MARK G. LEVEY
6324 Fenton Court Alexandria, VA 22312
CAPABILITIES STATEMENT: Senior Legal Assistant and Case Manager for
DC law firms, Subject Matter Expert (Immigration & Trade-In-Services) to World
Bank, international development firms, and trade groups with U.S. and global
regulatory and compliance foci. Proficient with most immigration research and
case management tools.
Applies in-depth understanding of USG agencies, legislation, regulations and
USCIS/ICE operating procedures to resolve complex legal issues and develop
case strategies. Searches and analyzes relevant case law and data sources,
including (but not restricted to) on-line search engines, legal databases
(LEXIS/NEXIS, Pacer, Shepard’s, Westlaw, FindLaw, AILA InfoNet/LINK,
Thomas, Gordon’s, Interpreter Releases), SEC searches, court records, agency
and law library archives searches.
Operates independently and as part of a team to manage large caseloads,
prepare submissions and to research and draft appellate materials. Conducts
client interviews and briefings. Negotiates client fees and business agreements.
Have well-developed cross-cultural sensitivities, diplomatic and client cultivation
Two decades experience researching, drafting and editing litigation and appellate
materials, including briefs, motions, appeals, affidavits, memoranda, exhibits,
petitions and applications.
Twenty years related experience researching and documenting country condition
reports and preparing individual, group and commercial risk analyses. Familiar
with statistical and information resources for federal and international agencies
including DHS, USCIS, DOS, USDOL, CIA, UNHCR, UNCTAD, WHO, on-line
data source tracking (Alexa/GoogleAnalytics/Who-Is/RSS), commercial global
satellite imagery sites (GoogleEarth/DigitalGlobe), USG sites (SEC/Edgar,
Congress/Thomas, Library of Congress, USDOJ/ USDOL/USDOS/USDOD/CIA)
professional and academic journals, specialty blogs, foreign news/periodicals/
foreign language translation sites and publications of international organizations.
Area studies and country reports writing experience: Latin America and
Caribbean; Former Soviet Union and East Europe; Sub-Saharan Africa; Near
East; Persian Gulf. Applies qualitative and quantitative methodologies to develop
country reports, risk models, policy studies, and assessments for clients.
15 years experience related to International Law and Immigration, legal research
and investigative journalism, financial analysis, political risk analysis, due
diligence, and Open Source Intelligence Analysis (OSINT).
Immigration Policy Analyst: Provides independent consulting services to
international development agencies regarding foreign immigration law and
regulatory programs. Reviews national laws and regulations for integration into
global and regional trade treaty frameworks. Designs and develops international
trainings and conference programs. Writes and prepares reports, presentations,
and other materials in multiple media. Convenes and facilitates multilateral
symposia at head of national agencies level.
Experience with top DC law firms, major print and on-line publications, World
Bank and USAID funded international development programs has included:
• Providing expertise in international movement of persons and cross-
border business establishment, including drafting, revising and interpreting
immigration and labor laws and regulations, agency operating manuals
and training materials. Professional knowledge of global relocation, visa
procedures, identity documents, border controls, international labor law,
regulatory compliance, economic development, global tax and trade
issues. Extensive experience working with international clients in
knowledge-intensive industries including major telecom, IT, diversified
energy, finance, defense, and aerospace corporations.
• Handled and safeguarded sensitive information related to debriefings of
person of interest to USG agencies.
• Conducted in-depth interviews of defecting foreign government officials
seeking asylum and other forms of relief in the United States.
• Performed major law firm information security review and initiated
changes to firm policies and procedures for safekeeping e-mail, data and
• USAID international consulting experience – Subject Matter Expert (SME)
– Immigration and Trade-In-Services (GATS-Mode 4). USAID experience
in policy reform, training foreign government officials, program design,
implementation, and assessment.
