Over the past twenty years Mohammad (Mo) Ali Syed has developed a thriving immigration, litigation and international business practice. In Immigration Law, for individuals, his experience includes family-based immigration, sponsorship, fiancé visas, asylum, naturalization, and U.S. citizenship. He has obtained EB1 expedited green cards for aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, and athletics. For businesses, Mr. Syed has vast experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant visas including H-1B, PERM (employment-based green cards), E1/E2 treaty traders and investor visas, L1 intracompany transfer visas, O, P, foreign professionals, and multinational managers and EB5 investor green cards. Mr. Syed frequently lectures on conference panels on immigration law. He has written extensively and has also been interviewed by TV channels on immigration law matters.
Mr. Syed has experience with litigation cases nationwide focusing on tort and complex civil disputes. He has also worked for the Civil Litigation Branch of the District of Columbia Office of Attorney General (formerly D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel), as well as Rizvi, Isa, Afridi and Angell, a leading corporate law firm in Karachi, Pakistan.
A few recent successes in immigration law include:
- H1B visa approvals for employees of IT companies, medical professionals, accounting firms and others.
- Permanent Residence (PERM) applications for IT company employees and law firms.
- L1 intracompany transfer for large Argentinian wine producer.
- L1 intracompany transfer for U.S. based financial company for the CEO of its offshore affiliate in Pakistan.
- E2 visa for investor/owner and chef/employee of Korean restaurant in Georgetown.
- E2 visa for the investor/owner of a medical device related technology company.
- EB1, extra ordinary ability, green card for Indian Olympic swimmer.
- Permanent residence applications for spouses and other relatives of US citizens.
- Citizenship applications for green card holders.
- H-1B Visa FAQ Webinar, February 20, 2020
International Business and Trade
Mr. Syed provides advice on corporate formation, sale purchase agreements, business contracts, and confidentiality issues to businesses. He also advises non-profit entities in operational matters. His clients have included health care companies, technology and energy sector entities.
Mr. Syed has broad experience in both trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. He represents clients in business disputes, intellectual property, complex multi-district civil litigation, product liability, federal labor litigation brought by pension/health and welfare funds and labor unions as well as employment matters. He has investigated claims of false advertising, breach of warranty, regulatory violations and fraud. He has represented media companies in litigation and arbitration of disputes under collective bargaining agreements.
Antitrust and Trade Regulation / Government Investigations
Mr. Syed has experience representing corporations in matters before the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), such as civil investigative demands and second requests under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR). His assignments often cover complex electronic discovery matters. His federal antitrust litigation experience includes the defense of a major newspaper company in claims brought by the DOJ and representation of the leading newspaper trade association as amicus in a federal court challenge to a DOJ merger approval under the Tunney Act.
Education & Admissions
- Speaker, “Visas and Working in the United States,”Aurora Hills Branch Library, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, Virginia (October 1, 2019).
- Speaker,“Expand Your Business Globally,” hosted by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, International Business Realtor Forum, Fairfax, Virginia (October 3, 2019)
- Moderator and Program Chair, “Startups: A Comparative Immigration Law Perspective from Australia, UK, US, and Singapore,” American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Immigration and Naturalization Committee, Panel Discussion and Teleconference. (July 16, 2019)
- Speaker, “What Lawyers Need to Know About Business Immigration in the Trump Era,” D.C. Bar, CLE Program, Panel and Webinar, Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2019)
- Speaker, “Overview and Current Developments of Regulations and Policies Impacting Family Separation at the U.S. Border,” American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2019)
- Speaker and Program Chair, “How Foreign Law Firms Can Establish Offices in the U.S.: Immigration, Business and Ethics Considerations,” American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Immigration and Naturalization Committee, Panel Discussion and Teleconference, Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2019)
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