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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 close to two decades of experience, she has substantial expertise representing U.S. and international companies to secure global talent and ensure a successful transition for foreign employees and their families. Karen has represented Fortune 500 and publicly-traded companies in both the U.S. and abroad. Indeed, she has helped many European, Asian and Latin American enterprises and international investors achieve their American Dream. As such, she is also a sought-after speaker on immigration law in forums, conferences and the media.

Born and raised in Israel, Karen immigrated to the United States in 2000. Her passion for immigration law is a direct result of her personal experience. Karen’s compassion for clients and commitment to excellence distinguish her as one of the best immigration attorneys in the nation. Karen is trusted not only her clients. Atlanta’s largest corporate law firms and other immigration attorneys consult her for advice in complex immigration matters on a regular basis. Legal and business communities across the country regard Karen as a true leader in immigration and a role model among women entrepreneurs.

 

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 residence for people with extraordinary & exceptional ability in the sciences and arts
  • Training and educating company management and HR on expatriate employees

 

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-Hubbell’s Preeminent AV rating (5.0 out of 5.0), 2007 – present.

Raju Patel

Business Immigration Attorney

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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.

OUR SUPPORT TEAM

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, Vered practiced civil and commercial law in Israel. She 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 family immigration paralegal at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers.

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
  • Psychology Studies

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

Cindy Ochoa

Legal Assistant

Cindy Ochoa is a proud Hispanic-American citizen – her parents immigrated to the US from Mexico and Honduras. She graduated from Alpharetta High School in Georgia. She recently joined the Weinstock Immigration team as a Legal Assistant.

Coming from a family of immigrants, Cindy feels very passionate about helping people with the same struggles that her family and friends have dealt with to accomplish their dreams and ambitions. She has experienced personally the struggle within the US immigration process, through her husband who is an immigrant. She also carries over 6 years of customer service experience and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Paulina McBride

Marketing Manager

Like her colleagues, Paulina came from a culturally diverse background and has lived most of her life as an immigrant. Born in Hong Kong, and raised in the United Kingdom, Paulina is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.

Prior to becoming a marketing professional, Paulina has experience in a host of industries including journalism and infrastructure. But two underlying themes remain constant in all her pursuits: a passion for people, and an interest in the law and public service.

Paulina graduated with First Class Honours in Politics and Social Policy from the University of York, U.K., and briefly attended Vanderbilt University Law School on a Dean’s Scholarship.

 

Education

 

  • Bachelors Degree in Politics and Social Policy
  • First Class Honours
  • University of York

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