Robert F. Loughran

Austin / Houston

South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1992)

Universidad de Madrid, Spain (1991)

Universidad de Concepcion, Chile (1988-1989)

University of Texas (B.A. 1988)

College of the State Bar of Texas


Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Appointed to the Texas State Bar Standing Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality

Appointed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA's) National Committee on Business Immigration

Appointed to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Standards and Fitness Committee, 2008-Present

American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison to Vermont Service Center of Department of Homeland Security for H-1B issues, 2006-2008

American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison to San Antonio District Office of Department of Homeland Security, 2002-2006

Vice Chair, State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, 2005-Present

Member, State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, 2000-2002, 2004

Society for Human Resource Management Executive Relocation Council

State Bar of Texas, International Law Section

Austin Bar Association

Admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

British American Business Association, 1996-Present

Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers


Robert F. Loughran, "Learning from the History of Risk and Fraud in the EB-5 Regional Center Context." Forming and Operating an EB-5 Regional Center: A Guide for Developers and Business Innovators. ILW 2014-2015 edition.

Robert F. Loughran, "Terminations of EB-5 Centers." Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs. AILA 3rd edition.

Robert F. Loughran, "EB-5 Immigrant-Investor Programs Are Rife With Risks," Texas Lawyer Magazine (February 3, 2014).

Jan Pederson, Robert F. Loughan, and Sameer Khedekar, "Whither Thy Intracompany Transferee?," AILA Mid-Year Conference (January 24, 2014).

Robert F. Loughran, Catharine Yen, and Christian Triantaphyllis, "Recent Revocations and Enforcement May Change the EB-5 Landscape," IIUSA (June 2013).

Robert F. Loughran, "Checklist for Global Immigration Policy Formation," HR Houston Newsletter (May 13, 2013).

Robert F. Loughran, "Electronic Verification Systems, Including Form I-9 Software and E-Verify Best Practices" (served as the moderator for the ILW E-Verify and Form I-9 Compliance seminar, May 24, 2012).

Robert F. Loughran and Paul Zambie, "Global Business Immigration Practice Guide," LexisNexis, 2012 (chapter on citizenship).

Robert F. Loughran, "Before and After the ICE Subpoena Arrives," Texas Lawyer Magazine, February 6, 2012.

Robert F. Loughran authored an article, with Martin J. McIntyre, General Counsel of Wood Group, in the July/August 2010 Docket of the Association of Corporate Counsel, "Conduct Form I-9 Audits and Protect the Attorney-Client Relationship" pg 79-87.

Robert F. Loughran and Susan Kelly's article: "Practical Implications Of The DHS Final Rule On Electronic Form I-9 Signatures And Storage," was published in ILW.Com.

Robert Loughran, Kristen Quan Hammill, Dorothee Mitchell, & Faye Kolly, "I-140 Book," ILW, April 2010.

Robert Loughran & Martin McIntyre, "I-9 Audits and the Attorney Client Privilege," The Association of Corporate Counsel's Docket Magazine, March 2010

Robert Loughran & Dustin O'Quinn, "Know the Procedural Ins and Outs to Avoid Immigration Pitfalls," Texas Lawyer Magazine, February 22, 2010.

"Immigration compliance has to be a priority." San Antonio Business Journal 23.11 (2009): 47. Print.

Robert Loughran & Kevin Lashus, E-Verify bait & switch: Data mining isn’t what employers signed up for, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Vol. 6, No. 5, 10/2009.

Robert F. Loughran and Ryan C. Chargois. "Last Page - The Importance of Centralized Global Immigration Management." Mobility Magazine. August 2009.

Robert F. Loughran. "Immigration Liability Can Arise From Mergers and Acquisitions." Texas Lawyer Magazine pg 23-24 Vol. 25 No 12, June 22, 2009

May 11th 2009 Texas Lawyer – Contributor

May 6th 2009 Texas Lawyer – Contributor

Spring 2008 "February 28-29 2008" – Nova Law Review "Fear the ICE Man: Lessons From the Swift Raids to Warm You Up - The New Government Perspective on Employer Sanctions."


Nov/Dec 2006 Executive legal adviser “Employment Eligibility Verification In an Era of Increased Enforcement

2006 Renewed Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Enforcement: How Employers and HR Reps Should Protect Themselves - ILW

Three Keys to Compliance: Verify, Reverify, Retain
, Texas Lawyer Magazine, Volume 22, No. 3, March 2006

The Impact of Visa Retrogression on Business Immigration, AHRMA Update on Us, November 2005

Regarding Student Visas: Your District's Role and Responsibilities, Part Two,  Texas Lone Star, Volume 23, No. 2, March 2005

2005 Begins a New Era for U.S. Business Immigration, AHRMA Update on Us, March 2005

Immigration Obligations: Your District's Responsibilities Vary Little Regarding Foreign Students, Texas Lone Star, Vol. 23, No. 1, January/February 2005

Summer of 2004: For Immigration Agencies, Procedural Changes Have Been in Season, AHRMA Update on Us, November 2004

Corporate Viability in the Non-Immigrant Context, Texas AILA Chapter Fall Conference Handbook, 2004

New Immigration Policies May Affect Foreign Nationals' Summer Travel Plans, AHRMA Update on Us, July 2004

Immigration through Investment: Treaty Traders, Treaty Investors, L-1 Intra-Company Transferees, and the EB-5 Immigrant Category, 2004 AILA National Conference Handbook, June 2004

Adapting Immigration Strategies to Changing Economies and Evolving Political Events,  2004 Gulf Coast Symposium on Human Resources Issues Handbook, April 2004

National Security Entry/Exit Registration System Special Registration Program Suspended, AHRMA Update On Us, January 2004

Employers Needing Specialized Foreign Workers May Need to Act in ? or Go Without in ?, AHMRA Update On Us, November 2003

Keeping Pace with the Immigration Security Measures Implemented by the Departments of State and Homeland Security, Area IV SHRM and HR Houston International Conference Handbook, November 6, 2003

EB-5 Amendments Address 'Stranded' Investors,  2003 AILA Fall National Conference Handbook, September 19, 2003

Identifying and Licensing 'Deemed Exports' When Employing Foreign Nationals,   Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 2, August 2003

Changes in the Practice of Immigration Law Under the Department of Homeland Security,   Texas Lawyer Magazine, May 26, 2003

Maintaining Nonimmigrant Status, University of Texas School of Law 26th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, October 2002

The Reality of Reliance: Immigration and Technology in the Age of Global Competition, Immigration Briefings, July 1993

Maquiladoras, a Basic PrimerCurrents International Law Journal, (Winter 1991-1992)

Robert Loughran discussed green energy jobs and EB-5 visas in Austin (Spanish)


Selected by Best Lawyers as Austin Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2014

Selected by Texas Monthly as one of the Top Attorneys in Texas in Immigration Law, 2013

Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Selected to Best Attorneys in Texas, 2012

Named Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2014

International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2000 - present

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast Award for Professional Service, 1994

Associated Catholic Charities Award for Professional Service, 2000

Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2013's editorial for Labor and Employment law.



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