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Ian Edmund Scott

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   98 reviews

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About Ian

Learn Ian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    80%
    Scott Legal, P.C. is a New York based law firm offering business legal immigration expertise with a personal touch. We are the law firm for Business Owners, Investors and Entrepreneurs so we would be happy to help you with you E-2 Visa, your EB-5 Visa or your other Business Immigration needs. We will also gladly assist you with family based Visas for the family members of Investors.

    13 years, 500 cases

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    20%
    We look at business entity set up, partnership agreements, tax advice and more. Who better to help you with all of your business & contract needs than a law firm where the founder is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A) and a Corporate Lawyer. Let us guide you through your business set-up and ongoing contract and other support.

    13 years, 150 cases

Mr. Scott is the founder and president of Scott Legal, P.C.. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School where he was a Primary Editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He received both an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) degree from the University of Toronto where he was an Ontario Graduate Scholar. Mr. Scott is also a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) and from 1999 to 2008, he worked at Credit Suisse Investment Bank on finance and banking transactional matters, risk management and the implementation of the Sarbanes Oxley regulatory requirements. Ian E. Scott also worked at the Bank of Montreal where he wrote accounting opinions on complex business transactions and he was an external auditor for Financial Institutions at Ernst & Young. Attorney Advertising.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a lawyer and litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a top 10 Wall Street law firm, Mr. Scott worked on various matters including filing briefs and motions with the Court for securities litigations as well as complex corporate bankruptcies. In addition, Mr. Scott filed personal bankruptcy petitions for clients and worked on various matters including debt issuances, adoptions, unemployment insurance appeals, immigration petitions and other matters. Mr. Scott has also worked on complex contract development, negotiation and review. Finally, Mr. Scott has a strong immigration background and has filed both non-immigrant and immigrant petitions for clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2010, Mr. Scott published Fair Value Accounting: Friend or Foe? in the William & Mary Business Law Review. Mr. Scott has also published articles in the Lawyerist and The Student Appeal publications. He is also the author of The Law School Lowdown and owner of Law School & Bar Exam Success Tips blog.

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Licensed for 12 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/28/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Scott Legal, P.C.
2 Park Avenue
Floor 20
New York, NY, 10016