• Law firm program manager of large telecom, financial, aerospace,
automotive and biotech company immigration programs. Practical
knowledge of operations of same industries. High-level understanding of
legal and regulatory framework for global movement of persons and
service providers, taxes, and social security systems. Supervised up to
• Experience includes writing appellate briefs, law journal editing, and
personal interaction with all relevant U.S. Government agencies, courts,
state and local agencies, foreign country consulates and ministries, and
Experience includes consulting for DC-area trade organizations, non-profits, and
international development organizations. Provides consulting services to global
trade groups related to policy issues. Paid experience with major political party
Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees. Established contacts
within USG agencies, international agencies including World Bank,
UNHCR, CARICOM, UNCTAD, and international human rights, international
labor organizations, and multinational corporations. Former Congressional Intern
and paid political campaign staffer.
Communications and Investigative Journalism experience includes numerous
professional and journal publications (Immigration Law and Policy, global trade
policy, assets and commodities markets behavior, legal and regulatory regimes
affecting global movement of goods and persons, and political risk analysis).
• Former law journal Associate Editor, large law firm publications editor
• Authored numerous country conditions reports and policy papers archived
by human rights organizations. Analyzed country conditions for factors
including human rights, security, socioeconomic and political risks to
• Authored commissioned studies and white papers on Immigration, global
security policy and trade association market research topics.
• Extensive publication and production experience publishing, editing,
presentation layout of print and on-line publications (Proficient with MS
Office Suite, Word, Excel Spreadsheet and graph, Powerpoint, MS
Frontpage for web design, HTML, MS Publisher, HP Graphics, Adobe
Photoshop, ULead video/audio editor, TIF, JPEG, video files and editing
Editorial and Reports Writing on International Legal, Migration and Human
Rights Compliance and Implementation experience includes:
• Current Project: World Bank Subject Matter Expert: Immigration and Trade
Policy Reform Project, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Advisory
Services, Tonga, South Pacific. Carries out assessment for reform of
legislation, regulations and Trade-in-Services in small island economies.
Compares Tongan immigration laws and related Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) regulatory regime with two neighboring states, Fiji and
Vanuatu. Assessed policy regime for compliance with WTO GATS,
Modes 1 through 4. 2009-2010. See,
• Coauthored USAID Train the Trainers materials and authorship of related
policy papers regarding the integration of immigration laws and regulations
of Caribbean nations, Caribbean trade and migration policy. Authored
series of policy papers, including study of comparative immigration
systems – U.S., EU, CARICOM – and assessment of utilization of web-
based communications and public information by Caribbean governments.
Other Published Research, Writing, and Citations:
• Book Co-author: “The Consular Posts Book”, State Department Consular
Procedures and Interagency Investigative Task Forces, ILW Publishing,
(2009) http://www.ilw.com/store/ConsularPosts.pdf . Second, related
book on immigration appellate law and litigation with same publisher in
process. (Immigration Law)
• Policy paper: The Neufeld H-1B Memo: Legally Enforceable Policy
Directive or Grounds for Law Suit?: A Position Paper by Rami D.
Fakhoury and Mark Levey ...(Immigration Law Weekly, May 28, 2010)
(Immigration Law and Policy)
• Article: CIR Update:White House, Democrats All Over the Place,
Rami Fakhoury and Mark Levey (Immigration Law Daily, June
30, 2009)(Immigration Law and Policy)
• Article: Tax Matters for Intermittent L-1 Employees: Indian Nationals
in the United States ... ,
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(Aug 22, 2008)
• Article, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine (feature)
V.18:5 (54-57): “Has Volatility Lost Its Edge?”
