EB5 Investors Magazine - Page 83

[ SPECIALTY ATTORNEYS ] Ira Kurzban was retained by one of the first EB-5 Regional Centers to represent individual investors and has since spent the last 20 years involved in the program. That first case went on to become a landmark case for EB-5; Chang v. U.S. was a class action lawsuit in which Ira went up against USCIS after several immigrant investors’ I-829 petitions were unfairly denied. Today, Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt P.A. is the go-to immigration litigation firm. Ira has been a partner in the firm’s Miami office for over three decades and is the chair of the immigration department. Ira and his team handle more than 90 percent of all federal litigation cases for the EB-5 investor visa program. They handle an equally high amount of deportation defense cases in removal proceedings resulting from I-829 denials, and also undertake a large volume of EB-5 mandamus work resulting from governmental failure to render case decisions. Ira is a highly respected and knowledgeable authority on immigration law, who frequently advises regional centers and agents on a wide range of EB-5 matters. He understands the complexities of the program on both an economic and a procedural level, continually educating others on new developments. Ira predicts the program will continue to develop in an upward trend because it is one of the few areas in immigration that appears to have bipartisan support, is Since she filed her first I-526 petition in 1993, Dawn Lurie has developed the ability to forecast EB-5 program trends. She understands what government adjudicators are looking for and constantly endeavors to stay a step ahead of immigration concerns in the Capital. Throughout her career, and in tandem with the ups and downs of the EB-5 program, she has relied on a certain intuition attuned to what is right and wrong, and always utilizes this discretion when advising clients. A shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Polsinelli, PC, Dawn assists individual investors and project developers on EB-5 compliance issues, and has become recognized for her skill in handling problem cases and RFEs. Dawn strongly believes in the importance of being able to fully represent her clients, and has made a business decision to sit at only one side of the table on each EB-5 project. Dawn’s focus is, and always has been, on compliance, which includes best practices and due diligence across all entities involved in an EB-5 project. Raising the bar within the industry is an important goal for her, and she educates her colleagues and clients about increasing the integrity of the program and its stakeholders. Dawn actively reaches out to other industry leaders and lays down building blocks that will help the EB-5 program develop. She serves on several committees, including the Best Practices Committee for Ira Kurzban [ DIFFICULT CASES AND RFES ] injecting money into the U.S. economy, and is creating jobs for American workers. As the author of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, Ira works tirelessly to maintain up-to-date information for his publication, keeping abreast of new cases and reform issues. A past national president and former general counsel of AILA, Ira has been listed for nearly 30 years in the Best Lawyers in America for his work in immigration and employment law, and has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the Top Twenty Immigration Lawyers in the United States. From his pro bono work, to his service with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, passionate commitment to his fellow man is what makes Ira an exceptional attorney. Dawn L W&