Mary Ann Romero

Mary Ann Romero was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Mary Ann’s experiences growing up in the border town of El Paso, Texas, neighboring Cd. Juarez, Mexico, helps her understand and empathize with the struggles faced by immigrants in the United States.  Her earliest memories helping immigrants comes from within her own family.  Mary Ann helped interpret, translate and fill out documents for Spanish-speaking relatives trying to navigate for services in the United States.  

She helped her family get services at schools, banks, hospitals and several government agencies by explaining what information and documents were needed to secure benefits.  Everyday tasks taken for granted by a majority of citizens in the United States is complicated for persons lacking knowledge of their rights.  

Mary Ann helped her family and other persons in need push the system responsible for granting benefits to persons despite of race, ethnicity or social class.  While in law school Mary Ann represented immigrant clients at the law school’s clinic.  Her experiences in law school reminded Mary Ann that her childhood dream to become a lawyer came from her desire to protect the rights of others.  

After a few months of handling immigration cases at school, Mary Ann knew she would be an immigration attorney because she felt right at home helping individuals that were like her and her family.

Mary Ann has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1992.  Mary Ann graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1999.  She has practiced immigration law exclusively since passing the bar exam.  Her career spans more than seventeen (17) years representing clients from several countries around the world desiring family unity, business opportunities and protection from injustice.  

Mary Ann has secured permanent status for thousands of immigrants seeking to live in the United States.  She handles all immigration related cases dealing with family and employment based sponsorship, fighting deportation, preparing waivers for immigration violations, seeking asylum for adults and minor children and securing protection for victims of trafficking, victims of violent crimes and children who have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected.  

Once permanent status has been granted, Mary Ann also works with immigrants wanting to be citizens of the United States.  Her first-hand knowledge of maneuvering the complexities of the United States immigration process has helped generations of immigrant clients secure homes in the United States for grandparents, parents, children and children of children.  

Mary Ann is a passionate immigration lawyer that believes in opportunity for all and has dedicated her career making opportunity a reality for immigrants wanting to live, work and thrive in the United States.  Mary Ann’s experience makes the difference in immigration rights in the United States.

Mary Ann is a member of several professional organizations.  

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Hispanic Bar Association, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  In 2018 she was appointed as a commissioner to the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission.  The Commission is dedicated to expanding and improving accessibility to civil legal assistance by low income New Mexicans.  

She was also appointed to serve as one of the directors of the New Mexico State Bar Immigration Law Section.  Mary Ann was honored by the National Association of Professional Women as VIP Woman of the Year in 2014, The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in the United States in 2015 and she has held membership in the Continental Professional Who’s Who and The Latino American Professional Who’s Who since 2015. Her firm is recognized by Lawyer Monthly as the 2018 Immigrant Rights Law Firm of the Year in the United States.

Mary Ann reaches out to the community by providing vital information on current immigration law developments via presentations at the State Bar of New Mexico, University of New Mexico and other local educational and professional agencies. As a native Spanish speaker, Mary Ann knows first-hand the impact of misunderstanding the steps in place to secure benefits and protect the rights of the immigrant community.  

She works zealously to provide accurate, up-to-date information to persons struggling with the legal complexities of securing lawful status in the United States.  Mary Ann thrives on the challenges of practicing immigration law with creative advocacy for clients.  Mary Ann’s ultimate goal is earning her clients’ trust by securing lawful status and opportunity for clients in the United States.  

Clara Silva da Costa

Leaders in Law endorses Clara Silva da Costa as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in Portugal. If you wish to get in touch with Clara, please use the contact information provided above.

We’re a full service English speaking law firm, located in Lisbon, Portugal. It Provides clients with a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical excellence with commercial awareness and a practical, constructive approach to legal issues. Inquiries from clients receive an instant response, and a lawyer is always on hand to attend to issues without delay. The most appropriate resources are used for each task, and those resources are applied in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Service aimed to the client

The office focuses on customer relations, seeking to understand, anticipate and meet their needs.

  • Quality Readiness

The firm is recognized for the quality of legal services provided by the timeliness of its responses, the accuracy of their professional team and the innovative solutions it presents.

  • Professional Ethics

The office develops all its activity based on scrupulous ethical principles, since secrecy, until respect for conflicts of interest, which is safeguarding and guaranteeing the rights and expectations of customers.

  • Independence

The office assumes as fully independent, establishing international partnerships able to give the best response to customer needs.

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Andrés Echevarría

Leaders in Law endorses Andrés Echevarría as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in Argentina. If you wish to get in touch with Andrés please use the contact information provided above.

Andrés is a Georgetown University Law Center LLM graduate (Washington D.C. – USA). He has broad experience in Commercial Law, Corporate, International Trade and M&As and is an expert in Intellectual Property, Antitrust and Unfair Competition, he has advised companies and individuals on their operations in Argentina and the US. He has participated in the review of the legal aspects of companies and branches of special purposes foreign companies and drafted and negotiated a wide range of business agreements. He is currently the Director of VIVANCO & VIVANCO.

