Matthew S. Dunn - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Matthew S. Dunn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Matthew S. Dunn, one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers, advises and represents a diverse group of clients, including banks, global financial services companies, technology and business consultancies, advertising agencies, health care institutions, sports and entertainment organizations, and corporations of all sizes, in the hiring, transfer and retention of foreign national executives, managers, professionals, athletes and performing artists in the United States. Mr. Dunn works with these companies and organizations to develop the optimal workforce planning and mobility strategies to meet their specific national or global needs, advising them on navigating the complex and often restrictive framework of immigration laws and policies in the U.S. He provides immigration counsel to corporations in the context of mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs to strategize and to structure these transactions to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration law.

Drawing on his previous experience as assistant district counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Mr. Dunn provides ongoing business immigration counsel to clients, assisting them in establishing and maintaining employment verification programs in compliance with the complicated rules and regulations governing documentation and record keeping, overseeing internal compliance investigations, and defending companies of all sizes facing compliance audits and charges of noncompliance, in particular, I-9 audits by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), and wage and hour audits by the Department of Labor.

In addition to his work with corporate clients, Mr. Dunn represents high-net-worth foreign national investors seeking permanent resident status based on their substantial investments in their own enterprises or in special investment vehicles under the U.S. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. He also represents major professional sports leagues and entertainment organizations, as well as prominent foreign athletes and entertainers, in immigration matters including short- and long-term visas, waivers and enforcement actions.

Among his most notable work, Mr. Dunn represents a number of foreign investment banks, including one of the foremost French investment banks and two of the leading Asian investment banks, in U.S. immigration matters. He advises and represents a top-five global financial services company in internal compliance investigations, and counsels several of the foremost providers of consulting in technology services on the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals, and internal compliance, investigative and enforcement matters. Mr. Dunn provides ongoing immigration counsel to several of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country, including one of the largest employers in New York City. He has also represented a number of Fortune 100 companies on Immigration and Customs Enforcement worksite investigation matters, and has defended prominent companies in major investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Mr. Dunn has held a number of leadership positions within the business immigration bar. He currently co-chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. He previously chaired the 1,000-member New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served as a member of AILA’s board of governors. He also serves as associate editor of the Occupation Guide Book Series, Immigration Options for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals, which focuses on immigration issues for nurses and allied health care professionals, and has authored many publications in the field.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
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U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
Experience

Represented a global insurance company in its compliance with immigration requirements when it acquired the life insurance unit of a leading competitor.

Advises a top-five global financial services company on internal compliance investigations.

Represents a leading French investment bank in U.S. immigration matters.

Represents two of the leading Asian investment banks in U.S. immigration matters.

Counsels leading Fortune 100 companies on Immigration and Customs Enforcement worksite investigation matters.

Represents prominent companies in major investigations led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Provides ongoing immigration counsel to several of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country, including one of the largest employers in New York City.

Counsels a premier professional sports league and its athletes on immigration matters, including short- and long-term visas, waivers, and enforcement actions.

Represents a number of high-net-worth foreign national investors seeking immigration status based on substantial investments in their own enterprises or in special investment vehicles.

Advises American and European clients – many of which are well-known luxury brands – on issues related to business immigration policies and matters involving secondment, expatriation and other aspects of workforce mobility.

Cornell UniversityBS 1990Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D. 1994

Client Comments

"Mr. Dunn always provides a very wise and practical approach to dealing with various legal issues that are presented to him. Most importantly, he is always timely, personable, and pleasant in his responses despite the fast and furious requests that come his way. His vast knowledge in the area of immigration law has been an extreme benefit to both me and the Company."

"Mr. Dunn is an excellent immigration lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and professional. It's a great pleasure working with him."

-Leslie Liu
Metlife

"Matthew Dunn is a responsive, passionate, and knowledgeable attorney. His creativity and ability to analyze a situation and provide comprehensive solutions to difficult cases has had a profound impact on several of our cases. He is an expert in his area and anyone would enjoy working with him. Most important, when handling time sensitive matters, he is easily accessible and understanding."

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States


Practice Areas

Immigration Law (Business, Consular, Employment, Entrepreneurial, Family Based, H-2B Workers, Health-Care Professionals, International, Nationality, Nurses, Physicians)