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Mr. Wald

Gregory A. Wald

Principal, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Gregory A. Wald is Principal at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. Mr. Wald's experience includes representing multinational and Fortune 500 companies and individual clients in all aspects of immigration law including non-immigrant visas, and immigrant matters regarding multinational executives and managers, individuals of extraordinary ability and professionals. He has appeared before the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Department of Labor, US Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review and various federal courts. From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Wald was an assistant district counsel for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the Miami and San Francisco districts. In this role, he advised the INS on multiple aspects of immigration, naturalization, criminal and civil law. As a member of the Employer Sanctions Team, he provided analysis and consultation to special agents on the legal sufficiency of Notices of Intent to Fine regarding Form I-9 audits, compliance and worksite enforcement operations. Mr. Wald is a frequent speaker on business immigration and compliance matters. In 2011 Gregory presented on a panel discussing immigration compliance auditing at the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium. He has presented in seminars and conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - most recently on Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors, ILW.COM's Technology Immigration: Update From The Trenches, as well as client seminars regarding the latest trends in employment-based immigration and government enforcement actions. Mr. Wald is also the author of the chapter “Aramark v. SEIU and the Evolution of Constructive Knowledge in Relation to the DHS Social Security No-Match Rule” appearing in The Immigration Compliance Book 2009-2010. He is co-editor of Survival Tool Kit for the Worksite Enforcement Jungle (2012 AILA Midyear Conference). Mr. Wald served as chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2010/2011 and currently serves on the SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2009 he was nominated as one of California's leading practitioners in the field of corporate immigration and listed in Who's Who Legal: California. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ability and ethics. Mr. Wald is listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top 5 percent of lawyers in the area. He is also listed in the The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Wald can be contacted at 415-393-9828 or gregory.wald@squirepb.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.