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Dawn M. Lurie

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5327
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Dawn M. Lurie is senior counsel in the Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Dawn advises on corporate immigration issues involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of personnel worldwide. She is recognized in the legal community as a forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She has more than 25 years of experience providing assistance with global and U.S. immigration processes. Ms. Lurie is considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. Her ability to balance business necessity with regulatory reality is also highly valued. When advising clients, Ms. Lurie presents creative, yet compliant, solutions and identifies issues long before they become problematic. Dawn’s proudest professional achievement is her ongoing work with young women in the legal field. She has served as a mentor and sponsor, and remains active in women’s workplace initiatives.
 
Her practice includes a range of cases, from routine to the most complex, involving:
  • EB-5 Foreign Investment including representation of regional centers, investors, project developers, broker dealer, and providing targeted due diligence services and development of best practices protocols.
  • Immigration Compliance including Form I-9, E-Verify, SEVP/SEVIS foreign student related matters and  immigration issues related to mergers and acquisitions, reductions in force, and business restructurings. 
  • Visa Processing  including immigrant and non-immigrant visas, naturalization, residency and security issues.
Ms. Lurie has represented foreign individuals through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program since the early 1990s. She has since expanded her practice to include EB-5 compliance work and regional center representation. Her experience has evolved over the last two decades as the EB-5 program progressed from an obscure means of obtaining U.S. residency, to a viable mechanism of funding a significant portion of the capital stack for large-scale projects and infrastructure building across industries. Ms. Lurie is particularly interested in EB-5 project and regional center compliance, which she believes has been overlooked with the surge of growth in the program. Her team focuses on providing private equity funding strategies to developers interested in establishing regional centers and implementing projects.
 
Ms. Lurie’s Form I-9 and E-Verify experience is nationally recognized. She develops and manages nationwide I-9 compliance training and assists clients during immigration-related government  audits or internal reviews. Ms. Lurie also assists federal government contractors in meeting the FAR mandatory E-Verify compliance rules and flow-down clause. She’s published immigration articles on the immigration consequences of M&A and other corporate reorganizations as well as the implications of downsizings, reductions in force, and salary level/ job duty changes. Ms. Lurie represents companies before Immigration and Customs Enforcement and defends those facing government investigations including ones initiated by the Department of Labor or Department of State. Her experience also includes representing colleges, universities and foreign students with SEVIS/SEVP related issues as well as with routine compliance planning. Ms. Lurie is consistently able to negotiate favorable settlements and resolve even the most adversarial of matters because of her solution oriented approach and her ability to work cohesively with government agencies.
 
The core of Ms. Lurie’s practice remains strategic representation of companies ranging from large Fortune 500 to small start-up companies. She works with employers to prepare and submit visa applications for temporary employment in nonimmigrant visa categories and also guides companies supporting employees for permanent residence in all of the Employment-based “green card” categories. Always interested in being challenged, Ms. Lurie has successfully represented individuals facing security challenges involved in complex naturalization or other challenging immigration matters.
Dawn M. Lurie is senior counsel in the Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Dawn advises on corporate immigration issues involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of personnel worldwide. She is recognized in the legal community as a forward thinking immigration compliance authority and EB-5 investment strategist. She has more than 25 years of experience providing assistance with global and U.S. immigration processes. Ms. Lurie is considered a trusted partner to corporate clients and is relied on for her ability to spot impending government enforcement trends. Her ability to balance business necessity with regulatory reality is also highly valued. When advising clients, Ms. Lurie presents creative, yet compliant, solutions and identifies issues long before they become problematic. Dawn’s proudest professional achievement is her ongoing work with young women in the legal field. She has served as a mentor and sponsor, and remains active in women’s workplace initiatives.
 
Her practice includes a range of cases, from routine to the most complex, involving:
  • EB-5 Foreign Investment including representation of regional centers, investors, project developers, broker dealer, and providing targeted due diligence services and development of best practices protocols.
  • Immigration Compliance including Form I-9, E-Verify, SEVP/SEVIS foreign student related matters and  immigration issues related to mergers and acquisitions, reductions in force, and business restructurings. 
  • Visa Processing  including immigrant and non-immigrant visas, naturalization, residency and security issues.
Ms. Lurie has represented foreign individuals through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program since the early 1990s. She has since expanded her practice to include EB-5 compliance work and regional center representation. Her experience has evolved over the last two decades as the EB-5 program progressed from an obscure means of obtaining U.S. residency, to a viable mechanism of funding a significant portion of the capital stack for large-scale projects and infrastructure building across industries. Ms. Lurie is particularly interested in EB-5 project and regional center compliance, which she believes has been overlooked with the surge of growth in the program. Her team focuses on providing private equity funding strategies to developers interested in establishing regional centers and implementing projects.
 
