Dawn M. Lurie is a partner at Polsinelli, an AMLAW 100 firm, lin the firm’s Business Immigration and Compliance practice, based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She leads the EB-5 Investment Practice.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Lurie has over 20 years of experience advising on U.S. and global immigration and is ranked as a leading business immigration lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, and other publications. Ms. Lurie regularly speaks and writes about immigration compliance matters and is often quoted by major news agencies and publications, including the Washington Post and the Associated Press.
Since the early 1990s, Ms. Lurie has been advising high-net-worth individuals on the EB-5 Entrepreneur Investment visa program. Over the years, her practice has expanded to include regional center representation and compliance work. Ms. Lurie 's interest in the EB-5 world is on regional center and project compliance, which has been generally overlooked during the recent surge of growth in the program. Providing creative strategies to groups across industries interested in establishing EB-5 compatible projects and EB-5 Regional Centers, Ms. Lurie routinely explores this alternative to conventional financing.
Her experience has evolved over the last two decades as the EB-5 program progressed from an obscure means of obtaining U.S. residency, to a viable mechanism of funding a significant portion of the capital stack for large-scale projects and infrastructure building across industries. Attending EB-5 Board Hearings in D.C. and participating in the stakeholder conversation process with the agencies for many years, provides her clients with a unique Washington perspective.
Ms. Lurie also advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 alien employment verification matters. She has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Dawn performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation. Ms. Lurie has represented a number of businesses in high profile, high stakes government investigations involving both criminal and civil liability. Ms. Lurie is considered a leading authority on monitoring and compliance issues concerning the government's E-Verify program and also has experience in Office of Special Counsel immigration-related matters. She is also often brought in by other immigration attorneys, to co-counsel, in matters relating to government investigations. Ms. Lurie publishes and frequently lectures on Form I-9 issues including penalties for failure to act in accordance with government regulations, anti-discrimination laws and employers' responsibilities upon receiving social security "no-match" letters.