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Allen Erenbaum, Principal

With more than 25 years of experience both in and out of government, Allen Erenbaum possesses the expertise and understanding to successfully represent clients at the local, state, and federal government levels. Allen’s clients benefit from his extensive background in legislation, regulation, and government enforcement, including frequent work on business immigration, ballot measures, and trade association issues.

Allen Erenbaum served as Director of Congressional Relations and Counselor to the Commissioner for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) in Washington, DC where he represented President Clinton’s positions before Congress. He previously worked as Counsel to the US House Judiciary Committee, where he drafted, analyzed and negotiated legislation regarding civil and constitutional rights, immigration, and federal courts.

Since leaving government more than a decade ago, Allen has continued to work directly with all levels of government on behalf of his clients. He counsels corporations and individuals in business immigration matters ranging from U.S. companies hiring non-citizens to foreign companies looking to establish a U.S. presence.

Allen has frequently drafted ballot measures and has been involved in numerous successful state and local initiative campaigns. Allen’s expertise ensures that initiatives are clearly written, are legally sound, and communicate effectively to the voters. Allen also provides counsel on election law and lobbying requirements.

In addition, Allen provides strategic legal support to trade associations and other companies regarding regulatory, compliance, and corporate issues. Allen has represented the trade association of the discount health care industry since its inception, focusing on state legislative and regulatory issues in states across the country.

Previous Professional

Mayer Brown LLP
Los Angeles, 2000-2011
Director of
Congressional Relations

Immigration & Naturalization
Service, U. S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C., 1997-2000
Counselor to the Commissioner
Immigration & Naturalization
Service, U. S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C., 1995-1997
Committee on the Judiciary,
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C., 1991-1994
Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds
Washington, D.C., 1987-1991


  Harvard Law School, J.D.
cum laude
Brandeis University, B.A.
magna cum laude

1984, Dean’s List

Community and
Professional Involvement


Board of Directors and
former Board Chair,
National Immigration Law Center

Bar Admissions

  California, 2001
Illinois, 1987

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