Masae Okura’s practice focuses on immigration, employment and general business matters. Ms. Okura represents multinational companies investing in the United States by advising on selecting the appropriate legal entity and immigration options. Her immigration practice encompasses both business and family sponsored immigrant petitions (green card applications) including EB1, EB2, EB3, NIW, F2A, F2B, F3, F4 as well as various nonimmigrant visa programs including B1/B2, E1/E2, F1/F2, H1B/H3/H4, I, J1/J2, K, L1/L2, L Blanket, M, O, P, Q, R, TN/TD, etc. Ms. Okura also advises on naturalization, work and travel permit, and immigration matters in Japan, Brazil and other countries. Ms. Okura’s knowledge in business and accounting allows her to guide companies in evaluating their business plans and assessing their financial ability to sponsor foreign nationals for immigrant and non-immigrant petitions.
Ms. Okura also assists foreign executives and managers in understanding the different employment practices, contract laws, and the complicated legal environment surrounding businesses in the United States. She has counseled and advised clients on hiring, discipline, termination, discrimination, harassment, employee handbook, non-compete and employment agreements. In cooperation with a team of Taylor English partners, she also assists multinational companies on various contract agreements and other areas of laws including trademark, environment, import/export, FDA, U.S. customs, and real estate.
Ms. Okura is well versed in unique Japanese business practices. Prior to moving to the United States, Ms. Okura worked in the manufacturing industry in Japan researching the semiconductor market, investment opportunities, and conducting business in English, Japanese and Chinese. She translated numerous business, legal, financial, accounting and technical documents in these three languages. In addition, Ms. Okura passed the U.S. CPA exam, and worked for banks and financial institutions in the fields of risk management, internal control, financial audit and securitization. With her global business experience and cultural background, Ms. Okura supports foreign executives and managers in understanding and navigating their business in the complicated legal environment of the United States.
Ms. Okura is an author of the publication, “The American Jury and the New Japanese Judicial System – The Historical Development of the U.S. Jury System” (Publisher: Edix), February 10, 2011, which was featured by the Japan Library Association on their recommended reading list. Her articles were also featured in the following publications: "A different culture: How to succeed when doing business in Japan," (Smart Business Atlanta), November 2010; "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. Ms. Okura contributes to the Japanese community by conducting seminars, trainings and publishing articles featured in Japanese business magazines, newspapers and websites.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Georgia Bar Association
Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG)
US-Japan Society of Georgia (JAGS)
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, General Counsel
Kennesaw State University Asian Studies Program, Board Member
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (currently, “Asian American Advancing Justice”), Board Member/Financial Advisor, 2012-2014
- Mandarin (Chinese)
- November 3, 2017
- "Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, GA HB 87," Japanese Chamber of Commerce in GeorgiaJune 2011
- "The American Jury and the New Japanese Judicial System - The Historical Development of the U.S. Jury System," EdixFebruary 10, 2011
- Masae Okura featured on "A Different Culture: How to Succeed When Doing Business in Japan," Smart Business AtlantaNovember 2010
- September 18, 2017
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Tokyo Gai-Dai), BA Chinese, 1987
University of South Carolina, College of Law, Moore School of Business, MBA, 2002