Mehreen Shah, LLB (Hons) or Mona Shah as she is more commonly known.
Born in the UK, Mona graduated from the University of Northumbria in England in 1990. Mona was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and was admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997.
While in England, Mona trained with various firms before her appointment as a Crown Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, Here she became proficient in advocacy, handling several complex cases. After moving to New York, she established her own law firm in New York City in 1997. The firm handles legal matters for clients worldwide.
Mona has over 23 years of legal experience, with more than 19 years concentrated in U.S. immigration and litigation.
Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in EB-5 law, Mona has many accolades and awards: she was voted Top 25 EB-5 attorneys by EB-5 Investors Magazine three years in a row; recognized as a Top Lawyer by Who’s Who, International and as a ‘Top Attorney of North America’.
Mona is a member of the Leadership and Public Policy Committees for IIUSA. Mona is also an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Baruch College, City of New York University, where she teaches EB-5 law.
Mona has authored numerous articles and blog pieces in EB-5. Mona is the author of a published book for investors on the EB-5 laws and procedures (EB5 for the Chinese Investor, available on Amazon). She has written and spoken extensively, both in the US and overseas, including China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Bahrain, Russia, Brazil, UK and others. Mona has been interviewed by mainstream television, including Al Jazeera and Fox Business news and has been quoted by major newspapers and publications including the New York Times, the Real Deal and many others. Mona has been featured on the cover of foreign magazines, including Biz-Life and EB-5 Supermarket. Mona is the Editor of the BLS publication: Trade & Investment, the EB-5 Gateway. Mona currently hosts a podcast series on EB-5. She has been honored for her work by various groups and non-for profit organizations.
Mona’s extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law and her practical expertise ranges from specialist business petitions to complicated, multi-issue deportation and removal litigation. Her firm, Mona Shah and Associates, represents individual, high profile and corporate clients from all over the world. Mona and Mona Shah & Associates have raised millions of dollars for projects in the US.
Mona’s substantial litigation background includes her representation of clients in both state and federal courts on the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated in over 9 states and the District of Columbia, and handled complex immigration law appeals before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh circuits. Mona has wide-ranging litigation experience, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as well as trial-court experience on both the trial and appellate levels, in both State and Federal courts. Mona is also proficient in UK Immigration law.
Mona has hands-on experience setting up, working with and establishing EB-5 projects, both direct pooled investments and Regional Centers, nationwide. In addition she has an impressive track record of many years handling complex immigration matters, including private non-regional center investor cases. In addition, she has dealt with complex, multifaceted RFE’s for both the Regional Centers as well as for the Investor.Mona was also one of the 4 original founders of New York City Regional Center and the only Immigration Attorney on the team. Mona also founded the New York Immigration Fund, RC. Today, Mona Shah & Associates formulates structures and handles EB-5 project work for multiple projects, both direct and regional centers;trouble shoots problematic cases for attorneys and regional centers, as well as handling multiple EB-5 Investor petitions.
Mona is a member of legal organizations in both the United States and England (UK). She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Federal Bar Association; the New York County Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association; and the International Bar Association.