Masae Y. Okura, Esq.

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Practice Areas:

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Employment
  • General Corporate
  • Immigration
  • International

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia

Education:

  • Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Tokyo Gai-Dai); B.A., Chinese, 1987
  • University of South Carolina, College of Law, Moore School of Business, J.D./ MBA, 2002

Large Law Firm Experience:

  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

Languages:

  • Japanese
  • Chinese

Ms. Okura represents multinational companies in developing global immigration strategies to bring their workforce from around the world. Ms. Okura works together with businesses to implement compliance programs with regard to H1B regulations, I-9, E-Verify, SEVIS and employment matters. Representation includes both business and family sponsored immigrant petitions (green card applications) including EB1, EB2, EB3, NIW, F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4 as well as various nonimmigrant work and training visas including E1/E2, L1, L Blanket, H1B, O, P, Q, TN, J1 and H3. Ms. Okura also advises clients on various employment matters including hiring, discipline, termination, discrimination, harassment, employee handbook, non-compete and employment agreements.

For new investors, Ms. Okura advises in selecting and forming the appropriate legal entity, and assists with contract review, real estate, loan agreements, patent and all other commercial transactions in cooperation with a team of Fisher Broyles’ partners. She also assists foreign executives and managers understand the different employment practices, immigration laws, contract laws, and the complicated legal environment surrounding businesses in the United States.

Ms. Okura routinely conducts immigration seminars and trainings for multinational companies in cooperation with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of GA, US-Japan Society of GA, Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and Consulate General of Japan in Nashville. She publishes her immigration articles on Japanese business magazines (Benricho, Y’s publication), business newsletters and Japanese language newspapers.

Ms. Okura is well versed with the unique Japanese business practices. Prior to moving to the United States, Ms. Okura worked in the securities, banking, and manufacturing industries in Japan. She has expertise in conducting business in English, Japanese and Chinese. In addition, Ms. Okura passed the U.S. CPA exam in 1997, and worked for banks and financial institutions in the fields of risk management, internal control, financial audit and securitization. Ms. Okura has examined financial statements and advised clients on potential legal issues for loan purposes. She also evaluates the financial soundness of companies to assess the employer’s financial ability to sponsor foreign nationals for immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions.

Ms. Okura is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Associations, US-Japan Society of Georgia, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Georgia Pacific Asians Bar Association and Chamber of Commerce of Metro Atlanta (International Council). She also served as a Board Member/Financial Advisor of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (currently, “Asian American Advancing Justice”) from 2012-2014. She currently serves as a general counsel to the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

Ms. Okura was born in Japan, lived in Canada, and studied in China at Beijing Broadcast University (Summer 1985) and Jinan University in Guangzhou (Spring 1986). She is fluent in Japanese, English and Chinese (Mandarin and conversational Cantonese).

Publications

  • Author – “The American Jury and the New Japanese Judicial System – The Historical Development of the U.S. Jury System” (Publisher: Edix), 02/10/ 2011, featured reading list by Japan Library Association.
  • Featured – “A different culture: How to succeed when doing business in Japan,” Smart Business Atlanta, November 2010.
  • Featured – “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, GA HB 87,” Newsletter, Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Georgia (Editors: JETRO, Consulate General of Japan), June (2009)