and Professional Staff
Frager Law Firm focuses its practice on immigration law and
provides services to clients in Tennessee and through out the United
States. Our immigration lawyers offer comprehensive
services in all areas of immigration, including
family and employment-based immigration, permanent residency,
naturalization and citizenship, deportation, and a variety of other
immigration related areas.
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Barry L. Frager, 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
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
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.
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.
Immigration & Naturalization Service, Los Angeles, California,
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.
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
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.
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.