Dawn M. Lurie

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Immigration
University Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolAmerican University's Washington College of Law, J.D., 1990
Admitted1990, New Jersey; 1998, District of Columbia; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Dawn M. Lurie is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment practice group and leader of the firm's Business Immigration and Compliance practice, based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

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Ms. Lurie has over 20 years of experience advising on U.S. and global immigration and is ranked as a leading business immigration lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, and other publications. Ms. Lurie regularly speaks and writes about immigration compliance matters and is often quoted by major news agencies and publications, including the Washington Post and the Associated Press.

Ms. Lurie advises domestic corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 alien employment verification matters. She has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Dawn performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation. Ms. Lurie has represented a number of businesses in high profile, high stakes government investigations involving both criminal and civil liability. Ms. Lurie is considered a leading authority on monitoring and compliance issues concerning the government's E-Verify program and also has experience in Office of Special Counsel immigration-related matters. She is also often brought in by other immigration attorneys, to co-counsel, in matters relating to government investigations. Ms. Lurie publishes and frequently lectures on Form I-9 issues including penalties for failure to act in accordance with government regulations, anti-discrimination laws and employers' responsibilities upon receiving social security "no-match" letters.

Since the early 1990s, Ms. Lurie has been advising high-net-worth individuals on the EB-5 Entrepreneur Investment visa program. Over the years, her practice has expanded to include regional center representation and compliance work. Ms. Lurie 's interest in the EB-5 world is on regional center and project compliance, which has been generally overlooked during the recent surge of growth in the program. Providing creative strategies to private equity funds and developers across industries interested in establishing EB-5 compatible projects and EB-5 Regional Centers, Ms. Lurie routinely explores this alternative to conventional financing.

Focusing on issues that are unique to her clients with a global work force, Ms. Lurie assists companies establish compliance and management programs to move their executives and professional employees to various locations around the world. Ms. Lurie is knowledgeable in global HR disciplines and transactions, including visas, work permits and compliance and how immigration transactions interface with tax, employment, compensation and benefits, corporate formation, data privacy, export controls, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Ms. Lurie advises multinational companies in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, IT, defense, food processing, retail and service industries, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and multimedia. Her daily practice consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students.


· Listed, Immigration Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2014

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2013

· Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009-2012


· Member, The Association to Invest In USA (IIUSA)

· Member, New Jersey and Washington D.C. Bar Associations

· Member, International Bar Association

· Member, Society of Human Resource Professionals

· Member, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

· Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- National Verification and Document Liaison (Compliance) Committee (2008-2010)
- USCIS Washington, D.C. office, Bar Liaison (2003-2007)
- ICE Washington SAC Bar Liaison (2007-2009)
- Regional Coordinator, EWIC Coalition, (1999-2003)
- Chair, Washington D.C. Chapter (2000-2002)
- Member, Board of Governors (2000-2002)
- Vice-Chair, Washington D.C. Chapter (1999-2000)
- Member, Naturalization Committee (1998-2000)
- Liaison, INS-Vermont Service Center (1999-2000)
- Secretary, Washington D.C. Chapter (1998-1999)

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, Federal Bar Association

· Co-Chair, Dulles Chamber of Commerce Workforce Committee (2007-2008)


· Quoted in, "Let's Clarify E-Verify," Workforce, August 2, 2013

· "10 Ways Contractors Can Foster E-Verify Compliance," Law360, May 31, 2013

· Featured in "Q&A: Sheppard Mullin's Dawn Lurie on EB-5 investor visas," Thomas Reuters, April 29, 2013

· Quoted in "What is your EB-5 Wish list for 2013?" EB5Info.com Newsletter, January 2013

· "Sheppard Mullin Adds 2 Greenberg Traurig Immigration Pros," Law360, September 14, 2012

EB-5 Opportunities Law Blog Articles

· "FINRA Raises the Bar on Due Diligence by Broker Dealers Involved in EB-5," September 19, 2013

· "Perspectives on New EB-5 Policy Memo: Promise and Possibility," May 30, 2013

· "Inside Look at EB-5 and Electronic Filing with ELIS," May 28, 2013

· "Senator Leahy's EB-5 Amendment Added to Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill," May 20, 2013

· "SEC to Return Escrowed EB-5 Investment Funds to Immigrant Investors of Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago," April 23, 2013

· "USCIS EB-5 Engagement with Securities and Exchange Commission," April 3, 2012

· "SEC Freezes Assets and Brings Civil Charges against EB-5 Investor Visa Project," February 26, 2013

Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Articles

· "Federal Contractors: The FAR E-Verify Clause Revisited - Critical Steps a Contractor Can Take To Foster E-Verify Compliance," May 30, 2013

Labor & Employment Law Blog Articles

· "Historic Immigration Bill Passes Senate but House May Have Its Own Agenda," July 3, 2013

· "This is the USCIS calling, we understand you received an E-Verify TNC," June 28, 2013

· "Georgia & North Carolina Employers must begin using E-Verify July 1, 2013 - are you ready?" June 19, 2013

· "I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Form I-9 More Complicated," June 19, 2013

· "Filling out the Form I-9 for TPS beneficiaries: Work Permits extended for El Salvadorians," June 7, 2013

· "Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Cap is Reached: Over 124,000 Petitions in Five Days," April 10, 2013

· "America's Most Complicated Form Is Updated," March 11, 2013

· "Spring Cleaning and the H-1B Visa Cap," February 14, 2013

· "Inside Immigration Reform," February 5, 2013

· "Ice Worksite Fines, no thaw in sight for 2013!" February 5, 2013

· "E-Verify on the fritz likely due to Florida going live on the RIDE Program," December 11, 2012



· Current Trends in the Global Workplace: Best Practices on Entering and Exiting Countries, October 22, 2013, Fall 2013 Seminar Series - Los Angeles

· Current Trends in the Global Workplace: Best Practices on Entering and Exiting Countries, October 8, 2013, Fall 2013 Seminar Series - Orange County

· Current Trends in the Global Workplace: Best Practices on Entering and Exiting Countries, September 24, 2013, Fall 2013 Seminar Series - San Francisco

· Current Trends in the Global Workplace: Best Practices on Entering and Exiting Countries, September 17, 2013, Fall 2013 Seminar Series - San Diego

· EB-5 Conference, July 15, 2013, Southern California

· 3rd Annual IIUSA EB-5 International Investment & Economic Development Forum, June 19, 2013, Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA)

· Nonprofits and Form I-9 Compliance - DC Bar Pro Bono Program, June 17, 2013, A Webinar to Help Your Nonprofit Understand the Form I-9 and Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements

· Employing a Global Workforce: What Keeps You Up at Night?, June 10, 2013, Presented by Sheppard Mullin's International Mobility and Immigration Compliance groups

· The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and Developers, May 10, 2013, Exclusive Sheppard Mullin Discount!

· America's Most Complicated One Page Form is Now Two Pages, March 14, 2013, Form I-9 Announcement

· 2012 IMAGE Washington D.C. Full Day Training & Forum, September 20, 2012, Fostering Compliance Through Education and Partnership

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Dawn M. Lurie

Eleventh Floor East, 1300 I Street, NW
WashingtonDC 20005-3314


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