"If none of your clients have received a Notice of Intent to Fine (NIF), congratulations! When you do receive your first NIF from a client or a potential client, the process can be overwhelming for the client and for you as counsel. If you are retained at the NIF stage as attorney (as we have on a few cases), actions taken by your client and by ICE from the NOI (Notice of Inspection) to the NIF can have a significant effect on the process moving forward. Remember there is still time to negotiate at this stage. The fine amount listed is only a starting point." - Sharon Mehlman and Kimberley Best Robidoux, Jan. 29, 2013.