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Carolyn S. Lee

Carolyn S. Lee

Miller Mayer LLP

Ithaca, NY, USA


Carolyn S. Lee is a Partner in Miller Mayer’s Immigration practice group.

Ms. Lee is the Managing Partner of Miller Mayer’s EB-5 Group.  Her practice focuses on EB-5 regional centers, developers, funds, and investors.  She has been practicing immigration law at Miller Mayer for 14 years, developing her EB-5 practice for the past 10 years.  Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Ms. Lee practiced corporate law in New York City.

Ms. Lee is currently the Co-Chair of American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) EB-5 Committee, and has previously served as Chair.  She also serves on the Public Policy Committee of Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the leading EB-5 trade association.  Ms. Lee has been actively advising the industry on current EB-5 legislation, identifying priorities and drafting comments [HYPERLINK TO S. 1501 COMMENTS].  Under her leadership, the EB-5 Committee has advanced important improvements to the EB-5 program reflected in the final USCIS EB-5 Policy Memorandum.  Ms. Lee is a prominent national and international speaker and on EB-5 matters and is considered a preeminent authority on EB-5 law.

Ms. Lee is the author of leading EB-5 publications, including Material Change: Managing the Inevitable During EB-5 Visa Retrogression (PLI, December 2014), State Designations of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas (IIUSA, March 2014), Effect of Material Change Doctrine in EB-5 Deference Policy (AILA 2012), “Material Change” in EB-5 Petitions: A Need to Return to the Drawing Board (AILA 2010), and The Meaning of “At Risk” in EB-5 Investment (AILA 2009).  She is also a co-author of EB-5 publications, including Relevance of U.S. Securities Laws to Immigrant InvestorsEB-5 Regional Centers and Their Advisors (2009) and the comprehensive EB-5 update article for the AILA annual conference handbook.  She frequently authors EB-5 articles published by IIUSA, AILA, and Bender's Immigration Bulletin.

Ms. Lee is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Immigration Law.  She is also a recipient of AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award and Presidential Commendation.

Ms. Lee is a member of the New York State bar.  She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board, and her B.A cum laude from Williams College.  She has been a visiting scholar at Exeter College, Oxford University and is also a graduate of Stuyvesant High School (New York).
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