Building the immigration infrastructure for one billion Americans

Ellis is on a mission to simplify immigration for foreign nationals and their employers. We combine intelligent and user-friendly software with a concierge approach, to deliver a painless–and even delightful immigration experience.

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Ellis is a high-tech, high-touch immigration law firm offering premier immigration support for startups and growing businesses. We provide personalized, and practical immigration services to our clients.

Our clients have raised money from a number of different high-profile investors including Peter Thiel, M13, Kindred Ventures, Craft Ventures, and Y Combinator, and span a wide variety of industries including enterprise saas, fintech, crypto, and healthtech.

Meet the Team

Sampei Omichi

Founder & CEO

Sampei Omichi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Ellis. Mr. Omichi brings his deep expertise in immigration law and legal technology to Ellis where he oversees investor.
Prior of founding Ellis, Sampei honed his skills as a Product Manager at River, a high-tech, high-touch bitcoin brokerage. During his tenure, River experienced substantial growth, expanding the team from 4 to over 50 members and achieving a valuation exceeding $400M. Mr. Omichi holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Babson College and a Certificate of Engineering, Computer Science from Olin College of Engineering.

Ali Ramezanzadeh

Managing Partner

Ali Ramezanzadeh is the Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer at Ellis. Mr. Ramezanzadeh brings his deep expertise in immigration law to Ellis where he oversees corporate client relations, compliance, and engineering.
Prior to Ellis, Ali was a Senior Immigration Attorney at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, the world’s largest immigration law firm. Earlier in his legal career, Ali served as a Congressional Aide and Counsel to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, specializing in immigration policy and casework. Mr. Ramezanzadeh hold a Bachelors of Science from UC Davis and a Juris Doctor (J.D) from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Pritish Nair

Head of Growth

Pritish Nair is the Head of Growth at Ellis where he oversees lead generation, outbound sales and multidimensional partnerships.
Prior to Ellis, Mr. Nair immersed himself in the study abroad realm for a decade, where he grew brands like the Indian School of Business and Prodigy Finance that enabled over 20,000 students walk the India - US corridor. Mr. Nair holds a Bachelors of Design from Raffles University.

Chris Whitefield

Head of Tech & Design

Chris Whitefield is the Head of Technology & Design at Ellis, where he combines his extensive experience in product design with rapid development of cutting-edge technology. Mr. Whitefield oversees brand strategy, software engineering, and product design. He has over 16 years of experience in design and development, with a focus in fast-paced startups.
Prior to Ellis, Chris led design at various startups, including Givelify, the best-reviewed donation app. During his tenure, he designed the new Givelify logo, rebranded their B2B and B2C products, and helped Givelify's mobile giving app reach 4.9 stars with over 120k reviews.

Henry Lam

Chief of Staff

Henry Lam is the Chief of Staff at Ellis, where he builds internal tools and processes to drive operational efficiency. Joining Ellis as its fourth employee, Mr. Lam has been instrumental in fostering the company's growth and operational excellence.
Prior to his role at Ellis, Henry worked on the Partnerships team at SuperOrder (fka Forward Kitchens) where he successfully launched of over 75 restaurant brands across the United States during the challenging period of the pandemic. Mr. Lam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance as well as a certificate in Applied Statistical Analysis and Data Analytics from Chapman University.