Ms. Lurie’s Form I-9 and E-Verify experience is nationally recognized. She develops and manages nationwide I-9 compliance training and assists clients during immigration-related government  audits or internal reviews. Ms. Lurie also assists federal government contractors in meeting the FAR mandatory E-Verify compliance rules and flow-down clause. She’s published immigration articles on the immigration consequences of M&A and other corporate reorganizations as well as the implications of downsizings, reductions in force, and salary level/ job duty changes. Ms. Lurie represents companies before Immigration and Customs Enforcement and defends those facing government investigations including ones initiated by the Department of Labor or Department of State. Her experience also includes representing colleges, universities and foreign students with SEVIS/SEVP related issues as well as with routine compliance planning. Ms. Lurie is consistently able to negotiate favorable settlements and resolve even the most adversarial of matters because of her solution oriented approach and her ability to work cohesively with government agencies.
 
The core of Ms. Lurie’s practice remains strategic representation of companies ranging from large Fortune 500 to small start-up companies. She works with employers to prepare and submit visa applications for temporary employment in nonimmigrant visa categories and also guides companies supporting employees for permanent residence in all of the Employment-based “green card” categories. Always interested in being challenged, Ms. Lurie has successfully represented individuals facing security challenges involved in complex naturalization or other challenging immigration matters.

Education

  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law (1990)

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University (1987)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (Washington, D.C. Chapter, Past Chair; Board of Governors, 2000-2002)
  • The Association to Invest In USA (IIUSA)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • National Association of International Educators
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Society of Human Resource Professionals
  • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Presentations

