Sam Adair – Partner
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)
Chad Graham – Partner
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.
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.
Christopher DiGiorgio – Lead 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.
J.D., Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, 1993
B.A., University of Alabama, 1990
Meg Jalandoni – Of Counsel
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 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 – Senior Associate
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.
LL.M., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2003
LL.B., Nagpur University, Dr. Ambedkar College of Law, 2000
Henry Aho – Associate
Henry Aho primarily manages global migration matters, such as business visas, work and residence permit applications and employer based inquiries for Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Mr. Aho brings a wide range of experience from the corporate world, including procurement, banking, contracts and business operations consulting. Mr. Aho has also provided litigation assistance as an Intern with the New York Legal Assistance Group – Federal Legal Clinic.
Mr. Aho earned his law degree from the University of London and his master of laws from Fordham University School of Law.
LL.M, Fordham University School of Law, 2020
L.L.B, University of London, 2018
B.A., University of Auckland, 2013
Licege Dressler – Associate
Licege Dressler has over 15 years of experience in the immigration field. Since her admission to the State Bar of California in 2017, Ms. Dressler works with employers in providing advice in all immigration-related matters for their foreign national employees. Providing an excellent level of service, she works with corporate clients on the best strategies for the specific immigration needs of their foreign national employees, handling 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). Ms. Dressler’s expertise also includes compliance, family-based immigration and naturalization.
Ms. Dressler obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and has been admitted to practice law in the state of California since 2017. She was previously admitted to the practice of law in Brazil, where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the prestigious University of Sao Paulo. Ms. Dressler is fluent in English and Portuguese.
LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2017
LL.B., University of Sao Paulo, 2000
Carolyn Island – Associate
Carolyn Island has been focusing on business and family-based immigration law since 2016. She has extensive experience in all aspects of nonimmigrant visas (H, L, O, TN, E) and green card petitions, including PERM. Carolyn also handles the legal research and response for Request For Evidence and audits, earning a very favorable track record of approvals. Her experience also includes business and visitor visa filings, entry visa filings, passport-related filings and building relationships with consulates globally.
J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2015
B.A., University of North Carolina-Asheville, 2012
Patricia Limaco – Associate
Patricia Limaco has been working in the field of immigration law since 2007. She has extensive expertise handling immigration matters for start-up and corporate clients, including H-1B visas, L-1A, O-1, PERM petitions, and I-140 petitions (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3). She also processes family-based petitions, including K-1, I-130 and AOS.
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2008
B.A., Amherst College, 2005
Silvia Riberti-Young – Associate
Silvia Riberti-Young focuses primarily on employment-based immigration law. She advises organizations and individuals from all around the world on U.S. and non-U.S. (outbound) immigration law, regulatory compliance, and immigration strategy. Silvia regularly works with small and medium businesses, multinational companies, and individual clients on all aspects of immigrant and nonimmigrant strategy. She counsels corporate clients and their foreign national employees, as well as professionals and investors, on available options (including B-1/B-2, E-1/E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, PERM labor certification, EB-1, and permanent residency through adjustment of status (AOS) and consular processing). Silvia has worked with a diverse clientele in various industries, ranging from financial services to engineering, from biotech to information technology. She also handles family-based matters, such as I-130 petitions, AOS/consular processing, and naturalizations.
Client focus is central to Silvia’s practice and her passion for immigration law is coupled with an in-depth understanding of the complexities of moving to a new country, having herself grown up overseas and personally experienced the intricacies of the U.S. immigration system.
Silvia earned her Juris Doctor, with honors, from New England Law Boston. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Worldwide ERC. Silvia serves clients in both English and Italian and she is active in the Italian-American community.
J.D., New England Law, 2015
Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) Certification, Worldwide ERC
Sophia Russell – Associate
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
Christine Rios – Law Clerk
Christine Rios obtained her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in the Spring of 2021. While in law school, Ms. Rios worked with the University of Houston Civil Practice Clinic where she represented clients in divorce, probate, and guardianship matters. Additionally, while interning in the non-profit sphere, she has garnered experience with I-360, I-918, I-765, I-130, N-400, N-600 and AOS petitions. She is currently pursuing Texas Bar passage.
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2021
B.A., t. Edward’s University, 2016
Lynda Barton – Paralegal
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 – Managing 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
Ree Mawande Brownfield – Paralegal
Ree comes to Graham Adair with previous employment experience in immigration law. Her varied experience includes preparing documents for the following employment based visas: EB-1, EB-2; L-1, O-1, H-1B, I-140, I-129 and the following family based visas: Consular Processing, DS-260, I-485, I-130, I-130A, I-765, I-131, I-864, I-944, N-400 I-29 F, and RFE’s.
She currently works on the following employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications: L-1, I-129, EB-1C Multinational Manager and I-140. Ree is a former public education teacher, of 13 years.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Secondary Teaching Field Emphasis in History/Government from Texas Lutheran University.
Debbie Cookman – Immigration Liaison
Debbie Cookman came to Graham Adair in January 2020 after more than 20 years serving as Immigration Liaison for a Fortune 500 company. She maintained communication between outside counsel and all internal business partners to ensure all immigration matters moved quickly and efficiently. She has years of experience assisting with PERM recruitment and organization of PERM cases for filing and audit files. She brings all of this experience to Graham Adair to manage cases between our firm and clients in a variety of matters including PERM, I-140, and H-1B cases.Read More
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
Leila Ghardashem – Paralegal
Leila has over three years of experience in corporate immigration, working with a variety of clients. Her specialty lies in the PERM process and I-140 filings. She also prepares RFE and PERM audit responses. Leila is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Bachelor’s, Faculty of Law at the University of Lisbon, European Union Law and Litigation – 2011
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.
Tim Hayward – Paralegal
Tim currently handles immigrant visa and adjustment of status cases. He also has experience as a legal assistant and court reporting assistant.
University of Texas at Austin Paralegal Certificate Course
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
Amy Mosley – Paralegal
Amy works on employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters including petitions for persons of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, and multinational managers for early stage companies and multinational corporations. She is a former journalist and legislative analyst.
B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi
Rocio Perez – Paralegal
Rocio has over 4 years of experience in immigration law. She is experienced in nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, primarily handling H-1B, L-1, TN, as well as Adjustment of Status and I-140 processes. Rocio is fluent in English and Spanish.
B.A. in Sociology and Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside – 2018
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
Maricela Rios – Paralegal
Maricela has over 6 years of experience in Immigration Law, working with a variety of clients. She has prepared applications including H-1B, L-1A/B, E-3, TN, I-765 and I-140 to be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
Selena Sanchez – Paralegal
Selena Sanchez brings over 20 years of immigration experience in both corporate and family-based areas, specializing in corporate immigration. 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.
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