Our Philosophy & Mission is to Harness Our Legal Knowledge into a Viable Solution
At Scott Legal, P.C. we believe that our clients deserve a solutions focused approach that is based on knowledge of the law and experience. Our law firm was founded by Harvard Law School graduate and lawyer Ian E. Scott and the firm and our team of lawyers are committed to solving your legal problems and providing an exceptional customer service experience and work product. Our experience and integrity will serve you well. We offer legal services in Business Immigration, Investor Visas, New Business Entity Set-Up, Contract Review & Negotiation, Entrepreneurial/Investor Support, and other New Business Services.
Unlike many firms who immediately assign clients to paralegals, at Scott Legal, P.C. you will always deal with an attorney. We understand that you have come to a law firm because you want to hire a lawyer and you will get the same care and attention from us throughout your engagement. What sets us apart from other firms is our focus on finding solutions that will address both your short and long term needs and our superior customer service.
Our Staff is made up of only lawyers and collectively we speak English, French, Filipino, Spanish, Creole, Portuguese, Persian and Italian. We have the firm commitment to provide you with the highest level of customer service and we will always work diligently on your case. Our lawyers are admitted to practice law in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey and we can practice Immigration law across every State as Immigration is based on Federal Law. We can also associate with lawyers in other States to assist you with matters outside of these States.
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Mr. Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) and for over 10 years, he worked at Credit Suisse Investment Bank on finance and banking transactional matters, risk management and the implementation of the Sarbanes Oxley regulatory requirements. Ian E. Scott also worked at the Bank of Montreal where he wrote accounting opinions on complex business transactions and he was an external auditor for Financial Institutions at Ernst & Young.
As a lawyer and litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a top Wall Street law firm, Mr. Scott worked on various matters including filing briefs and motions with the Court for securities litigation as well as complex corporate bankruptcies. In addition, Mr. Scott filed personal bankruptcy petitions for clients and worked on various matters including debt issuance, adoptions, unemployment insurance appeals, immigration petitions and other matters. Mr. Scott has also worked on complex contract development, negotiation and review. Finally, Mr. Scott has a strong immigration background and has filed both non-immigrant and immigrant petitions for clients.
In 2010, Mr. Scott published Fair Value Accounting: Friend or Foe? in the William & Mary Business Law Review. Mr. Scott has also published articles in Forbes, Bloomberg Law, Above the Law, Lawyerist, New York State Bar Association, Barron’s, The Student Appeal Journal as well as other publications. He is also the author of the book, Law School Lowdown (Barron’s Publishing) and owner of Law School & Bar Exam Success Tips blog.
Mr. Scott has been a member of a number of professional organizations including; the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, The American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) & the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mr. Scott founded Scott Legal, P.C. on an E-2 visa and has held numerous non-immigrant visas while in the U.S.. (E-2, TN, H-1B, B-1 and F-1)
Mr. Scott is a member of the bars in New York and New Jersey. His native language is English and he is proficient in Spanish and has a rudimentary knowledge of French.
At her law school, Ms. Weiner was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar affiliated with the Center for International Law and the Justice Action Center and served as a staff editor for the Law Review. She was a Trustee’s Prize Finalist for Highest Average in her graduating class and received the Social Justice Activism Award, the Milton S. Gould Award for Proficiency in the Law of Contracts and the Murray Stockman Memorial Award for the Highest Average in the Law of Evidence.
Before joining Scott Legal, Ms. Weiner worked for New York Law School’s Center for International Law as an International Law Fellow, where she assisted in teaching and lecturing about international commercial arbitration and European Union competition law. Ms. Weiner also mentored students and prepared them for an international Moot Court arbitration competition in Austria and led a student research trip in Switzerland. She has also volunteered with the Safe Passage Project, working to represent undocumented children applying for asylum and special immigrant juvenile status.
As an intern at the New York Legal Aid Society, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Office of the New York State Attorney General, respectively, Ms. Weiner evaluated case files for the investigatory phase of litigation on improper fingerprinting of juveniles, researched racial disparities in specialized schools and presented findings in anticipation of a published report, and drafted legal memoranda on liability of third-party vendors for discrimination in hiring practices.
