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Carolyn S. Lee Curriculum Vitae

Education

CORNELL LAW SCHOOL, JD​ with Specialization in International Legal Affairs, May 1999 Chancellor, Cornell Law School Moot Court Board, 1999

WILLIAMS COLLEGE, BA ​in Literature and Political Science, cum laude​, June 1993

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, EXETER COLLEGE

Visiting Student in Politics Philosophy & Economics, 1991-1992

STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL,June 1989

Experience

Carolyn Lee PLLC (Ithaca, NY)
Principal 2019-Present
Advise EB-5 regional centers, developers and investors on compliant project structuring, restructuring, documentation, and USCIS advocacy.  Utilize experience spanning a dozen years helping project clients raise over $2.5 billion in EB-5 capital in varied projects across America. Includes investor representation of thousands of investors and family members achieve EB-5 classification and unconditional permanent residency.
Miller Mayer, LLP (Ithaca, NY)
Partner 2007-2018, Associate 2002-2006. EB-5 Immigration.
Harris Beach LLP (Ithaca, NY)
Associate 2001-2002. Real Estate, Secured transactions, Banking (lender representation).
Hunton & Williams (New York, NY)
Associate 1999-2001. Structured Finance.

National EB-5 Leadership

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Committee
    • Chair, 2018-2019
    • Chair, 2017-2018
    • Vice Chair, 2016-2017
    • Co-Chair, 2015-2016
    • Vice Chair, 2014-2015
    • Chair, 2012-2013
    • Member, 2009-2012
  • Invest in the USA (IIUSA), Public Policy Committee (2014-present)
  • AILA Advanced Business & EB-5 Issues Conference Committee, Member (2018-2019, Bangkok)
  • EB5Investors Magazine, Conference Organizer (2018, Los Angeles)
  • AILA Investor Conference Committee, Organizer and speaker
    • 2014-2015 (August 22, 2014, Chicago)
    • 2011-2012 (April 20, 2012 Bahamas)
    • 2010-2011 (March 14, 2011 Las Vegas; October 20, 2011, San Antonio)
    • 2009-2010 (October 2009, San Francisco)
  • AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee
    • 2012-2013
    • 2011-2012

