About Steffanie J Lewis

Steffanie J. Lewis, a founding attorney of The International Business Law Firm PC (IBLF), also serves as the firm’s vice president and secretary. Attorney Lewis supervises all immigration work in addition to her corporate role, routinely representing clients in immigration court and various federal circuits. She focuses her practice on the areas of immigration law, aviation law and regulation, and corporate business law, with a substantial percentage of the practice devoted to litigation. She has acted as counsel for a variety of clients, from individuals with aviation and real estate contract claims, to corporations which include an international foundation, a national medical laboratory, and an international trade association. Attorney Lewis has represented clients throughout the EB-5 process, having filed multiple EB-5 immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status applications, I-829 petitions, and also regional center representation, among other immigration matters.

Attorney Lewis is experienced in a diverse range of legal services, such as drafting and negotiating business agreements, litigating employer/employee termination issues, personal injury cases, and Constitutional issues, and she was a participant in U.S.-Russia bilateral negotiations for air transport. She has expertise in filing SEC corporate quarterly reports, drafting private placements, and preparing IPOs, and served as counsel in acquiring a $5 million city bond. Since 1999, Attorney Lewis has served as general counsel for a U.S. startup airline, Baltia Air Lines, Inc. Prior to becoming a senior attorney at IBLF, she held the position of General Counsel, Director of Legislative Affairs and Administration in the Helicopter Association International for more than five years. During her time here, she lobbied in the Department of Labor, U.S. Congress, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Transportation.

Attorney Lewis has taught several legal seminars, and has completed pro bono work in immigration and federal courts from 2003 to the present, earning the title of AILA DC Chapter Outstanding Pro Bono Representative. She has also held a variety of professional memberships which include the American Bar Association, the ABA Subcommittee on EEC ’92, and 1991 Aviation Co-Chair, Chair of the ABA Trade Association Subcommittee, American Society of Association Executives Legal Publication Trustee and Chair, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Attorney Lewis is admitted to practice law in the states of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, then went on to receive her M.B.A. from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She subsequently earned her Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law, graduating with A.B.A. and A.A.L.S. honors, and then graduated from the University of London in 1981 with her LL.M degree, where she also received the London World Affairs Council Air and Space Diploma (with merit).

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