  • "Session 1: To Ask or Not To Ask - How Far Can You Go Pre-Hire?," The Immigration Compliance Life Cycle—A Four Part Webinar Series, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 18, 2017)
  • “Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification,” Webinar, Lorman Education Services (January 26, 2017)
  • Panelist, “EB-5 Overview,” AILA 2016 EB-5 Investors Summit, Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2016)
  • Panelist, “EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar Session #1: Immigration Due Diligence,” 2016 EB-5 Industry Forum, presented by Invest in the USA (IIUSA), Los Angeles, CA (October 10, 2016)
  • Discussion Leader, EB-5 Summit, Las Vegas, NV (June 22, 2016)
  • Speaker, “EB-5 Investments: Unique Opportunities and Challenges,” Baruch College, New York, NY (June 16, 2016) 
  • “Evolution of EB-5 Best Practices,” 2016 NES Financial EB-5 Innovation Summit, New York, NY (February 11, 2016)
  • “How International Forces are Transforming the Real Estate Capital of the World,” Bisnow NY Foreign Investment (January 19, 2016)
  • Speaker; EB-5 Investors 2016 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, The Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV (January 15-16, 2016)
  • EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, presented by ILW.com, New York, NY (December 18, 2015) 
  • Hospitality Boom! Chicago Hotel and Investment, presented by Bisnow (December 10, 2015)  
  • “Foreign Investing in the U.S. Office Market,” The Bisnow 2015 National Office Conference, Bisnow Office Leasing, Development and Investment Series (December 1, 2015) 
  • “Investment and Capital Update: Where's the money for new projects coming from?,” 6th Annual Construction & Development Update: Faces Behind the New Trends Fueling NYC's Growth, presented by Bisnow (November 18, 2015) 
  • “Our Due Diligence Process,” Webinar Series, presented by EB-5 Diligence (November 11, 2015)
  • “Immigration and Securities Law Lessons,” EB-5 Roundtable with Angelo Paparelli, presented by ILW.com (October 27, 2015)
  • Bisnow Lodging Investment and Innovation Series, The Penn State School of Hospitality Management (October 23, 2015)
  • “Industry Best Practices: History Lesson & Look Ahead,” IIUSA's - Invest in the USA 2015 EB-5 Market Exchange (October 23, 2015)
  • EB-5 Conference in Los Angeles, presented by Pincus Communications (October 8, 2015)
  • “Discussing USCIS draft guidance memo and IPO engagement,” EB-5 Roundtable with Angelo Paparelli, presented by ILW.com (August 18, 2015)
  • “Discussing the SEC Actions,” EB-5 Roundtable with Angelo Paparelli, presented by ILW.com (July 14, 2015)
  • “Protect Yourself All Year Long From Immigrations and Customs Enforcement,” Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Web Conference (July 8, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Protect Yourself All Year Long From Immigrations and Customs Enforcement,” SCCE Web Conference (July 8, 2015)
  • “Grassley/Leahy Bill - What now?,” EB-5 Roundtable with Angelo Paparelli, presented by ILW.com (June 30, 2015)
  • Panelist, CanAm Annual EB-5 Panel Discussion, AILA 2015 Conference (June 19, 2015)
  • “Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification,” Webinar, presented by Lorman Education Services (May 19, 2015)
  • "Due Diligence: Know Your Customers, Know Your Partners, Protect Yourself," 8th Annual EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference, Washington, D.C (April 12-14, 2015)
  • "EB-5 Demystified: The Rules, The Roles, The Opportunities," EB-5 Immigrant Investor Conference, Lake Buena Vista, FL (March 5-6, 2015)
  • “The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers,” Los Angeles, CA (February 20, 2015)
  • “Structuring EB-5 Projects for Immigration, Financial, and Market Success,” Second Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, Las Vegas, NV (January 17, 2015)
  • The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers, New York, NY (December 19, 2014)
  • “EB-5 Best Practices in I-526 and I-829 Petitions,” Webinar, presented by AILA (November 20, 2014)
  • 2014 Fall/Winter MKCR EB-5 Symposium (November 16-17, 2014)
  • “Crowdfunding? EB-5? Foreign Capital Markets? Assessing Alternative Sources of Debt Finance for New Acquisitions and Refinancing,” Information Management Network (IMN) Borrower and Investment Forum, New York, NY (November 10, 2014)
  • “Urban Legend or Reality? The ICE Form I-9 Administrative Inspection Process,” Webinar, presented by Lorman Education Services (November 7, 2014)
  • 2014 IIUSA EB-5 Marketplace Exchange: Best Practices and Compliance (October 23-24, 2014)
  • “Five Years After the FAR E-Verify Regulation: How Does Your Immigration Compliance Hold Up?,” Government Contractor Council Monthly Networking Breakfast (October 10, 2014)
  • “Practical Impact of Visa Unavailability for China and Recap of September 10th USCIS EB-5 Engagement,” EB-5 Roundtable with Angelo Paparelli, presented by ILW.com (September 23, 2014)
  • “USCIS EB-5 Adjudication Trends: I-526/I-829 Petitions & I-924 Applications,” IIUSA Webinar Panel (August 28, 2014)
  • "Protecting Your Practice: Ethical Issues & Minimizing Risk," 2014 EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers CLE Conference, Chicago, IL (August 22, 2014)
  • Panelist, " The EB-5 Program: The Certainty of Unpredictability," presented by Canam Enterprises, LLC (June 19, 2014)
  • “Yes, Virginia: ICE Is Still Active in Worksite Enforcement,” I-9/E-Verify for Experts Webinar, presented by ILW.com (March 13, 2014)
  • 2014 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference (March 7, 2014)
  • “Electronic I-9s Systems, Form I-9 Software - the Devil's In the Details,” I-9/E-Verify for Experts Webinar, presented by ILW.com (February 20, 2014)
  • “There's Nothing Like An ICE Inspection To Make a Winter Colder,” I-9/E-Verify for Experts Webinar, presented by ILW.com (January 30, 2014)

Publications

Press Quotations

Accolades

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law (2012-2017)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Immigration, District of Columbia (2009-2016)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 National Committee (2016-present)
  • Association to Invest in America (IIUSA) Association Building Committee (2014-present)
  • Co-Chair, Association to Invest in America (IIUSA) EB-5 Trade Association Best Practices Committee (2013-present)
  • Named as Top Specialty Attorney in the EB-5 Industry, EB5 Investors Magazine (2015-2016)
  • Named as one of the Top 25 Immigration Attorneys in the EB-5 industry, EB5 Investors Magazine (2013-2014)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2009-2012)