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Selling Your Services in the US: A Legal Conversation
  • Selling Your Services in the US: A Legal Conversation

Selling Your Services in the US: A Legal Conversation

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:30am to 10:30am

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World Trade and Convention Centre, Summit Suite
1800 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS, Canada





Four American licensed lawyers who practice US immigration law will share their expertise on topics including, work permits, immigration issues and services on March 28th.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. will be hosting this free event for Nova Scotia businesses who provide services, or are interested in providing services, to clients based in the United States.

The event will include a continental breakfast, and will begin with a panel discussion moderated by President & CEO, Laurel Broten.

Our panelists include:

Ellen Kief

Law Office of Ellen S. Kief is a U.S. Immigration Law Practice with a focus on U.S. Business Immigration and Family Immigration. The Firm represents both individuals and corporate clients within the U.S. and around the world. Born in Montreal, Ms. Kief is a dual national – USA and Canadian. Ms. Kief is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, and holds a British Columbia Foreign Law Permit. Ms. Kief serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the New England Canada Business Council (NECBC).

Her Immigration Law Practice includes cross-border travel, business visas, investor visas, family visas, permanent residence, NAFTA Canada/US Business visas for travel, family and U.S. citizenship. Ms. Kief is a national speaker and educator on issues related to US immigration law. As an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) her service includes: Chair of New England Immigration National Day of Action (NDA), DC; U.S. Canada Immigration Liaison; Global Migration Committee; Rome District Chapter Committee; AILA Canada Liaison Vancouver Consulate, Ambassador and NMD. She is very active in the Boston Community and served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Section for the Boston Bar Association.

Bruce Allen

Partner, Allen & Hodgman

A unique international law firm providing only full service U.S. immigration practice in Atlantic Canada, and only full service Canadian immigration practice in the United States. Services available through both offices include U.S.-Canada marriage cases; all U.S. employment based nonimmigrant visas, including TN (NAFTA), H-1B (Professional Workers), L-1 (Intra-company transfers), E-1 and E-2 (treaty investors and traders); all U.S. employment based immigrant visas, including labor certification based cases, international managers, and EB-5 immigrant investors; waivers of inadmissibility; and renunciation of U.S. citizenship. Canadian immigration services include LMIA and LMIA-exempt work permits; Citizenship Certificates; Express Entry; Provincial Nominations; and Criminal Rehabilitation.

Bruce participated in ground breaking successful litigation in U.S. federal courts against Donald Trump's January 27, 2017 Executive Order banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries.

Blair Hodgman

Partner, Allen & Hodgman

Ms. Hodgman is admitted to practice in Ohio and Nova Scotia. She provides US and Canadian immigration services for individuals and small and large businesses. Her services include assisting with work permits for professionals and others, intercompany transferees, marriages, US waivers, Canadian criminal rehabilitation, Canadian and US citizenship claims, and renunciation of US citizenship. 

Ms. Hodgman is the current vice chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Canada Chapter; and the former chair and vice chair of the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Section. She is a frequent speaker to professional conferences about US and Canadian immigration issues.

Alex Israel

An experienced business immigration practitioner licensed to practice in Canada and the United States, Alex is an associate partner with EY Law LLP. He has assisted some of the country’s largest companies with US immigration and citizenship matters. His experience includes successfully managing and directing the US immigration processes for Fortune 500 clients and start-up companies, as well as routinely making legal arguments to federal government agencies. Alex oversees a team of US attorneys and paralegals who deliver services to our clients.

Specifically, Alex provides and oversees the provision of immigration services to corporate clients in the preparation of permanent residence and temporary employment petitions and applications. 

Following the panel discussion, our panelists will be available to registrants for one-on-one meetings in ten-minute intervals from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. You must be registered for the panel discussion to be considered for a one-on-one meeting.

When registering please indicate your first and second choice for a meeting.

Meeting space will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A representative from Nova Scotia Business Inc. will contact you to confirm your time slot if you have been selected. 


Karen Williams