Bruce Buchanan

2300 21st Ave. S., Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212

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Bruce E. Buchanan is an attorney at the Nashville and Atlanta offices of Siskind Susser P.C. He represents individuals and employers in all aspects of immigration law,AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell with a special emphasis on immigration compliance and ICE inspections, as well as employment/labor law.

Avvo Top Immigration AttorneyMr. Buchanan received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1982 and his undergraduate degree in 1979 from Florida State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Buchanan served as senior trial specialist for the National Labor Relations Board for 20 years. He has also served from 1991 to 2003 as Adjunct Professor at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law. Mr. Buchanan has been in private practice since 2003.

Mr. Buchanan is Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section as well as the editor of TBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter and the TBA’s Immigration Law Section Newsletter. Mr. Buchanan writes a blog on employer immigration compliance located at He is also a guest blogger on similar issues for LawLogix, located at and a regular contributor to HR Professional Magazine.

He is a frequent speaker at seminars on a variety of topics, including Immigration Compliance, Immigration Law and the National Labor Relations Act. He has authored numerous articles in magazines and on-line publications in the areas of immigration law and NLRB decisions.

Mr. Buchanan serves on the Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Board of Directors for the Lupus Foundation, Mid-South and the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. He is a member of SHRM – Atlanta, Middle Tennessee SHRM, Mid-Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors – Middle Tennessee Branch, Nashville Area, Metro Atlanta, and Nashville Area Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

Mr. Buchanan is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and D.C. Circuit and before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

