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Scott M. Borene, Managing Attorney and President of the firm, was born in Minneapolis. He attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a National Merit Scholar. After his graduation from Harvard, he attended William Mitchell Law School in Minnesota. Since establishing his law practice in 1979, he has had more than 30 years of immigration law practice experience.

From 1997 to 2003, Scott Borene served as elected Director and Member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2000 to 2002, he was National Chair of the INS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee. In 1999, he was appointed as the National Chair of AILA's INS Headquarters Adjudications Liaison Committee. In 2000, he was selected to receive a President's Commendation Award "For Setting a New Standard in INS Headquarters Liaison."

In 2002, and again in 2004, he was selected as Conference Chair of AILA’s Global Immigration Summit, the world’s largest conference of global immigration lawyers, in New York City. In 1995, Scott Borene was selected as Chair of the AILA 1996 National Conference Program Committee, responsible for selecting the expert speakers and topics for the AILA Annual Conference, the world’s largest immigration law conference. Scott Borene served two terms (1992-1994) as AILA Chair for the Minnesota-Dakotas Region. He has also served as Chair of the F-1 Students National Liaison Committee, and as a Member of the USIA Liaison Committee. In 2003, NAFSA: Association of International Educators awarded to Scott Borene its NAFSA “Distinguished Service Award.”

Mr. Borene served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world’s largest global bar association based in London, U.K. from 2004 to 2006. He is a past Chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and a current Member of the International Section Council of the MSBA. From 1995 to 1998, Scott Borene was Vice Chair of the American Bar Association, International Law Section Immigration Law Committee.

In 1981, he represented the petitioner in the successful appeal of the Crystal Shamrock employment-based immigration case, obtaining a very favorable decision for the U.S. employer and the international worker. Other leading immigration attorneys have described Crystal Shamrock as "the best decision" they have seen on the critical issue of "business necessity" in Labor Certification cases.

Mr. Borene taught Business Law and Economics at the Minnesota School of Business. He has also served as an Editor of appellate court cases for the leading legal publisher in America, the West Publishing Company, and he was Executive Editor of the Minnesota Law Journal.

He has written many articles on immigration law and frequently serves as a principal speaker on immigration law topics. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Global Immigration Guide: A Country by Country Survey (AILA, 2005), Global Immigration Guide: Crossing Borders for Business (AILA, 2002), Thinking Beyond Borders: 2004 Global Immigration Summit Handbook (AILA, 2004) and Editor of Going Global, Trends in Outbound Immigration (AILA, 2009). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2005), AILA’s leading Expert Occupational Handbook on immigration issues in higher education. In 1999, he served as Editor of AILA's reference publication INS Forms for Applications and Petitions. Scott Borene's article "Dr. Yes - Some Practical Strategies for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Immigrant Visa Cases of Health Care Professionals," was originally published in the 1993-1994 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook.

He was the sole immigration speaker for the American Law Institute – American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) Course of Study: “Going International - Fundamentals of International Business Transactions,” at Stanford University Law School in Palo Alto, California, in 1999. In 1996 and 2001, he was invited to contribute the lead article on United States Immigration Law to the first and third editions of An International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

He has been an invited expert speaker at AILA National Conferences on many topics since 1993, chairing the sessions "How to Get the Government Interested - Advanced IGA J-1 Waivers" in 2015, "E Visa Practice" in 2012, “Global Immigration” in 2009 and 2005, “H-1 Work Visas” in 2008, “Outbound Immigration Options” in 2007 and 2003, “Professors and Researchers” in 2006 and 2002, “Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)” in 2004, and "INS Service Centers" in 2002, "Consular Processing Practice Roundtable" in 1998, and speaking on "Going Global: Delving into Outbound Immigration Matters" in 2011,"F-1 Students" in 1997 and 1999, "Going Global: Temporary Work Permit/Visa Options Around the World" in 1996, "Nurses" in 1995, "Extraordinary and Exceptional Ability and National Interest Waivers" in 1994 and "Medical Personnel - Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Occupations" in 1993. In 2003, Scott Borene was an invited expert at the NAFSA National Conference speaking on "Advanced Issues in Permanent Residence."

Mr. Borene is authorized by federal law to represent clients before all U.S. immigration courts and offices worldwide. He is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association (Business, International and Immigration Law Sections), NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, the International Bar Association, an Associate Individual Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a charter member of the American Immigration Law Foundation. Scott Borene is also a member of the Council of the Global Employment Institute and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He is a Director of the Norwegian American Oil Corporation and Leraas Resources, LLC.

Scott Borene concentrates his immigration practice primarily on employment-related and business immigration matters, particularly cases involving scientific, technical and health care professionals, educators, executives, investors and entrepreneurs.

Location

  • IDS Center, Suite 3950
    80 South Eighth Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., graduated 1978
  • Harvard University, AB, graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1979

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, International Section, Immigration Committee - Vice Chair, 1995-1998
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - Director, 1997-2003
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - Member, 1987-present
  • International Bar Association - Member, 1995-present
  • International Bar Association, Immigration Committee - Co-Chair, 2004-2006
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Member, 1980-present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Immigration Section - Chair, 2003-2004
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, International Section Council - Member, 2012-present
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators - Member, 1990-present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys - Associate Member, 2003-present

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Immigration Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Immigration Law, Minneapolis (2022)
  • Immigration Law, Minneapolis (2020)
  • Immigration Law, Minneapolis (2018)
  • Immigration Law, Minneapolis (2016)
  • Immigration Law, Minneapolis (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Immigration Law

Awards:

  • Thought Leader - Who's Who Legal, 2019
  • 2012 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law - Best Lawyers of America
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2008
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2009
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated - Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2008
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Best Lawyer, Immigration Law - Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award - NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 2003
  • National Merit Scholar - National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • President's Commendation Award - American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Top 20 in the World in Corporate Immigration Law - Who's Who Legal, 2012
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2003
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2004
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2005
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Top Rated Immigration Lawyer - Super Lawyers, 2012

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