Law firms are not particularly known for their innovation. Given the nature of the profession, big law entities are much more likely to turn to the status-quo than choose a bold new path forward. But Klasko Immigration Law Partners (KILP) breaks that mold, delivering innovative immigration solutions to a wide range of clients. Innovation is a top-down model at KILP, with partners, associates, paralegals, and administrative professionals all contributing to the collective goal of providing effective and agile representation to the firm’s clients.
KILP launched in 2004 when founding partners Ronald Klasko and William Stock broke off from one of the country’s top 50 law firms to chart their own course. Bearing a tongue-in-cheek slogan that nonetheless expressed their sincere dedication to providing individualized service to every client, Klasko and Stock’s venture burst onto the legal scene declaring “We Believe in Aliens.” Since its founding, the firm has earned numerous industry accolades and its staff has grown to more than 75 employees, making it one of the largest immigration boutiques in the world.
Klasko has blazed many trails himself, litigating precedent-setting immigration cases and developing a number of pioneering legal strategies that have earned him a reputation for finding innovative solutions to seemingly impossible cases. Notable legal victories include:
• Enabling an American auto manufacturer to remain competitive in the global market by compliantly hiring 900 international design engineers in what is now the only case cited by the Foreign Affairs Manual of the U.S. Department of State.
• Coordinating an orchestrated effort between a Chinese steel company, six U.S. government agencies, and the owners of a dormant steel mill in California that resulted in the construction of a new mill outside Beijing by repurposing the U.S. mill’s materials, freeing up that land for the construction of a jobs-creating shopping mall.
• Becoming one of the early leaders in the EB-5 visa industry and expanding the firm’s EB-5 practice to 25 full-time employees dedicated to addressing the needs of this complex market.
• Developing and popularizing third-country citizenship by investment as a solution to a number of otherwise unsolvable U.S. immigration problems.
Partners top row: H. Ronald Klasko , William A. Stock, Elise A. Fialkowski. Above: Daniel B. Lundy, Anusree (Anu) Nair, Michele G. Madera
Technological adaptation has been integral to KILP’s success in an ever-shifting professional and legal landscape. Firm operations occur on a secure, cloud-based case management system shared by staff and clients that helps each to stay on top of relevant case milestones. This system strengthens the connection needed for a successful and inter-personally meaningful client-attorney relationship—something for which KILP attorneys are well known.
But one of the most difficult things to innovate your way out of is an entrenched workplace culture. Through the implementation of a number of workplace innovations, the partners have prevented the typically adverse work environment encountered in the legal industry and made the firm what it is today: the only mid-sized law firm to be named one of Philadelphia’s “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal three years in a row. This positive and innovative culture pervades KILP at every level and extends to its clients.