Jennifer Grady, Esq. Speaks as Expert Practitioner Panelist at SelectUSA, the Top FDI Event in the Country

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Jean-Christophe Le Feuvre and Jennifer Grady speaking on issues to consider when hiring US employees

On June 18, Jennifer Grady, Esq., spoke as a panelist at SelectUSA Investment Academy held during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., a top foreign direct investment (FDI) event in the U.S.

The Summit, hosted by Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, connects global businesses with U.S. economic development teams to facilitate investment in the U.S.  The theme of the Summit was “Grow with US” which focused on the innovative business climate in the U.S. and opportunities for investment across the country.

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This year’s Summit had a tremendous turnout with more than 2,800 international business investors, U.S. economic developers, service providers, members of the press and other key stakeholders.  Economic development organizations (EDOs) from 51 states and territories and investors from over 60 international markets were in attendance.  CEOs from BMW, Oracle, ABB, Siemens USA, GE, General Motors, and other leading global

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Economic Development Organization Exhibit Hall (Photo Courtesy of SelectUSA: https://www.selectusa.gov/2017-investment-summit)

companies were in attendance.  Senior government speakers included Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.    Continue reading

The Grady Firm, P.C. Partners with Patent Law Attorneys to Offer Broader Intellectual Property Services

usptoThe Grady Firm, P.C. continues to expand its service offerings in order to accommodate the needs of its entrepreneur clients. To that end, The Grady Firm has partnered with patent law attorneys specializing in Patent Prosecution (Pre-Filing, Patent Applications, Office Actions, Post-Grant Actions), Trademark Searches, Applications, and Monitoring; Copyrights; and Licensing Agreements.

A patent application is a request pending at a patent office for the grant of a patent for the invention described and claimed by that application. An application consists of a description of the invention (the patent specification), together with official forms and correspondence relating to the application. Continue reading

Anthony Mance, Esq. to Lead Immigration Department at The Grady Firm, P.C.

anthony-headshotThe Grady Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that Anthony Mance, Esq., has been selected to lead its international immigration practice.  Over the last three years as an of-counsel attorney to the firm, Mr. Mance has helped dozens of clients obtain citizenship, a Green Card, or a visa based on family relations, employment, or investment. Specifically, he and Jennifer Grady, Esq. have submitted successful H-1B, F-1, OPT extension, J-1, E-2, L-1A, O-1, H-4, TN, EB-3, and EB-1 applications on their clients’ behalf.

Mr. Mance is an attorney with nearly a decade of experience in immigration and business law with which he has assisted individuals and businesses with the complexities of the immigration process.  Utilizing his knowledge of international policy, immigration law, business law and finance, Mr. Mance counsels his clients in a wide variety of personal and business ventures, and specializes in helping foreign entrepreneurs establish new businesses and careers in the United States, including corporate setup.  Mr. Mance’s clients include individuals, business owners, investors, institutes of higher education, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations.         Continue reading

The Grady Firm Awards Study Abroad Scholarship to UCSD Student and Advises Students on Careers in Law

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Jennifer Grady, Esq. and Scholarship Recipient, Alexandra Gunn

On May 16, 2017, The Grady Firm provided a Friends of the International Center scholarship to Alexandra Gunn, a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  Ms. Gunn will spend a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she will study Arabic and culture in the 2017-2018 school year.

Alexandra is a student in Eleanor Roosevelt College, and is majoring in Political Science, with an emphasis on International Relations.  Currently, she is an intern for the State Department, where she was tasked to create a local refugee organization at UCSD called “No Lost Generation” (NLG).  NLG is headquartered in Amman, Jordan as part of UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts. Continue reading

Jennifer Grady, Esq. to Speak Again at the Top FDI Event in the Country, SelectUSA

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Ms. Grady as a panelist at the 2016 SelectUSA Investor Academy

For the second year in a row, Jennifer Grady, Esq. has been invited to speak at the SelectUSA Investment Summit Investor Academy on June 18, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, has been confirmed as the host of the event.  Last year, President Obama and Former Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke at the event to a crowd of over 2,500 investors and Economic Development Organizations (EDOs).  This year, it is rumored that President Trump will be a keynote speaker.  On the first day of the Summit, Ms. Grady will be providing her expertise as an immigration and employment lawyer to educate hundreds of potential foreign investors from around the world on US business culture,  employment law regulations, and visa options for entrepreneurs.

