Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Joey Chbeir’s appointment as Lebanon’s Honorary Consul for the State of Alabama has recently been approved by the United States Department of State. Mr. Chbeir will play a critical role in providing essential consular services including power of attorneys, legalization of documents, registration of vital records, and developing trade, investment and cultural connections between Lebanon and the State of Alabama.
The Ambassador of Lebanon to the United States, Mr. Gabriel Issa, said: “Lebanon is pleased to have an official presence in Alabama and Joey will play a critical role in strengthening existing ties and developing new avenues of cooperation. He has long been an avid advocate for strengthening the ties between Lebanon and United States, and we are proud to have him officially assist us.” Receiving the notice of his approval, Mr. Chbeir expressed his gratitude to Lebanon for trusting in his abilities to do the job. “I am extremely honored by this appointment and look forward to serving in this role,” Mr. Chbeir said. “Lebanon is my native home, where I was born and raised, but Alabama is my adopted home, where I have spent my entire professional life –almost 20 years– serving this great community. I am extremely committed to promoting strong relations between Lebanon and the State of Alabama.”
At Maynard Cooper, Mr. Chbeir co-leads the immigration practice and is an active member of International Trade & National Security practices, where he focuses on assisting individuals and companies in establishing businesses in the United States or internationally. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Chbeir counsels domestic and foreign clients, including Fortune 500 companies, and regularly handles complex litigation disputes for his clients. Mr. Chbeir is fluent in English, French, and Arabic, having studied the law in all three languages. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon and its satellite campus in New York, and has taught international transactions and compliance courses.