Overview

Will is an immigration and labor and employment lawyer with substantial experience, both in-house as an Assistant Human Resources Counsel for a major corporation and in private practice. Will welcomes close client relationships with businesses and individuals and provides effective immigration law advice and services to them because  he has represented businesses in hundreds of immigration matters in a wide variety of industries and individuals in many complex family immigration matters as well.   His business immigration representation includes obtaining permanent resident status for foreign nationals; obtaining temporary visas for a wide variety of personnel including executives and managers, professional employees and seasonal workers; employment of foreign workers under NAFTA; defense of employee claims; and compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related anti-discrimination provisions.  Will also has handled a broad range of labor and employment matters, including employment litigation and numerous labor arbitrations.  Will’s labor and employment expertise is important to the successful handling of complex immigration law issues which often overlap with employment and fair employment practices laws. Will has been named one of Massachusetts Super Lawyers® for several years and has the top AV Peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® (2007-2017)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (2004, 2006-2017)
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Immigration Law, Martindale-Hubbell® (2013)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee (1980-present)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Chairman, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
    • Vice Chairman, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association (MRA)
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination State Advisory Board, Member (1983-1990)
  • Massachusetts Jaycees, Inc., Legal Counsel (1979-1980)
  • Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2006-present); Chairman, Human Resources Council (2006-present)
  • Norwood Housing Authority, Commissioner (1987-1992)
  • Norwood Jaycees, Legal Counsel (1977-1978)
  • South Middlesex Legal Services Corporation, Board of Directors (1991-2010)
  • Town of Norwood Personnel Board (2003-present)
    • Chairman (2004-2008)
    • Vice-Chairman (2003, 2017)Town of Norwood Personnel Management Review Study Committee
  • Town of Norwood Zoning Board of Appeals, Associate Member (1987-1993)
  • Town of Norwood, Town Meeting Member (1979-present)

About Me

Will is married to Marcia Lee Krasnow and is a big Boston sports fan, and enjoys participating in political, civic and religious activities.

News & Analysis

Client Presentations & Firm Publications

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Practical Problems in the Application of Immigration Law to Employers and Individuals and the Prospects for Immigration Reform,” presented for Lifelong Learning Program at Regis College, Weston, December 2013
  • “Importing Staff,” Snow Business Magazine, October 2013
  • “Personnel Records Statute Amended,” Family Business, January 2011
  • “Massachusetts Amends its Personnel Records Statute to Impose New Notice Duty on Employers,” Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, Client Bulletin, September 2010
  • “Major Changes to the Foreign Labor Certification Process,” India New England, February 2005
  • “Violence in the Workplace: Legal Issues,” presented to Neponset Valley of Commerce, Human Resources Council, September 2005
  • "What the Human Resource Professional Needs To Know About Immigration Law," presented to Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Council, June 2005
  • "Hot Issues In Wage and Hour Law," presented to Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Council, March 2005
  • "Employers, Workers Again Contending With H-1B Cap," India New England, October 2004
  • "Substance Abuses In Or Affecting the Workplace - Legal Issues," presented to Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Council, August 2004
  • "National Origin Discrimination and Immigration Law,” presented to Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Council, October 2003
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise (Chapter Editor), 1998
  • Human Resources Management Reporter (Co-Editor and Author), (Legal Issues-Compensation and Salary Management), Warren, Gorham, and Lamont, Publisher, 1987-1990
  • "The Extension of Warranty Protection to Lease Transactions" (Commenter), 10 B.C. Ind. & Com. L. Rev. 127, Fall 1968
  • “SEC v. National Securities Inc. - McCarran-Ferguson Act - Regulation of Mergers Is Not Business of Insurance” (Case note), 10 B.C. Ind. & Com. L. Rev. 1024, Summer 1969
  • “Mills v. Electric Auto-Lite Co. - Securities Regulation - Proof of Causation under Section 14, 11 B.C.” (Case note), Ind. & Com. L. Rev. 1024, Summer 1970
  • “Nearly all Americans have ancestors who braved the oceans – liberty-loving risk takers in search of an ideal – the largest voluntary migrations in recorded history….Immigration is not just a link to America’s past; it’s also a bridge to America’s future.”
  • President George H. W. Bush – November 29, 1990 on signing the Immigration Act of 1990

Practices

Practice Emphasis

  • Immigration Law Advice and Services to Businesses and Individuals, Including the Filing of Necessary Petitions and Applications
  • Employer Representation Regarding I-9 Compliance, Audits and Enforcement Proceedings
  • Consular Processing Representation Regarding Visa Applications

Industries

Education

Boston College Law School

  • J.D., 1970
  • Member of the Boston College Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean’s List

Boston University

  • B.A., cum laude, 1967

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
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