Bryan Y. Funai

Principal, Schaumburg
Phone: 847.734.8811

Bryan Funai counsels U.S.-based and foreign clients on corporate structure, reorganizations and the establishment of subsidiaries. Mr. Funai advises clients on the establishment of corporations and limited liability companies, as well as on divestitures, consolidations and sale of companies. He often represents clients in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of contracts, including, sales, confidentiality, purchase, acquisition, stock purchase, joint venture and license agreements.

As an experienced business immigration attorney, Mr. Funai counsels clients on the immigration ramifications of various corporate structures. He prepares business plans to comply with the myriad of immigration laws and advises clients on the immigration consequences of corporate reorganizations. Mr. Funai counsels corporations on issues relating to worksite compliance and employment verification audits. Because he is familiar with all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, he advises clients on which is best suited to the needs of a multinational corporation. He also counsels executives on their eligibility for permanent residency and the application process required to obtain this status.

Mr. Funai speaks Japanese and frequently travels to Japan to stay abreast of the changes taking place at the Consular Posts in Osaka and Tokyo. He has authored several immigration articles for organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Japan External Trade Organization, and has been a contributing author in The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (American Immigration Lawyers Association), The Global Business Immigration Practice Guide (Matthew Bender) and Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers (Thomson Reuters). Mr. Funai is often invited to speak at legal education and business seminars and has spoken on corporate immigration topics in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and China.

Mr. Funai is a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2008 - 2014. Mr. Funai is listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, The Leading Lawyers Network and The Best Lawyers in America.

Practice Areas


  • Japanese


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


  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, Founding Member
  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005, 2008-2014, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, 2003-2018
  • Who's Who Legal in Corporate Immigration, 2017-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017