Last summer, Ms. Weiner was selected to speak at a conference in Italy sponsored by the University of Siena, the University of Naples and New York Law School’s Center for International Law, “Immigration and the Right to Nationality,” where she presented on gender and immigration in relation to the 1914 British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act.
Ms. Weiner is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Education and Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
During law school, Mr. Rivera worked as a research assistant for Professors Richard Chused and Gregory Boyd, conducting research and analysis in various fields of law. As an intern at Colon & Peguero, LLP, Mr. Rivera researched and drafted legal memoranda during the preliminary stages of litigation. Additionally, Mr. Rivera served on the executive committee of the Affiliated Lawyers of the Americas (“ALTA”), a non-profit trade association focused on promoting the growth and expansion of business opportunities and trade relations throughout the Americas and Caribbean.
Prior to joining Scott Legal, Mr. Rivera worked as an associate at a New York based boutique law firm handling a wide array of civil litigation cases. In this capacity Mr. Rivera focused his practice in commercial litigation, representing individuals, international and domestic corporations, LLCs and partnerships in a wide spectrum of complex business disputes. Mr. Rivera has prepared and argued motions before the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, the Appellate Divisions of the First and Second Departments, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Finally, Mr. Rivera has represented indigent tenants in nonpayment and holdover proceedings in New York Housing Courts in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Mr. Rivera is admitted to practice law in New York and the Southern District of New York and is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to law school, Ms. Kim worked as an immigration paralegal at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP for several years, working on a wide array of business immigration cases including H-1B, L-1, TN, PERM, and employment-based green cards.
During law school, Ms. Kim showed a continued interest in immigration law. She served as a Student Attorney in the Immigrant Justice Clinic, where she successfully obtained asylum for a client in immigration detention at the Arlington Immigration Court, and also filed a successful T visa for a victim of human trafficking with USCIS. In addition, Ms. Kim served as a Law Clerk at the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration.
Prior to joining Scott Legal, Ms. Kim worked at law firms in New Jersey and New York and obtained successful outcomes for corporate and individual clients across a number of temporary and permanent visa categories, including EB-1A for individuals with extraordinary abilities, national interest waivers (NIW), H-1B specialty occupation visas, L-1 intracompany transferee visas, and O-1 extraordinary ability visas in the fields of business, finance, graphic design, interior design, product design, fashion design, culinary arts, music, science, engineering, and medicine, among many others.
Ms. Kim is admitted to practice law in California and is fluent in Korean.
Mr. Derrick is the Chief Financial Officer at Scott Legal and is also responsible for the drafting of comprehensive business plans. Mr. Derrick also provides due diligence support to our corporate clients and other corporate activities.
Mr. Derrick speaks French.
For the past four years, Ms. Zhan worked as a Case Manager for a local EB-5 Regional Center. As Case Manager, Ms. Zhan was responsible for all matters of the EB-5 Investor petitions from the initial Form I-526 applications, to Form I-485 Adjustment of Status, DS-260, and the final Form I-829 Removal of Conditions. EB-5 visas require an investment of either $500,000 or $1,000,000 and the investment must create 10 full-time jobs. She also researched and documented complex investor source of funds issues related to the money that was transferred for investment. In her capacity as Case Manager, Ms. Zhan was also responsible for researching and writing business plans for the EB-5 projects. In the four years, she has submitted over 300 EB-5 applications for over 40 EB-5 projects. Ms. Zhan also has experience submitting asylum applications, attending asylum interviews, applying for work permits (I-765), travel documents (1-131), immigrant and non immigrant waivers, and assisting in the occasional criminal cases.
Ms. Zhan is bilingual, fluent in Mandarin and English. Ms. Zhan also has experience with translating legal and financial documents, and providing live translation services for legal consultations and asylum interviews. Ms. Zhan obtained an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto and graduated with honors from the University of Kent in England with a Master’s Degree in Law.