Zabrina V. Reich

Partner Buffalo, Canada
Zabrina Reich

Zabrina is a Partner and the Immigration Practice Group Leader.

She assists companies and individuals in strategically navigating the complex U.S. immigration system and handles a wide array of immigration matters. She works with multinational, mid-size and small businesses in obtaining TN, L-1, H-1B, E-1/E-2 and O-1 status for their employees and regularly counsels investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups in obtaining investment-based nonimmigrant visas. Zabrina also assists with employment-based green card processes through PERM, multinational executive/manager, national interest waiver, extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher categories. In addition, she handles family-based immigration matters, naturalization and waivers.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, she has counseled clients on immigration issues across several industries, including professional sports, music and entertainment, fashion, energy, health care, education, technology, engineering, manufacturing and professional services. Due in part to her proximity to the border, she has developed particular expertise in NAFTA/USMCA applications, waiver and admissibility issues and border-problem cases. Zabrina is a frequent speaker at immigration-related conferences and seminars and is very active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


Honors & Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®
  • Named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2019-2021, 2023

Education & Admissions

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management, M.B.A., 2013
  • Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law, Israel, 2011
  • University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction, 2008
Admitted to Practice
  • New York

Speaking Engagements

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  • Panelist, “Know Before You Grow: How to Prepare for U.S. Expansion,” Communitech Webinar, November 2023
  • Immigration Resource, Pathways to Tech, TechBuffalo and Be in Buffalo, September 2023
  • Panelist, “How the U.S. Is Closing the Door to Top Talent,” Buffalo Niagara Partnership Government Affairs, August 2023
  • Discussion Leader, “Northern Border Update,” AILA Upstate New York’s 2022 Northern Border Conference, October 2022
  • Panelist, “The Future of International Treaties in the Post-Pandemic and Sanctions Era,” American Bar Association International Law Section, June 2022
  • Discussion Leader, “Barriers to Entry in Employment-Based Cases: Inadmissibility, Waivers and Rehabilitation,” 2022 AILA Border Virtual Conference, March 2022
  • Discussion Leader, “TN Strategies and Trends: Consular and Ports-of-Entry,” AILA National Web Seminar, August 2021
  • Panelist, “CBP/DOS Town Hall,” AILA Canada Chapter Conference, April 2021
  • Speaker, “Employment-Based Immigration Fundamentals,” 12th Annual Northern Border Immigration Fall Conference, AILA Upstate New York Chapter, October 2020
  • Speaker, “TN Issues at the Border,” AILA National Web Seminar, August 2020
  • Speaker, “TN Visas Under the Current Administration,” AILA National Web Seminar, March 2019

Activities & Professional Associations

Present Activities

  • Child & Family Services, Certified Foster Parent
  • Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County, Former Secretary, Board of Directors

Past Activities

  • Samuel L. Green, NYS Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Buffalo, NY, Intern, 2009

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • CBP National Liaison Committee, Member, 2021 – Present
    • AILA Border Virtual Conference Committee, Member, 2022
    • AILA National Distance Learning Committee, Member, 2020-2021
    • AILA National Online Course and Recorded Content Review Committee, Member, 2019-2020
    • Upstate New York AILA Chapter CBP Liaison, 2020 – Present
    • Upstate New York AILA Chapter Education Coordinator, 2020
  • New York State Bar Association, Member

Articles & Publications


  • Author, “2022 Immigration Roundup: Cross-Border Visa Processing Delays Require Preplanning,” Invest Buffalo Niagara, October 2022
  • Author, “Corporate Immigration Challenges in 2022,” Buffalo Business First, September 2022
  • Co-Author, “Navigating INA §212(d)(3) Waivers for Employment-Based Cases: Applications with CBP and Consular Officials,” 2022 AILA Border Issues Virtual Conference Handbook, March 2022
  • Co-Author, “Canadian and Mexican TN Applications: From COVID to USMCA,” AILA National Web Seminar Publication, August 2021
  • Co-Author, “Employment Based Immigration Fundamentals: Common Temporary Options for Canadians,” The Proceedings of the 12th Annual Northern Border Immigration Fall CLE Conference, October 2020
  • Co-Author, “TN Applications at the Border: From COVID to USMCA,” AILA National Web Seminar Publication, August 2020
  • Author, “Rehabilitating TN Applications at the Border,” AILA National Web Seminar Publication, March 2019


  • Co-Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Author, AILA’s USMCA Toolbox: Practical Guidance for Practitioners with Canadian and Mexican Clients Seeking Admission under the TN, L, and B Categories, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), March 2022