About Us

Practice Areas

 

  • Family Based Immigration
  • Employment Based Immigration
  • Asylum, Protection Under the Convention Against Torture, Withholding of Removal, and Temporary Protected Status
  • Waivers of inadmissibility
  • Deportation defense

Our Approach

We specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them. 

The Team

Lynn Garfinkel

Lynn Garfinkel advocates for clients seeking lawful permanent residence (green cards), temporary visas, and employment based petitions and visas, including people with extraordinary abilities (EB-1), professors (EB-1), researchers (EB-1), managers (EB-1), intracompany transferees (L-1), specialty occupations (H-1B), and more.  Ms. Garfinkel has experience with a wide variety of family visas, spousal petitions, fiance petitions, deportation defense, naturalization, asylum, and benefits for survivors of abuse. Finally, Ms. Garfinkel successfully represents clients at consulates around the world.


Ms. Garfinkel served as Chair of the Asylum Office Liaison Committee for the AILA for three years. She is currently a member of the Maryland Bar and the District of Columbia bar. She previously served as the Vice Chair for the AILA Washington Immigration Court Liaison Committee.


Previously, Ms. Garfinkel completed her undergraduate studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Having studied abroad in France and South Korea, she self-designed her undergraduate degree in international development. After working at national organizations advocating for low income families, she earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Massachusetts.


During law school, she was a teaching assistant and participated in a prisoner's rights and death penalty cert. clinics. As part of her school’s program, she interned at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and the Office of the Federal Public Defender for DC.  Finally, Ms. Garfinkel engaged in volunteer human rights advocacy work for Amnesty International's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. For five years, she served as the Representative to the Special Initiatives Grant Committee. 

Eduard Barker

 

As our paralegal and office manager, Mr. Barker is essential to the workings on the office.  He will work directly with you to get the information we need to move the case forward, to address questions you may have, and to connect you with the attorney. A native of Russia, Mr. Barker graduated from law school. He is familiar with all aspects of immigration case processing. After having been with the firm for over year, he has worked on spousal and fiance petitions, sibling petitions, and parent child petitions, asylum cases, removal defense, waiver cases, employment based cases, Violence Against Women cases, waivers, and more.

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