Profile

Principal-Alan Lee, Esq.

 

Alan Lee‘s law practice exclusively deals in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality laws and he has practiced this exclusively for 35+ years. He has maintained the AV preeminent rating for 24 years 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 seven of the last eight years including 2018 and recognized as a New York Area Top Rated Lawyer. He has also been recognized as Client Champion Platinum 2018 by Martindale-Hubbell. 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 1,600 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.

Associate Attorney-Arthur Lee, Esq.

Arthur Lee is the second generation of Lees to enter the field of law. He 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 in which he was an editor in the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law from 2015-2016. He was admitted to the New York Bar in April 2017. He was a part-time and summer intern at Alan Lee, Attorney-at-Law, from 2013 until his 2017 admission. Even before that, he co-authored “Legalization is Alive but has a January 31, 2010, Deadline in Underpublicized ‘Known to the Government’ Settlement”, Alan Lee, Arthur Lee and Melissa Paquette and edited by Robert Pauw in Interpreter Releases, Vol.86, No.47, 12/14/09. He currently works on many of the firm’s complex cases, and has traveled to many states on behalf of its clintele, eg. – Florida, Ohio, North Carolina.