Carolyn Lee is the Founder of Carolyn Lee PLLC. Carolyn has represented regional centers, developers, funds, and investors for over a decade, helping U.S. project clients raise $2.5 billion in EB-5 capital. She holds leadership positions in the EB-5 bar and industry and is considered a preeminent authority on EB-5 law.
Carolyn has served four terms as Chair of American Immigration Lawyers (AILA) national EB-5 Committee and she has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, or Co-Chair for 6 years. In these capacities, Carolyn has authored key EB-5 legislative commentary since 2012 advocating for workable reform. Her current advocacy focuses on long-term EB-5 program reauthorization and expansion.
Carolyn is Legislative Counsel to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the premier EB-5 trade association founded in 2005 to represent the interests of stakeholders participating in the regional center
Carolyn authors leading publications and is regularly quoted in the media on EB-5 visa matters. Most recently, she was interviewed by NPR Marketplace, and the China Daily on the new EB-5 regulations. Her scholarship covers a wide array of EB-5 issues, with special focus on investment “at risk” analysis including redeployment, material change, and targeted employment areas (TEAs).
Professional recognition includes annual listing in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Thought Leaders –Corporate Immigration, Top 25 Immigration Lawyers, and SuperLawyers. Her awards include Outstanding 50 Asian-Americans in Business Award, Most Admired Women Leaders, AILA’s Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, and AILA Presidential Commendation.
Carolyn is a member of the New York State bar and admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School with Specialization in International Law, serving also as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A. cum laude from Williams College. She has been a visiting scholar at Exeter College, Oxford University and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.
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