"My experience is that all people, no matter their place in life, need caring assistance in their struggle with the Immigration Service."
Mark Ivener's Story
After graduating from UCLA School of Law in 1967, Mark got his first job in the California Attorney General's office where he did joint prosecutions with the Department of Labor and Immigration Service, representing a state agency in licensing matters against employment agencies. It was in this position that Mark was able to negotiate with the government to allow undocumented workers to remain in the U.S. in exchange for their testimony against these agencies.
After four years, Mark had acquired insight about the public sector and personal connections with the decision- makers in the immigration field, and was ready for private practice. He went on his own in 1972, with his past experiences motivating him to focus on immigration law. During the first 20 years of Mark's practice, he primarily represented individuals in family and employment immigration matters. In the past15 years, his practice has shifted to primarily representing corporations in all of their business and entertainment immigration matters. In addition he has developed an EB-5 Green Card practice for foreign investors. Mark was always someone who could empathize with people and explain things clearly, and he realized that these skills were crucial in an immigration practice.
For twenty years Mark was a board member of the Ojai Foundation, a non-profit retreat center whose mission is to strengthen individuals, families, schools and communities in support of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceful world. He started to take on pro bono cases for seminar leaders, and since resigning three years ago, Mark continues to assist religious workers from Buddhist and other non-profit organizations that are connected to the Ojai Foundation.