Jason Susser

Jason Susser is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser PC, where his practice focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law. Mr. Susser represents businesses and individuals in several areas of immigration law including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, and humanitarian cases. Mr. Susser works extensively with foreign investors and entrepreneurs, as well as members of the foreign media. More specifically, Mr. Susser assists a variety of clients with the following immigration matters:

  • E-2 visas for treaty investor and E-1 treaty traders
  • EB-5 investor visas
  • H-1B visas for specialty occupation professionals
  • L-1 visas for intra-company transfers
  • O-1 visas for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability
  • H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers
  • TN visas for NAFTA professionals
  • I visas for representatives of the foreign media
  • EB-1 petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability
  • National interest waiver petitions
  • PERM Labor Certifications
  • Family based immigration
  • Humanitarian cases

Mr. Susser graduated from the University of Memphis with a focus on Accounting and Religious Studies. While in college, he spent two years working as a full-time paralegal at Siskind Susser’s Memphis office where he assisted attorneys in filing Labor Certifications, H-1B visas for specialty occupation professionals, H-2B visas for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, L-1 visas for intra-company transfers, and EB-5 Investor Visas.

Mr. Susser went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. During law school, he worked at the firm on a part-time basis focusing on EB-1 petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, EB-2 national interest waiver petitions, and O-1 visas for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability. While in law school, he also assisted in pro bono cases involving U-visas for victims of crimes and humanitarian cases.

Mr. Susser is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), American Bar Association, and the Memphis Bar Association. He is licensed and admitted to practice law in Tennessee. Mr. Susser can be reached by e-mail at JSUSSER@VISALAW.COM

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Siskind Susser PC is one of the largest immigration law firms in North America, and its attorneys have experience handling all aspects of American immigration and nationality law. Because U.S. immigration laws are federal in nature (i.e. no state or provincial law is involved), the attorneys at Siskind Susser are capable of providing legal services to clients in the United States and abroad, having clients in every U.S. state as well as countries all over the world. The firm’s clients include several of the largest hospital systems in the U.S., the world’s largest paper manufacturer, one of the world’s best-known entertainment companies, and one of the largest international nurse staffing companies in the United States.

Siskind Susser lawyers provide consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handle cases before the government. Siskind Susser also assists clients with immigration matters outside the United States. The firm is a co-founder of Visalaw International – the Global Immigration Law Alliance and works with many of the world’s top immigration specialists assisting companies and individuals relocate and do business anywhere in the world.

Siskind Susser is a law firm committed to providing quality and efficient service, striving to constantly monitor developments in immigration law and use state-of-the-art technology for research, client communications, and case management. The firm also doesn’t passively react to changes in the law which affect our clients. The firm has played a leading role lobbying for numerous immigration-related bills over the last several years, drafting key sections of immigration laws, and assisting state and federal agencies in designing immigration-related regulations and guidelines. Widely recognized as one of the top immigration law firms in the United States, Siskind Susser is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and is included in U.S. World and News Report and Best Lawyers 2018 Best Law Firms rankings.

Michael J. Fritz

Michael Fritz practices in the area of business, finance and real estate.

Michael’s business and corporate practice consists of representing private equity funds, venture capital funds, and other business entities in connection with a variety of commercial transactions, including, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, distressed investments and private placements.  Michael also represents clients in the capacity as “outside general counsel”, advising on matters such as business formation, corporate governance, business operations, commercial contracting and other general corporate matters.  His clients are in a broad range of industries including real estate, healthcare, technology, financial services and manufacturing.

In his finance practice, Michael represents borrowers, commercial banks, mezzanine lenders, and other lending institutions in connection with structuring, negotiating, and closing complex commercial, asset-based, and acquisition financing transactions.  He also has experience representing senior and junior lenders in connection with drafting and negotiating intercreditor and subordination arrangements.

Michael’s real estate practice focuses on transactional commercial real estate matters, including the purchase, development and disposition of real estate assets, mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity investments, and the formation of joint ventures. Michael also has significant experience representing borrowers and lenders in connection with working out and restructuring distressed real estate loans and investments.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer RISING STAR®: Business/Corporate, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut

Hartford Office
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103-1919

+1 (860) 251-5000
+1 (860) 251-5099 fax

FIRM DESCRIPTION

Shipman & Goodwin’s value lies in our commitment — to our clients, to the law and to the community.

We have one goal: to help our clients achieve their goals. How we accomplish it is simple: we devote our considerable experience and depth of knowledge to understand each client’s unique needs, business and industry, and then we develop solutions to meet those needs.

