Sam Adair – Attorney
Sam Adair was awarded his J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. Mr. Adair has been actively practicing immigration law since 2003 and working in immigration since 2001. While he has broad experience with most areas of immigration law, his practice is primarily focused on employment based immigration ranging from visa processing, permanent residence, employer compliance issues, and mergers and acquisitions. While in law school Mr. Adair completed internships at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Graham Adair, Mr. Adair worked with one of the largest immigration practices in the U.S. Between 2006 to 2008 Mr. Adair set-up and managed an international office for a large U.S. law firm as a result he has extensive experience in Indian immigration and business practices.
Mr. Adair has given numerous presentations on immigration law and has authored and edited multiple publications on U.S. and global immigration issues. Mr. Adair is a member of the Arizona Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs.
J.D., Arizona State University, 2003
B.A., Brigham Young University, 2000
Publications & Awards
• American Institute of Legal Counsel’s Top 10 in Customer Satisfaction, Immigration Law (2016)
Christopher DiGiorgio – Attorney
Mr. DiGiorgio currently represents private and public employers in a wide range of immigration matters including the employment of foreign national professionals, transferees, researchers, seasonal workers and other employees. Mr. DiGiorgio has extensive experience in all non-immigrant classifications including B-1/B-2, F-1, H-1B, H-2B, H-3, J-1, L-1A/B, O, P, Q and TN. Mr. DiGiorgio also has experience with Extraordinary Ability petitions, Multi-National Managers and Executives, Schedule A Nurse Petitions, Outstanding Researcher and Professors and PERM labor certifications. Mr. DiGiorgio has consulted with many employers regarding I-9 compliance and has represented clients in investigations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mr. DiGiorgio has represented companies of all sizes from Fortune 100 companies and companies with over 20,000 employees to companies with a few hundred employees in various industries including healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, high-tech and the financial sector. Mr. DiGiorgio is a frequent speaker and trainer on all aspects of immigration law including training on I-9 compliance. He is a member of the State Bar of Alabama and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
J.D., Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, 1993
B.A., University of Alabama, 1990
Chad Graham – Attorney
Chad Graham’s practice encompasses all aspects of business immigration, including mergers and acquisitions, E-Verify compliance, non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, I-9s and E-Verify, consular practice, and naturalization. Mr. Graham earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, graduating with highest honors for service, and worked as Managing Editor for the law journal, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. Mr. Graham also worked for two years in the legal clinic at the University of Iowa working with nonprofit corporations. From October 2005 – December 2009, Mr. Graham was employed by one of the largest immigration practice groups in the United States.
Mr. Graham operates the firm’s office in San Jose, where he represents many Silicon Valley companies primarily in the high-tech and bio-tech industries. He has led the firm’s growth in Silicon Valley, where Graham Adair was named the 20th fastest growing private company. Mr. Graham works closely with his clients to develop strategy for navigating the complex and ever-changing landscape of US business immigration. He has earned the highest rating (“AV Preeminent”) for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.
J.D., University of Iowa, 2005
B.A., Brigham Young University, 2002
Publications & Awards
• Invited early contributor to AILA Wiki
• The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
• “AV Preeminent™” Peer Review Rated and Client Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
• Associate Editor, Understanding Immigration Policy – Practicing It Effectively: 2006 AILA Fall CLE Conference Handbook, with Ted J. Chiappari and Romulo E. Guevara, Editors (AILA 2006).
• Defeating an Invisible Enemy: The Western Superpowers’ Efforts to Combat Terrorism by Fighting Illegal Immigration, 14 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 281, 307.
• Colorado Among Leading States to Enact Immigration Enforcement Laws on Employers, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 38, No. 4, April 2009.
• Avoid L-1B RFEs Through Careful Case Preparation, ILW.com, Immigration Daily, June 3, 2011. • Congress Needs to Up Number of H-1B Visas, San Jose Business Journal, May 25, 2012, available at: http://bit.ly/JJqBGq.
Meg Jalandoni – Attorney
Meg Jalandoni manages global migration matters, such as business visa and work permit applications and inquiries for Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. With many variations and changes to immigration rules worldwide, she provides a cohesive and centralized immigration process for our clients.
Ms. Jalandoni also handles U.S. non-immigrant and immigrant visa cases, such as: H-1B, L, O, TN, PERM, and EB-1 (Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager, Extraordinary Ability).
Ms. Jalandoni earned her law degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. While in law school, she served as a summer associate at the Manila, Philippines office of a global law firm, and held internship positions in the private and public sectors, gaining exposure in international business transactions and litigation. She also served as the Lead Articles Editor for the BYU International Law and Management Review.
