Immigration Lawyer Accused of Malpractice

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on June 13, 2017

Immigration Expert WitnessThis case involves a Chinese citizen who hired a Seattle, Washington based attorney to assist in applying for a visa. The plaintiff was advised by his attorney, the defendant, that a large sum of money would be required in order to begin processing the visa. After several months, no visa was issued, and the attorney claims to have incurred expenses of hundreds of thousands of dollars – only some of which was returned to the visa applicant. It appears there was a reckless misuse of client funds. It is believed that the funds have been embezzled elsewhere and were never used for the purpose of obtaining a visa for the client.

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  • 1. How many EB5 VISA applications have you participated in?

Expert Witness Response E-008491

This was an outrageous amount of money. I hope the defendants get reported to the state bar. We do handle many EB-5 cases at my firm. If this was an EB-5 for an individual and not for establishing a regional center, then I would be happy to review this case. I have helped more than 80 individuals achieve permanent residency through the EB-5 program. My colleagues have recognized me as an authority in EB-5 matters, having invited me to speak at several EB-5 conferences.

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