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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Meet Your New Best Friends, Our Gurus!

Ian E. Scott, Esq., M.B.A., C.P.A.
Ian E. Scott, Esq., M.B.A., C.P.A.Executive Managing Attorney
Ian E. Scott is the founder and president of Scott Legal, P.C.. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School where he was a Primary Editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He received both an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the University of Toronto where he was an Ontario Graduate Scholar.

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.

Kelly R. LeGrand Weiner, Esq.
Kelly R. LeGrand Weiner, Esq.Managing Attorney
Ms. Weiner graduated summa cum laude (top 3 out of 389 students) from New York Law School and obtained her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from New York University (N.Y.U.). She was on the Dean’s list repeatedly throughout her undergraduate and law school tenure and regularly received top graduate honors. Ms. Weiner recently completed (with honors) an intensive Harvard Business School program that focused on finance and business strategy.

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.

Jose Rivera, Esq.
Jose Rivera, Esq.Associate
Mr. Rivera earned his juris doctorate from New York Law School and his undergraduate degree in History from the New School. Mr. Rivera was on the Dean’s List repeatedly during his undergraduate tenure.

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.

Nathaniel P. Howard, Esq.
Nathaniel P. Howard, Esq.Associate
Mr. Howard has a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School (2010) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College.

During law school, Mr. Howard was a public interest fellow and showed a demonstrated interest in immigration law and human rights. After working with Human Rights First during his first and second years of law school, he became familiar with a number areas of immigration law, and he went on to take a position with the Catholic Charities Immigration Services providing immigration assistance to low-income clients.

Immediately prior to joining Scott Legal, P.C., Mr. Howard worked as a lawyer at a mid-sized immigration firm in New York where he offered his clients both business immigration expertise and corporate and business law services. As an associate attorney, he spent the last several years focusing primarily on business immigration matters with a focus on filing E-2 Visa and L-1 Visa petitions. In this capacity, he worked very closely with business owners and entrepreneurs to assist them to achieve their goal of either starting a business in the U.S., purchasing a business or opening a branch office in the U.S.. Mr. Howard’s business immigration experience is vast and spans across multiple countries and continents. Nathaniel also has extensive experience in a number of other immigration fields where he has assisted clients with VAWA petitions, asylum work, deportation/removal cases, waivers and EB-5 Investor Visa petitions.

Mr. Howard’s legal experience also extends beyond immigration. As an lawyer and associate attorney, he regularly set up business entities, drafted corporate articles, negotiated shareholder agreements, drafted escrow agreements and provisions, reviewed vendor contracts, drafted complex operating agreements, formulated comprehensive business plans and executed purchase sale agreements. Mr. Howard has also worked as a lawyer performing corporate legal services related to various types of business actions including; contract drafting and review, anti-monopoly actions, internal investigations and SEC actions.

Nathaniel Howard is Admitted to the New York State Bar and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the New York State Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Darren R. Derrick, CFA
Darren R. Derrick, CFAFinance Director & CFO
Mr. Derrick earned his Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University and held multiple financial roles at the Royal Bank of Canada for over 10 years. As a Corporate banker, Mr. Derrick was responsible for assessing business plans and financial projections for clients who wanted to arrange financing with the bank. Mr. Derrick is a CFA® charterholder.

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.

Jenny Zhan
Jenny ZhanLegal Research Analyst
Jenny Zhan is a legal research analyst at Scott Legal, P.C.

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.