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Gary M. Ferman
  • Proprietor


Naples, FL





Gary M. Ferman, a native New Yorker and Harvard Law School graduate, opened Ferman Law's original headquarters in London, England, in 1981.  Gary worked there for over three decades. He currently practices in Naples, Florida.  Gary understands first-hand what immigration really entails, having immigrated to England from the U.S., at age 31, obtaining settled status and later British citizenship.

For many years, Gary wrote a monthly column on legal matters and immigration issues for the local expatriate community in England in independent newspapers under the by-line "Only in America." His articles on immigration and other legal topics also appeared in "Going USA".  He has been an American Legal Affairs Commentator in England and has appeared on the BBC and Channel 5 television and Talk Radio.  Gary has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, Austria, France and the United States on U.S. immigration.

Gary was a founding member of the American Immigration Law Association's (AILA) first chapter outside North America, the AILA Rome District Chapter, and the first Treasurer of such chapter.

Areas Of Practice

  • U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law
  • U.S. Consular Law
  • U.S. federal taxation and international taxation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1972
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • Honors: Nine Postgraduate Courses in Masters in Taxation Program, 1975-1977
  • Nine postgraduate courses in Masters in Taxation Program
  • University of Sussex, Brighton
    • M.A. - 1970
    • Major: International Relations and International Law
  • University of California, Berkley, California
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Honors: With Great Distinction (Phi Beta Kappa)
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Acquisition Strategy: Legal Aspects", Corporate Investments and Acquisitions by Foreign Companies in the USA, Graham and Trotman Limited, 1979


  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, International Taxation Course in Juris Doctor (law) Programme, Notre Dame University Law School, 1982 to 1982
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Course on the Legal Environment of Business in the Masters of Business Administration Programme, United States International University – Europe, Bushey and London, 1988 to 1988
  • US Visas for International Medical Graduates, London, UK and Paris, France, 2005 to 2008
  • US Visas For Registered Nurses, London, UK, 2004 to 2008
  • Emigration as a Tax Planning Tool for High Net Worth Individuals, Kitzbuhl, Austria, 2006 to 2006
  • Treaty Investor Visa and Intercompany Transferee Visas and Consular Processing, 2002 to 2003
  • Consular Processing of Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas, 2001 to 2002
  • Estate planning for American Expatriates, 2004 to 2005
  • Acting as an Expert on US Immigration and Nationality Law, 2005 to 2009

Honors and Awards

  • The International Law List
  • Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • The Solicitors and Barristers Directory (International Section)
  • The Legal 500 Chambers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, International Law and Practice and Section on Taxation, Member
  • American Bar Association, Committee on US Lawyers Practising Abroad
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Rome District Chapter, Treasurer
  • Group of American Immigration Lawyers Overseas (GAILO), Founder Member, Steering Committee Member
  • Society of English and American Lawyers, Former Executive Committee Member
  • Harvard Law School Association, UK

Past Employment Positions

  • Graham and James, London, England (American and International Lawyers), 1979 to 1981
  • Crane and Hawkins, London, England, Solicitors, 1978 to 1979
  • Kronish, Lieb, Shainswit, Weiner & Heilman, New York City, USA, 1972 to 1978
  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (Part Time), 1970 to 1972

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of the Tax and Accounting Forum, British American Business, Inc.
  • Member of the Law Forum, British American Business, Inc.
  • The American Society in London
  • The Lansdowne Club
  • Moor Park Golf Club


  • French


  • Phi Beta Kappa