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DAVID HIRSON, ESQ          dhirson@hirsonimmigration.com
Direct: +1 949 383-5355
Cell: +1 949 279-2156
Fax: +1 949 383-5368
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EVELYN HAHN, ESQ.          evelynh@hirsonimmigration.com
Direct:+1 949 383-5364
Fax: +1 949 383-5368

David has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of immigration law. His focus is on EB-5 investment immigration law. He has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization continuously since 1990.

Representative Experience:

  • Manages immigration accounts for multiple companies and individual investors.
  • Assists companies with start-up expansion, merger and acquisition relating to immigration law, compliance and case processing.
  • Retained by many high net worth individuals in the immigration related aspects of their investments.
  • Advises on the start-up of and files Regional Center applications and individual Green Card applications for investors under the EB- 5 Investor Visa category. This includes EB-5 investors of all categories: Regional Center investors, single investors in direct hire programs, and multiple investors in small and large direct hire programs. David is considered a senior and highly experienced EB-5 attorney. In particular, the following are some of his experience in this specific field:
    • Has been actively involved with EB-5 cases since passage of the law in 1990.
    • Was present in the Senate in Washington, D.C. in 1990 when the EB-5 bill was marked up and Senator Biden, now Vice President Biden, was debating the proposed new law.
    • In 1991, personally prepared and filed one of the very first EB-5 cases with the INS (now USCIS). The case was approved and the investor and family returned to the U.S. to be admitted as a conditional permanent resident in less than 5 months. The same case was the first case to be consular processed and approved at the AIT (American Institute of Travel) in Taiwan.
    • Successfully filed and received approvals of many cases in the first 10 years of the program. Only about 300 cases were approved annually by the INS/USCIS in the early years of the program. After year 2000, the program began to pick up and the approved EB-5 cases broke through the 1000 barrier. In fiscal year 2013, almost the full quota of 10,000 EB-5 visas were issued.
    • Personally argued appeals at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and had 4 cases approved after they were denied by the INS/USCIS and certified to the appeal unit.
    • Has applied for multiple regional centers to be designated and approved by USCIS.
    • Was the partner leading the sizeable EB-5 team at the Fragomen Irvine office, which comprised of attorneys, supervising paralegals, paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative staff.
    • Referred many of the EB-5 cases within the U.S. Fragomen offices including San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Professional Accomplishments:

Memberships

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

  • Panel member on advanced topics at the ILW all-day EB-5 seminar, New York December, 2013
  • Author “How to Become a Regional Center” for EB-5 investor magazine
  • Author “Direct Investment Private equity Model” for EB-5 Investor magazine
  • Co-author on numerous publications relating to EB-5 regulations and investments

Court Admissions

  • California Superior Court
  • California Central District Court

Professional Memberships:

Current Memberships

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member of the policy committee of the IIUSA (Invest in USA), an EB-5 Regional Center trade and professional organization
  • Member of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)

Previous Memberships

  • Chapter Chair, Southern California Chapter of AILA
  • Chaired, State Bar of California, International Law Section
  • Chaired, State Bar of California, International Law Section, Immigration Law sub-committee
  • Chaired, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Investor Visa Committee
  • Co-Chair Committee on Consular Processing Southern California Chapter of AILA
  • Vice-Chair, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS now USCIS) Headquarters Liaison Committee in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the National Office of AILA
  • Co-Chair, Liaison Committee to the Western Region of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (WAC) now California Service Center on behalf of AILA

Publications and Lectures

  • Lectures to Bar Associations, Human Resources Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Investment programs and trade organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Lectures on the EB-5 topic to attorneys and to the public in the U.S., China, UAE, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Vietnam and others.
  • Co-Author of the Immigration Chapter Section of “Corporate Legal Departments,” Practicing Law Institute (updated annually for more than 5 years. Preparing 2014 update).
  • Author of two EB-5 related editions of Immigration Briefings, a publication of West ®, a Thomson Reuters company:
    • Hirson, David, “Immigrant Investors: Five Years Later,” 95–11 Immigration Briefings (November 1995)
    • Hirson, David & Mayou, Catherine I., “The Sinking of the Titanic, or the Rising of the Phoenix? – An update on Immigrant Investor Visas,” 98-9 Immigration Briefings (September 1998)
  • Publication of numerous other articles on general Immigration Law and on Corporate & Investment Immigration Law.
  • Author of Immigration Chapter Section of “Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance,” LexisNexis 2009 (updated 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and preparing 2014 update).
  • Member of the editorial board and contributor to EB5Investor.com magazine. All published additions and preparing for the Fall 2014 edition.
  • Member of the editorial board and contributor to “The EB-5 Handbook, A Guide for Investors and Developers” to be published in 2014.

