EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 5, Issue 2 - Page 83

TOP ATTORNEYS IN SPECIALIZED FIELDS IRA KURZBAN Kurzban also advises regional centers surrounding USCIS’ interpretation of immigrant investor laws. He has received numerous distinctions for his work and has been listed for over 30 years in the Best Lawyers In America. Kurzban is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Law. He has published articles in the Harvard Law Review and Columbia University Press and authored Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook. He received his J.D. and master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He is a former AILA president and general counsel. Partner Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A I ra Kurzban is a founding partner of the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. in Miami. Kurzban has been involved in the EB-5 program since its inception. He was lead counsel in Chang v. U.S., one of the most significant decisions involving the EB-5 program. His firm litigates the majority of federal cases by EB-5 investors against USCIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF THE EB-5 INDUSTRY LOOKS LIKE? I am primarily concerned with current legislative efforts to curtail the ability of investors, regional centers and NCEs/JCEs to sue in federal court when the actions of USCIS are clearly in error. Recent proposed legislation would either eliminate or substantially slow the ability to challenge USCIS misconduct in federal court. I regard this trend as contrary to the fundamental 40 Lawyer Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association along with being recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a former pro tempore judge for the cities of Lake Forest Park and Federal Way, and he volunteers regularly at the International District Legal Clinic. He has also served as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Washington and Seattle University. Lee has served as a board member and officer on many local organizations. NELSON LEE Partner Lee & Lee P.S. N elson Lee, a partner in the Seattle-based Lee & Lee P.S., leads the firm’s EB-5 team. He and his team have successfully submitted hundreds of EB-5 cases since 2010. Lee is a former senior deputy prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with more than 100 cases tried successfully before a jury during his 17-year career, including several complex, high-profile cases. Lee has been voted a “Top WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE OF THE EB-5 INDUSTRY LOOKS LIKE? With so many diverse bills to amend the EB-5 Program introduced in Congress over the last year, it is impossible to predict the program’s future. Unless competing interests between Congressional members and lobbyists can be reconciled through reasoned compromise, the ongoing deadlock seems destined for resolution by the Department of Homeland Security. Transparency measures to create broad- spectrum accountability and integrity for the protection of investors are long overdue. The increase in investment principles of our country because no person, high or low, is above the law and certainly no agency of the government may insulate itself from the harm it may do to investors and the general public. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY? The EB - 5 program , like all federal immigration programs, is now subject to the current administration’s policies that are attempting to grind immigration to a halt. I foresee that in the next several years EB-5 investors and regional centers will be litigating many arbitrary denials. In addition, many conditional residents will be put in removal proceedings. We have successfully countered that trend in a number of cases by seeking other forms of relief