WilmerHale Partner Mark Fleming was recognized as an Immigration Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal (NLJ) for its 2020 edition.
NLJ described this year’s honorees as “legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.”
Mr. Fleming’s profile highlights some of his significant immigration-related cases argued before the US Supreme Court, including Judulang v. Holder (2011) and Mathis v. United States (2016), which adopted nationwide the reasoning of the en banc Ninth Circuit in Almanza-Arenas v. Lynch, which he also argued and won. Most recently, in United States v. Sineneng-Smith, Mr. Fleming argued a First Amendment challenge to a statute that makes it a felony to encourage or induce someone without immigration status to remain in the country.
Emphasizing the importance of pro bono work, Mr. Fleming notes: “We need to make sure the law is upheld, and people have the counsel they need to deal with many policy issues. It’s important to give courts the legal arguments and facts to help them reach the right decision. There’s never been as much need for pro bono lawyers as there is now.”
Mr. Fleming is a Boston-based partner and vice chair of WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice. His broad-based appellate experience covers numerous subject areas, ranging from patent law, securities, and complex business disputes to real estate, antitrust, and tax.