Kristi is an Associate in the Los Angeles office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She focuses her practice on U.S. business immigration, with specialization in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and the sports and entertainment sector.
Kristi has successfully represented clients on a wide variety of family-based and employment-based immigration matters. She has worked with professional and corporate clients of all sizes, from start-ups and small businesses to multinational corporations, in a broad range of industries, including technology, healthcare, finance, engineering, and hospitality. Kristi advises foreign investors, project developers, and regional centers on all aspects of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Prior to joining BAL, Kristi worked for a large global immigration firm. She was previously a partner in a small, boutique business law firm. Additionally, Kristi managed the immigration practice group of an international, full-service law firm. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Education & Admissions
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, J.D.
University of California-Irvine, B.A., Political Science
Admitted to: California State Bar
United States District Court for the Central District of California
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Orange County Bar Association
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
EB-5 Investors Magazine ̶ Top 5 Rising Stars (2018)
Author, “Recent EB-5 Program Developments and Their Impact on Vietnamese Investors,” EB-5 Investors Magazine (March 2019)
Co-Author, “House of Gold: Documenting Property-Related Source of Funds for Vietnamese Investors,” EB-5 Investors Magazine (July 2018)
Co-Author, “STEP 1: EB-5 Requirements,” EB5 Investors’ EB-5 Guide (March 16, 2021)
Speaker, “Direct EB-5 Investor Source of Funds for EB-5 Investors in the Middle East,” EB5 Affiliate Network (September 9, 2021)
Speaker, “EB-5 Investor Repayment Strategies for Direct $500K EB-5 Projects,” EB5 Affiliate Network (October 27, 2021)
Panelist, “Regional Center Program Update, Keeping Current, Looking to the Future,” EB-5 Investors Magazine’s 2019 EB-5 Expo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (March 2019)
Panelist, “Non-Chinese Source of Funds Issues,” EB-5 Investors Magazine’s 2018 EB-5 Convention, Los Angeles (July 2018)
Guest Lecturer, “Post-Graduation Options for F-1 Students,” University of California’s Singaporean Students Association, Los Angeles (2018)