David Hirson
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David Hirson

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David has nearly 40 years of experience in the practice of immigration law. His focus is on EB-5 investment immigration law. He has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization continuously since 1990.

Representative Experience:
  • Manages immigration accounts for multiple companies and individual investors.
  • Assists companies with start-up expansion, merger and acquisition relating to immigration law, compliance and case processing.
  • Retained by many high net worth individuals in the immigration related aspects of their investments.
  • Advises on the start-up of and files Regional Center applications and individual Green Card applications for investors under the EB- 5 Investor Visa category. This includes EB-5 investors of all categories: Regional Center investors, single investors in direct hire programs, and multiple investors in small and large direct hire programs. David is considered a senior and highly experienced EB-5 attorney. In particular, the following are some of his experience in this specific field:
  • Has been actively involved with EB-5 cases since passage of the law in 1990.
  • Was present in the Senate in Washington, D.C. in 1990 when the EB-5 bill was marked up and Senator Biden, now Vice President Biden, was debating the proposed new law.
  • In 1991, personally prepared and filed one of the very first EB-5 cases with the INS (now USCIS). The case was approved and the investor and family returned to the U.S. to be admitted as a conditional permanent resident in less than 5 months. The same case was the first case to be consular processed and approved at the AIT (American Institute of Travel) in Taiwan.
  • Successfully filed and received approvals of many cases in the first 10 years of the program. Only about 300 cases were approved annually by the INS/USCIS in the early years of the program. After year 2000, the program began to pick up and the approved EB-5 cases broke through the 1000 barrier. In fiscal year 2013, almost the full quota of 10,000 EB-5 visas were issued.
  • Personally argued appeals at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) and had 4 cases approved after they were denied by the INS/USCIS and certified to the appeal unit.
  • Has applied for multiple regional centers to be designated and approved by USCIS.
  • Was the partner leading the sizeable EB-5 team at the Fragomen Irvine office, which comprised of attorneys, supervising paralegals, paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative staff.
  • Referred many of the EB-5 cases within the U.S. Fragomen offices including San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Classes & Seminars

  • Panel member on advanced topics at the ILW all-day EB-5 seminar, New York December, 2013
  • Lecturer, EB-5 topic to attorneys and to the public in the U.S., China, UAE, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Vietnam
  • Lectures to Bar Associations, Human Resources Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Investment programs and trade organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

Published Works

  • Author “How to Become a Regional Center” for EB-5 investor magazine
  • Author “Direct Investment Private equity Model” for EB-5 Investor magazine
  • Co-author on numerous publications relating to EB-5 regulations and investments
  • Member of the editorial board and contributor to “The EB-5 Handbook, A Guide for Investors and Developers” to be published in 2014
  • Member of the editorial board and contributor to EB5Investor.com magazine. All published additions and preparing for the Fall 2014 edition
  • Author of Immigration Chapter Section of “Corporate Compliance Practice Guide: The Next Generation of Compliance,” LexisNexis 2009 (updated 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and preparing 2014 update)
  • Author of two EB-5 related editions of Immigration Briefings, a publication of West ®, a Thomson Reuters company, Hirson, David & Mayou, Catherine I., “The Sinking of the Titanic, or the Rising of the Phoenix? – An update on Immigrant Investor Visas,” 98-9 Immigration Briefings (September 1998)
  • Author of two EB-5 related editions of Immigration Briefings, a publication of West ®, a Thomson Reuters company, Hirson, David, “Immigrant Investors: Five Years Later,” 95–11 Immigration Briefings (November 1995)
  • Co-Author of the Immigration Chapter Section of “Corporate Legal Departments,” Practicing Law Institute (updated annually for more than 5 years. Preparing 2014 update)

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Chapter Chair, Southern California Chapter of AILA
  • Chaired, State Bar of California, International Law Section
  • Chaired, State Bar of California, International Law Section, Immigration Law sub-committee
  • Chaired, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Investor Visa Committee
  • Co-Chair Committee on Consular Processing Southern California Chapter of AILA
  • Vice-Chair, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS now USCIS) Headquarters Liaison Committee in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the National Office of AILA
  • Co-Chair, Liaison Committee to the Western Region of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (WAC) now California Service Center on behalf of AILA
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member of the policy committee of the IIUSA (Invest in USA), an EB-5 Regional Center trade and professional organization
  • Member of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)

Practice Areas

  • EB-5 Investment Immigration Law

Bar Admissions

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


  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Corporate Immigration)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, America’s Best Lawyers, Best Immigration Lawyers in United States by Best of the U.S., annually from 2006 – 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated for almost 20 consecutive years, 1995 – 2014
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County, 2007 – 2014
  • Orange Coast Top Attorney, 2006 – 2014
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Professional of the year 2007 and Lifetime Member
  • America’s Registry, Outstanding Professional, 2008 – 2014
  • Madison Who’s Who Registry of Executives & Professionals, 2009 – 2014
  • American Honor’s Society, Standards of Professionalism within the field of Legal Service and Global Immigration Laws, inducted 2011
  • EB-5 Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2012 presented by Artisan Business Group, Inc.
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Immigration Lawyer in the State of California