Specializing in EB-5 Law, General Corporate & Commercial Law, Contracts & Business Immigration
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We are a boutique, multi-lingual law firm committed to providing the highest level of legal representation in the areas of EB-5 law, corporate law, business immigration and commercial transactions. The firm strives to provide its clients with sensible, personalized and cost-effective solutions, stemming from a basis of integrity, trust, dedication, competence and legal expertise within our areas of practice. Our attorney speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian.
FOUNDER AND MANAGING ATTORNEY
Marifé Nazario has over 18 years of collective experience in EB-5 law, immigration law, as well as corporate and commercial law, and corporate, commercial and real estate transactions, acquired through leadership roles with national and international law firms, as well as through her own private practice. Over the course of the years, Ms. Nazario has successfully represented private and public employers and individuals across a wide array of industries with respect to all of their business, investment, family and individual immigration needs, consistently and ethically achieving positive results for her clients. Her business immigration work includes the preparation and filing of labor certification applications with the Department of Labor, assisting employers with the PERM recruitment process, assisting employers and individuals with the preparation and filing of all types of immigrant ("green-card") and non immigrant (temporary) visa petitions and applications before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") and U.S. consulates abroad, and preparing and accompanying clients to their interviews. She has extensive experience with the preparation and filing of H-1B specialty occupation petitions for professionals, devising H-3 training programs trainee visa petitions, TN applications, L-1A petitions for multi-national executives and managers, L-1B petitions for individuals with specialized knowledge, blanket L petitions, E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor petitions and applications, F-1 and M-1 student visas, O and P visa petitions, R-1 religious visa petitions, as well as all types of employment-based immigrant petitions, including national interest waivers. She also has significant experience with the provision of advice and training on I-9 employer verification procedures, compliance and audits.
Given her corporate and securities background, Ms. Nazario has a unique expertise in the complex area of EB-5 project structure and the representation of investors and entrepreneurs with respect to their EB-5, E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor needs. Within the EB-5 field, Ms. Nazario has extensive experience with EB-5 capital work, having represented some of the largest and most successful USCIS-designated Regional Centers and national real estate developers. She trained and gained most of her experience as an EB-5 Capital Attorney with the law firm of Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP in Los Angeles, and was later very active with the promotion and use of the EB-5 program as a tool for economic expansion and development in her native Puerto Rico. With a background spanning over eight years of experience as a corporate, securities and real estate attorney and an additional five years of business immigration law, Ms. Nazario is uniquely positioned to represent regional center and new commercial enterprise clients in this complex, hybrid and ever-evolving area of the law. As part of her own practice, she regularly assists clients in seeking initial USCIS Regional Center designation, preparing and filing I-924 petitions and amendments, exemplar requests and annual filings, as well as preparing I-526 templates and reviewing EB-5 offering and other project documents to ensure EB-5 compliance and eligibility. Additionally, Ms. Nazario regularly presents individual investors through all phases of the EB-5 petition process, including the tracing and documenting of lawful source of funds and the preparation and filing of individual I-526 and I-829 petitions. Based on her corporate background, Ms. Nazario is also uniquely suited to handle complex E-1 treaty trader and E-2 treaty investor petitions, L blanket and individual L petitions, including new office cases.
However, Ms. Nazario's practice is not limited to EB-5 and business immigration work. Ms. Nazario also regularly assists individuals with the preparation and filing of all types of asylum and family-based petitions and applications, including immediate relative petitions, K-1 fiance petitions, applications for employment and travel authorization, naturalization applications and green-card renewals. As a compassionate human being, she also regularly represents individuals through all types of immigration processes and proceedings, including removal defense, the preparation and presentation of numerous types of waivers before USCIS and the Immigration Court, and N-336 hearings, among other matters. She won the "Immigration Attorney of the Year - United States" 2020 Lawyer Monthly Legal Award, the 2020 Elite Lawyer Award in Immigration Law and was featured in the Top 100 Attorneys Magazine 2020 for her work in EB-5 Law and Immigration. She also continues to handle corporate work and business and real estate transactions.
In prior years, Ms. Nazario led the Orlando office of Maney Gordon Zeller, P.A. and the Business Immigration practice of Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. She also worked as Assistant Vice President and Legal Counsel to Visa, Inc. and as Senior Associate in the General Business, Corporate Finance and Real Estate departments of various national and international law firms, where she represented public and private clients and individual foreign investors in the areas of corporate formation, maintenance, reorganizations and liquidations, residential and commercial real estate transactions, and the drafting, review and negotiation of a range of corporate and commercial contracts. She also has experience with mergers and acquisitions, private placements, corporate governance and securities laws compliance, having served as Lead Associate in the closing of a $500 million stock acquisition and several smaller multi-million dollar stock and asset transactions.
Ms. Nazario has practiced law since early 2001, after obtaining an LL.M. degree from the University of London in Corporate and Commercial Law, a JD degree from Tulane Law School (with a Certificate in European Legal Studies) and a B.A. from Duke University. During her years at Tulane, Ms. Nazario served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, and studied Comparative Constitutional Law under Chief Justice William Rehnquist in Siena, Italy. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Nazario clerked one summer with Soulier et Associés in Lyon, France, having previously clerked for the Chief and Presiding Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District.
Ms. Nazario was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and was raised in Puerto Rico. She has studied, worked and lived in Puerto Rico, Spain, France and Italy and has traveled extensively. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and highly proficient in Portuguese, French and Italian. Ms. Nazario is licensed to practice law in Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Puerto Rico.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
University of London, LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law, 2000
Tulane Law School, Juris Doctor and Certificate in European Legal Studies, 1999
Duke University, Bachelor in Arts, History, Dean’s List, 1993
Universitá di Siena, Italy, Summer 1997
Université de Paris, Paris, France, Spring 1992
Center for International Studies, Madrid, Spain, Fall 1991
Selected Immigration Lawyer of the Year, 2020 Lawyer Monthly Legal Award
Top 100 Attorneys 2020, The Top 100 Magazine
Elite Lawyer Award, 2020
Nominated for Top EB-5 Attorney 2019 award
Speaking Engagements and Publications:
Author, “The EB-5 Program: Untapped Tool for Economic Development in Puerto Rico”, submitted for publication in the Caribbean Business Journal for January 18, 2018
Speaker, “Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs Doing Business in Puerto Rico”, Puerto Rico: Business Opportunities and Tax Incentives Business Roundtable, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida, September 2016
Speaker, “EB-5 as Vehicle for Permanent Immigration and Economic Development in Puerto Rico”, Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association’s Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2016
Speaker, “Immigration Options for Foreign Investors in Puerto Rico”, sponsored by Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Panama, Panama City, Panama, May 2016Speaker, "Department of Labor’s Re-Engineered Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) Regulations,” Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin LLP, March 2005
Speaker, "Overview of Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Worker Options," 2004 Labor & Employment Symposium, Springfield, Missouri, September 2004
Speaker, "Current Developments in Immigration Law Affecting Employers - Proposed PERM Regulations," 2004 Labor & Employment Symposium, Kansas City, Missouri, September 2004
Speaker, "Overview of Employment Eligibility Verification Procedures and Potential Penalties," HR Summit, J.E. Dunn Construction Company, Kansas City, Missouri, August 2004
Speaker, "Employer Compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and Amendments," City of Emporia's Annual Employer's Seminar, Emporia, Kansas, June 2004
Author, "Recent Developments in Corporate Indemnity under Delaware and Pennsylvania Law," The Lawyer's Journal, 24th Ed., Allegheny County Bar Association, 2001, Cohen & Grigsby's Fall Review, 2001