Ilene ZaitounaAssociate Attorney
Benjami N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2016
Michigan State University, B.A. 2013
State Bar of Michigan May 2017 – Wayne County – Third Judicial Circuit Court
As a child of immigrants who fled religious persecution, Ilene Zaitouna has developed a passionate commitment to helping others. “I feel a kinship with immigrants,” she says, “as I understand that it’s a wonderful thing to be able to come to America to work and live.” From her time in law school, when she worked for non-profits in New York and Texas that specialized in asylum cases, Ilene ultimately came to focus on business-based immigration law and practice. “It’s an incredible field,” Ilene avers, “as you are always learning something new. There is never a dull moment with the constant changing of immigration policy.”
At FGI, Ilene assists clients in the architecture and IT sectors. She handles a diverse range of immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, but focuses heavily on EB-1 (multinational manager or executive) and PERM cases and has also acquired extensive experience with EB-1 (extraordinary ability), O-1 and green card applications. “Every client,” she says, “is as important as the next. You can never give too much time and attention to a client because whether it is to come to the U.S. for school, work, or pleasure, it all matters.”
A graduate of Michigan State University, Ilene earned her J.D. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, running, and reading.