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David Spaulding Esq.

Compliance and Regulatory Practice Counsel
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Philadelphia (US Headquarters)
1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor Philadelphia PA 19102 US

David Spaulding is the Compliance and Regulatory Practice Counsel at Green and Spiegel’s Philadelphia office.  Prior to joining Green and Spiegel, David served twenty-three years as an immigration officer.  Experience ranging from border, airport, and seaport inspections, through benefits examination and adjudication, and investigations gives him insights into immigration enforcement not common among private practice immigration attorneys. From 2006 through 2019, David was an investigator with the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) within USCIS and he supervised FDNS operations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia from 2012 through 2019. As a USCIS supervisor and manager, he directly oversaw USCIS’ site visit programs and fraud investigations and has direct experience with USCIS policy and program management.  David was the National Fraud Branch Chief during a long-term detail in 2014, during which he oversaw the crafting and initial implementation of the Site Visit Protocols on which the present Site Visit Program is grafted.

Green and Spiegel seeks to help companies navigate complex and dynamic compliance and regulatory environments and David is ideally positioned to help clients apply forward-thinking and honed investment in meeting those obligations.  David’s approach is proactive, working with healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and information technology companies to assess compliance, improve system integrity, and set up the kinds of policies and procedures that make government inspections simple, affordable, and minimally intrusive.

Green and Spiegel’s Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement Practice works with clients to:

  • Audit Form I9 compliance and bring documentation into compliance with regulatory requirements as well as assist clients with defense in response to government actions.
  • Assist companies in their response to No-Match Letters from the Social Security Administration.
  • Audit company compliance with immigration laws and regulations, particularly with regards to the use of work-related Non-Immigrant Visas, bringing company documentation, policies, and procedures into compliance.
  • Assist companies in setting up proactive protocols that minimize the business impact of government inspections and reduce the risk of disruptions rising from government investigation.
David is a general immigration law practitioner, representing companies and individuals in a range of immigration matters, including employment visa filings and family-based immigration law.

Education

  • Admitted to the Bar, Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Juris Doctor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, La Salle University, 1995

Affiliations

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Candidate), 2019
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, 2019

Involvement

  • Special Prosecutor, Chester County District Attorney’s Office, 2010 – 2012
  • Joseph’s People, Employment Seeking Advisor, 2012 – 2015

Awards

  • Barrister Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Beasley School of Law, 2008
  • Honorable Discharge, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 1999
  • Magna Cum Laud, La Salle University, 1995
  • Honorable Discharge, United States Navy, 1991

Events

Sep 19, 2019

I-9 Compliance: What Employers Need to Know

At the cross section of immigration and employment law, this panel led by Lori Armstrong Halber and Jonathan Grode will benefit any company, regardless of size and regardless of whether or not they employ foreign nationals. This panel will discuss the recent enforcement changes and review strategies that all employers can utilize to mitigate existing errors and create strong compliance policies and better manage risk.

Blogs

Nov 26, 2019

E-Verify to be Required for All Pennsylvania Construction Companies

The CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMPLOYEE VERIFICATION ACT (“the Act”) became Pennsylvania law on October 7, 2019 and takes effect on October 6, 2020. The Act requires that all Pennsylvania-based construction companies utilize the E-Verify system for Forms I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Learn more in this blog.

Oct 25, 2019

Country Cap Removal Legislation Stalls in Senate amid Competing Legislative Proposals

There are significant immigration bills before the United States Senate for the first time since 2013. Senator Lee’s bill is the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (“S-236”) and Senator Durbin’s bill is the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act (“S-2603”). Learn more in this blog.

Oct 25, 2019

Country Cap Removal Legislation Stalls in Senate amid Competing Legislative Proposals

There are significant immigration bills before the United States Senate for the first time since 2013. Senator Lee’s bill is the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (“S-236”) and Senator Durbin’s bill is the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act (“S-2603”). Learn more in this blog.

Oct 18, 2019

Kansas V. Garcia is Before the U.S. Supreme Court... This is One to Watch

On August 26, 2012, Ramiro Garcia, an undocumented immigrant working under an assumed Social Security Number, was stopped for speeding. Garcia knew he faced immigration consequences, but he likely didn’t expect to be prosecuted for identity theft. The question before the Supreme Court of the United States is whether states can use information reported on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”) to prosecute identity theft cases. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 15, 2019

Government Evolves Too and Increased Enforcement Actions Point to Data Access, Stronger Analysis, and Inter-Agency Cooperation

Unfortunately, better data collection and analysis also means that unintentional errors are noticed more readily and the immigration filings with USCIS are more often shifted out of the normal stream of adjudications. Now that the government has improved operations, errors have far greater impact on filers. Innocent errors can lead to significant disruptions and costly remedies. Intentional acts can lead to denials, loss of access to resources, administrative penalties, and even prosecutions. Learn more in this blog.

Oct 04, 2019

What does New York’s Immigration Guidance Mean for Employers in Other States?

New York City has some of the most robust employee legal protections in the United States. The September 24, 2019 New York Commission on Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Immigration Status and National Origin (“NYC Guidance”) fits comfortably within this broader evolution of New York human rights protections. This new guidance provides detailed pointers on which actions are likely to invite discrimination claims and it is wise to review company policies with competent counsel if doing work in New York City. Learn more.

Sep 23, 2019

California Changed the Definition of "Employee" and Employers Need to Respond Deliberately

Assembly Bill No. 5, Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors (“AB-5”) became California law on September 18, 2019. What does this means for the “gig economy”, or those in a wide range of employment which is temporary and contractual? Find out in this blog.

Sep 17, 2019

Social Security Administration (SSA) Programs Present Challenges to Employers Which Rely Upon Unauthorized Workers

When we talk about immigration enforcement, we are usually talking about the three “sister” agencies: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We may not easily see the role that agencies like the Social Security Administration (SSA) play in immigration enforcement; yet, the Trump Administration is enforcing a wide field of laws in ways that will likely impact potentially undocumented immigrants and, by extension, their employers. Learn more.

Sep 16, 2019

Foreign Students Subject to Training Location Site Visits

The Trump Administration is strictly enforcing a number of immigration laws and regulations and in ways not seen in many years. Conducting site visits at OPT training sites fits within the broader thrust of Administration enforcement actions. By carefully following school’s guidelines and making good use of the Designated School Officials overseeing the OPT, both student and employer can avoid complications rising from these site visits.

Sep 05, 2019

Senator Rand Paul Seeks Congressional Action to Halt EB-5 Program Changes

As we previously discussed, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed substantial changes to the EB-5 regulations on July 24, 2019. The “EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule” is scheduled for implementation on November 21, 2019. It appears that the Administration will apply the rule, as written, unless Congress acts to stop it. Learn more.

Sep 04, 2019

Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director Presents at the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, OGC University 2019

Jonathan A. Grode, Esq. is presenting “Immigration Enforcement and Its Impacts on the Keystone State in 2019” during the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel’s September 5, 2019 “OGC University 2019.” During this plenary session presentation, he and Deputy General Counsel Gregory G. Schwab, Esq. will explore the impact of federal administration changes to immigration policy and how those changes impact Pennsylvania and the United States as a whole. Learn more.

Aug 30, 2019

Attention Employers- Until the New Version of the Form I-9 is Available, Use the July 17, 2017 Version

The current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”) is dated July 17, 2017. Employers using the form will note that it expires on August 31, 2019. Learn more in this blog.

Aug 23, 2019

Worksite Employment Raids Point to the Employer Need to Take Preemptive Action

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) conducted one of its largest immigration raids, arresting 680 foreign nationals who appeared to the government to be workers without authorization. By the end of the week, ICE agents had arrested more than 850 people in Mississippi alone. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 24, 2019

What Is FDNS and Why Are They Doing So Many Office Site Visits?

The Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) has been around for fifteen years but the first time most companies and attorneys hear of it is when officers show up to conduct an inspection on non-immigrant worker visas. Their site visits are unannounced and often send companies scrambling. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 09, 2019

Form I-9 Audits Shift Into High Gear

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within the Department of Homeland Security, audits and investigates immigration violations of work rules. The document at the center of those inquiries is the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Form I-9 may not be the easiest form to complete though. Learn more in this blog.

Jul 09, 2019

Form I-9 Audits Shift Into High Gear

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), within the Department of Homeland Security, audits and investigates immigration violations of work rules. The document at the center of those inquiries is the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Form I-9 may not be the easiest form to complete though. Learn more in this blog.

Jun 17, 2019

David Spaulding Joins Green and Spiegel as the Head of the Compliance and Regulatory Practice Section

Green and Spiegel welcomes Former USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate Supervisor David Spaulding to its Philadelphia office, strengthening its Compliance and Regulatory Practice amidst a climate of heightened enforcement. Learn more in this press release.

Jun 17, 2019

David Spaulding Joins Green and Spiegel as the Head of the Compliance and Regulatory Practice Section

Green and Spiegel welcomes Former USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate Supervisor David Spaulding to its Philadelphia office, strengthening its Compliance and Regulatory Practice amidst a climate of heightened enforcement. Learn more in this press release.

Media and Presentations