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Karen Weinstock

Managing Attorney

10.0Karen Weinstock

Karen Weinstock is the managing attorney of Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, the premier immigration law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 16 years of experience, she has developed expertise representing U.S. and international companies in securing global talent and ensuring the employees and their families have a good experience in immigrating to the United States.

Karen was born and raised in Israel and immigrated to the United States in 2000. Her genuine passion for immigration law is a direct result of her personal experience as an immigrant. This ability to identify and empathize with immigrants, and her commitment to excellence in obtaining results for her clients differentiate her as one of the top immigration attorneys in the South.

Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law

  • Employment-based non-immigrant visas: H-1B, L-1, E-1, E-2, O, TN, J
  • Employment-based immigrant petitions: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3
  • Labor certifications (PERM)
  • Permanent residence for intra-company executives and managers
  • Permanent residency for people with extraordinary & exceptional ability in the sciences and arts
  • Training and educating company management and HR on ex-pats

Awards and Honors

  • AVVO’s 10.0 out of 10.0 superb rating.
  • Leader of one of the Best Immigration Law Firms, “Best Lawyers in America”, 2014 – present.
  • Best Lawyers in America, Immigration, “Best Lawyers in America”, 2010 – present.
  • Selected by her peers as a top corporate immigration attorney in “The Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers”, IBA & American Bar Association International Section, 2010-present.
  • International Women of Influence Nominee, Global EXEC Women and the International Council, 2008.
  • Martindale-Hubble’s preeminent AV rating (5.0 out of 5.0), 2007 – present.

Raju Patel

Business Immigration Attorney

Rajeshri (Raju) Shah Patel is an immigration attorney at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers managing the business immigration practice. Raju specializes in employment-based immigration as well as family-based immigration. She represents employers all over the country and has represented individuals throughout the world with their immigration process.

Raju has successfully worked with both small and large companies in meeting their business needs and making sure they are able to keep their important employees legally in the U.S. or bring them from abroad. She consults with both the company and the employee to determine the best, most efficient process that will accomplish everyone’s goals. She has also filed numerous mandamus law suits in federal courts in order to help her clients obtain approvals for their delayed applications.

Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law

  • Non-immigrant visas: B-1, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, E-1, E-2, R-1, J-1, O-1, TN, F-1
  • Employment-based immigrant petitions: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3
  • Labor certifications (PERM)
  • National Interest Waivers
  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Family based immigration including I-130, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
  • Removal of Conditions (I-751)
  • I-601 Waivers of Inadmissibility, and I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
  • K-1 and K-2 fiancée visas and all other consular applications
  • K-3 and K-4 spouse visas
  • USCIS Interviews
  • J-1 visa waivers
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions

Leslie Diaz

Family Immigration & Deportation Attorney

10.0Leslie Ann Diaz

Leslie Diaz is an attorney with Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. Ms. Diaz practices immigration law exclusively, specializing in removal defense, family-based immigration, immigration consequences of criminal offenses and federal and appellate court litigation. She also has expertise with several types of employment-based applications, including National Interest Waivers, EB-1 petitions for extraordinary ability and outstanding professors and researchers, and O visas for people with extraordinary ability in the arts, business and sciences.

Attorney Diaz has represented clients in Immigration Courts throughout the country to obtain relief from removal. She represents detained clients in bond proceedings. Additionally, she has extensive experience filing appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal Courts of Appeals. Several of her federal appellate court victories have resulted in published decisions, meaning that they have set new precedents for other courts to follow. Ms. Diaz frequently files lawsuits in federal courts to obtain immigration benefits for her clients. She regularly appears before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and works on consular proceedings abroad, on behalf of foreign nationals seeking family- and business-based immigration benefits.

Ms. Diaz previously served as a Staff Attorney for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, where she assisted the appellate judges in analyzing immigration cases. She has also practiced in the areas of criminal and commercial litigation. Ms. Diaz graduated from Emory University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 2000.

Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law

  • Immigration Court representation in removal proceedings and deportation defense.
  • Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and other immigration appeals.
  • Federal Court Litigation, including appellate court Petitions for Review and district court Mandamus and Administrative Procedures Act (APA) lawsuits.
  • Criminal grounds for removal and inadmissibility.
  • Releasing clients from immigration detention and securing bonds in removal proceedings.
  • Cancellation of Removal for LPR and non-LPR.
  • Asylum – both before USCIS and the immigration court.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization.
  • Family based immigration including I-130, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing.
  • I-601 Waivers of Inadmissibility, and I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers.
  • Removal of Conditions (I-751).
  • K-1 and K-2 fiancée visas.
  • K-3 and K-4 spouse visas.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization.
  • USCIS interviews.
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Nellie Navidi

Family Immigration Attorney

Nellie Navidi is an immigration attorney at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers and manages the firm’s family immigration practice area. Nellie has practiced immigration law for over a decade. Although she focuses primarily on family-based immigration and naturalization cases, she is experienced in all areas of immigration, including employment-based immigration and represented many Fortune 500 clients. She has worked as an attorney in multiple settings, including for the U.S. Government, Non-Profit Organization, large law firms, and her own immigration practice, giving her a comprehensive perspective and a diverse client base in immigration law. Ms. Navidi previously held the position as Director of Immigration Services at the Latin American Association, where she assisted pro-bono and lower income individuals and families. Later, she was an Associate Attorney at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, & Walker, where she guided executives and professional clients through their immigration applications in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to that, she managed her own immigration law firm. She has served on numerous liaison committees through the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked directly with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to providing experience and dependability, Ms. Navidi focuses on the individual needs of each client. She understands that no two cases are alike. She dedicates the time to understand the issues affecting each client, as well as explaining very complicated immigration issues and the process to clients so they can understand and be fully informed. Nellie has a genuine concern and understanding of how much may be at stake after her family experienced corruption in a totalitarian regime. She immigrated to the U.S. at a young age and she witnessed firsthand how impactful immigration laws can be on a person going though a cultural and language change and is passionate about keeping the family unity for her clients. She provides compassion and dedication from start to finish for each of her clients to make sure someone fights for their security.

Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law

  • Family based immigration including I-130, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing.
  • I-601 Waivers of Inadmissibility, and I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers.
  • Removal of Conditions (I-751).
  • K-1 and K-2 fiancée visas.
  • K-3 and K-4 spouse visas.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization.
  • USCIS interviews.
  • Immigration Court representation in removal proceedings.
  • Securing bond for clients in deportation proceedings.
  • Cancellation of Removal for LPR and non-LPR.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • U visas.
  • NACARA.

SUPPORT STAFF

Vered Hod

Business Immigration Legal Specialist

Vered Hod is a case manager and legal specialist at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, specializing in complex employment-based non-immigrant visas, including H-1B, L-1, E and J visas, including J visa waivers. She has been working in immigration law with our team since 2008. Vered is very knowledgeable about our technology and engineering cases because she has both a technology and legal background, which is a rare find.

Born and raised in Israel, she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technion, the top scientific school in Israel (equivalent to MIT in the U.S.). Later on she completed her law degree in Israel and immigrated to the U.S. with her family. Vered assists with employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications as well as with family-based immigration. Her scientific background and strong business acumen combined with her legal education makes her especially qualified to handle business immigration needs. She also assists our attorneys with family immigration cases.

Before joining what is now Weinstock Immigration Lawyers she practiced civil and commercial law in Israel. Vered is fluent in Hebrew and English.

Areas of Expertise in Immigration Law

  • Non-immigrant visas: H-1B, L-1, E-1, E-2, R, J, O, TN.
  • Employment-based immigrant petitions: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3.
  • Family based immigration including I-130, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization.
  • Removal of Conditions (I-751).
  • K-1 and K-2 Fiancé visas.
  • K-3 and K-4 spouse visas
  • J-1 visa waivers.
  • U visas for victims of crime.

Alina Cox

Business Immigration Paralegal

Alina Cox is a case manager in Weinstock Immigration Lawyers employment-based practice. She assists our immigration attorneys with employment-based temporary visas such as H-1B, E and L visa, as well as PERM and employment-based green cards. She was born and raised in Romania. Alina fluently speaks English, Romanian, Spanish and French. She moved to the U.S. in 2008 after graduating from Law School in Universitatea Crestina Dimitrie Cantemir in Romania. She received her U.S. paralegal certificate in 2010 and after working in the bankruptcy field she decided to pursue her passion to work with international clientele and help other immigrants like her.