Published Articles

  1. “OSC Publishes Technical Assistance Letter on Texas Executive Order”;; April 20, 2015;
  2. “OCAHO Reduces Employer’s I-9 Penalty by 50%”;; April 15, 2015;
  3. “Can Discharged Undocumented Workers Receive Reinstatement?”;; April 6, 2015;
  4. “OSC finds Employer did not Retaliate Against Employee”; HR Professionals Magazine; April 2015;
  5. “OSC’s Authority to Investigate USCIS Referrals Is Defended by OCAHO”;; March 31, 2015;’s-Authority-to-Investigate-USCIS-Referrals-Is-Defended-by-OCAHO
  6. “Terminated Employee Alleges Creativity inI-9 Verification”;; March 27, 2015;“Creativity”-in-I-9-Verification
  7. “ICE Catches Employer Backdating I-9 Forms”;; March 4, 2015;
  8. OSC Guidance: Employee Admits Original I-9 Documents Were Fraudulent; March 3, 2015 –
  9. Form I-9 Penalty Trends from 2014 OCAHO Decisions; February 18, 2015;
  10. OSC Warns Employers Not to Discriminate Against Salvadorans with TPS in New Video; February 9, 2015;
  11. OCAHO Slashes Company’s Alleged I-9 Violations; January 30, 2015;
  12. OSC Settles Immigration Claim Against USSI for $182,000; January 20, 2015;
  13. OCAHO Issues $500 Penalty to Small Business; January 6, 2015;
  14. OCAHO finds Two Stables did not Win, Place or Show in Race to Achieve I-9 Compliance; December 23, 2014;
  15. Arizona Businessman and Managers Sentenced for Immigration Violations; December 18, 2014;
  16. Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Potential Problems in I-9 Compliance; December 16, 2014;
  17. Governor Perry Oversteps His Authority on E-Verify Executive Order; December 4, 2014;
  18. How to Conduct an I-9 Audit; December 2014; 
  19. OCAHO Upholds $300K Fine of Durable Inc; November 20, 2014;
  20. USCIS Launches myE-Verify for Employees; October 16, 2014;
  21. OSC Settles Numerous Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims Arising from Improper I-9 Practices; October 9, 2014;
  22. 7-Eleven Forfeiture is Largest in ICE History; October 6, 2014;
  23. What is ICE’s IMAGE Program and Should Employers Enroll? October 2014;
  24. Hotel Chain Pays $1.95 Million for Undocumented Workers; September 16, 2014;
  25. California Supreme Court Rules in favor of Undocumented Worker; September 4, 2014;
  26. What Has OCAHO Been Doing in the First Half of 2014?; September 2014;
  27. What is Knowledge of Unauthorized to Work for I-9 Purposes?; August 25, 2014;
  28. OSC Responds to Unusual Employer Inquiry; August 14, 2014;
  29. California Amends Law on Updating Immigration Status; August 5, 2014;
  30. Why Small Businesses Should be Worried about ICE; August 2014;
  31. OCAHO Substantially Reduces I-9 Penalties for Two Employers; July 19, 2014;
  32. OCAHO Issues Third Crescent City Decision; July 15, 2014;
  33. Under Investigation for Discrimination?; July 9, 2014;
  34. Lessons from OCAHO, Part 2; July 2014;
  35. OSC Settles Discrimination Claim against Commercial Cleaning Systems; June 30, 2014;
  36. What Happens after an Employer Receives a Notice of Inspection?; June 2014;
  37. OSC opines on Employer’s Obligation to Hire F-1 OPT; May 9, 2014;’s-Obligation-to-Hire-F-1-OPT
  38. I-9 Compliance Lessons from OCAHO; May 2014;
  39. OCAHO Rejects More Arguments from GA Company; April 29, 2014;
  40. Georgia Construction Company hit with $228,000 I-9 Penalty; April 17, 2014;
  41. ICE Fined 14 Mass. Employers for I-9 Violations in FY 2013; April 16, 2014;
  42. New California Laws Impact Immigrants and Raise Interesting I-9 Dilemma; March 24, 2014;
  43. No Reduction in Form I-9 Penalties for Georgia Restaurant; March 5, 2014;
  44. Employers have Two Agencies to Worry About for Immigration-Related Penalties; March 2014;
  45. OIG Report Shows ICE Makes Large Reductions in Penalties; February 28, 2014;
  46. OSC Issues Helpful Technical Assistance Letters; February 12, 2014;
  47. OSC Settles with City over Citizenship Status Discrimination; Feb. 7, 2014;
  48. Over 500,000 Employers Now Using E-Verify; January 28, 2014;;
  49. What are Form I-9 Penalty Trends from 2013 OCAHO Decisions; January 23, 2014;;
  50. New and Revised MOUs for E-Verify; December 30, 2013;<;
  51. USCIS Adds Tool to Combat Identity Theft; December 2013; HR Professionals Magazine;
  52. Non-Compliance with E-Verify does not Render Company Ineligible for Work; Dec. 10, 2013;;
  53. Top 5 Common I-9 Errors Seen Through Eyes of OCAHO; Nov. 26, 2013;;
  54. Retaliation is an Issue in Immigration Law, Too; Nov. 11, 2013;;
  55. Where did Infosys go Wrong?; Nov. 1, 2013;;
  56. E-Verify Post-Government Shutdown; Oct. 28, 2013;;
  57. OSC Reaches 3 Settlements at end of FY 2013; Oct. 21, 2013;;
  58. OCAHO Breaking New Ground; Sept. 24, 2013;
  59. OSC Discourages Pre-Population of Section 1 of I-9; Sept. 3, 2013;;
  60. Employer Prevails in Document Abuse Case; Aug. 28, 2013;
  61. Can Discharged Undocumented Workers Receive Back Pay and Reinstatement?; August 22, 2013;
  62. Do Strip Club’s I-9s “Make it Rain”, July 25, 2013;
  63. Employer Fined over $15,000 for Failure to Timely Prepare I-9 Forms; July 15, 2013;
  64. Macy’s Settles OSC Case for $275,000, July 8, 2013;;
  65. Senate Immigration Bill – E-Verify and Employer Compliance and “W” Nonimmigrant Classification; July 2013; TBA Immigration Law Section Newsletter
  66. Impact of OCAHO Decisions on Employers; July 17, 2013;
  67. OCAHO Shows No Mercy to Modern Disposal; June 19 2012;
  68. OSC Issues Technical Assistance Letter on Sharing I-9 Forms; June 9, 2013;
  69. OCAHO Dismisses Employee’s Citizenship Discrimination and Retaliation; June 3, 2013;
  70. What’s New in Employer Compliance in Immigration Law; June 2013;
  71. ICE Goes After Three Restaurants with Little Success; May 16, 2013;
  72. NLRB Decisions on Social Media, April 2013, TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter
  73. Squeezing Blood from Stone – Small Employers Appeal I-9 Fines to OCAHO; April 2, 2013;
  74. New 2-Page I-9 Form Released and Required by May 7, 2013; March 2013; TBA Immigration Law Section Newsletter
  75. Undocumented Workers Entitled to Backpay for FLSA Violations; March 24, 2013;
  76. When Settlement Negotiations Go Awry, OCAHO Steps In to Cure; March 5, 2013;
  77. The NLRB’s Assault on Companies’ Social Media Policies; March 2013; Employment Law Strategist
  78. FTD Receives Late Valentine’s Gift, not; February 28, 2013;;
  79. Temporary Agency Wins and Loses on I-9 Fines at OCAHO; February 21, 2013;;