For more than 90 years, clients have turned to us when they need a trusted advisor. With our invaluable awareness of each client’s challenges, we can counsel them at every step — to keep their operations running smoothly, help them navigate complex business transactions, position them for future growth, or resolve business disputes. We handle the most sophisticated assignments while being responsive and attentive to each client.  The success of our clients is of primary importance to us and our attorneys are skilled in the practice areas and industry sectors critical to that success.

With more than 175 attorneys in offices throughout Connecticut, New York and in Washington, DC, we serve the needs of local, regional, national and international clients. Our clients include public and private companies, institutions, government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Michael K. De Chiara

Known for strategic thinking and successful representation of numerous clients in some of the most high profile construction cases of the last 20 years, Michael K. De Chiara is one of the pre-eminent construction lawyers in the country. Mr. De Chiara regularly represents clients in domestic and international construction disputes where the hard dollar amounts in controversy exceed $100 million.

For example, he defended the engineer in the collapse of a major casino, and the resultant claims of over $300 million. He prevailed on behalf of another (engineer) in a suit brought by a large California hospital where the claim exceeded $150 million. Mr. De Chiara is the only construction attorney in private practice who has represented the Federal General Services Administration, defending it against a claim in excess of $100 million in connection with a major Federal office building. Mr. De Chiara has also represented the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in several major litigations. Mr. De Chiara is currently involved in the most high profile construction dispute in the United States involving a large condominium in San Francisco. Mr. De Chiara is also highly regarded in the area of construction contract negotiation and drafting. For example, he represented the United Nations in developing their model design build agreement to be used throughout the world. He has drafted owner-contractor agreements for construction budgets up to $850 million on behalf of New York City’s most prominent real estate owners.

Recently, Mr. De Chiara was retained to negotiate the largest private Project Labor Agreement for a single building in the history of the United States. He has been involved in Public Private Partnership ventures and has negotiated and drafted contracts for Integrated Project Delivery projects. Mr. De Chiara was involved in negotiating and drafting the engineering contracts for the rebuild of the World Trade Center buildings in New York, representing clients dealing with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Silverstein Properties. He negotiated the architectural contract for the World Trade Center Memorial, the engineering and architectural contracts for the Hudson Yards Development, the largest private building development in the history of the United States, and architectural and engineering contracts for virtually every other building type in the country. Mr. De Chiara is active in many organizations and serves on the Boards of Directors of The New York Landmarks Conservancy and The New York Building Foundation.

In addition, Mr. De Chiara serves as the General Counsel for the American Institute of Architects, New York State and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. On a pro-bono basis, he litigated to protect and preserve the famous Picasso work Le Tricorne, which was located in the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building in New York City. Mr. De Chiara is a recipient of the AIA New York State President’s Citation for Outstanding Service, and the March of Dimes’ Thomas E. Diana Spirit of Volunteerism Award in recognition of his dedication to the community.

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP:

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP is a leading national construction law firm committed to providing sophisticated and innovative legal and business advisory services related to real estate, design, and construction for a wide spectrum of industries.

Our attorneys include individuals with in-house construction counsel experience, architecture and engineering degrees, and LEED accreditation. The firm provides counsel throughout the planning, design and construction process, from drafting and negotiating contracts to outlining risk management strategies. We have extensive experience representing clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and also advise on business formation, licensing and corporate issues.

Zetlin & De Chiara has extensive experience in both traditional and emerging contracting methodologies for Owners and Developers, Architects, Engineers and other Design Professionals, Construction Managers and Contractors, Insurance Carriers and Financial Institutions.

Jeffrey A. Rinde

Jeffrey A. Rinde is the Managing Partner in the New York City office. Mr. Rinde primerly specializes in the areas of corporate, securities and other regulatory aspects of global business ventures across a diverse array of industries between companies in the U.S. and Europe with Asia, Central and South America, Russia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

With over twenty-five years of global legal, corporate and investment banking experience, Mr. Rinde represents both U.S. and foreign corporations across a wide range of industries. His broad experience includes public and private equity and debt security financings, blockchain technology & digital currency, international mergers and acquisitions, angel, venture capital and private equity financings, project finance, banking and financial instruments, secured debt transactions, going private transactions, foreign direct investment and corporate law and governance. Mr. Rinde regularly assists his clients with overcoming challenging government and regulatory issues confronting them in global emerging markets, including developing and implementing strategies to maximize opportunities, minimize risks, and accomplish their strategic goals.

Mr. Rinde has particular and distinctive skill in representing Chinese and other Asian-based companies in complex transactions to help expand their overseas business, access capital and list overseas, including the United States, Hong Kong and London, and representing foreign companies in all facets of business activities in mainland China.

