Ronald L. Abramson

Counsel

rabramson@shaheengordon.com

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 25+ 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 has advised 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.


Admissions

  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire (member CJA Panel)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Education and Career

  • B.A., Emory University, 1990
  • J.D., George Washington University, 1993
  • Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Public Defender, 1993-1998
  • Private Practice, 1998-2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Franklin Pierce Law Center, 2000-2004
  • Visiting Law Professor [Fulbright U.S. Scholar], Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, 2004-2005
  • International Practice Director, Albagli Zaliasnik, Santiago, Chile, 2005-2006
  • State of New Hampshire's Commercial Consul to Chile, 2005-2010
  • Of Counsel, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A., 2006-2009
  • Attorney/Founder, abramson IMMIGRATION+ SOLUTIONS, 2009-2019
  • Counsel, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 2019-Present

Professional & Community Involvement

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – New Hampshire Congressional Liaison
  • NH ACLU Legal Working Group – Member and monthly meeting coordinator
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S.-Chile Chamber of Commerce
  • NH Public Television, Board of Governors – Secretary (Emeritus)
  • Vote Now New Hampshire Hispanics, Founding Board Member (Emeritus)
  • Vision Hispana (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), Board Member (Emeritus)
  • Latin American Center, Former Board Member (Emeritus)
  • Frequent media contributor and public speaker
  • Regular presenter at international student orientation at area colleges and universities

Recognition & Honors

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar by the William J. Fulbright Commission, Diego Portales School of Law in Santiago, Chile
  • Manchester Union Leader's "40 Under Forty" list, 2004
  • Co-Author, “Getting from There to Here: A Business Immigration Primer”, NH Bar Journal, 2008
  • Named New Hampshire's Best Immigration Lawyer by Business NH Magazine [as selected by legal peers], 2012
  • Author, "Federal Practice and Bankruptcy: ¡CUIDADO! Immigration Issues for Non-Immigration Lawyers in NH", New Hampshire Bar News, 2013
  • Regular guest, New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange with Laura Knoy"

Representative Cases

  • Co-counsel on multiple actions involving non-citizens unlawfully detained by local police, all recently settled with financial compensation and updated policies regarding contact by local police
  • Obtained rare S Visa (fewer than 100 granted nationally per year)
  • Successfully vacated jury verdicts and terminated removal proceedings for client convicted of Sale of Controlled Drugs to a police informant
  • Vacated felony pleas and convictions and subsequently terminated removal proceedings for client who was not properly advised of immigration consequences of his criminal convictions in Superior Court
  • Obtained O Visa for former top-ranked international athlete
  • Co-counsel in pro bono federal mandamus litigation involving expedited naturalization of active-duty non-citizen military service members
  • Obtained asylum protection for homosexual client who was beaten by the police and their own family in native country on account of their sexual orientation
  • Regularly assist clients who’ve had contact with the criminal justice system navigate immigration processes, international travel, and naturalization
  • Represent international college and university students in criminal cases in order to avoid jeopardizing their visa status

Our Distinguishing Awards & Honors