Awards

  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Corporate Immigration)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, America’s Best Lawyers, Best Immigration Lawyers in United States by Best of the U.S., annually from 2006 – 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated for almost 20 consecutive years, 1995 – 2014
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County, 2007 – 2014
  • Orange Coast Top Attorney, 2006 – 2014
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Professional of the year 2007 and Lifetime Member 3
  • America’s Registry, Outstanding Professional, 2008 – 2014
  • Madison Who’s Who Registry of Executives & Professionals, 2009 – 2014
  • American Honor’s Society, Standards of Professionalism within the field of Legal Service and Global Immigration Laws, inducted 2011
  • EB-5 Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2012 presented by Artisan Business Group, Inc.
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Immigration Lawyer in the State of California

 

Evelyn is a licensed attorney in both California and District of Columbia. Evelyn handles all types of U.S. immigration, including both EB-5 and non-EB-5 practice areas.

For EB-5 practice, she advises individual investors, regional centers and corporate clients on all aspects of the EB-5 program, including regional center creation and investment, direct investment, source of funds strategy, and program compliance in general. For non-EB-5 practice, she leads the firm’s PERM labor certification process and handles all types of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for individuals and domestic and multi-national corporate clients, family-based immigration visas and citizenship applications. In addition, she manages the firm’s immigration litigation process and procedures.

Her background also includes several years of immigration experience with mid-sized and large law firms. Evelyn has successfully handled B-1, E-2, E-3, F-1, H-1B, H-2B, J-1, L-1, O-1, R-1 and TN nonimmigrant visa cases for both employers and individuals. In the employment-based immigrant visa arena, Evelyn has specialized in PERM labor certification, I-140 petitions including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and National Interest Waiver. She also has extensive experience in representing multinational Information Technology companies, filing hundreds of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas each year, including EB-1 extraordinary ability petitions, H-1Bs, and L-1s.

Evelyn also has significant experience in civil litigation, representing both individual and corporate clients in various types of legal matters including business law, employment law, family law, car accident/personal injury, and bankruptcy.

Evelyn has native fluency in Korean.


Representative Experience:

  • Developed and implement global mobility strategies and policies on behalf of large Information Technology Companies and advised on immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits (i.e. labor condition applications and I-9)
  • Secured numerous extraordinary ability green cards, H-1Bs and L-1s for more than a thousand tech workers
  • Counseled numerous individuals, families, executives, and corporate clients in all aspects of the international movement of personnel, inbound and outbound work-authorized nonimmigrant and immigrant status and filing Naturalization petitions
  • Files Regional Center applications for corporate clients and prepares individual EB-5 petitions and green card applications for investors under the EB-5 Investor Visa category
  • Files mandamus actions for declaratory relief for pending EB-5 cases and manages immigration litigation process and procedures

Professional Accomplishments:

Education

  • Chapman University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.

Memberships

  • Member, Orange County Korean American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Publications and Lectures

  • Presenter, “Visa Options for Foreign Students”, University of California, Los Angeles, May 7th, 2015
  • Presenter, “Immigration Presentation to the Niche Group”, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, May 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “Visa Options for Foreign Students and Investors”, Wyndham Irvine, June 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “EB-5 Symposium”, Redpoint Realty, September 23, 2015
  • Co-editor, “Chapter 36 Specific Corporate Compliances Challenges by Practice Area: Immigration”, LexisNexis, September 2015

Court Admissions

  • California Superior Court
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • District of Columbia

Awards

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for the highest grade in Legal Research and Writing, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

Languages

  • Korean

Pro bono:

During law school, Evelyn worked as a law clerk at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, California, where she successfully petitioned for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status for immigrant victims of domestic violence pursuant to U-Visa and VAWA. She also represented her client as a student attorney at an informal hearing where she successfully appealed Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA)’s decision to terminate her client’s housing assistance under Housing Choice Voucher Program.