  1. “Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Compliance”; TBA Immigration Forum; April 16, 2015
  2. “Immigration Compliance: I-9 Violations; Self-Audits; Correcting Errors on I-9 Forms; and Employee with New Identity Issues”; ABC national webinar; April 9, 2015
  3. “Immigration Compliance: I-9 Violations; OSC Cases; and What to do When Employee Presents New Identity”; Compliance Online webinar; March 24, 2015
  4. “Immigration Compliance:E-Verify; FAR E-Verify; State E-Verify Laws; and Office of Special Counsel Cases; Maximus webinar; March 3, 2015
  5. “False Claims to U.S. Citizenship”; Georgia-Alabama AILA Conference; February 20, 2015
  6. Immigration Compliance: I-9 Violations; Self-Audits; Correcting Errors; & What to do if Employee Presents New Identity; Maximus; January 29, 2015
  7. President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – What do They Mean for Employers?; Park Ave. Presentations; January 22, 2015
  8. President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration; TBA Webcast; December 10, 2014
  9. I-9 Violations; Self-Audits; Correcting Errors on I-9’s; E-Verify in Tennessee; APA State Conference; August 14, 2014
  10. “Immigration Compliance: Self-Audits; Correcting Errors on I-9 Forms; Tennessee’s E-Verify law; and Employee with New Identity Issues”; SHRM Wilson County meeting; July 17, 2014
  11. “E-Verify, Georgia’s E-Verify Laws and Responding to an ICE Inspection”; SHRM – Atlanta webinar; June 19, 2014
  12. “NLRB Update and the Basics of Immigration Compliance”; TBA Labor & Employment Forum; April 25, 2014
  13. “Immigration Compliance: I-9 Form, Correcting Errors on I-9 Forms, I-9 Audits, and E-Verify”; American Payroll Association – Memphis Chapter; March 13, 2014
  14. “Immigration Compliance: I-9 Form, Audits, Violations & OCAHO Decisions”; SHRM – Atlanta webinar; March 6, 2014
  15. Current Immigration Compliance Issues: I-9 Audits; Correcting Errors on I-9 Forms; Employees with New Identity; and E-Verify; Feb. 6, 2014; Park Ave. Presentations webinar;
  16. Managing I-9 Risk for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses; January 22,2014; LawLogix webinar
  17. Immigration Law Compliance Update: New I-9 Form; Legal Developments; How to Handle an ICE Inspection; October 29, 2013; Park Ave. Presentations webinar
  18. “Immigration Compliance for Employers”, Guest Lecturer, University of Arkansas School of Law, October 10, 2013
  19. “I-9 Compliance, Auditing, & Settlements—Lessons from OCAHO,”  September 24, 2013, AILA Webinar
  20. “How to De-ICE Your Business – Immigration Compliance”; September 19, 2013, SHRM State Conference
  21. “Immigration Compliance – Are You Ready for ICE”; September 17, 2013; myLAWcle webinar
  22. Basics of Immigration Compliance Law and Senate’s Immigration Bill; August  15, 2013; Tennessee Bar Association Boot Camp for General Practitioners seminar
  23. Employment-Related Laws New Foreign Investors Should Know; August 14, 2013; TBA Webcast
  24. Immigration Compliance for Employers; and FLSA/Wage & Hour Critical Issues; June 11, 2013; Sterling Education Services seminar
  25. The New 2-Page I-9 Form; April 30, 2013; SHRM Webinar
  26. The New 2-Page I-9 Form; April 29, 2013; TBA Webcast
  27. NLRB Decisions – 2012 to Present; April 12, 2013; TBA Labor & Employment Forum
  28. “Tennessee’s E-Verify Law”, Tennessee Bar Association webcast, January 2013.
  29. “Tennessee’s E-Verify Law”, Middle Tennessee SHRM Webinar, December 2012.
  30. “Tennessee’s E-Verify Law”, Mid-Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), November 2012.
  31. “Insight from NLRB on Social Media”, Tennessee Bar Association webcasts, October 2012.
  32. “Annual Entertainment Mid-Year Review”, Nashville Bar Association, August 2012.
  33. “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”, Tennessee Bar Association/JFON, August 2012.
  34. “Social Media – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”, Mid-Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), July 2012.
  35.  “NLRB Decisions – 2011 to Present,” TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Forum, April 2012.
  36. “Immigration Compliance for Employers”, Guest Lecturer, University of Arkansas School of Law, April 2012.
  37. “E-Verify and the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act”, Tennessee Bar Association Online CLE Course, March 2012.
  38. “NLRB’s Expanding Agenda”, Sterling Education Services, March 2012.
  39. “Immigration Compliance for Employers”, Sterling Education Services, March 2012.