About the Firm
Alan Lee's law practice exclusively deals in the area of U.S. Immigration
and Nationality laws and he has practiced this exclusively for 30+
years. He has attained the AV preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law
Directory, the preeminent rating system of lawyers in the United
States, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also on the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and on the New York Super Lawyers list for 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 and recognized as a New York Area Top Rated Lawyer. He was awarded twice by the government of the Republic of
China in 1985 for his outstanding work in Immigration and Human
Rights Affairs; was selected for Who's Who in American Law; and
has appeared as an expert witness on immigration matters in court. He writes extensively
for the Chinese language newspapers, World Journal, Sing Tao and Epoch Times, and has authored a number of articles in the leading immigration publications, Interpreter Releases and the Immigration Daily. He is a regular contributor to Martindale-Hubbell's Ask-a-Lawyer program.
He was honorary editor of the newspaper, Pakistan Calling, where
his immigration columns were seen on a weekly basis. He also previously authored articles in the Japanese language publication,
OCS, and in the Pakistani language newspaper, Muhasba. His article, "The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending Legislation: an Analysis" was Interpreter Releases' cover display article at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in 2004; his 2004 case in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Firstland International v. INS, successfully challenged INS' policy of over 40 years of revoking approved immigrant visa petitions under a nebulous standard of proof (however, it was short-lived as it was specifically targeted by the Bush Administration in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004), yet Firstland lives on as precedent that the government must comply with nondiscretionary duties established in law, and such failure is reviewable in federal courts; and his 2015 case, Matter of Leacheng International, Inc., with the AAO set nation-wide standards on the definition of “doing business” for multinational executives and managers to gain immigration benefits. Mr. Lee has over 1,400 legal writings in newspapers and
journals on immigration law.
He is a baccalaureate degree graduate of UCLA, and a juris doctorate
graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was awarded
the Sidney A. Levine award for best legal writing in 1976-77. He
is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and
has successfully litigated cases before the federal courts, Board
of Immigration Appeals, Appeals Adjudication Unit, Board of Alien
Labor Certification Appeals, and the Regional Commissioners of Legacy
INS. He became a member of the Ohio bar in 1977 and the New York
bar in 1982. He is further registered to practice before the Southern,
Eastern and Western district courts of New York as well as the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Arthur Lee graduated from The George Washington University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering. In 2016, he graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in its inaugural 2-year program. He was an editor in the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law from 2015-2016. He is admitted into the New York State Bar and licensed to practice before New York State Courts and Federal Courts. He has been an intern at Alan Lee, Attorney-at-Law, since 2013.