Sevil Ozisik was born in Turkey, and received her LL.B degree from Dokuz Eylul University Law Faculty in Izmir, Turkey in 1990 and her LL.M degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994.
Sevil Ozisik is a licensed attorney and an active member of Istanbul Bar Association in Turkey. After graduating from a law school in Izmir, she worked at Turunc & Savascin law firm and gained significant experience dealing with international commercial transactions, international transportation and maritime law disputes, commercial litigation, trade and copy mark disputes and contracts.
Sevil Ozisik has been a resident of the U.S. since 1992. After graduating from Temple Law School, she relocated to New York, passed the bar examination and became a member of New York Bar Association. Attorney Ozisik has worked at New York State law firms including Harris & Harris, Neil A. Weinrib & Associates, and Zurhellen & La Rue for five years before founding her law firm in 1998. She has been a managing partner of Haker & Ozisik LLP, a boutique law firm, with five attorneys in New York. Attorney Ozisik’s specialization includes immigration and related corporate transactions.
Most recently, Sevil Ozisik started a new partnership, Tooma & Ozisik LLP in August 2010 and extended its personalized, client driven business immigration practice with offices in New York City and also New Jersey. In servicing the immigration-related needs of employers in a full spectrum of industries including, finance, hospitality, travel, manufacturing, energy, multi-media and technology, Ms. Ozisik either partners with human resource personnel or manages their foreign national personnel program entirely, in obtaining temporary and permanent (green card) visas for business, scientific, managerial and executive personnel. Through her substantial experience with all work-related visa classifications (H-1B, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, E-1, E-2, TN, O, P), she is able to provide both short-term and long-term strategic guidance in the employer/employee relationship. Her representation also includes that of outstanding researchers, extraordinary ability foreign nationals and those seeking national interest waivers. Ms. Ozisik has been active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association and also a member of the American Bar Association. She has participated in the New York City Bar Associations’ pro bono programs to assist battered women and children.
Besides, her busy legal career, Ms. Ozisik has been an active member of Turkish American business community. She has been serving for Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TACCI)’s Board of Directors since its establishment in 2002. She has served for two terms as the board secretary and most recently completed her two years as the president of TACCI after being elected by the general assembly consists of the most successful executives of Turkish American companies established in the U.S. Her most noteworthy Chamber programs include a partnership between Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and TACCI naming Turkey as the VIP partner country in 2009 to increase business and investments between Turkey and New York City, Renewable Energy Conference at the Levin Institute, Buffalo Trade Mission, Conference on the Implementation of Continuous Process Improvement with Lean Six Sigma, Adana Economical Forum in Turkey on the topic of The Business Opportunities in the U.S. with the participation of Mr. Sam Natapoff (Senior Advisor to the Governor of New York State for International Commerce and Development), and most recently, the Annual Power Dinner held together with Globond International. She is now acting as TACCI’s vice president as of March 2010.
Lastly, Ms. Ozisik is also an elected member of American Regional Committee of the World Turkish Business Council (DTIK). The World Turkish Business Council is a newly established Business Council which is composed of Turkish companies operating outside of Turkey, business associations established by Turkish businessmen in foreign countries, senior executives of Turkish origin in leading multinational corporations and other international institutions. The Chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and DEİK is the Chairman of the World Turkish Business Council and it has its board of executives and its own General Assembly which convenes annually.
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