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Mark D. Koestler


Co-chair, Business Immigration

Phone: 212.715.9385 Fax: 212.715.8182 New York

Mark Koestler, co-chair of the firm’s Business Immigration Group, enjoys a national reputation for representing many of the world’s largest and most prestigious advertising agencies, as well as the leading talents of stage and screen. His clients include not only some of the country’s most important theater companies, but also individual actors, singers, directors, producers, writers, and designers whose extraordinary abilities have garnered them Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Cannes Lions. He also has a robust practice in the fields of banking, hedge funds, and communications.

Mr. Koestler served as the chair of the 1,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New York Chapter; was a member of AILA’s Board of Governors; and served on AILA’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison and Advocacy Committee, and on AILA’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Liaison Committee. He has also served as co-chair of AILA’s New York Chapter Corporate Practice Committee and vice chair of its Department of Labor Liaison Committee. Mr. Koestler has lectured on a number of business immigration issues at numerous regional and national conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, as well as programs sponsored by ILW.com, the New York State Bar Association, and several universities and corporations.

Mr. Koestler was ranked as one of the top 20 business immigration lawyers in the nation by Human Resource Executive magazine (2011-2015). He is also recognized for his standing in the field by The Best Lawyers in America (2001-2016), The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2003-2014), Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2015), Chambers USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2006-2015), Legal 500 US (2009-2015) and New York Super Lawyers (2006-2014). He has also been quoted in a number of newspapers and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, New York Law Journal, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and Daily Variety, and he has appeared on CBS News and Fox News.

J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, 1991
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Advocacy, 1991
A.B., Hamilton College, 1988
New York, 1992
    -American Immigration Lawyers Association
    -Mentor for Extraordinary Ability cases (2003-present)
    -Customs and Border Protection Liaison and Advocacy Committee (2011-2012, 2006-7, 2005-6)
    -DHS/USCIS Ombudsman Liaison Committee (2004-5, 2003-4)
    -Annual Conference Planning Committee (2002-3)
    New York Chapter
    -Chapter Chair (2003-4)
    -Vice Chair (2002-3)
    -Secretary (2001-2)
    -Treasurer (2000-1)
    -Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Committee (1999-2000)
    -Vice Chair, Department of Labor Liaison Committee (1998-9)