Poorvi Chothani

Poorvi Chothani, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner

[email protected]

EDUCATION

  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Advocate, the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa
  • Attorney, the New York State Bar

ADMISSIONS

  • Maharashtra and Goa
  • New York
  • England and Wales

SUMMARY PROFILE

Poorvi Chothani is the founder and managing partner of LawQuest, a law firm in Mumbai, India with offices in Bengaluru and Florida. LawQuest’s areas of practice include Corporate Law, Employment law and Immigration Law. She is also the managing partner of The Law Office of Poorvi Chothani, PLLC, Florida.

Poorvi’s established LawQuest in 2003 and has vast experience in immigration, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial laws. She has worked on legal and immigration matters with large, local and international clients, including renowned international consulting firms, Indian and American banks and investor relations companies, multi-jurisdictional business processing companies, pharmaceutical and health product organizations to name a few, helping them achieve their business goals in India and abroad.

Poorvi, the current President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (Western Region) holds the position of Vice Chair of a committee at the American Bar Association and is Conference Liaison Office in a committee at the International Bar Association. Poorvi is the past chair of the conference committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Bangkok District Chapter (BDC). She has also been a member of the Steering Group of AILA’s Global Migration Section (GMS) and has served co-chair of the section and as conference chair for the Section’s Global Migration Forums in 2012 and 2013.  Poorvi has served on multiple AILA committees and is an active member of the AILA’s Bangkok and Rome District Chapters.

Poorvi has been the past president of The American Alumni Association (AAA), Mumbai (2008-2010), the convener of the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF), Mumbai Chapter and a founding member of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) India Chapter. Poorvi currently serves as the Regional President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce’s Western Region Council (IACC – WIC) and she is actively involved in cross-border work between the two countries. She also speaks at various AILA, EB-5 and IBA conferences on Indian, U.S. and global immigration matters.

Poorvi has contributed several articles in leading publications (print and electronic) on several legal matters. She has authored extensive articles on US consular processing at New Delhi and Kolkata for the Consular Handbook issues published by the ILW and AILA. She has written a similar piece for Interpreter Releases on US consular processing at the Mumbai Post. The media often seeks Poorvi’s opinion on legal issues affecting Indo-US business. She is often quoted in the Economic Times and Business Standard, India’s leading business dailies and on radio and CNBC-TV 18 and Zee Business News. Poorvi is frequently invited to speak on US and global legal and immigration issues at events organized by India’s premier, national organizations including the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, the Indian Merchants Chamber and the Federation of Indian Exporters to name a few.

Poorvi has since 2009, been nominated each year, amongst the world’s leading immigration private practice lawyers in “Who’s Who Legal”, which recognizes her as a Though Leader Corporate Immigration 2018. She was also nominated for the prestigious ICICI-CNBCTV18 Emerging India Awards as “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year–SME” for 2013.

She is actively involved in fund raising activities for education related charities and under her leadership, the team at LawQuest renders pro-bono services to several charitable institutes throughout the year.

Poorvi ​was listed as one of the top 100 women lawyers in India.

Poorvi’s hobbies are dancing, cooking and gardening. She has traveled to more than 42 countries.

PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS

  • Panellist and speaker – “Raising EB-5 Capital in India: Separating Fact from Fiction” – EB5 Investors Magazine’s 2018 Las Vegas EB-5 & Global Investment Immigration Convention, January 26-27, 2018, Las Vegas
  • The Facts on Immigration Programs for Indian Citizens: a look back, and forward” – 2017 Mumbai EB-5 & Investment Immigration Expo Speakers, October 2017
  • Hot Topics in Global Migration” – 2017 AILA Global Immigration Forum, June 2017
  • Dabbling in a Global Practice: Important Ethical Issues to Consider” – 2017 AILA Annual Conference, June 2017
  • “Skilled Workers & Compliance” – 8th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference November 15 – 17, 2017 London
  • Dabbling in a Global Practice: Important Ethical Issues to Consider” – 2017 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 2017, New Orleans;
  • Hot Topics in Global Migration” 2017 AILA Global Immigration Forum – Managing Global Immigration in a Protectionist World – Are We Singing the Blues?, June 2017, New Orleans;
  • Curated, chaired and moderated at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce’ Seminar on US Immigration – Is the US Really Closing its Doors?  held in April 2017 in Mumbai, India.  Also conducted a training session on Nuts n Bolts of US-India Business Immigration;
  • Managing Mobile Employees” – 5th Asia Pacific Regional Forum IBA Biennial Conference: Resilient Asia – Fighting Global Headwinds, February 2017, Mumbai, India
  • Consular Processing” – AILA Bangkok District Chapter – APAC 5th Annual Consular Processing Conference, February 2017, Chennai, India;
  • Winning at the Consular Game” – AILA Annual Conference – 2016 on Immigration Law, Las Vegas
  • What to do When the Post Says No” – AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria
  • Engaging the Best Talent in the World – Challenges and Tips from HR Leaders and Consular Officers” –  An exclusive all-day event organized and hosted by Poorvi in Mumbai, 2016
  • Seminars on US and Global Immigration in Mumbai, Bengaluru & Ahmedabad, 2016
  • Current Issues with L-1B Adjudications” – AILA RDC-EMEA London Fall Conference – 2015
  • Global Transfers, Skilled Workers, Employer Compliance” IBA Conference – 2015, London
  • Hot topics for Hot Jurisdictions” – AILA Global Immigration Forum-  2015, Washington DC
  • The Consular Posts Strike Back – Advanced Consular Processing Issues for Business Visas” – AILA Annual Conference – 2015, Washington DC
  • When the Tornado Hits: Crisis Management in the Face of Disaster” IBA Annual Conference – 2014, Tokyo
  • Managing Global Immigration – Innovation, Growth and Management” AILA Global Immigration Forum – 2014, Boston
  • LawQuest co-hosted a CXO Forum in association with More Than HR (MTHR) – 2014 Indian and Global immigration
  • Update on U.S. Immigration Reform Initiatives: How They May Impact Indian Businesses” – Indian Merchants Chamber – 2014
  • H-1B Visas: Preparing for the Filing Season – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” – Annual seminar series, IACC, Mumbai and Bengaluru 2014
  • Managing Global Immigration – Innovation, Growth and Management” – Global Migration Forum 2014, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Boston
  • Panel speaker at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 6th Biennial Global Immigration Conference, London, speaking on “Hot Tips for Indian Immigration
  • Panel speaker on “Consular Processing/Immigrant Petitions: It’s as Straight Forward as Skateboarding Lombard Street” at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in San Francisco, U.S
  • The U.S. conference chair at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Global Migration Forum titled “Navigating a Global Practice through Dynamic World Markets” held in June 2013 in San Francisco, California
  • Attended the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Conference 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The topic covered was “The Future of Law & Business in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Discussion leader for a series of three teleconferences on “Global Migration” organized by Immigration Law Works (ILW.Com)
  • Conference co-chair at the Global Migration Forum of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Global Immigration Forum in Nashville, Tennessee. The topic for the forum was a detailed discussion on “Workforce Globalization: An International Immigration Law Perspective
  • Speaker and panelist on the Immigration Committee Panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference in San Diego. She also spoke at AILA’s Global Forum–Indian Immigration on “Consular Processing

PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS

  • Poorvi spoke to a select audience at the IMC on “Update on U.S. Immigration Reform Initiatives: How They May Impact Indian Businesses
  • Poorvi attended the 6th Biennial International Bar Association’s (IBA) Conference in London, UK. The topic of discussion was “BRICS Countries & Emerging Markets
  • Poorvi has hosted a series of seminars on H-1B Visas: Preparing for the Filing Season – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities in both Mumbai and Bengaluru annually
  • Poorvi was a Discussion Leader for the AILA Global Immigration Forum in Boston. Her panel topic was “Managing Global Immigration – Innovation, Growth And Management

PUBLICATIONS

  • Contributed to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2015 report’s 12th edition
  • Changes in the Indian Immigration System” –  American Bar Association (ABA) – Year End Review; 2014 and 2015
  • Amendments to Social Security Parameters in India” – Financier Worldwide
  • Evacuation and Exit Visas” – International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Employee Stock Option” – Published online for Entrepreneurindia.com
  • Social Media and Networking” – International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Sexual Harassment at the Work Place” – American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Indian Business Visas” –  American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)  2014
  • Global Mobility Handbook” – Poorvi is the editor and author of three chapters (The United States, the United Kingdom and India) 2012 and 2013 and 2015 edition (2017 edition in process)
  • Poorvi has co-authored an article on “Cross Border Immigration Law” for the Thomson Reuters European Law­yers Reference Series
  • Indian Visas – An Update” – Poorvi is the co-author for this article published by the International Bar Association (IBA) in September, 2012
  • Getting the Deal through – Corporate Immigration” India, 2012 and 2013, – Poorvi is the co-author for this article for the Law Business Research, Official Research Partner, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Medical Visas” – Poorvi authored the article for the India Law News (ILN)
  • Acquiring Indian Citizenship” – Poorvi co-authored the article for the International Bar Association (IBA) in May, 2012
  • An Overview of Business Travel to India” – The article was co-authored by Poorvi and published in the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) Email Magazine, e-zette for their 2011 issue
  • The Road to Independence” – This prestigious publication for the American Bar Association (ABA), is a book that has 101 contributing woman authors. Poorvi was one of the 101 women lawyers from all over the world who wrote about how they set up their own law firms
  • Poorvi has written for many publications such as Interpreter Release, New York State Bar Journal, articles on www.ilw.com, India Law Journal (ILW), New Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, Money Talk, Asia Law Journal, Manupatra Intellectual Property Reports, Manupatra Newsline, NASSCOM’s Portal, and The Economic Times