frequent speaker, trainer, and commentator regarding immigration law, trends, reform and advocacy
- New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange with Laura Knoy" - Regular guest addressing immigration reform and other current immigration-related issues [most recent appearance on January 26, 2015]
- "Federal Practice and Bankruptcy: ¡CUIDADO! Immigration Issues for Non-Immigration Lawyers in NH", New Hampshire Bar News, July 19, 2013
- Getting from There to Here: A Business Immigration Primer – NH Bar Journal, Spring 2008 (co-authored with Kermit J. Zerr, Esq.)
- "Q & A With...Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson," N.H. Business Review, August 31, 2007: View
- "House continues to duck immigration reform," published in Fosters Daily Democrat, Aug. 19, 2006
- "No Crime to be an Illegal Alien," published in the Concord Monitor, May 20, 2005: View
Critiquing local police's enforcement of immigration laws via use of state criminal trespass statute. District Court ultimately dismissed the charges.
- "After The Revolution, It's Time To Arm The Lawyers," published in January 2005 issue of Franklin Pierce Law Center Alumni Magazine: View
Reflections on Chilean justice reform and tenure as visiting professor under Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.
- "Refugees in NH: NH's Role as a Global Citizen," co-author, New Hampshire Bar Journal, June 2003: View