Reviews

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Posted by rose | January 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
best lawfirm for tn visa
Canadian that got tn visa as management consultant! I called a bunch of law firms before I found Scott legal. I rarely ever leave reviews but if you’re looking for lawyers that actually know what they’re doing and are confident, use this firm. I’m a Canadian citizen and came to USA Jan 2022 as a tourist, then I extended my b2 travel visa for another 6 months in May 2022, so I stayed in the USA as a tourist for almost a year in 2022. Later in 2022, I found a client that wanted to work with me while I was traveling. When I told other law firms my situation they freaked out and said I stayed in USA for too long in 2022 and looked suspicious, some even went as far as telling me to leave asap. Scott was the only lawyer that said: as a Canadian, you are given 6 months stay, and you extended another 6 months before the deadline so you are fine, you did nothing illegal. Don’t worry. He was spot on! I got my b2 extension approval later no fuss! Then Dustin from the law firm handled my tn case. He was so detailed and quickly responded to all questions. The letter he wrote covered every single aspect as a management consultant is the most scrutinized category. I was well-prepped! I went to the airport and wasn’t even interviewed! Maybe cuz the officer read all my documents and didn’t have much to ask at all. He called me to the window to pay for the visa and that was it. Thank god I found this law firm. Their pricing was so reasonable too! Will use and recommend it to everyone that needs it. Ten stars.
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Posted by Dan | November 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast, sharp, and effective
Ian knows his stuff. A real specialist for entrepreneurs immigrating to the US. If I've got a tricky question, he's the first person I turn to.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute best TN lawyer
Earlier this year, I had a very unusual TN case as a lawyer in tech. I consulted many lawyers, but Ian was the only one who was confident and experienced with cases like mine; most lawyers didn't even know how to handle my case. Ian helped with through the entire TN process, answered my calls and emails promptly, and also talked with lawyers at my future company to make sure everything went through. When my TN is up in 2025, I am definitely hiring Ian again!
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Posted by Gabriel | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Ian and his team were an absolute pleasure to deal with. The E-2 visa package the team prepared was so strong that they barely asked any questions at my visa interview!
Posted by Risako | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney with professional guidance!
I am incredibly indebted to Ian Scott! I consulted with Ian in 2019 on my case with a failed E2 visa application. From working with his team, Ian was crystal clear from the beginning about the entire process, incredibly patient with answering all of my concerns and questions, and extremely knowledgeable. I was successfully granted the E2 visa in 2020, and was also approved of the EB3 application in 2021, all with his superior guidance! He was able to help navigate me through this incredibly stressful transition and application process, and always went above and beyond to deliver. Ian's team is impeccable and detail-oriented, and I have nothing but great words to say about working with his team - especially his associate, Jenny! I am incredibly blessed to have worked with you, Ian! Thank you!
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Posted by Jeremy | February 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly expert, personal touch
I hired Ian to help me complete my E1 visa application in late 2019, so that I could relocate to NYC to grow my business. Ian and his team were extremely professional, highly knowledgable, and fast. We started the process in October, and I had my visa in my passport by early January. USCIS had some additional, and somewhat tricky, questions for me, and Ian dealt with them quickly and effectively -- leading to a successful petition. Throughout the process, whenever I had questions, Ian responded quickly by email or phone. I'd highly recommend Ian for anyone who needs legal support for their E1 visa (or E2 visa, which is more common, but apparently very similar).
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Posted by James | October 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr
Ian was hired to represent us for our E-2 Visa application. He explained the requirements and what was needed to fulfil them. He was always available and incredibly thorough in making sure the submission was prepared and ready before filing. His advice and help has been invaluable to us, would not hesitate in recommending him and will always use in the future.
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Posted by Alexandre | October 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Succesful E-2 Visa
Ian and his team went above and beyond in helping me secure an E2 visa. When I first got the idea of applying for an E2 visa 4 months ago, I knew it was a very long stretch. Ian and his team helped me go from a weak application to a rock solid one, and I ended up getting approved for my E2 visa seamlessly. In particular, I'd like do thank Michaela, Kelly and Jenny. Highly recommended team of professionals.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Development E-2 Applicant
Great, professional team! I successfully got an E-2 visa with a real estate development business. It was a pleasure to work with you. Thank you Ian Scott and Michaela Vrazdova!
Posted by Marcia and Billy | August 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
E2 VISA APPLICATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
We are very impressed with the way our E2 Visa was handled by everyone we dealt with at Scott Legal - from speaking to Ian Scott to everyone in his team, it was an absolute pleasure. All our questions were answered quickly and efficiently. Needless to say, we got our visa without any hassle. We highly recommend this firm of attorneys. We look forward to our continued dealings with Ian Scott Legal. Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
#1 choice for all U.S. business immigration matters
Ian was amazing in helping us securing an E-2 Visa successfully. Our preparation was 10/10 and made me feel very prepared for the in-person interview at the Embassy. Furthermore his fee is very competitive and from working with another firm previously that had quite the prestigious reputation and charged about 40% more than him, I wish I would've learned about him and his team earlier. Also he's humble yet one can tell that he lives up to what you'd expect from a lawyer that graduated from Harvard. Clear 5/5 stars for him and his firm and looking forward to working with him in the future.
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Posted by Ragnhild | May 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent services for E-2 Visa Application!
Hiring Scott Legal, P.C. to help us get an E-2 visa for the U.S. is the best thing that happened to us last year!!! We were extremely happy with the services provided by both Ian E. Scott, Esq. and Kelly R. LeGrand Weiner, Esq. Ian was great at answering all of our initial questions and he got the ball rolling! We mainly dealt with Kelly throughout the application process. She was always quick to respond and very clear in her communication, which we mainly had by email during our visa application process. She answered all of our questions and helped us a lot with recommendations on how to improve our business plan, which was part of our application. We are so happy that we got our E-2 visa and so grateful for the excellent services that we received from Ian and Kelly. We would definitely recommend their services.
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Posted by Sami, restaurant owner | March 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Scott Legal - the goto firm for immigration services
Scott Legal's and the attorney on this case Kelly Weiner provided us with superb service. Kelly's diligence and support throughout the E-2 employee visa application was flawless. The visa was granted at the first interview. This is the second time we use Scott Legal and we were successful both times on first attempt. The team is responsive beyond expectations and the fees are very reasonable. This is the goto firm for immigration services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
E2 Renewal Consultation
Scott was very knowledgeable about the subject and provided us some great insights on how to navigate the landscape better. Looking forward to working with him on the actual renewal work soon
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
E2 Visa Success, Best Experience
I don't think I could possibly be happier with my experience with Ian and his team. The lawyer I worked with was compassionate and understanding, as well as having an exacting knowledge of the applicable immigration laws I needed to be successful in my petition. The team that prepared my application for my US visa was excellent, and I can't thank them enough! There were some trickier aspects to my E2 case that they fully handled, and I'll be engaging them for whatever future services I need in the field of immigration law. I spoke to many lawyers before deciding to work with Ian and his team, and I do not regret it for a moment. Thank you!
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Posted by Sami | January 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Restaurant Owner
A year ago, I visited the U.S. and decided to open up a restaurant in Asbury Park NJ. I hired Scott Legal who recommended that I apply for an E-2 investor visa. Ian Scott and his team, especially Jose Rivera, were instrumental in guiding me through the tedious application process. The Scott legal team was responsive even on weekends with questions we had and stayed within budget. Last July (6-7 months after my first conversation with Ian Scott) I received my interview and my visa was approved from the first interview thanks to the thorough dossier Scott Legal presented . I recommend the Scott Legal firm with no reservations and grateful for helping my dream to open my own restaurant in the US a reality.”
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Posted by Ivan | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent in every respect
I recently set up my company and received my E-2 investor visa in a timely and seamless way thanks to Ian and his team of professionals who have the experience and well-established processes in place. Extremely responsive, precise and friendly. I would (and already have) highly recommend them.
Posted by Shradha | October 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great service-will recommend Ian to everyone!
I consulted with Ian about my pending I-751 petition for adjustment of status which I had already filed myself and ran into some issues with. Ian was available on a Sunday since I needed to take action regarding my missed interview first thing Monday morning. I really appreciated his solid advise and promptness in getting back to me. I would definitely hire Ian when I file my N-400 in the next couple of months and would highly recommend his services for anyone who needs an immigration attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
I hired Scott Legal Law Firm and I am most pleased with the service received. The case was a very challenging and relatively technical immigration matter and from the outset Mr Scott gave an overview of what to expect and the necessary steps that should be taken. He laid the foundation and then got his team to implement the plan of action. They were always quick to respond and clarify matters. Brilliant legal team who worked nonstop to get the case approved. They followed up with everything. Even after the approval of the case, they laid out all the next steps. Very glad that I found Scott Legal .
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Posted by Sarah | June 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
What an OUTSTANDING team!
I dont even know where to begin with expressing how excellent the service from Scott Legal has been! Jose Rivera was my case worker, and he has been supportive and helping the whole way through my visa process. Ian Scott and his team are genuinely interested in helping you and their knowledge and dedication to you as a client is impeccable. I always got a response fairly quickly to my emails, the answers were in-depth explained and thoroughly thought out to offer you the best explanation. I just got my E-2 visa approved for 5 years, and I owe it all to this fantastic team! Not only did they help me with business strategy, legal advice, setting up my entity and making sure I got the best service possible, they´ve also taught me how to run a successful business in the city of New York. Thank you, Scott Legal! I highly, highly recommend their services and expertise!
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Cost