Prior to establishing CKR, Mr. Rinde was Chief Representative of Blank Rome’s Shanghai office whose primary responsibility was overseeing the firm’s Asia-based client matters. Earlier in his career, he was the head of the corporate department of Hodgson Russ’ New York office and established the firm’s Asian practice.

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About CKR Law: 

CKR is a full-service global firm of experienced lawyers with diverse international practices. We have locations throughout the world, including North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. The firm has particular and distinctive strengths, both domestically and globally, in the areas of corporate, finance, capital markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, government advocacy, litigation and international arbitration, and intellectual property.

 

William Phillips

William Phillips is the Managing Partner of Phillips & Associates. Mr. Phillips has strong roots in New York. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the College of Staten Island, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and anthropology. He studied entertainment law and landlord-tenant law at New York Law School and graduated from St. Thomas School of Law in Miami in 1993.

Before focusing on employment law, Mr. Phillips gained experience in business and other areas, giving him a valuable frame of reference from which to analyze the industries in which his clients and their employers work.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • New York Chapter of NELA

Marianna B. Ofosu

Marianna B. Ofosu joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Corporate Department as an associate in 2013. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and securities laws matters and has co-authored the firm’s Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Guide. Marianna received a B.A. summa cum laude from Howard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to receive a M. Phil from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. During law school, Marianna was the co-president of the Yale Law & Business Society and a senior editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. After law school, Marianna clerked on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker.

Prior to law school, Marianna advised international investors and African presidencies and ministries of finance on investment and economic policy issues as a managing director at GoodWorks International and the chief of staff and senior policy analyst of the African Center for Economic Transformation.

Marianna currently serves on the boards of the Yale Law and Business Alumni Association and Comp-Sci High, and on an advisory board of the Rhodes Trust. Previously, she served as a trustee of the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation.

Marianna provides counsel on a pro bono basis to several non-profit organizations focused on economic empowerment, reproductive health and international development.

Firm Overview:

Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders – a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients’ most important problems.

We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. We counsel both public and private acquirers and targets. We also handle sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and counsel boards of directors and senior management in critical situations. We have a track record of original and ground-breaking solutions and innovations that have had a dramatic impact on business and law. We are thought leaders.

Our distinctive structure defines our approach. We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms. We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners. We limit the number and type of matters we undertake. Our system of lock-step compensation promotes a careful selection of matters as well as the flexibility to bring the right expertise to bear without regard to factors extrinsic to providing the best service and advice. We work together on a task-force basis on all of our matters, bringing to bear the requisite mix of people and expertise across practice areas. Our structure and approach attract talented and entrepreneurial lawyers, who enable us to achieve excellent results for our clients in complex and critical matters.

Debra R. Anisman

Debra R. Anisman counsels on estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxation, estate planning, and administration of trusts and estates, and the creation, administration and taxation of charitable organizations.

Memberships:

  • Board of Trustees of Temple Shaaray Tefila
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele. Over time, we have become known for two things: doing great work in the financial services sector — and many related industries — and doing things a little differently than many of our peers.

For one, our philosophy is distinct, and our specialties more finely honed. Instead of trying to be everything to everybody, we’ve grown organically and in ways that make sense for our clients’ industry demands and evolving needs. Today, we regularly advise clients on investment management, corporate, and transactional matters. We also provide counsel on securities regulatory compliance, enforcement, and investigative issues, as well as targeted specialty areas that we have developed over time.

Allison Altersohn

Allison Altersohn focuses on complex patent litigation across technologies ranging from networking and telecommunications to computer systems, electronic devices and digital imaging. As a partner in our Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation practice, Allison represents clients in a broad range of technology and patent litigation.

Allison is experienced in all stages of litigation, and frequently takes a lead role in coordinating joint defenses in multi-defendant cases. With an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, she brings an understanding of engineering and technology to the issues faced by her clients.

For technology companies such as Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Avon, Comcast and Google, Allison advises on evaluating large patent portfolios, developing strategies for patent licensing negotiations, and establishing IP policies as standard business procedures.

Allison is the author of two study guides on copyright and trademark law, titled Easy Review for Copyright Law and Easy Review for Trademark Law.

Firm Overview:

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices globally, we deliver tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

Bernadette M. Walli

Bernadette M. Walli graduated from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. While in law school, Ms. Walli volunteered for the Battered Women’s Immigrant Project and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, National Security and Cybercrime Division.

