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Ronald L. Abramson

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Ron Abramson is Chair of Shaheen & Gordon’s Immigration Practice and a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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.


  • 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 & 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
    • Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

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

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Each case is different and case results referred to in this website are not intended to be, nor should they be understood as, a representation that equivalent results will be achieved in any given case.

  • 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

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