Partner & Certified Specialist
Lincoln Stone is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law as recognized by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Lincoln also is recognized as a preeminent immigration lawyer by peer-based ratings such as The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers publications. Lincoln has more than 30 years experience as a lawyer, which includes a federal court clerkship, work as a trial attorney with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and private practice in immigration law, business transactions and litigation.
Lincoln is renowned internationally as an expert, speaker, and author in the complex area of immigration law concerning investors and entrepreneurs. His private sector clients include thousands of high net worth individual investors from all over the world, entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises, as well as U.S. businesses and venture firms that have raised more than $5 billion in some 200 different job-creating enterprises through the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Lincoln has served as immigration counsel or expert witness in numerous litigation matters including SEC enforcement actions. He created and is Editor-in-Chief of four editions of the book Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs. From 2007 to 2012 Lincoln developed, chaired, and organized nine highly successful EB-5 investor visa conferences held for lawyers throughout the country. Lincoln served more than a decade, and five years as Chair, for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) EB-5 Investor Visa Committee. He received two individual President Commendations for his contributions to AILA and advancing the practice of EB-5 investor law.
The diversity of immigration practice at SGG involves Lincoln in representing clients in immigration and federal courts, and counseling U.S. employers on compliance issues and maintaining an employment-eligible workforce. Clients include both closely-held and publicly-traded companies engaged in business spanning a broad spectrum of the economy. Lincoln has represented scientists, researchers and scholars, and other clients with extraordinary ability.
Lincoln contributes to the volunteer professional work of various groups. He has served as Chair of AILA’s National Committee on Pro Bono Services and as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Twice, AILA awarded President Commendations for Lincoln’s leadership of national pro bono efforts. Lincoln’s pro bono work includes representation of refugees and detainees.
Publications and Presentations
Lincoln’s pioneering research and published work in the investor field ranges from 2000 to the present, with more than 40 published articles, Lincoln’s publications include among many others:
Lincoln also maintains a passion for amending the immigration laws to better accommodate immigrant entrepreneurs. Lincoln’s legislative activities are supplemented by speaking engagements on entrepreneur topics such as:
- Visa Options for Founders and Entrepreneurs
- Representing Entrepreneurs
- The Proposed Visa for Immigrant Founders and Entrepreneurs
- Investments and the Venture Capital Industry
- Immigration Solutions for Small Businesses
- Immigration Strategies for the Self-Employed