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Bryan Funai advises U.S. and foreign companies on corporate structuring, business transactions, reorganizations and the establishment of subsidiaries, as well as regarding strategic development and business immigration. A founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, an Illinois “Super Lawyer,” and listed in Who’s Who Legal in Corporate Immigration, Leading Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, Bryan is a focused, astute strategist and highly effective negotiator.

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Bryan counsels clients on the establishment of corporations and limited liability companies, divestitures, consolidations and the sale of companies. He often represents clients in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, including, sales, confidentiality, purchase, acquisition, stock purchase, joint venture and license agreements. An experienced business immigration attorney, Bryan advises on the immigration ramifications of various corporate structures. He prepares business plans that comply with myriad immigration laws and advises on the immigration consequences of corporate reorganizations, worksite compliance and employment verification audits. His knowledge of all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas allows him to determine which is best suited to the needs of each client he serves. He also advises executives on their eligibility for permanent residency and the application process required to obtain this status.

In his third decade of practice, Bryan is appreciated for his extraordinary service, consistently practical advice and ability to provide value that goes far beyond the law. Bryan speaks Japanese and frequently travels to Japan to remain current with changes at the Consular Posts in Osaka and Tokyo. He has authored immigration articles for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Japan External Trade Organization, and has been a contributing author to The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (AILA), The Global Business Immigration Practice Guide (Matthew Bender) and Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers (Thomson Reuters). Bryan is frequently invited to speak at legal education and business seminars on corporate immigration topics in the U.S., Japan, the United Kingdom and China.

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  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1981
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S. Business Management, 1978


  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • Japanese


Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, Founding Member
American Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
COVID-19 Vaccinations Added to Vaccination List for Permanent Residence Applications
Persons applying for Permanent Residence (a "Green Card") either through an Immigrant Visa application at a US Consulate abroad or through…
Travel and Visa Considerations Between the US and Japan
Executive Summary As the world adjusts to the increase in COVID-19 vaccinations, and a gradual resumption of global business activity…
Applying for a US Visa During the Pandemic: Things You Should Know
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, international travel has been difficult or, in some cases, impossible. As a result, it has been…
Trump Nonimmigrant Visa Ban Expires
Executive Summary Former President Trump's Nonimmigrant Visa Ban - Presidential Proclamation 10052 - which, under the guise of…
Trump Extends Visa Suspension Proclamations Until March 31, 2021
Executive Summary On December 31, 2020, soon to be former President Trump extended his proclamations suspending the issuance of…
Department of State Issues New Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations
Executive Summary On August 12, 2020, the Department of State (“DOS”) issued a policy memorandum creating and confirming several new…
Trump Suspends Immigrant Visa Processing for Select Applicants
On April 22, 2020, President Trump (“Trump”) issued an Executive Order ("EO") which, under the guise of a national emergency due to the…
Immigration Application Denial Rates Increase by 37%
In an article by David Bier at the Cato Institute, under the current administration, immigration application denial rates increased by 37%…
E-1 Treaty Trader vs. E-2 Treaty Investor in the Age of Tariffs and Trade Wars
On March 23, 2018, in accordance with the March 8, 2018 Presidential Proclamation, the US will assess a 25% tariff on imported steel and a…
IMMIGRATION ALERT - USCIS to Reinstitute Adjustment of Status Interviews
USCIS to Reinstitute Adjustment of Status Interviews Effective October 1, 2017, USCIS will reinstitute interviews for certain adjustment of…
Speaking Engagements
Complimentary Webinar: A Chameleon's View of the Ever-Changing U.S. Immigration Policies
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the name of protecting the health of U.S. residents and preserving U.S. jobs, several…
2018 Annual Complimentary Immigration Law Update Seminar
8:00 am - Registration and Breakfast 8:30-11:30 am - Presentations Continental breakfast will be provided
Masuda Funai Ranked as Best Law Firm and Seven Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyer for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently released 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings and gave Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2020 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel in…
Bryan Funai, Kathleen Gaber and Fazila Vaid Authored an Article in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
The article "Employment-Based Permanent Resident Petitions" featured in the 2019 Immigration Law Edition of the Illinois Institute for…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2019 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Immigration Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Immigration Seminar on Friday, March 2, 2018. Approximately 100 executives…
"Trump Nonimmigrant Visa Ban Expires" - BizBuddy, April 2021
"Department of State Issues New Exceptions to Presidential Proclamations" - BizBuddy, August 2020


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005, 2008-2014
  • Leading Lawyers, 2003-2021
  • Who's Who Legal in Corporate Immigration, 2005-2021
    (Thought Leader, 2019-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2021