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  • Hourly Rates $ 195-595 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President & Founder
  • Scott Legal, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cleary Gottlieb
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Director
  • Credit Suisse First Boston
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Manager
  • Bank of Montreal
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Auditor
  • Ernst & Young
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Teacher's Assistant
  • University of Toronto
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • Harvard Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Toronto
  • MBA
  • 2001
  • University of Toronto
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • CPA
  • 1997
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • CA Designation
  • 1991
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Legal Cases

  • Share Offering
  • Shares Issued
  • H-1B Transfer
  • Successful
  • E-2 with small investment amount
  • E-2 Visa granted
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Human Rights Journal - Harvard
  • Primary Editor
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Legal Services NYC
  • 2012
  • Dean's List
  • Graduate School
  • 2009
  • Ontario Graduate Scholar
  • University of Toronto
  • 2000
  • Dean's List
  • University of Toronto
  • 2000
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Confederation Group
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (44)
Given (69)
Endorse Ian
Immigration Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is professional, poised, and well versed in business immigration. I highly endorse him"
Immigration Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is a leader in the community. He brings lawyers together from around the NY metro region, and is an exemplar of excellent legal practice. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is super knowledgeable and thorough. He brings passion to his work and provides creative solutions for his clients. I highly recommend Ian!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A top-notch immigration attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent immigration attorney, I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great experience and resource his clients and the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ian is an honest and very knowledgeable attorney. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable, approachable, smart, and a great resource!"
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer regardless of his peculiar first name. Seriously, Ian knows his practice area and is a pleasure to work with."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ian Scott is an excellent attorney. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his immigration practice. Mr. Scott is able to leverage his understanding of complex United States immigration law to achieve wonderful results for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Scott to anyone who needs immigration assistance."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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