About the Firm
Alan Lee's law practice exclusively deals in the area of U.S. Immigration
and Nationality laws and he has practiced this exclusively for 30+
years. He has attained the AV preeminent rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law
Directory, the preeminent rating system of lawyers in the United
States, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also on the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, and on the New York Super Lawyers list for 2011-2012, 2013-14 & 2014-15. He was awarded twice by the government of the Republic of
China in 1985 for his outstanding work in Immigration and Human
Rights Affairs; was selected for Who's Who in American Law; and
has appeared as an expert witness on immigration matters in court. He writes extensively
for the Chinese language newspapers, World Journal and Sing Tao, and has authored a number of articles in the leading immigration publications, Interpreter Releases and the Immigration Daily.
He was honorary editor of the newspaper, Pakistan Calling, where
his immigration columns were seen on a weekly basis. He also previously authored articles in the Japanese language publication,
OCS, and in the Pakistani language newspaper, Muhasba. His article,
"The Bush Temporary Worker Proposal and Comparative Pending
Legislation: an Analysis" was Interpreter Releases' cover display
article at the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference
in 2004, and his victory in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
in the case of first impression nationwide, Firstland International
v. INS, successfully challenged INS' policy of over 40 years of
revoking approved immigrant visa petitions under a nebulous standard
of proof. Its value as precedent, however, was short-lived as it was specifically targeted by the Bush Administration in the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. Mr. Lee has over 1,200 legal writings in newspapers and
journals on immigration law.
He is a baccalaureate degree graduate of UCLA, and a juris doctorate
graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was awarded
the Sidney A. Levine award for best legal writing in 1976-77. He
is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and
has successfully litigated cases before the federal courts, Board
of Immigration Appeals, Appeals Adjudication Unit, Board of Alien
Labor Certification Appeals, and the Regional Commissioners of Legacy
INS. He became a member of the Ohio bar in 1977 and the New York
bar in 1982. He is further registered to practice before the Southern,
Eastern and Western district courts of New York as well as the Second
Circuit Court of Appeals.
ShaSha Xu has practiced law since 2011. Among other immigration knowledge, she has experience in asylum interviews and applications, adjustment interviews and applications, VAWA and U-Visas, and nationalization applications. Prior to coming to the Law Office of Alan Lee, Ms. Xu worked at a complex litigation firm in Philadelphia, PA with cases involving defamation, consumer protection, contracts and civil rights. She has also interned at Nationalities Service Center and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. Prior to law, Ms. Xu worked at a consulting firm as a health care analyst in New York City.
Ms. Xu attained her Bachelors in Arts from Duke University in North Caroline. She received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she was a Cromwell Scholar and was part of the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program and Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program. In 2010, she received her Certificate in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar in 2011. Ms. Xu speaks both Mandarin and Shanghainese.