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Lois (Nuo Jia) L.

Lois (Nuo Jia) Li

77 reviews
Lois Li is a commercial attorney with extensive experience in business law. She primarily focuses on assisting startup and small businesses. Lois served as an in-house and outside counsel in the past. She has a license to practice law in two countries, including the United States and Canada. Lois is able to assist clients in Chinese and English. She completed a degree in law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Lois is currently an attorney at Alpine Law PLLC.
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Sarah Corstange

96 reviews
Sarah’s practice, Corstange Law, focuses on immigration for startups and businesses to help them come up with strategies to keep their founders, investors, and employees in the US. She provides all of the necessary advice to ensure her clients stay in compliance with the immigration laws. Her interest in international law inspired her to live and travel in the Middle East for years.
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Ayda A.

Ayda Aghnami Akalin

13 reviews
Ayda Aghnami Akalin is inspired by the extraordinary talents of her clients. Practicing U.S. Immigration-Nationality Law, Ayda advises foreign entrepreneurs, investors, artists, scientists, and athletes on inbound U.S. immigration and visa matters. For three years running (2013, 2014, 2015) Ayda has been named both a “Rising Star” (Super Lawyer) and Top Immigration Attorney (Pasadena Magazine).
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Mari R.

Mari Ribeiro

2 reviews
Mari Ribeiro is both a corporate attorney and a business woman. She specializes in providing legal services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Mari is exceptionally experienced in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as mergers and acquisitions. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and received her legal degree from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law School. Since May 2016, Mari has been acting as the principal attorney at her own legal firm.
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Pascal S.

Pascal Schunk

2 reviews
If you’re in need of an attorney who specializes in immigration law, Pascal Schunk may the attorney you’ve been searching for. Since 1999, Pascal has worked exclusively in this field. His firm, Schunk Law, defends immigrants in deportation trials, provides counsel in family immigration matters, and helps businesses with engaging the workers they need from around the globe.
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Evelyn S.

Evelyn Suero

2 reviews
At Suero Law, Evelyn Suero handles legal needs of entrepreneurs and entertainment professionals. She handles corporate formation matters, contracts, trademark & copyrig... read more
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Vale G.

Vale Gonzalez

2 reviews
I am a licensed Oklahoma attorney with a background in criminal law, immigration law and trust and estate law. I strive to provide quality work in a timely manner, and set ... read more
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Heshmat A.

Heshmat Ali

Heshmat Ali is a corporate attorney who has been practicing law for over a decade. He is licensed to practice law in California and obtained his legal degree from the Southwestern Law School. Heshmat specializes in reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. He also deals with legal cases related to immigration law. Heshmat often provides his legal assistance to startup companies. He served as an attorney at the Orange County Public Defender between 2008 and 2014.
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Stephany G.

Stephany Garcia

Stephany Garcia is experienced in numerous legal practice areas, including immigration law, real estate law, labor and employment law, as well as debt and bankruptcy. Stephany is licensed to practice law in Florida. She received her J.D in law after she graduated from the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad Law Center. Since January 2014, Stephany has been an associate attorney at Florido & Associates, P.A.
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Some of the types of visas that the Washington DC immigration attorneys on UpCounsel have helped clients obtain include: H-1B visas, which is for temporary employment in specialty occupations, O-1 visas, where an individual possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, L-1, which is for employees of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad, E-2 visa, which is for investors, along with several other popular work visas.

Whether you or your company requires advice on obtaining a work visa for an executive, employee, or foreign national in regards to U.S. immigration or matters abroad such as: visitor visas, employee work visas, legal permanent residence (green cards), investor visas, and citizenship - our immigration attorneys can help you throughout the entire process.

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