Zabrina V. Reich

Partner
Buffalo; Canada
(716) 847-5446
zreich@phillipslytle.com

Ms. Reich is a Partner and Team Leader of the firm’s Immigration Practice. 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. Ms. Reich also assists with employment-based green card processes through PERM, multinational executive/manager, national interest waiver, extraordinary ability and outstanding researcher categories. In addition, Ms. Reich handles family-based immigration matters, naturalization and waivers.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Ms. Reich 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, Ms. Reich has developed particular expertise in NAFTA/USMCA applications, waiver and admissibility issues and border-problem cases. Ms. Reich is a frequent speaker at immigration-related conferences and seminars and is very active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice

  • New York

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021-2022
  • Named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers® Rising Star, 2019-2021

Education

  • 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

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

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