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Dawn M. Lurie

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Dawn M. Lurie

Dawn M. Lurie advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly I-9 alien employment verification matters and the minimization of exposure and liabilities.  She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies alike. 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.  In fact, Dawn has defended a number of businesses in high profile, high stakes government investigations involving both criminal and civil liability. She is considered a leading expert on monitoring and compliance issues concerning the government's E-Verify program and also has experience in Office of Special Counsel immigration-related matters and is often brought in to serve as co-counsel for strategic planning purposes in these types of matters. Dawn publishes and frequently lectures on 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.

While compliance is Dawn's passion, her practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. Dawn specifically advises and assists multinational corporations in the industrial, retail and service industries, and in the real estate, healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology sectors in all aspects of U.S. immigration law.  Since the early 1990s, Dawn has been advising high net worth individuals on the EB-5 Entrepreneur Investment visa program and more recently has worked with clients interested in the regional center programs. 
Furthermore, Dawn's practice includes Global Immigration and provides Outbound (non-US) assistance to U.S. and foreign companies. As founder of GT's Outbound Immigration service, Dawn's team facilitates the transfer of intra-company transferees, assignees and executives. Dawn has also implemented the use of an innovative case-management system for outbound transfers that allows our clients to access web-based, real-time information anywhere, anytime.
Dawn is a strong supporter of pro bono activities and has provided free legal assistance to unaccompanied minors, those seeking immigration relief on the basis of extreme hardship,  and has successfully represented individuals applying for special immigrant status under the VAWA Act. She has also worked on an array of other interesting pro bono matters, from bringing international ballet dancers and theatre groups into the U.S., to overcoming a complex security issue for an Iranian professor.  Believing that we can all make a difference, she also serves as pro bono counsel for ASHOKA.  Dawn has also been instrumental in resolving security name check delays for adjustment of status and naturalization applicants.
Dawn is a past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Washington, D.C. Chapter and served on the Executive Committee for over four years. Dawn has organized numerous highly successful educational seminars for immigration practitioners, as well as in-house counsel and human resources professionals. Dawn currently serves as the Immigration Bar liaison to the Washington D.C. office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, as well as on the AILA National Verification and Documentation Committee, which acts as the liaison for AILA to the Department of Homeland Security on worksite enforcement and E-Verify issues.
Areas of Concentration
         Labor and Employment Law
         Employee Benefits
Professional and Community Involvement
         American Immigration Lawyers Association
        Chair, Washington D.C., Chapter 2000-2002
        Member, AILA Board of Governors 2000-2002
        USCIS Washington, DC Office, Bar Liaison 2003-present
        Regional coordinator for AILA to the EWIC Coalition (EWIC is a broad based coalition of trade associations and multi-national corporations formed to seek reasonable business immigration policies for essential (lesser skilled) workers) 1999-2003
        Vice-Chair, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1999-2000
        Secretary, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1998-1999
        AILA's Naturalization Committee 1998-2000
        INS's Vermont Service Center Liaison 1999-2000
         Member, AILA Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee
         Liaison to Voluntary Bar Associations, Washington, D.C., 2000-2003
         Member, American Bar Association
         Member, International Bar Association
         Member, Society of Human Resource Professionals
         Member, Women In Technology
         Member, New Media Society
         Member, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations
         Co-chair, Dulles Chamber of Commerce Workforce Committee
Awards and Recognition
         Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, 2009-2011 editions
         Listed, Legal 500 US, 2009 edition
Articles, Publications & Lectures
         Dawn M. Lurie, Casablanca Morocco, in The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook: Process and Procedure at U.S. Consulates and Embassies (AILA ed., 2004-05, 2005-06)
         I-9 Employment Verification Process: Frequently Asked Questions, January 2005
         American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual 2005 Conference, Panelist: Fundamentals: Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing
         American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Fall/Spring 2000 Conference Handbook Editor
         "Congress Launches Assault on the Intracompany Transferee: Can the American Economy Withstand Proposed Changes to the L Visa?"
         Department of Justice, Panelist Honors Law Clerk Conference 2001 and 2000
         University of Maryland Spring 2001 International Student's Symposium on Immigration
         Community Outreach Programs on LIFE (2001) Co-sponsored by the INS Speaker
         Immigration and Naturalization Service Community Outreach Spring 2004
         American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Spring 2005 Conference, Speaker
         American Immigration Lawyers Association National Spring 2005 Symposium, Speaker
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Speaker: Avoiding the Labors of Employment Law, October 28, 2004
         American- Moroccan Association 2001/2003 Annual Meeting Guest Speaker
         American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Spring 2004, Speaker
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Organizer: Compliance and Enforcement Update, 2004, 2005
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Organizer: PERM and Recent Changes to H1B/L1, February 22, 2005
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Organizer: "Compliance and Enforcement Across the Board: Immigration and Customs Enforcement is Targeting High-Profile Employers, Whose Next?," October 5, 2004
         "What You Should Know About Applying For a Social Security Number," Dawn Lurie, WAFIN Moroccan Connections in America, September 15, 2004
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Organizer: "Global Transfer: Ensuring You Get the Employees You Need, Where You Need Them, When You Need Them," April, 27, 2004
         Greenberg Traurig Seminar, Organizer: "International Employee Management: Special Topics," May 25, 2004
         American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference 2004 Day Coordinator: Substantive Practice
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 1990
B.A., Foreign Service and International Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Admitted to Practice
         District of Columbia
         New Jersey
         Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey