Our Attorneys

Elisa Lu
Ying "Elissa" Lu, Esq.
Ying (Elissa) Lu, Esq. is the managing attorney of the Law Office of Lu & Associates. She also serves as the Legal Counsel for the Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce of America. Prior to founding her law firm, Attorney Lu worked for well-respected law firms in China and in the United States where she concentrated on international transactions.

Attorney Lu fully understands how complex the immigration system can be on families, businesses, and individuals; in fact, she is an immigrant herself. Attorney Lu genuinely cares for her clients, has a positive attitude for excellence, and is passionate about justice and the legal system. Her background in complex business transactions and international legal background sets her apart from other immigration attorneys. Attorney Lu has an outstanding EB-5 investment immigration petition track record and she and her team have assisted numerous high net worth clients in obtaining their green cards both through EB-5 regional centers and through direct investment. She also assists those looking to raise capital through the EB-5 program as well as those seeking EB-5 regional center designation.

Attorney Lu has been interviewed frequently as an EB-5 expert. She has been interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News, New York's World Journal, and China's Zhejiang Today Morning Express, to name just a few. She is a regular speaker on EB-5 at seminars across China and the United States to help prospective investors understand the process behind filing successful EB-5 petitions.

Aside from EB-5 related matters, Attorney Lu also assists clients with National Interest Waivers, Outstanding Professor or Researcher Visas (EB-1B Visas), and Alien of Extraordinary Ability Visas (EB-1A Visas).

Attorney Lu earned her law degree from the prestigious Law School of Fudan University, a top university located in Shanghai, China. She subsequently earned the International Program Scholarship to attend the University of Iowa, where she earned a Master of Law degree. Attorney Lu is licensed to practice law in New York State and throughout China. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Xin "Michelle" Shao, Esq.
Michelle (Xin) Shao, Esq. is of counsel to the Law Office of Lu & Associates, PLLC. Michelle Shao specializes in general corporate law, corporate finance and merger & acquisition. She has extensive experience representing Venture Capital firms and start-up companies in Venture Capital backed transactions. In addition, with her Chinese law background, Michelle assisted many China-based private and public companies with their cross-border transactions, such as structuring offshore holding company for China-based high-tech companies and forming its US subsidiaries; assisting corporations in merger and acquisition, joint ventures and other general corporate matters.

Michelle previously worked in the corporate department of King & Wood, LLP, a prestigious Chinese law firm.

Michelle graduated from Peking University Law School with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She also obtained an LL.M. degree from Washington College of Law of American University.

Michelle is a licensed attorney in California as well as in New York. Michelle speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.
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