Ms. Jalandoni is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
J.D., Brigham Young University, 2012
B.A., Brigham Young University, 2008
Sonal Kinger – Attorney
Sonal Kinger has been dedicated to the practice of corporate immigration law since 2004. With more than a decade of experience, Ms. Kinger brings a wide range of corporate and family-based immigration experience. She has experience in handling nonimmigrant and immigrant business immigration matters for companies of all sizes from start-ups to multinational corporations. She partners with clients and advises them on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas (including B-1/B-2, E-3, H-1B, J-1, L-1, O, P, and TN), permanent residence (including PERM labor certifications, Multinational Manager, Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researcher immigrant petitions, and both Consular Processing and Adjustment of Status applications), naturalization, LCA and I-9 compliance.
Ms. Kinger obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the state of California. While in law school, Ms. Kinger worked in Santa Clara Law School’s Legal Clinic, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and periodically volunteers at India Community Center’s Immigration Clinic. Ms. Kinger is fluent in English and Hindi.
LL.M., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2003
LL.B., Nagpur University, Dr. Ambedkar College of Law, 2000
Joseph Kirby – Attorney
Joseph Kirby has been working in the fields of corporate and immigration law for several years. Mr. Kirby brings extensive research experience in employment-based immigration and international business affairs to the practice, including handling and reviewing memoranda, employment contracts, and company handbooks. He partners with clients to manage global migration matters including business visas and work permit applications, as well as U.S. non-immigrant and immigrant visa cases. Mr. Kirby also advises on surrounding global and local immigration-related issues.
Mr. Kirby obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas. While in law school, Mr. Kirby worked in The University of Texas School of Law’s Immigration Clinic, and was an LL.M. Coordinator for the Asian Law Students Association. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.
J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2016
Advanced-level Certificate, Chinese Language Program, Tsinghua University, 2012
B.B.A. and B.A., University of the Incarnate Word, summa cum laude, 2008
Katharine Lehmann – Attorney
Katharine is our newest attorney and handles global migration matters, including, business visas and work permit applications and handling inquires for EMEA and APAC regions.
Ms. Lehmann was awarded her J.D. from Santa Clara University, School of Law. While in law school, she was an associate on the Santa Clara Journal of International Law, a bar certified law clerk at The Katharine & George Alexander Community law Center, and a Judicial Extern at the Santa Clara County Superior Court for the Honorable Judge William J. Monahan. She also served as a Post-Graduate Research Fellow at Santa Clara University, School of Law.
J.D., Santa Clara University, School of Law, 2017
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2009
Sophia Russell – Attorney
Sophia Russell has over five years of experience practicing corporate immigration law. She has primarily worked with clients in the Information Technology and Oil and Gas industries on an extensive array of nonimmigrant business visa matters, including H-1B, E-3, TN, L-1A and L-1B petitions. Sophia provides full-service support to clients beyond petition filings, from responding to complex Requests for Evidence to handling compliance review queries. Sophia also has experience with the permanent residence and PERM processes for clients.
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2011
B.A., Cornell University, 2006
Lynda Barton – Legal Assistant
Lynda’s hybrid role involves both administrative and immigration processing responsibilities at Graham Adair. She assists with general office activities, including recording receipts and approvals; copying and mailing documents; and maintaining and updating important immigration information in client files.
Katie Brackett – Paralegal
Katie has over 8 years of experience in corporate immigration. She is experienced in both non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters. She primarily handles H-1B, L-1, TN, and E-3 cases. She also has experience with I-140, I-130, and Adjustment of Status applications. In her spare time, Katie is a certified Zumba® Instructor.
B.A. in Spanish and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia – 2007
Buddhika Dias – Paralegal
Buddhika Dias brings over 15 years of experience in Corporate Immigration Law. She has managed end-to-end support on all immigration matters for clients including startups, early stage companies and large multinational corporations. She specializes in non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas.
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration on Psychology from the University of Colombo. Graduated in 1998.
Attorney-at-Law. Licensed in 1998 to practice in Sri Lanka.
Pursuing the Global Mobility Specialist Certification
Peggy Dieterich – Firm Administrator
Peggy has over 20 years of bookkeeping and office management experience, primarily for professional services firms. Peggy performs all the financial functions of the firm and assists with office operations. She also handles PERM recruitment for the firm’s clients. Peggy has been with Graham Adair since 2010.