National & International EB-5 Presentations

  • AILA-IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum (Chicago), October 2018: EB-5 Regulations
  • Moderator/Speaker, TiE Silicon Valley, “Decoding Immigration in Today’s America” (Santa Clara), August 2018: EB-5
  • Speaker, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (Los Angeles), July 2018: EB-5 (“At Risk” requirement)
  • Speaker, NES Financial (Webinar), EB-5 Capital: New Needs, New Sources, July 2018
  • Speaker, AILA National Conference (San Francisco), June 2018: Advanced EB-5
  • Speaker, ilw.com series on EB-5 visas for H-1B visa holders, May 2018 (New York)
  • Speaker, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), May, 2018: EB-5 P3 financing
  • Speaker, The Knowledge Group (TKG), February 2018: EB-5
  • Speaker, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (Las Vegas), January 2018: EB-5
  • Speaker, Moderator, AILA EB-5 Summit (Las Vegas), December 2017: EB-5
  • Speaker, P3 Conference, World Trade Center, New Orleans, (invited) (NOLA), November 2017: EB-5 an public private partnership
  • Moderator, IIUSA EB-5 Market Exchange (Miami), October 2017: EB-5
  • Moderator, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (invited) (Mumbai), October 2017: EB-5
  • Speaker, EB-5 Diligence Webinar (EB-5 Legislation), October 2017
  • Moderator, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (San Francisco), July 2017: EB-5 redeployment
  • Speaker
  • Panelist, EB-5 Program Reform: LIVE Webcast (March 2017)
  • Panelist, NES Financial EB-5 Innovation Summit (New York, NY), February 2017
  • Moderator, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (Las Vegas), January 2017: EB-5
  • Discussion Leader, AILA EB-5 Conference (Washington DC), October 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker, EB-5 Investors Magazine Conference (New York), July 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker, AILA National Conference (Las Vegas), June 24, 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker (invited), AILA Colorado Chapter (Denver), October 12-14, 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker, AILA New York Chapter (NYC), May 2, 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker (invited), AILA New England Chapter (Boston), March 4, 2016: EB-5
  • Speaker, NES Financial EB-5 Innovation Summit (New York, NY), February 2016
  • Speaker, ILW.com EB-5 Roundtable, January 2016
  • Speaker, PLI, 48th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute (New York, NY), December 2015: EB-5
  • Speaker, 2015 IIUSA EB-5 Market Exchange, EB-5 Law and Policy, October 2015 (Dallas): EB-5: Recent trends and policy updates
  • Discussion Leader, IIUSA webinar: EB-5 Litigation: Strategies & Trends, September 2015
  • Speaker, Forbes (China) Forum (Shanghai, China; Shenyang, China): EB-5, August 2015
  • Discussion Leader, AILA EB-5 Conference: Advanced Issues Representing EB-5 Investors (Las Vegas), August 2015
  • Discussion Leader, AILA Annual Conference, June 2015 (National Harbor, MD): EB-5 law
  • Panelist, IIUSA webinar: Loan proceeds as qualifying capital for an EB-5 Investment (“indebtedness” issue), May 2015
  • Panelist, AILA New York Chapter: EB-5 CLE, May 2015
  • Panelist, IIUSA webinar: EB-5 Retrogression, April 2015
  • Panelist, EB-5 Diligence webinar: Repayment and redeployment of EB-5 Funds, April 2015
  • Discussion Leader, 2015 Invest in American Conference, March 2015 (Shanghai, China): EB-5: Chinese investor source of funds
  • Moderator, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Forum on EB-5 Program, February 2015 (Condado, Puerto Rico): EB-5: EB-5 as a tool for economic development
  • Speaker, PLI, 47th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute (New York, NY), December 2014: EB-5
  • Speaker, 2014 IIUSA EB-5 Market Exchange, EB-5 Law and Policy, October 22-24, 2014 (San Francisco): EB-5: Recent trends and policy updates
  • Discussion Leader, IIUSA Webinar ‘EB-5 Economics: Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) & Economic Methodologies’, (September 25, 2014)
  • Co-host and organizer, “Conversations with the EB-5 Committee,” AILA, Teleconference (September 17, 2014)
  • Co-organizer, Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA EB-5 Conference, August 2014 (Chicago, IL): EB-5: Hot topics and recent policy trends
  • Speaker, AILA Annual Conference, June 2014 (Boston, NY): EB-5
  • Speaker, IIUSA Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2014 (Washington, DC): EB-5
  • Speaker, U.S. Small Business Administration, Region VI Symposium, May 2014 (New Orleans): EB-5
  • Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, EB-5 Conference, February 2014 (Los Angeles): EB-5
  • Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA Annual Conference, June 2013 (San Francisco): EB-5
  • Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA Mexico City Chapter, May 2013 (Miami): EB-5
  • Speaker, IndustryWeek, Roundtable in the Rockies, March 2013 (Vail, Colo): EB-5 (invited)
  • Speaker, AILA South Florida Chapter, February 2013 (Miami): EB-5 (invited)
  • Speaker, IIUSA Annual Conference, October 2012 (Washington, DC): EB-5
  • Speaker, AILA Annual Conference, June 2012 (Nashville): EB-5
  • Speaker, Co-organizer, AILA EB-5 Investor Conference, April 2012 (The Bahamas)
  • Speaker, Co-organizer, AILA EB-5 Investor Conference, October 2011 (San Antonio)
  • Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA NYC Chapter CLE on EB-5, April 28, 2011
  • Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA EB-5 Investor Conference, March 2011 (Las Vegas)
  • Speaker, Co-organizer, AILA EB-5 Investor Conference, August 2010 (Boston)
  • Speaker, AILA Annual EB-5 Conference, June 2010 (Washington, DC)
  • Speaker, Co-organizer, AILA EB-5 Investor Conference, December 2009 (San Francisco)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop, (October-December, 2009)
  • Speaker, AILA Annual Conference, June 2009 (Las Vegas): EB-5 (invited)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop, (April, 2009)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop, (October 23, 2008)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop, entitled ‘Investors and Entrepreneurs’ (March 20, 2008)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop ‘Investor Visas Workshop’ (December 7, 2007)
  • Discussion Leader, Speaker, AILA Audio Seminar, (October 25, 2007)
  • Speaker, ILW.com workshop (March 30, 2007)

