Virginia, US

Mitch manages the firm's Irvine and Los Angeles offices.

His practice is quite diverse in that it is comprised of individual high net worth foreign nationals, start up, mid-size, and large multinational companies with regard to all of their work visa/immigration matters.

Mitch’s clients are equally diverse across industry sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology, construction, real estate development, entertainment and more.

Mitch is a member of the firm’s national Executive Committee.

He is a California State Bar certified specialist in immigration and nationality law.

Mitch also teaches an annual module on business and investment (including EB-5) immigration law at the University of California Irvine Law School. 

Education


Southwestern University School of Law | J.D., 1985
Hofstra University | B.A., 1982

Awards

Certified as a Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Former Vice Chair of State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization; Immigration Section

Recipient of the UC Irvine Law School first annual Pro Bono Community Advocate Award for work done with students involved with IRAP (Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program)

Acknowledged on numerous occasions by such publications as Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Best Lawyers and various legal Who’s Who publications

Recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2011 to 2019

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Longtime member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Southern California Chapter Chair 1999/2000

Past Business Immigration Advocacy Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Section

Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Section, Past Treasurer

Riverside County Bar Association

San Bernardino Bar Association

OC TechAlliance (formerly American Electronics Association), Board member and Chair of its International Committee

BABC (British American Business Council), Board member of Orange County Council

Manage teams overseeing corporate clients’ immigration programs

Counsel clients on immigration related due diligence in connection with corporate restructurings and M&A transactions

Advise management and employees on the immigration consequences of personnel actions including reductions in force, hiring freezes, mandatory leaves of absence, etc.

Draft and review customized immigration policies as part of a broader mobility program

Assist families, individuals and investors (EB-5) in their US immigration needs

Publications and Lectures

Published over 200 articles on various topics of US immigration.

Annual editor of immigration chapter of the State Bar of California’s CEB “Advising California Employers and Employees” treatise.

Quoted, “Chinese Investors Sue U.S., Say Visa Program Hurts Jobs. Bloomberg Law, 1 Aug. 2018.

Co-Author, “The Best Job Candidate is a Foreign National? What to Consider.” OC Lawyer Magazine, September 2017: 44-48. Print and web.

Speaker, “India: EB5’s New Frontier.” Panel presentation, EB5 Investors: 2017 San Francisco EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention, San Francisco, CA, July 2017.

Author, “Creative Green Card Application Options for Your Key Foreign National Population.” Employment Resources & Solutions, Orange County Business Journal, March 7, 2016: B34. Print and Web.

Co-Author, “Pleas and Consequences.” Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, November 2014: 18-22. Print.

Article in OCBA “Lawyer” magazine, “Immigration Law for the Non Immigration Lawyer.”

Featured Speaker: OCBA Immigration Law Section - various times discussing various PERM related topics.

Wrote chapter on appeals in the 2008-2009 edition of ILW’s popular book, “The PERM Book.”

Discussion Leader/Presenter for AILA national audio seminar on “experience with the same employer” concerning PERM applications.

Discussion Leader/Presenter for AILA webinar on layoffs in the context of PERM applications.

Panelist: LACBA (Los Angeles County Bar Association) various PERM and labor certification training programs.

Discussion Leader/Presenter for ILW (Immigration Law Weekly) 3 part seminar series on PERM labor certifications for immigration attorneys, 2006.

Featured Speaker: OCBA Orange County Bar Association-Employment Law Section: “Immigration Law for the Non Immigration Lawyer.”

AILA: Spoke at several national conferences on various topics of employment based immigration.

AILA Southern California Chapter: regular speaker on various topics of employment based immigration and law practice management.

Regular speaker at universities and law schools regarding various topics of immigration law.

Lectures extensively to seminar groups including human resource and legal professionals.

Regular speaker on global mobility programs put on by TechAmerica, PIHRA, SHRM, Employer’s Group, SBA.