Ms. Grady’s presentation, designed for investors and Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) will be titled, “Achieving Global Mobility – Employment Structures, Visas, and Compliance Standards for Expanding into the U.S. Market.”
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The Grady Firm Attends World Trade Week Breakfast With Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as Keynote Speaker

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Former UK Prime Minster Tony Blair Addresses the Audience on his international efforts to combat religious extremism, and Trump’s First 100 days

On May 4, 2017, Jennifer Grady attended the 92nd Annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast, hosted by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles, California.  The event was attended by over 900 people connected to international business and trade in Los Angeles.

The keynote speakers were Mayor Eric Garcetti; Jack Dangermond, the billionaire founder of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI); and Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007.   Mayor Garcetti discussed what makes Los Angeles one of the premier places to do business in the world, and his hopes to make Los Angeles the site of the 2024 Olympics.  Mr. Dangermond explained how the use of interactive maps are changing the world as we know it, even in response to the international refugee crisis.

Mr. Blair explained his efforts to combat religious extremism, and commented on President Trump’s First 100 Days in Office: he wants President Trump to succeed, as his success is the US and Britain’s success.  Since leaving office, Mr. Blair has spent most of his time on work in the Middle East, Africa, and on the fight against religiously-based extremism. Continue reading

The Grady Firm Speaks USC Gould Law School LLM Students

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Jennifer Grady and Andrea Graef

On April 11, 2017, business and immigration attorneys, Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Andrea Graef, JD, LLM, spoke to a group of foreign lawyers who are earning a Masters in Law (LLM degree) from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in downtown Los Angeles, California.

As a licensed attorney from Mexico and a alumna of the program, Ms. Graef spoke to the students about her experience transitioning from student to attorney, and how proper planning is essential to obtaining a job and work visa upon graduation.  one of the more popular strategies for recent LLM graduates is to use the one year available of Optional Practical Training (OPT), and apply for an H-1B visa during that time to take advantage of the cap-gap extension.

Ms. Grady explained the various visa options in detail, including the Specialty Occupation H-1B visa, J-1 Trainee visa, and TN visa for professionals from Mexico and Canada, and the E-2 Investor Visa for new and existing US businesses and L-1A option for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs opening an office of an existing foreign business in the United States. Continue reading

The Grady Firm Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

DSC02492Thank you to all of our clients, referral partners, friends, and colleagues who attended The Grady Firm‘s Fifth Anniversary Party on April 6, 2017 at our firm’s Beverly Hills headquarters.  We had an amazing time catching up and making new connections!  We were humbled by our guests’ outpouring of support, and that many of them braved over two hours of traffic each way (and even a plane ride!) to be part of our special celebration. Our guests were able to make some new connections of their own, and have already started doing business together with their new connections.

During the event, we presented a slide show with the firm’s milestones, which you can view here.

Heartfelt thanks go to Good Heart Catering for graciously catering this event, ProChile Los Angeles for donating bottles of Chilean wine and Pisco, the California Employers Association for donating a $50 visa gift card and webinar ($109) value, and to Tom and Donna Grady for helping before, during, and after the event. Continue reading

The Grady Firm Adds Intellectual Property Department to Support Entrepreneur Clients

intellectual-propertyIn order to support the dynamic needs of its entrepreneurs and business owners, The Grady Firm, P.C. has added an intellectual property departmentIntellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

An important part of growing your business is protecting your brand, which includes your company or product name, logo, or creative content.  At The Grady Firm, we can assist you with the following intellectual property services:

  • Trademark Name Search

  • Trademark Prosecution (Applications and Maintenance)

  • Cease and Desist Letters

  • Copyright Applications

  • Copyright Counseling

  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act counseling

To schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with our intellectual property attorneys, call +1 (323) 450-9010, or schedule an appointment online.

The Grady Firm Adds Andrea Graef to its Team of International Attorneys

01-17-17-headshotThe Grady Firm, P.C. is proud to add Mariandrea (Andrea) Graef, J.D., L.L.M., to its team of dynamic and international attorneys.

Ms. Graef has always worked at the intersection of law and business. Trained in both civil and common law legal systems, she brings her global view, business acumen and experience on international transactional issues to The Grady Firm. Ms. Graef earned her law degree from the Universidad de Las Americas Puebla in Mexico, and a Master of Laws L.L.M. degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She also studied at the prestigious L’Université Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France and the Ludwig Maximilan Universität in Munich, Germany.  Ms. Graef is licensed to practice in all states in Mexico, and will be working under The Grady Firm attorneys on business, employment, and intellectual property matters in California, and all 50 U.S. states on immigration matters.

