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Charles R. Baesler Jr.

Member, Lexington

Charles is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1994. He serves as chair of the firm's Immigration practice. He represents clients before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor and US consulates overseas to obtain employment authorization for engineers, scientists, professors, doctors, business managers and equine workers.

Charles has experience representing companies based outside of the United States to obtain investor visa status to facilitate direct investment and transfer of personnel to US markets. He also has experience in advising employers on compliance with federal laws against hiring undocumented workers.

Charles is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Kentucky and American Bar associations. He is the past chair of the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. To give back to the community, he has volunteered at the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic and is on the board of directors of the Growing Together Preschool. Charles is also an Elder at the Second Presbyterian Church.

Practices
Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
1994, J.D.
The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky
1990, M.A.
Centre College
1988, B.A.
Admissions
Kentucky
Kentucky Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Immigration Law
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Immigration & Naturalization Law, 2016
  • Kentucky Law Journal, associate editor

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Japan American Society of Kentucky, board of directors
  • 2nd Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Growing Together Preschool, Inc., board member
  • Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, volunteer
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News Publications Seminars
“Immigration Update,” speaker, 2016 KYSHRM ConferenceSept 1, 2016
"Immigration Update: E-Verify and the Changing Face of Worksite Enforcement," Global Employment Seminar, Kentucky World Trade Center, Louisville, KYFeb. 17, 2009
Stoll Keenon Ogden's 20th Annual Employment Law SeminarAug. 2008
"Employment Law Update: I-9 Compliance and Developments in E-Verify," Louisville Society for Human Resources ManagementAug. 12, 2008
"Immigration: Not Just a National Issue," Legislative Research CommissionMay 2008
"Moving People & Goods Between the U.S. and Mexico," MERITASApr. 2008
AILA Mid-South Fall Chapter Conference, Louisville, KYNov. 3,2007
"Immigration Issues Facing the Horse Industry: Do You Have a Match?" American Horse Council's Fall Issues ForumNov. 2, 2007
"ICEman Cometh: I-9 Compliance and Social Security Mismatches," Fayette County Bar Association, Equine Law Section, Lexington, KYJun. 21, 2007
"Immigration Issues in the Workplace," Louisville Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Louisville, KYMar. 22, 2007
"Homeland Security Meets the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know About Employing Foreign Nationals, the International Transfer of Personnel and I-9 Compliance," SHRMJan. 2007
"Immigration Primer for Equine Lawyers," University of Kentucky National Equine Law ConferenceMay 6, 2005
"I-9 Verification: Avoiding Discrimination While Recruiting Foreign Workers," KBA Labor & Employment Law Fall CLE, Hopkinsville, KYOct. 21, 2004
"Tax Implications of Hiring Foreign Workers," Stoll, Keenon & Park, LLP Keeneland SeminarJun. 4, 2003
"Recent Change in Immigration Law and Regulation, Terrorism and the Response Thereto: A seminar sponsored by the Kentucky Legislature Research Commission"Jun. 4, 2003
"Verify Employment Eligibility While Avoiding Unfair Immigration Related Employment Practices," presented with Anya Przybylski Kleczek, Associate General Counsel for USCIS, and Robin M. Stutman, Special Litigation Counsel for U.S. Department of Justice, at Stoll, Keenon & Park