http://store.traders.com/chap5may20.html ; cited at, Expert Systems,
Berlin. 868-873, Chapter 6 Bibliography (market economics)
• Article (response), Foreign Policy, No. 106 (Spring, 1997), pp. 190-208
macroeconomics, economic policy)
• Book Chapter, The Foreign Student Advisors Manual, National
Association of Foreign Students Advisors (NAFSA)(1997)
_adviser_s_manual (Immigration Law and Regulations)
• Series, International Educator (NAFSA) (Regulatory Issues features)
The "Public Charge Exclusion" and Other Traps, Levey, Mark, Fall 1996:9,
(Immigration Law); “Reform and Destruction at the Department of Labor”,
Levey, Mark, Spring 1996:44
educator_3/ie_index_cumulativesubject (Immigration Law, Labor Law
and Regulatory Policy)
• Commissioned Study, American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
Commissioned Study, ”A Review of Published Literature on
BusinessImmigration” (unpublished) (Immigration Law)
• Features, Immigration Law Report (numerous features, reports, articles)
(citation at: www.ssbb.com/lcawage.html; Immigration Law Report
(Associate Editor, Feature and Editorial Writer, Beat Reporter), LCA Wage
Regulations - A Can of Worms for the Employer to Open (Immigration
Law and Regulation)
• Country Conditions Reports, AsylumLaw.org - IGLHRC Human Rights
Commission (brief bank and country condition studies – Brazil, Sri Lanka,
index.html (International Human Rights Law, Refugee Law)
Legal Case Work:
International legal, labor and trade compliance and implementation
• More than 1000 business establishment and service provision petitions
for multinational corporations, distinguished-ability businesspeople
and specialized-knowledge workers in information technology, finance,
and medical sectors.
• More than 1000 litigation matters - research and drafting of motions,
briefs, and appeals. Prepared written submissions and witnesses for
appearances before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
• More than 250 Appeals - U.S. Court of Appeals (4th Federal Circuit), BIA,
INS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), Board of Labor Certification
Appeals (BALCA), Dept of State Visa Office, foreign ministries and
• More than 1000 asylum applications - case management of complex
asylum cases for former foreign gov’t officials, political activists and
vulnerable persons from more than 25 countries, follow-on family cases,
including all manner of hardship waivers, nonimmigrant petitions, and
management of related social services and relocation matters.
• Expert Witness location and preparation - more than 250 expert witnesses
- location, retention, preparation, writing and analysis of expert reports,
deposition and testimony related to country conditions, politics, human
rights and socio-economic conditions.
• Extensive publications experience: articles, briefs and papers published or
archived by major newspapers, professional journals, asylum resource
libraries, and human rights organizations on subjects related to human
rights, immigration and international law.
Comprehensive experience preparing U.S. immigration applications in the
B,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,O,R nonimmigrant categories, H-3 trainee program design,
J-1 exchange visitors, along with PERM, National-interest waivers, Adjustment,
dependent family and related cases for businesses.
Policy Analysis, Training: Subject Matter Expert, USAID Train-The-Trainers
Program, Caribbean Community Secretariat, CARICOM Single Market &
Economy treaty implementation, regional Chief Immigration Officers training
program design and implementation (10/03-03/04); Trainer, major law firm pro
bono asylum program, Hogan & Hartson, LLP, Washington, DC, in cooperation
with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (2000-2002); authored numerous
published articles and policy memos on immigration and asylum law for
Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernson and then DC-office Managing Partner, Paul W.
Schmidt (later Chairman of the Board of Immigration
Appeals) (1995-97); authored study of business immigration for the American
Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) (1997); Congressional Intern, DC Office
of Rep. Robert F. Drinan, SJ (1981).
Program Design and Management: managed large immigration caseload
for client corporations and pro bono caseload for human rights organization
(Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). Business immigration experience
included a large telecommunications company (revolving caseload of more than
100 cases), a major Wall Street investment firm (Latin American account
executives in global derivatives markets), the largest European aerospace
company (post-restructuring E-1 treaty investors visas for multinational
conglomerate), and a UK automobile manufacturer (set up L-1 blanket global
intra-company transfer program). Assessed company structures and job
descriptions for regulatory compliance with applicable immigration, labor and visa
requirements (1987-present). Developed and operated institutional giving
program for Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), LA, (1985-86).