Prior to joining The Grady Firm, Ms. Graef counseled international trade companies on cross-border issues, earned extensive immigration experience, and continued her legal education in intellectual property and business law. She also worked onsite at a Fortune 100 Tech Company in California. In 2014, Ms. Graef co-founded an international consulting company and as an entrepreneur herself, is aware of the importance of understanding how business is done locally. Ms. Graef approaches every case from an international, interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective.

 Ms. Graef is fluent in Spanish and German, and proficient in French and Italian. She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA), and Barra Mexicana de Abogados.

To schedule an appointment with Ms. Graef, please call +1 (323) 450-9010, or schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation online.

Learn the Secrets Behind Starting and Building a Successful Law Firm on Feb. 21 with Jennifer Grady

law-firmOn February 21, 2016, attorney and entrepreneur, Jennifer Grady, Esq. will be teaching law school graduates how to open and develop a law firm from scratch.  Ms. Grady will provide the top 10 tips every small law firm owner should know, and will include real-world examples.  Topics will include entity formation, retainer agreements, marketing, and client retention.

loyolaThe seminar will take place at Loyola Law School on February 21, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will end with the opportunity for Q&A and networking.

To RSVP for this event, please sign up here. Continue reading

Join The Grady Firm and 2,000 Volunteers as we Adopt a Soldier Through Operation Gratitude on December 17

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Let’s join together as a community to give back to our country’s brave soldiers stationed around the world on December 17.

Operation Gratitude sends 250,000 care packages per year (almost 2 million to date!) to members of our armed services that include snacks, essentials, and letters to keep them motivated while they are away from home.

Join members of The Grady Firm, the Women Entrepreneurs Club, and nearly 2,000 other volunteers as as we participate in Package Assembly Day on December 17, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm in Chatsworth, California.

On that day, you can assist with package assembly, read/screen letters, knit scarves, or write letters to our heroes.

You can also collect items in advance of the event to bring with you, or drop them off at The Grady Firm by December 16. Continue reading

The Grady Firm Co-Sponsors event for Businesses Starting or Relocating Within California with LA Mayor’s and Governor’s Office

 

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On September 27, 2016, The Grady Firm co-sponsored an event with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce geared towards companies that are doing business in, or relocating to, California.  The event was attended by local business owners; members of the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce;  Jeff Malin, Senior Business Development Specialist at Governor Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); Eric Eide, Director of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Trade; and Jennifer Grady, Esq., business and immigration attorney at The Grady Firm, P.C. Continue reading

Much Anticipated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Report for Southern California Released at SelectLA

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Jennifer Grady, Esq. recently participated in the Select LA 2016 Investment Summit. SelectLA is the precursor to SelectUSA, a federal division of the Department of Commerce that seeks to attract international businesses to the United States. An international and domestic audience of more than 350 investors and business people attended the SelectLA summit on June 17, 2016 at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.  Panelists included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, President of World Trade Center Los Angeles Stephen Cheung, as well as many other top officials from various Los Angeles organizations such as LA Metro, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Los Angeles Ports.

Summary of FDI Report

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From left: Rodrigo Mladinic Dragicevic, Chilean Trade Commissioner; Jennifer Grady, The Grady Firm; Stephen Cheung, President of World Trade Center Los Angeles

At the summit, the World Trade Center Los Angeles released its much anticipated and expansive Foreign Direct Investment report for Southern California.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a common way for private entities and individuals, both in developed and less developed nations, to increase their wealth and capital by investing beyond their national borders. In 2015, global FDI flows amounted to nearly $1.7 trillion, making it the highest level of international capital flows in the last eight years. The United States is the recipient of more FDI than any other country, and in 2015 received $384 billion in FDI flows, the highest level since 2000. Continue reading

Immigration Options and State-Sponsored Incentives for Companies Doing Business in California Seminar at LAX Chamber on September 27, 2016

LAX chamber.pngIf you are a business that is planning to start or relocate to California, join us for an informative presentation and panel discussion with a business and immigration lawyer, and representative from the California Governor’s office and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Trade.  We will discuss little-known incentives for new businesses in California, visa options for investors and entrepreneurs, and foreign direct investment in Los Angeles.

Event Title:      

Immigration Options and State-Sponsored Incentives for Companies Doing Business in California

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Presentations begin at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, 9100 S Sepulveda Blvd #210, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hosts:

The Grady Firm, P.C. and the International Affairs and Business Development office of the Governor of California- GO-Biz, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of International Trade

Speakers:

Jennifer A. Grady, Esq., Business and Immigration attorney at The Grady Firm, PC

Jeff Malin, Senior Business Development Specialist at California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ)

Eric Eide, Director of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of International Trade

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