Inese Grate, Senior Case Manager, Jacob J. Sapochnick

Ms. Grate provides consultation on strategic investment in the United States for international clients and corporations to identify potential opportunities, create jobs, and develop successful businesses. She has helped several international and U.S. startup companies from an ideation phase through establishment and registration to securing multiple rounds of investment leveraging her wide network of financial advisors, real estate brokers, investors and industry experts. She also evaluates business plans and works on all related immigration issues including visas, licenses, and permits. She has helped in numerous cases in this area for the past few years.

Inese Grate has extensive experience in business and family immigration, corporate law as well as international business transactions, trade law, International Arbitration and European Union law encompassing both common and civil law systems. She has in-depth expertise in a broad range of sectors including hospitality, retail, financial services, consumer products, information technology, and public service. Ms. Grate is a licensed lawyer to practice in all European countries.

Ms. Grate has been a contributor and legal consultant to World Bank, Washington D.C, on matters related to the European Union public and private sector. She has provided advice to the Department of Public Sector Governance on strategic relationships between the U.S. and European corporations.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of Jacob Sapochnick, Ms. Grate was a political officer at the Ministry of Economics in the northern European county, Latvia, serving as the leading member of the international private business group practice. In this role, she developed and negotiated numerous provisions, proposals and strategies for private and public entities and presented them before the European Union Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Throughout her career, Ms. Grate has helped numerous corporations and individuals in the United States as well as several European countries in various immigration/business related issues.

Ms. Grate is an active member of the legal community. She is the chair of the Diversity Division for the San Diego Bar Association. She has several publications in the areas of business transactions, trade laws, and immigration. While not at work she enjoys playing the piano, dancing, baking, and traveling.

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Georgetown University School of Law, International Law Institute, Washington D.C. 

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

LL.M. (Master`s of Law) in International Business Transactions

University of Latvia Law School, Riga, Latvia

JD with honors

Banking Institution of Higher Education, Riga, Latvia

B.A in Finance/Business with honors

Law school of Münster University, Münster, Germany

Executive Legal Courses


European Law Moot Court Finalist

USA Latvian Association for Baltic Studies Scholarship

International Law Institute ILI Scholarship

EU Social Foundation Scholarship


The Non-conformity of Goods as the Cause of Fundamental Breach of Contract in International Trade” published in “Jurista Vārds” (Law Journal), Nr. 9 (March 4, 2008).

Equal Treatment, Non-Discrimination Rights in the View of the European Court of Justice” published in the newspaper “Nedēļa” Nr.454 (August 2006).

Construction permit in the aspect of the property rights” at (May 12, 2005).


Lawyers Club of San Diego

San Diego County Bar Association – Chair of Diversity Division Section

San Diego Rotary Club

San Diego Volunteer Program

European Union Lawyers

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