Directs all legal and business operations of legal services support company,
2002-present). Supervised up to seven professional staff and numerous interns,
Mid-2002 to present - Director, International Appellate Support (IAS),
Alexandria, VA, Director, consulting company. Contracts with attorneys to
research, write and prepare appellate submissions and applications. Provides
expert consulting services to international development agencies and trade
groups. Provides content for publications, journals and law firm web sites. Sets
up law office case preparation systems and trains users. Desktop publishes and
web publishes legal materials. Manages business immigration and litigation
cases. Prepares non-immigrant visa applications in B,E,H.I, J, K, L, O, P, R
categories, PERM labor certifications, Adjustment of status, waivers, appeals,
briefs to AAO, BALCA, BIA, State Department visa office, federal courts. Client
Rami Fakhoury, Esq., Managing Partner, Fakhoury Law Group,
International Bar Association publications, Troy, MI, (248) 643-4900, Troy,
MI, e-mail: email@example.com
Peter D. Williamson, Esq., (713) 658-1818, former Governor, American
Immigration Law Association (AILA), Houston, TX, e-mail
Sylvia J. Rolinski, Esq., Rolinski & Suarez, LLC, (240) 632-0903, Potomac,
October 2003 to March 2004 - Consultant, CARANA Corp., Arlington, VA.
Subject Matter Expert with USAID contractor, CARANA Corp. Caribbean Trade
and Competitiveness Program, Christ Church, Barbados. Technical assistance
provided to Caribbean Community Secretariat, Single Market and Economy
program, Georgetown, Guyana. Worked with CARICOM Secretariat to organize
and facilitate a series of regional conferences and training sessions. Wrote
policy and training documents for regional Free Movement policy and
immigration officer training program. Developed policy initiatives with chief
immigration officers and trade officials of 14 Caribbean countries. Provided
subject matter expertise in areas of regulatory streamlining, regional service
provision and administrative implementation of regional Free Movement treaty
provisions. . For a brief project description, please go to: http://www.carana.com/
services/pages/c_tradecom.htm Reference contact: William J. Phelps,
CARANA VP, firstname.lastname@example.org, Arlington, VA 703-243-1700.
Patti Khan, Trade Advisor, Caribbean Trade & Competitiveness
Development Program, Christ Church, Barbados, phone 246-228-8893, e-
December 2000 - March 2002 - Legal Assistant, Hogan & Hartson, LLP,
Washington, DC, International Trade Group, Immigration Department - Focused
on resolution of appellate matters. Managed business immigration caseload.
Edited in-house newsletter. Guided and instructed Associates in preparation of
deportation, immigration appellate, and asylum applications. Reference
Contact: HR Dept. (202) 637-5600.
February 1989 - September 2000 – Previous employment with the following
• Cameron & Hornbostel, LLP, Washington, DC (January 1999 -
September 2000) - Primary staff immigration resource person for
Washington, D.C. law firm with international trade focus. Knowledgeable
about the immigration consequences of investments and business
restructurings. Acquainted with counter-party risk and conflicts principles.
• Legal Assistant, Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen, PC, Washington, DC,
(June 1994 - February 1997)(also Assoc. Editor, Immigration Law
Reports, September 1995 - February 1997). Independently managed
large caseload of immigration-related applications and appeals, including
all types of business-related visas at leading immigration boutique firm.
Associate Editor - Immigration Law Report, a joint publication of Clark,
Boardman, Callaghan publishers and the law firm - wrote lead articles,
news summaries, and commentary on immigration-related subjects
including legislation, developments in the federal courts and agency
University of Maryland School of Behavioral and Social Studies, College Park,
MD B.A., Government & Politics Major, (132 credit hours - 12 credit hours
towards M.A., Poli. Sc,)
Additional Course Work:
• Boston University Metropolitan College, Boston, MA Journalism Major (78
• The New School for Social Research, New York, NY (6 credit hours)
• Parson's School of Design, New York, NY (6 credit hours)
• Attended and prepared materials for presenters for numerous CLE
courses sponsored by AILA, DC Bar Association, Inter-American Bar