Jay Carmichael focuses his practice principally in the areas of business immigration and corporate counsel pertaining to compliance with federal regulations, particularly in matters involving the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jay served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a commissioned officer for 34 years in both operational assignments, including command at sea, and in assignments as a Coast Guard attorney. Following his promotion to Rear Admiral, his successive assignments were:

  • Director, Operations and Interagency Support Division (N31), where he served as the principal advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans, Policy and Operations – N3/N5) for current operations, reconnaissance and surveillance activities and the Navy’s counter drug program
  • Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard, where he served as the legal advisor to the Commandant and managed the nationwide delivery of legal services by 200 lawyers in support of Coast Guard missions
  • District Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, where he was responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s missions, including the Coast Guard’s maritime response in the wake of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean
  • Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, where he worked alongside the department’s senior staff to implement national and departmental policy initiatives regarding homeland security

Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, Jay joined the Gunster law firm in 2004 as a shareholder.

  • Advises employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws, procedures and maintaining a legal workforce
  • Assists multinationals, financial management and banking organizations, health care systems, technology companies, hotels/resorts, professionals and individual investors to fulfill their immigration needs
  • Provides corporate counseling with regard to regulatory matters under the cognizance of federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security
  • Provides advice regarding maritime matters, especially those under the cognizance of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Chambers & Partners, “Leaders in Their Field,” Immigration, 2014-17
  • Member of Gunster's immigration law practice ranked "Band 1" by Chambers USA, 2014-17
  • Cutterman’s Insignia
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit Medals
  • Meritorious Service Medals
  • Commendation Medals
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • “The New Era of Broadened Immigration Enforcement: What You Need to Know About Immigration Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals & Employment Eligibility Verification,” with Sarah Tobocman and Beatriz Osorio, the Florida Human Resources Council Spring Meeting, April 2017
  • “Your I-9 Program Under the ICE Magnifying Glass,” South Florida Hospitality Human Resources Association, February 2016
  • “Your I-9 Program under the ICE Magnifying Glass and Opportunities and Obligations for Sponsorship of Foreign Nationals for Employment,” Private Training Session, Orlando, Florida, April 17, 2014
  • “How Business Immigration Affects Your Practice: The ABCs of Corporate Immigration,” CLE Seminar, co-presented with Sarah Tobocman and Mariana Ribeiro, January 2011
  • “HR Insights 2010,” panelist, update regarding employer compliance with immigration laws, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida, April 2010
  • “Hiring, Documenting and Terminating H-1B Workers in a Climate of Increased Government Scrutiny,” panelist, webinar presented by The Employment Law Alliance (ELA), March 2010
  • “Maintaining a Legal Work Force, Immigration Compliance & Enforcement Issues,” Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida, June 2009
  • “Fraud, Forms and the Feds: Ensuring a Legal Workforce in the New Age of Worksite Enforcement,” training presentation to employers
  • “Recruiting Foreign Workers in the United States – How to Remain Competitive and Ensure Compliance in a Climate of Increased Government Scrutiny,” MOBILITY Magazine, Co-authored with Sarah Tobocman and Mariana Ribeiro, August 2010
  • “Immigration Law,” National Association for Health Care Recruitment Handbook 2010, co-author, April 2010
  • “Verifying Employment Eligibility Enters the Legal Crosshairs,” co-authored with Sarah Lea Tobocman, South Florida Business Journal Book of Law, 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Miami River Commission, Governor’s at-large member and vice chairman
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of governors
  • Executive Committee, former member,
  • Advocacy Group and Leadership Group, former chair
  • Coral Gables Emergency Management Committee, former chair
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Base Realignment and Closure, former member

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