Prior to joining Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, she worked for 3 years as a paralegal for one of Atlanta’s largest law firms, where she gained experience with employment-based non-immigrant visas, PERMs and green card petitions. She joined our firm in order to be able to work more closely with clients and offer a more personalized service.

Alina’s personal journey to the U.S. which ended in her becoming an American citizen and firsthand experience with the immigration bureaucracy that separated her from her husband for a year allows her to relate to the clients she assists in a very genuine way. Alina also assists with some family-based petitions, naturalization and other immigration cases.

Education

  • Emory University, 2011
  • Paralegal certification
  • Universitatea Crestina Dimitrie Cantemir, 2008
  • Bachelor of Law

Laura Quinche

Family Immigration Paralegal

Laura Quinche is a Legal Assistant at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers and she is also the first smile you see when you enter the office. She handles the reception and many of the firm’s administrative responsibilities, as well as initial client contact by phone. Laura brings positive attitude in her client communication, whether in person or by phone.

Laura is originally from Ecuador and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is an immigrant herself and not only that, but she had to actively fight the immigration system to avoid her husband’s deportation, and after a couple of years of fighting they were able to get his green card. So Laura can easily relate to our client’s stories and problems. Laura’s personal story underscores the need to find a good immigration lawyer for a loved family member.

Laura studied Psychology at Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Georgia. Prior to working at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, she worked for the Georgia Department of Public Health as a Communicable Disease Specialist by assisting with the prevention and spread of sexual transmitted diseases. Her personal life experience piqued her interest in immigration law and helping people in a similar situation to hers to get the best legal representation.

Education

  • Dunwoody Perimeter College, 2005
  • Bachelor in Psychology

Kathryn Hoshstrasser

Family Immigration Paralegal

Ms. Hoshstrasser s a case manager at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers with over 20 years of professional experience in the immigration field. Born and raised in Ohio, she later moved to Florida and lived there many years before coming to Georgia. Even though Kathy did not go through the immigration process herself, she has developed a unique empathy and understanding that make all of her clients feel comfortable and well taken care of.

Kathy’s experience covers a wide range of visas. During her years working as an immigration paralegal she had the opportunity to acquire knowledge on both family and employment immigration visas. At the moment, she is focused in helping our family immigration attorneys with marriage, K-1, K-3, asylum, DACA,VAWA, permanent residency, citizenship and other family visas. She also has extensive knowledge on business immigration (TN, H-1B, L, E, J, O, P, R-1, B-1/B-2 visas, PERM (labor certifications), immigrant petitions, green card, etc.).

Education

  • American Institute of Paralegal Studies, FL
  • Attended Wright State University, OH, and St Petersburg College, FL

Lucy Robinson

Legal Assistant

Lucy Robinson was born and raised in New Jersey, although her family is originally from Puerto Rico, where they moved from. Even though she didn’t go through the immigration process herself, she is very involved with the Hispanic community and she has a very high sensitivity towards those less fortunate, which has taken her to volunteer with children and under privileged people.

Lucy takes care of the reception and many of the firm’s administrative responsibilities along with initial client contact by phone. She moved to Georgia two years ago looking for a change after working for over 15 years in the corporate world for a big company.

Education

  • Northampton College, Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Associate Degree, Psychology

Julia Sifuentes

Office Manager

Julia is originally from Bolivia and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has six years of management experience and her main focus is providing the best client experience. Being an immigrant herself, she understands the patience and sacrifice required to go through the immigration process. Now, she not only works for us but she is also working on her naturalization process.

Julia studied Accounting at Georgia State University and received scholarships for her academic excellence. Having worked in public and private accounting, her diverse knowledge helps our office excel at what we do best.

Education

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Georgia State University

Lucia Martin

Marketing

Lucia is the marketing manager at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers. She handles the marketing, communication and business development efforts of the firm and also works with clients to ensure their experience with us is the best possible one.

Lucia was born and raised in Salamanca, Spain. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and also speaks French. She came to the United States to join our team in 2014 with a work visa, which in time ended up in her getting her legal permanent residency.

She has previous experience in the marketing department of several companies in different industries, which she brings to help our team and clients. She loves to travel and discover new places.

Education

  • ESIC Business & Marketing School 2008
  • Master Degree in Marketing management
  • University of Salamanca, 2008
  • Bachelor Degree in Sociology