My mother-in-law is South African. She’s got this great story from when my wife and her brother were little kids. They went to a diner in New Jersey, she asked the waitress for “serviettes,” and received a blanks stare back. Her son then chimed in and said, “she means napkins, and don’t mind her, she’s an alien.”
Now it’s not a story about foreign entrepreneurship, but it illustrates the reaction that foreign entrepreneurs can sometimes get when trying to make their dream happen in America: blank stares. They need someone who can represent them and help break through cultural, legal, and economic differences to make things work. That’s where you come in; the lawyer.
Not all lawyers are going to deal with foreign entrepreneurs on a regular basis, but it is likely that the issue will come up in your practice at some point, especially with the rise of tech savvy immigrants coming to the U.S. Even if you don’t deal directly with the issue, at some point it will be relevant to your work. Don’t worry though. We’ve got you covered with a martindale.com Connected themed event that explains everything. Let’s take the tour, shall we?
The event is called “Foreign Entrepreneurs: Immigration Options and Strategies.” You can access the full event page here.
Our two resident experts are Angelo Paparelli and Stephen Yale-Loher:
Stephen Yale-Loehr is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 20-volume immigration law treatise, published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. He also teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School, and is of counsel at Miller Mayer in Ithaca, NY. He founded the Invest In the USA (IIUSA) trade association to promote the EB-5 immigrant investor program and to liaise with Congress and the immigration agency. He is vice-chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s Business Immigration Committee. He received AILA’s Elmer Fried award for excellence in teaching in 2001, and AILA’s Edith Lowenstein award for excellence in the practice of immigration law in 2004. He also is a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and a Band 1 business immigration lawyer for several years inChambers USA and Chambers Global.
Angelo A. Paparelli is the founder and immediate past President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a 34-member worldwide alliance of leading immigration firms, and a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP, practicing in Southern California and New York. Named the world’s leading corporate immigration lawyer (2009, 2006 & 2005, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers) and a Band 1 business immigration lawyer (2008-2010 Chambers USA and 2009-2010 Legal500), he also is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization), co-author of the New York Law Journal’s “Immigration” column, a blogger, and an expert witness/consultant on immigration to law firms and businesses.
We spoke on a podcast about this subject, which you can listen to here.
They also gave a webinar, which went more in depth on the topics of the podcast. A playback should be available next week, which we’ll post about then.
Finally, the main group for this event was the Corporate Lawyer Network. You can access the following special downloads in the group:
- Paparelli Yale-Loehr E-2 EB-5 art.pdf
- Paparelli BIB EB5 art Aug 2009.pdf
- Paparelli 9 tips for entrepreneurs.pdf
We still have one more week left to the event before we move onto the topic of Litigation Hold. What would you like to see happen next?