Havard University, B.A., 1970
William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1978
Awards & Honors
Lawyer of the Year in Immgration Law, Minnesota, The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
Top 20 in the World in Corporate Immigration Law, Who's Who Legal , 2012
Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Foreign Student Advisors, 2003
President's Commendation Award, American Immigration Lawyer's Association, 2000
Scott M. Borene, Senior Attorney and President of the firm, was born in Minneapolis. He attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a National Merit Scholar. After his graduation from Harvard, he attended William Mitchell Law School in Minnesota. Since establishing his law practice in 1979, he has had more than 30 years of immigration law practice experience.
From 1997 to 2003, Scott Borene served as an elected Director and Member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA. From 2000 to 2002, he was National Chair of the INS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee. In 1999, he was appointed as the National Chair of AILA’s INS Headquarters Adjudications Liaison Committee. In 2000, he was selected to receive a President’s Commendation Award “For Setting a New Standard in INS Headquarters Liaison.”
In 2002, and again in 2004, he was selected as Conference Chair of AILA’s Global Immigration Summit, the world’s largest conference of global immigration lawyers, in New York City. In 1995, Scott Borene was selected as the Chair of the AILA 1996 National Conference Program Committee, responsible for selecting the national expert speakers and topics for the AILA Annual Conference, the world’s largest immigration law conference. Scott Borene served two terms (1992-1994) as Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the Minnesota-Dakotas Region. He has also served as Chair of the F-1 Students/NAFSA National Liaison Committee, Chair of the INS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, and as a Member of the USIA Liaison Committee.
Mr. Borene served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world’s largest global bar association, based in London, U.K. from 2004 – 2006. He is a past Chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and a current Member of the International Section Council of the MSBA. From 1995 to 1998, Scott Borene was Vice Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the American Bar Association International Law Section.
In 1981, he represented the petitioner in the successful appeal of the Crystal Shamrock employment-based immigration case, obtaining a very favorable decision for the U.S. employer and the international worker. Other leading immigration attorneys have described Crystal Shamrock as “the best decision” they have seen on the critical issue of “business necessity” in Labor Certification cases.
Mr. Borene taught Business Law and Economics at the Minnesota School of Business. He has also served as an Editor of appellate court cases for the leading legal publisher in America, the West Publishing Company, and he was Executive Editor of the Minnesota Law Journal.
He has written many articles on immigration law and frequently serves as a principal speaker on immigration law topics. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Global Immigration Guide: A Country by Country Survey (AILA, 2005), Global Immigration Guide: Crossing Borders for Business (AILA, 2002) and of Thinking Beyond Borders: 2004 Global Immigration Summit Handbook (AILA, 2004) and Editor of Going Global, Trends in Outbound Immigration (AILA, 2009). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2005), AILA’s leading Expert Occupational Handbook on immigration issues in higher education. In 1999, he served as Editor of AILA’s reference publication INS Forms for Applications and Petitions. Scott Borene’s article “Dr. Yes – Some Practical Strategies for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Immigrant Visa Cases of Health Care Professionals,” was originally published in the 1993-1994 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook.
He was the principal immigration speaker for the American Law Institute – American Bar Association Course of Study: “Going International…? Fundamentals of International Business Transactions,” at the Stanford University Law School in Palo Alto, California, in 1999. Internationally, Scott Borene was invited as the speaker on US Immigration Law at the International Bar Association’s 1998 International Business Immigration Seminar in London, UK and the IBA’s World Congress in Melbourne, Australia in 1994. He was also the principal speaker on US Immigration Law at the First Global Payroll Management Conference in Toronto, Canada sponsored by the American Payroll Association. In 1996 and 2001, he was invited to contribute the lead article on United States Immigration Law to the first and third editions of An International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.
He has been invited as a speaker at all AILA National Conferences since 1993, chairing the sessions on Global Immigration in 2005 and 2004, on “Professors and Researchers” and “INS Service Centers” in 2002 in San Francisco, “Consular Processing Practice Roundtable” in 1998 in Houston, speaking on “F-1 Students” in 1997 in Orlando and in 1999 in Seattle, “Going Global: Temporary Work Permit/Visa Options Around the World” in 1996 in Phoenix, “Nurses” in 1995 in Atlanta, “Extraordinary and Exceptional Ability and National Interest Waivers” in 1994 in San Francisco and “Medical Personnel – Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Occupations” in 1993 in Toronto, Canada. In May 2003, Scott Borene was an invited expert at the NAFSA National Conference speaking on “Advanced Issues in Permanent Residence.”
Mr. Borene is authorized by federal law and regulation to represent clients before all US immigration courts and offices worldwide. He is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association (Business, International and Immigration Law Sections), NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, the International Bar Association, an Associate Individual Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a charter member of the American Immigration Law Foundation. Scott Borene is also a member of the Council of the Global Employment Institute and theNorth Dakota Petroleum Council. He is a Director of the Norwegian American Oil Corporation and Leraas Resources, LLC.
Scott Borene concentrates his immigration practice primarily on employment-related and business immigration matters, particularly cases involving scientific, technical and health care professionals, educators, executives, investors and entrepreneurs.
Member of Minnesota State Bar Association, Sections: Immigration, International Business, Business, Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment
Member NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Member National Association of College and University Attorneys
Member American Immigration Lawyers Associaiton
Member International Bar Association