EB-5 Publications (partial)

  • Author, ‘New USCIS EB-5 Redemption Policy Update,’ (ilw.com, November 2018)
  • Author, ‘Summary and Analysis of Litigation to Expand EB-5 Visa Capacity,’ Regional Center Business Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (IIUSA, October 2018), appearing at https://iiusa.org/magazine/
  • Author, Author, ‘Izummi 20 Years Later: EB-5 Investments Unreasonably At Risk,’ Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs (4d ed. AILA 2019) (to be published)
  • Author, AILA EB-5 Committee comments to Prohibited Redemption Agreements (posted October 2018)
  • Author, AILA EB-5 Committee comments to Rescission of Tenant Occupancy (posted May 2018)
  • Author, ‘Straight Talk on Redeployment,’ EB5Investors Magazine (November 2017)
  • Author, ‘Comparison of the Leading EB-5 Reform Legislation Proposals: Cornyn Draft and Grassley Draft,’ National Law Review, (October 2017)
  • Author, ‘USCIS Site Visits,’ IIUSA Regional Center Journal (October 2017)
  • Author, ‘At Risk and Sustaining Investment,’ ilw.com (June 2017)
  • Author, ‘EB- Regional Center Program Reauthorization: 2015,’ Practising Law Institute (PLI), 48th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute (December 2015).
  • Author, Comparison of EB-5 House Bills (August 17, 2015) http://www.aila.org/infonet/comparison-chart-of-house-eb-5-bills)
  • Author, AILA EB-5 Committee comments to S. 1501 (posted July 16, 2015) (and subsequent legislative drafts).
  • Author, “Material Change: Managing the Inevitable duringEB-5 Visa Retrogression,” PLI, December 2014, reprinted in IIUSA, Vol. 2, Issue 4 (December 2014).
  • Author, ‘Update: The Meaning of ‘At Risk’ in EB-5 Investment’, Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs (3d ed. AILA 2014)
  • Author, ‘State Designations of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas,’ Regional Center Business Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 1 (IIUSA, March 2014), appearing at http://issuu.com/iiusa/docs/iiusa_rcbj_2014-q1-web-final.
  • Author, ‘Deference without Substance: Effect of Material Change Doctrine in EB-5 Deference Policy,’ http://agora.aila.org/Product/Detail/1180 (December 2012)
  • Author, ‘Material Change’ in EB-5 Petitions: A Need to Return to the Drawing Board,’ 15 Benders Immigr. Bull. 1505 (Nov. 1, 2010)
  • Author, ‘The Meaning of ‘At Risk’ in EB-5 Investment’, Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs (2d ed. AILA 2010)
  • Co-Author, ‘Relevance of U.S. Securities Laws to Immigrant Investors, EB-5 Regional Centers and Their Advisors,’ 14 Benders Immigr. Bull. 938 (Aug. 1, 2009)
  • Author, ‘Ethical and Practical Considerations in EB-5 Practice’ appearing at http://www.ilw.com/articles/2007,1120-lee.shtm and reprinted at 13 Benders Immigr. Bull. 321 (Mar. 15, 2008).
  • Co-author with S. Yale-Loehr on the comprehensive EB-5 article entitled ‘EB-5 Immigrant Investors’ published annually in the AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook.

Professional Accolades

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Corporate Immigration (2019) (inaugural issue)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Immigration Law (2012-2019)
  • Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration (2018)
  • Finance Monthly Global Awards 2017, Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year (USA)
  • An International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2008-2018)
  • 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business Award  (2016)
  • AILA Presidential Commendation (2015)
  • AILA Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award Recipient: 2008 recipient of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law

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