A non-CLE teleconference program presented by the ABA Section of International Law

Sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law Immigration and Naturalization Committee

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET 


Join me on April 3rd, from 12.00pm-1.30pm, when I join some experts to discuss, “How Foreign Law Firms can establish offices in the U.S.: Immigration, Business and Ethics considerations“. Foreign law firms and lawyers provide an enormous amount of legal services to U.S. clients. Many times the foreign law firms find it beneficial to open up U.S. offices and send their lawyers to the U.S. for legal work and for business development. The program will provide an overview of the L, E, H, and other temporary visa and permanent resident categories, that are often used by law firms to employ foreign workers. Whether you are a managing partner at a non-U.S. based law firm looking to move to the U.S. to establish your firm’s New York office, or a solo lawyer looking to set up your own practice, or a U.S. law firm looking to hire a foreign lawyer, this program will cover topics of interest. We will address the business case for certain foreign law firms to expand into the U.S. for business development purposes.

We will provide guidance in preparing business plans for certain visa categories where a new office is being set up in the U.S. Recent examples will include law firms from the Netherlands and the Caribbean, among others. We will provide a discussion of the best practices for getting renewal once the initial visa is granted. Options for applying to be a permanent resident as a multinational executive or manager of a law firm will be explored. We will explore some ethical issues in these settings. A comparative description of the U.K. process will also be provided, with an assessment of the potential impact of Brexit. Our panel will consist of the managing principal of a large Netherlands based law firm that operates offices in New York; a U.S. business immigration lawyer who assists non-U.S. law firms in navigating visa and immigration issues; a leading immigration business plan writer; and a U.K. immigration analyst who assists non-U.K. law firms with immigration needs involved in establishing in the U.K.


Jennifer Stevens, Laura Devine Attorneys, New York, NY

Program Chairs:

Mohammad A. Syed, RIAA Barker Gillette (USA), Washington, DC

Jorg Rehder, SCHIEDERMAIR, Rechtsanwaelte, Frankfurt, Germany


Helena Sprenger, Houthoff, New York, NY

Mohammad A. Syed, RIAA Barker Gillette (USA), Washington, DC

Marco Scanu,Visa Business Plans, Miami, FL

Vanessa Ho, Laura Devine Attorneys, New York, NY

Co-Sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law Latin America & Caribbean Committee; Europe Committee; Government & Public Interest Committee; Canada Committee; Cross-Border Practice Management Committee; International Legal Education and Specialist Certification; South Asia/Oceana and India Committee; Northeast Asia, Japan and Korea Committee; International Employment Committee; American Immigration Lawyers Association, DC Chapter (supporting entity)