B.A. in Accounting from the University of Minnesota Duluth – 1992
Bianka Gonzalez – Paralegal
Bianka Gonzalez has over 15 years of experience in corporate immigration. She is currently handling all stages of the process for non-immigrant, immigrant visa, and adjustment of status. Bianka is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dorina Moraida – Paralegal
Performs administrative and office support activities, including recording receipts and approvals, copying and mailing documents, maintaining and updating information in client files, and providing paralegal support.
De Anza College
Priti Patel – Paralegal
Priti Patel has over 10 years of experience managing high volume immigration cases for Fortune 500 companies. Priti has worked throughout much of the spectrum on matters including: nonimmigrant (H-1B/E-3, L-1, TN), PERM, immigrant (I-140 EB-2 and EB-3 category) AOS (employment & family based) and naturalization. Currently Priti is focused on managing the PERM application process, I-140 petitions, AOS (employment & family based) and naturalization applications.
Bachelor’s in Business from San Jose State University – May 2006
Certificate in Paralegal Studies from De Anza College – December 2007
Hunter Paul – Paralegal
Hunter Paul has over 3 years of experience in immigration law and primarily handles O-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Multinational Manager, and EB-1 Outstanding Researcher petitions, in addition to employment-based Adjustments of Status. Mr. Paul also has experience providing support on matters related to F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT extensions. He previously lived abroad, interning in corporate immigration law firms in both Shanghai, China and Tel Aviv, Israel.
B.S., California State University Long Beach, Criminology & Criminal Justice – 2016
Amanda Pollock – Paralegal
Amanda has over 8 years of experience in immigration law. She has prepared and filed various petitions and applications including H-1B, L-1A/B, H-3, E-3, PERM Labor Certification, I-140, Adjustment of Status, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and/or the U.S. Department of Labor, and prepared responses to USCIS Requests for Evidence related to immigrant and non-immigrant petitions and applications. Amanda currently utilizes her expertise to assist with all aforementioned document preparation and filings.
Master of Science from Texas A&M University – August 2015
Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University – May 2007
Zarna Rao – Paralegal
Zarna has over 10 years of experience in work visa and employment-based immigrant visa preparation. She helps Graham Adair clients with description review and accurate minimum requirements, and conducts extensive strategy discussions with managers. She has worked primarily with H-1B, L-1A, and L-1B petitions, as well as I-140, I-485, I-131, and I-765. Zarna has expertise in the preparation of both non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well as the recruitment process in connection with PERM Green Cards. From 2006-2009, she was employed by one of the largest immigration practice groups in the United States.
MBA from IRMA
Paralegal Certification from Kennesaw State University
Dawna Sperbeck – Supervising Paralegal
Dawna Sperbeck has over 26 years of legal experience with more than 24 years in the Immigration field. She has worked with many Fortune 500 companies as well as small independent companies to handle all aspects of the case management. She has managed all stages of the employment based immigration process which includes NIV (H-1B, L-1, TN), PERM application process, I-140 (EB2 and EB3), and AOS. In addition, Dawna also has experience managing family based immigration which includes I-130, AOS, Finance Petitions, I-751 Removal of Conditions and Naturalization. Currently Dawna manages the firm’s PERM application process and subsequent I-140 petitions.
Erika Ulloa – Paralegal
Erika has over 12 years of experience in immigration law. She has worked on a wide variety of matters including preparing applications for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor & Department of State adjudication including PERM Labor Certification, family-based immigration, Naturalization applications, and employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions.
Bachelor of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, Texas – May 2004
Graham Adair’s global practice is built on the extensive experience of our attorneys and staff. We provide support for business immigration matters worldwide. With active global migration partners in more than 75 countries, our corporate structure enables us to serve our clients as a single point of contact for all immigration and document procurement matters, regardless of where the services are required.
We manage every aspect of the global immigration process on behalf of our clients, including preparing the proper case strategy, driving the logistics of the application process and working with local government agencies. Our service does not end with case completion; once a case has been completed, we track the expiration dates of all relevant immigration status documents and send reminders at the appropriate times to ensure continued compliance with all applicable immigration requirements.
Our global presence, coupled with our understanding of case processing differences from country to country, enable us to deliver superlative results. Our global practice espouses the highest quality services through proactive involvement at all levels of the case. Perhaps most importantly, we ensure compliance with the laws and regulations of jurisdictions worldwide.
Whether a matter involves the work permit application process in Brazil, the apostille process at the Ministry of External Affairs in India, or the Schengen visa application process at the German Embassy in Moscow, Graham Adair is able to offer comprehensive and effective global immigration solutions in a cost-effective manner.
Our specific global immigration services include:
Employment-based work permits
Compliance with local immigration laws
Graham Adair provides work authorization services to
Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela
Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates