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Ian C. Green


Ian Green is an associate attorney who joined Perkins Thompson in 2017 after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School. He previously worked as the firm’s summer associate in 2016, allowing him to gain valuable experience in several areas of the law by working under the direction of Perkins Thompson attorneys. Ian received the Kenneth R. Clegg award for achieving the highest combined score on the February 2017 Maine bar exam for a first time examinee.

As a member of the firm’s business and immigration practice groups, Ian offers innovative solutions and practical legal advice to Maine’s business and non-profit communities, as well as to individuals. Ian decided to go to law school after helping his wife emigrate from Canada to the United States, and witnessing first-hand the complexity and inaccessibility of the U.S. immigration system for those without formal legal training. In the years following that initial decision, Ian has made it his professional goal to assist individuals and businesses who find themselves in need of accessible legal advice, and prides himself on adding value to the operations and lives of his business and individual clients.

Although he offers a wide range of business law services, Ian particularly enjoys helping entrepreneurs consolidate new visions into entity structures designed to achieve their goals, and to navigate the often complex legal and regulatory frameworks that have become a part of the modern business landscape. In law school, Ian pursued coursework in both entity organization and corporate compliance, experiences which he has found to be particularly relevant to his current practice.  Since joining the firm, Ian has gained practical experience in tailoring corporate governance documents to the specific needs of individual businesses and helping entities find ways to achieve their compliance and transactional goals. Ian’s pre-law school career in banking has also given him years of experience working directly with businesses and business owners. As such, Ian finds himself well positioned to bridge the gap between the often insular world of legal practice and the “real world” concerns of his business clients.

Similarly, Ian’s immigration practice is founded upon the principle of helping businesses and individuals achieve global workforce and personal mobility goals within the context of an increasingly regulated and complex area of the law. His family’s personal experience of having navigated the U.S. immigration system has left Ian with a distinct appreciation for the often intimidating and complex nature of both family and employment based immigration programs. Understanding the practical barriers many individuals and businesses face in dealing with U.S. immigration agencies, Ian attempts to provide each of his immigration clients with the tools they need to both understand the immigration process and achieve their short and long term goals.  During law school, Ian spent a summer clerking for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the San Antonio (TX) Immigration Court, completed Michigan Law’s Program in Refugee and Asylum Law, served as the Editor-in-Chief of Michigan Law’s online journal of International Refugee Law (RefLaw.org), participated in naturalization clinics, and volunteered with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to represent individuals filing for Special Immigrant Visas on the basis of having assisted U.S. forces in Afghanistan as local translators. Ian also has experience with employment based nonimmigrant visa petitions for religious worker and intracompany transferees. Ian enjoys welcoming newcomers to both Maine and the United States, and he considers himself fortunate that his work as an immigration attorney affords him such opportunities on a regular basis.


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. | 2016
Honors in Legal Practice Course
Completed Program in Refugee and Asylum Law

Oakland University
B.A. International Relations | 2012
Magna Cum Laude and Honors College Graduate

Université Sainte-Anne (Pointe de l’Église, Nova Scotia)
Fall 2011 French Immersion Program
Participated via a Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada

Université Catholique de l’Ouest (Angers, France)
Certificat de langue Française
Summer 2010 French Immersion Program

Bar / Court Admissions

Maine | 2017


Originally from Metro-Detroit, Ian is thrilled to be living in the Portland area and loves to meet other New Mainers. In his free time, Ian can often be found outside experiencing all that Southern Maine has to offer with his wife Bryanne, whom he met as an exchange student in Nova Scotia. Ian also enjoys playing guitar and listening to all kinds of music. Although more conversant than fluent these days, Ian takes any opportunity to practice his French. Despite marrying into a family of Canadian hockey nuts whose allegiance to the Toronto Maple Leafs seems questionable at best, Ian will forever be a loyal Red Wings fan. Fortunately, the imminent return of professional hockey to Portland will soon give everyone a team to get behind in the interest of domestic peace, at least until the next Winter Olympics.