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Zain Farouk Merchant

Zain Farouk Merchant

About me

Mr. Merchant is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University. Following his undergraduate studies he began law school at Michigan State University College of Law. During his tenure at law school, he clerked for the Hon. Cynthia S. Platzer of the 72nd District Court.


Prior to graduation, he studied International Law and Arbitration in Greece and London through the University Of Miami-School of Law.  While in London, he studied under professors from both UCL-University College London and Oxford University.


Upon graduation and the conferrment of his Juris Doctor he clerked with the firm Walzak, Bales, Lepley & Rubin.  Thereafter, he joined the Law Offices of Ricky Malik in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.


In 2014 Mr. Merchant formed Merchant Law, PLLC 


Mr. Merchant serves also serves as an attorney consultant to various firms in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and accross the country.


Mr. Merchant is licensed to practice law in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Practice focused on Immigration Law (Employment & Investment Based, Detained, & Asylum/Refugee)

Frequent court appearances before the Department of Justice - Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR-Immigration Court)






Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    6 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I met Zain through a law school colleague and soon started seeing him at immigration court advocating for his clients. Very smart and a terrific guy.


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Contact info

Merchant Law, PLLC

6066 Leesburg Pike
Suite 630D
Falls Church, VA, 22041


NYCurrently registered 201003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dolly Madison ScholarshipMichigan State University (James Madison College)N/A
The Michigan Merit Award ScholorshipState of MichiganN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawMerchant Law, PLLC2014 - Present
Attorney ConsultantImmigration law firms throughout United States2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Ricky Malik, P.C.2010 - 2011
Law ClerkWalzak, Bales, Lepley, & Rubin2008 - 2009
Judicial Law Clerk72nd Judicial District Court2006 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Inns of CourtMember2006 - 2007
Phi Alpha DeltaMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Asylum including NACARA (Nicaraguan Adjustment & Central American Relief Act)Granted
Convention Against Torture (CAT)Granted
Labor Certification, Labor Condition Application, Experience with H-1B visas E-1-E-2, EB-5, B1/B2N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVOGuidance on EB-5 Immigrant Investor & Regional Centers, By Zain F. Merchant, Esq. published on 07/12/2011 edit EB-5 Immigrant Investor & Regional Center Parameters, Regulations, & Guidance -Zain F. Merchant, Esq2011
AVVOContinuied Guidance on EB-5 Immigrant Investor & Regional Centers, By Zain F. Merchant, Esq. published on 07/12/2011 edit EB-5 Immigrant Investor & Regional Center Parameters, Regulations, & Guidance -Zain F. Merchant, Esq.2011
AVVOH-1B documentationN/A
AVVORelief from the Failure of Counsel to Warn of Immigration Consequences & the Duty ImposedN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Michigan State University (James Madison College)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2004