Evelyn Hahn
Evelyn Hahn
Evelyn Hahn

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Biography

Evelyn Hahn is a compassionate immigration attorney and a Managing Partner at David Hirson & Partners, LLP.

Her passion in immigration law deeply ingrained in her because she was one of them and personally underwent the same immigration process herself. Having a full understanding of how difficult, challenging and complex the entire immigration process can be based on her personal experience, her goal is to help each of her clients, both corporate and individual clients, to expand into new opportunities, overcome obstacles, and ultimately achieve their immigration goals in the U.S. She truly believes in helping her corporate clients move around/hire talented foreign national employees to work on their critical projects in the U.S. as well as individual clients achieve their American Dream just like she did. 

She represents both corporate/business clients and individual clients on all aspects of immigration law, including business, investment, and family immigration as well as immigration litigation. 

Evelyn represents small, mid-size and large companies, both domestic and multinational companies, hospitals and other healthcare related facilities, entertainment companies, as well as non-profit and religious organizations and successfully filed hundreds of employment-based non-immigrant visas, including E-2, H-1B, J-1, K-1, L-1, O-1, R-1, and TN visas as well as immigrant visas, including PERM labor certifications, and EB-1 (EB-1-1, EB-1-2, and EB-1-3), EB-2 including the National Interest Waivers, EB-3, and EB-4 immigrant petitions. She also advises her corporate clients about the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits including labor condition applications and I-9 verification.

She also focuses her practice on EB-5 investment immigration, representing both individual investors on I-526s and I-829s and regional centers and project developers on all aspects of the EB-5 program, including regional center creation, establishment of new EB-5 projects by filing the Form I-924s, and the EB-5 program compliance in general.

Evelyn also has significant litigation experience – not only in representing immigration clients in federal court but also representing clients in civil litigation in various types of legal matters, including business law, employment law, family law, personal injury and bankruptcy. 

Evelyn has spoken at several conferences, seminars, and other speaking engagements, covering various immigration topics. She is licensed to practice law in California and District of Columbia. She is fluent in English and Korean.


Representative Experience:
  • Manages immigration accounts for multiple companies and individual clients.
  • Assists new companies with start-up expansion, merger and acquisition relating to immigration law, compliance, and case processing.
  • Develops and implements global mobility strategies and policies on behalf of large multinational companies and advises on immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits (i.e. labor condition applications and I-9s). 
  • Files Regional Center applications for corporate clients and prepares individual EB-5 petitions and green card applications for investors under the EB-5 Investor Visa category
  • Filed several mandamus actions for declaratory relief for pending EB-5 cases and manages immigration litigation process and procedures
  • Successfully filed an action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in federal district court, challenging the H-1B denial as arbitrary and capricious, while successfully obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to maintain the status quo of H-1B employee, who was able to continue working after the denial until the case was eventually reopened and approved by the USCIS. 

Education

  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Three CALI Awards
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, “KCAB International’s Legal Webinar for Korean & U.S. Corporations Doing Business Overseas”, September 10, 2020
  • Speaker, “Investment Immigration Update”, Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, September 1, 2020
  • Speaker, “Korea USA EB-5 Webinar”, ILW.COM, August 5th, 2020
  • Speaker, “L-1A Visas and Other U.S. Immigration Issues in light of COVID-19”, Korean Investors & Traders Association of Southern California (“KITA”), July 21, 2020
  • Speaker, “COVID-19 Immigration Update”, Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, May 12, 2020
  • Moderator, "Common Issues Facing Korean Investors", EB-5 Investors Magazine's 2018 EB-5 Immigration Expo South Korea
  • Panel Presenter, “Immigration then and now: breaking down misconceptions”, Immigration Law Society at Chapman University School of Law, October 31, 2018
  • Speaker, "Business and Investment Immigration Options", 2017 ICEA US-China Business Matchmaking Summit in New Mexico, October 2-5, 2017
  • Panel Presenter, “Interviewing and Counseling Formal and Informal Organization Clients,” Lecture, Western State College of Law, Irvine, July 2017
  • Speaker, "Latest Issues Pertaining to EB-5 Immigrant Visa & Trump's Immigration Policy", ILW Seoul Expo, April 19, 2017
  • Speaker, "Latest Issues Pertaining to EB-5 Immigrant Visa & Trump's Immigration Policy", ILW Taiwan Expo, April 12, 2017
  • Presenter, “Visa Options for Foreign Students”, University of California, Los Angeles, May 7th, 2015
  • Presenter, “Immigration Presentation to the Niche Group”, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, May 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “Visa Options for Foreign Students and Investors”, Wyndham Irvine, June 13, 2015
  • Presenter, “EB-5 Symposium”, Redpoint Realty, September 23, 2015
  • Co-author, “Chapter 36 Specific Corporate Compliances Challenges by Practice Area: Immigration”, LexisNexis, 2014 - present
  • Co-author, “Appendix A17 – Immigration Law”, In-House Counsel’s Handbook, 5th ed., 2014 – present
  • Member of the Verified EB-5 Specialists and a contributor to EB5Investor.com magazine

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Represented a tenant client by presenting oral arguments at the Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) hearing as a student attorney with respect to the tenant’s continued eligibility for rental assistance pursuant to the Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • Represented individuals and nonprofit organizations, including Legal Aid Society of Orange County, California and successfully represented victims of domestic violence in U-visa and Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) cases as well as individuals in the unlawful detainer actions.

Languages

  • Korean
  • English

Published Works

  • Co-editor, “Chapter 36 Specific Corporate Compliances Challenges by Practice Area: Immigration”, LexisNexis, September 2015

Professional Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association's Immigration Law Section, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
  • Orange County Korean American Bar Association (OCKABA), Member

Practice Areas

  • Corporate/Business
  • Investment
  • Family-Based Immigration Law
  • Immigration Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of California

Honors

  • Rising Stars, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2019-2020
  • Three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for the highest grade in Legal Research and Writing (Fall 2008), Toxic Torts (Summer 2009) and Environmental Law (Fall 2010) at Chapman University School of Law