Immigration Lawyers and Professional Staff
The Frager Law Firm focuses its practice on immigration law and provides services to clients in Tennessee and throughout the United States. Our immigration lawyers offer comprehensive legal services in all areas of immigration, including temporary visa, family and employment-based immigration, permanent residency, naturalization and citizenship, deportation, and a variety of other immigration-related areas.
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Meet The Frager Law Firm attorneys and professional staff
Barry L. Frager
Barry L. Frager, a managing partner of the Frager Law Firm, has been practicing immigration law since 1990 and has previously served as a trial attorney for the Immigration & Naturalization Service in Los Angeles, California through the Honors Law Graduate Program of the U.S. Department of Justice.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Frager served as the national chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section. For his service, he received recognition in September 2007 with the Outstanding Section Chair award by the FBA. Mr. Frager has successfully planned CLEs for the FBA to offer training to other lawyers in the immigration law field and holds an annual immigration CLE in Memphis in May each year.
Mr. Frager has experience handling matters not only in the Mid-South, but also in the following jurisdictions: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Newark, Oakdale, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Harlingen and other DOJ immigration courts across the United States. He returned to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to establish his immigration and general law firm there in 1994. In 2003, he opened a second office in Nashville, Tennessee which was expanded in 2007.
The Frager Law Firm assists clients in certain criminal matters due to the important immigration consequences that certain criminal convictions may have on an individual’s ability to remain in the United States. Our immigration attorneys handle family immigration matters, such as marriage petitions and immediate family members sponsoring other immediate relatives. Our immigration lawyers also represent people who appear before an immigration judge in removal or deportation proceedings when the Department of Homeland Secuity (DHS) has determined that an individual(s) should be removed or deported from the United States.In proceedings before an immigration judge, an individual has a right to retain legal counsel at his or her own expense (so long as it is not at the expense of the U.S. government). When individuals want to apply for asylum in the United States, the Frager Law Firm can assist them in evaluating their eligibility for asylum or refugee status in the United States.
Our immigration attorneys at the Frager Law Firm can also assist clients in obtaining employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas. The firm assists professionals in obtaining H-1B visas as well as other skilled and unskilled workers who need to apply for their green cards through the labor certification process.
The Frager Law Firm prides itself on advising clients through a private consultation, for a minimal consultation fee, in order to evaluate whether there are any benefits available for non-U.S. citizens who are either living in the United States or abroad.
Areas of Practice
25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
District of Columbia, 1991
University of Memphis School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee, 1989 J.D.
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1984 B.A.
Past Employment Positions
Immigration & Naturalization Service, Los Angeles, California, Attorney
Elisabeth Courson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in 2011. She majored in both Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East as well as minoring in Religion. Ms. Courson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2015. In addition to her J.D., she earned a Certificate in Tax Law and a Certificate in Business Law.
During law school, Ms. Courson was a member of The University of Memphis Law Review. Her Note, No Looking Back: The Effect of Transfer on the Choice of Law Rules Applicable to Directly Filed Multidistrict Litigation Cases, was published in Issue 2, Volume 46 of The University of Memphis Law Review. Her Note also won the University of Memphis Law Review 2016 Best Note Award.
Grant Monroe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012, majoring in Political Science and History. He went on to attend The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor Degree in 2015. In addition to earning his J.D., Mr. Monroe earned a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science after completing The University of Memphis Dual J.D./M.A. in Political Science program.
While at law school, Mr. Monroe was a member of the Moot Court Board, serving as the Associate Chief Justice for Advanced Moot Court. He was also a member of the Wagner Law and Employment Law Moot Court travel team during his second and third years. Additionally, Mr. Monroe served as an Associate Member of Volume 3, and the Publication Editor of Volume 4, of the Mental Health Law and Policy Journal. Mr. Monroe also worked at the University of Memphis Elder Law Clinic and completed an externship with the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corporation.
Andrew P. Ray
Andrew P. Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis. He majored in Political Science with a minor in English. While a student at the University of Memphis, Mr. Ray served on the Academic Integrity Committee, the Student Government Association Student Court, and was active in the University’s Relay for Life chapter.
Mr. Ray subsequently graduated with his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law with a Certificate in Health Law and Policy. Mr. Ray’s Commentary, Treading Lightly: Why the FDA Should Use its New Authority to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes Sparingly was published in Volume 36 of the Journal of Legal Medicine in 2016. Mr. Ray was also involved with the Immigration Detention Project and assisted immigrant detainees at the Tri-County Justice and Detention Center in Ullin, IL.
Shamsuddin Lodhi is a paralegal whose experience in immigration law began in 1992. Mr. Lodhi is a native of Pakistan and is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. Also, he can communicate in Arabic and Farsi. Mr. Lodhi completed his formal education in Pakistan.
Mr. Lodhi specializes in asylum law and assists clients with family-based immigration cases, as well as removal proceedings before the immigration judge. His knowledge and competence help our Nashville immigration attorneys resolve immigration issues for countless clients. Mr. Lodhi lives with his wife and six children in Nashville, Tennessee and currently works in the Frager Law Firm’s Nashville office.
Paul Peng is a native of China. He started to work for Mr. Barry Frager on many Chinese exclusion and deportation cases in Los Angeles and Texas in the early 1990s. Mr. Peng specializes in asylum law and assists clients with family-based immigration cases, as well as removal proceedings before an immigration judge.
Mr. Peng completed his formal education in China. Mr. Peng worked for the Frager Law Firm as office manager and case manager, offering vital assistance to our Memphis immigration lawyers, and currently serves as Mr. Frager’s executive assistant.
Senior Law Clerk
Andrew Rankin, a native of New York State, moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1996. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from The University of Memphis in 2009, majoring in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish. He also completed a minor in History.
Mr. Rankin began working at the Frager Law Firm in July 2009 and was promoted to Senior Paralegal in 2014. His main duties included supervising the Firm’s non-attorney staff, recommending strategies for complex family-based and litigation cases, drafting motions and briefs, assisting in consultations, working with clients to assemble their application packages, and conducting office training. During these five years, Mr. Rankin worked in both the Memphis and Nashville offices of the Frager Law Firm.
In August 2015, Mr. Rankin entered law school at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and expects to graduate in May 2018. He continues to work at the Frager Law Firm. as a part-time Law Clerk. Following graduation and the Bar exam, he plans to practice immigration law.
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