Firm Overview:

Jenner & Block is defined by the exceptional results we produce, the values we share, the clients we serve and most importantly, our lawyers. Jenner & Block lawyers consistently deliver excellence in the most complex and demanding legal matters, both litigation and transactions. They do not consider the practice of law a job, but rather a calling to serve clients, the profession and the community. No matter what legal challenge is presented, our powerful combination of experience, professionalism and teamwork helps clients achieve their goals.

Founded in 1914, Jenner & Block is a law firm of international reach with more than 500 lawyers. Our firm has been widely recognized for producing outstanding results in corporate transactions and securing significant litigation victories from the trial level through the United States Supreme Court. Companies and individuals around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most sensitive and consequential matters. Our clients range from the top ranks of the Fortune 500, large privately held corporations and financial services institutions to emerging companies, family-run businesses and individuals.

We have earned our reputation as a litigation powerhouse. The 400 lawyers in our nationally recognized litigation department have won impressive victories in complex and challenging cases in a broad range of substantive areas of law and across a wide variety of industries, before federal, state and administrative courts and in arbitrations. We have achieved landmark rulings on behalf of clients in matters before the United States Supreme Court — our appellate advocates have presented 21 oral arguments to the Court in the last 10 terms, and we also have an extensive amicus practice.

Lawyers in our transactional practices represent international and domestic clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and dispositions of businesses. We also regularly advise clients regarding public and private securities offerings and financings and in areas such as real estate, tax, environmental, insurance, commercial law, technology, intellectual property, bankruptcy and reorganization, labor and employment, executive compensation, government contracts, health care and associations.

A commitment to public service is part of the DNA of our firm. We are known for our long tradition of pro bono advocacy, as well as service to the bar and to our communities. The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Jenner & Block as the Number One pro bono firm in the United States nine times, most recently in 2018. Other accolades have come from The National Law Journal, which named the firm to its 2015 “Pro Bono Hot List,” and Law360, which has recognized the firm as a top “Pro Bono Firm” for five consecutive years since 2010.

Many organizations have recognized us for the pro bono work we do. The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association honored a firm team with the 2015 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service. The firm has received the prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association, the Pro Bono Institute’s John H. Pickering Award, the Public Interest Law Initiative’s Pro Bono Initiative Award, the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award and numerous others. In addition, many lawyers in the firm have received individual awards for the pro bono work they have done.

The firm’s overall achievement is well noted. The American Lawyer most recently named Jenner & Block to its A-List in 2018, recognizing it as among the top 20 law firms in the United States judged best at balancing the practice of law with their obligations to the profession. The honor reflects our commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations, investing in our people, increasing diversity in the legal profession and helping those with the greatest need for legal representation through pro bono service.

Jenner & Block lawyers rise above the rest both in terms of their qualifications and their approach to practicing law. Several Jenner & Block lawyers currently serve as federal judges, building on a remarkable history of judicial service by member of the firm. One former partner served as the United States solicitor general.

We recruit our lawyers from top-tier law schools and prominent clerkships, and foster their growth and development with training, mentoring and casework. We foster creativity in the practice of law, while also holding our lawyers to a rigorous set of performance standards. Our culture combines entrepreneurism with an atmosphere of collegiality and teamwork.

The Jenner & Block Difference:

We have members of the bars of every United States Court of Appeals and members of the state bars throughout the country.

Among our trial lawyers are 12 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 12 former US Supreme Court clerks, 87 former US courts of appeals clerks, numerous state appellate court clerks, two former US attorneys, a former acting solicitor general of the United States, the former associate attorney general of the United States, and numerous former assistant US attorneys.

Our lawyers are actively involved in writing, speaking and representing clients on issues at the leading edge of the world’s business community and the practice of law.

Emily A. Beer

Emily Beer is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

In 2014, Ms. Beer worked as a summer associate with Foley in the New York office. While in law school she served in a law clinic at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and was a law clerk at the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to law school, Ms. Beer worked as a research and development associate for a medical device start-up conducting patent research and drafting grant applications for developing technology.

Education:

Ms. Beer earned her law degree from Cornell Law (J.D., cum laude, 2014) where she was general editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in science, technology, and society from Vassar College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2012) where she wrote her thesis on “Cryonics: Definitions of Death and Ethical, Legal, and Moral Implications.”

Admissions:

Ms. Beer is admitted to practice in New York, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Firm Overview:

Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and their industries. With over 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices across the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, Foley approaches client service by first understanding our clients’ priorities, objectives, and challenges. We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to their businesses.

On April 1, 2018, Foley combined with Gardere, Wynne & Sewell LLP. Foley & Lardner LLP operates as “Foley Gardere” in Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Houston, and as “Foley Gardere Arena” in Mexico City through its subsidiary, Gardere, Arena y Asociados, S.C.