Bar Admissions:

  • Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 2015, Master of Laws in International Legal Studies (L.L.M.), Master en Leyes
    ● Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), Buenos Aires, 2006, Abogado, (Summa Cum Laude)


  • Estudio Jurídico Vivanco & Vivanco, 2017 – presente, Abogado
    ● Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates P.C., 2015 – 2017, Abogado
    ● Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (Argentina), 2010 – 2014, Asesor Jurídico
    ● Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), 2008 – presente, Docente de Facultad de Cs. Jurídicas
    ● Estudio O’Farrell, 2007 – 2010, Abogado
    ● Blank Rome L.L.P., 2004 – 2005, Pasante en el Immigration Law Department


  • Georgetown University Human Rights Institute Fact-Finding Project, The Cost of Stemming the Tide: How Immigration Enforcement Practices in Southern Mexico Limit Migrant Children’s Access to International Protection, Abril 13, 2015


  • Spanish
    ● English
    ● Mandarín
    ● French


Fauzia N. Amlani

Leaders in Law endorses Fauzia N. Amlani as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in the USA – Georgia. If you wish to get in touch with Fauzia please use the contact information provided above.

Fauzia N. Amlani is an associate attorney in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigration, assisting corporate clients in the process of hiring and employing foreign nationals. Ms. Amlani has experience with filing non-immigrant visas, immigrant petitions, labour certifications, and permanent residency applications before various government agencies including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Labour.

Ms. Amlani has several years of immigration experience, both working as an attorney at a boutique immigration firm in Atlanta, where she practiced all aspects of U.S immigration law, and volunteering with non-profit organizations advocating for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking within the immigrant and refugee population.

Firm Overview

At Ogletree Deakins, we understand that clients have choices among labour and employment counsel. Why choose Ogletree Deakins?

We represent employers.

  • We represent employers of all sizes and across many industries, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.

We provide coverage throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

  • We have 53 offices, located in 30 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
  • Our lawyers are admitted to practice in over 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, England, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico, and Canada.

We strive to provide consistent, client-focused representation in accordance with our Client Pledge.

  • Our attorneys pledge to provide our clients with value, innovation, quality, collaboration, and effective communication.

We offer rates and rate structures that meet clients’ needs.

  • We have representation agreements with major corporations based on alternative fee arrangements structured for their situations.
  • We routinely offer tailored alternative fee arrangements to interested clients.

We are committed to diversity.

  • We believe our diverse group makes us better—as lawyers, and as people.
  • Our lawyers are involved in numerous diverse bar associations and programs.

We offer value-added client service.

  • We provide multiple seminar programs, briefings, and webinars for our clients.
  • We keep our clients updated with newsletters and e-alerts on new developments.
  • We conduct client assessment surveys to assess and improve our performance.

We offer distinguished labour and employment counsel.

  • We are proud that our firm was named the “Law Firm of the Year” in the Litigation – Labour & Employment category in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings.
  • We have more than 225 attorneys listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers.
  • Our lawyers have received many other accolades for their experience in labour and employment law.

Ogletree Deakins—Employers and Lawyers, Working Together®


Ferzana Ahmed

Leaders in Law endorses Ferzana Ahmed as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Ferzana please use the contact information provided above.

Ferzana Ahmed is an Associate and solicitor based in Fragomen’s London office, where she works with the firm’s UK-inbound practice. In this role, Ferzana assists corporate clients and individuals with a broad spectrum of immigration matters, including Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the Points Based System (PBS).

Prior to joining Fragomen, Ferzana worked in a niche immigration firm, where she advised clients in relation to business and private client immigration matters under the Points Based System and in regards to nationality law, EU free movement law and human rights law. Ferzana has also represented clients at both the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, and has extensive litigation experience.

Ferzana speaks English, Punjabi and Urdu.

Firm Overview

Established in 1951, Fragomen has grown from a respected domestic U.S. immigration law practice to a truly global organization.

Our expansion has been a direct result of our strategic decision to establish offices in the markets where our clients would benefit from our on-the-ground presence.

We intend to maintain our status as the largest and leading immigration services provider by extending our service capabilities and our global presence to meet our clients’ needs and market demands.


Itayi Ndudzo

Itayi Ndudzo is a Partner with the firm. He is also an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, CIArb.

Itayi  is an exceptional litigator who specializes in Land Law, Corporate Law, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Mining law , Labour Law and Constitutional Law. As one of Zimbabwe’s leading legal practitioners who has handled high profile matters in the High Court & Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he has distinguished himself in the profession producing groundbreaking results and judgments that today define law in the country. He has been involved in international arbitration and international litigation at the ICSID , the Southern District Court of New York, the High Court of Zambia and Antwerp in Belgium.

Itayi has vast corporate and international legal work experience including:

  • Serving the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC)
  • Current Chairman of  Allied Timbers Holdings
  • Current Chairman of  Doves Funeral Services

Clairwood Chambers – Mutamangira and Associates:

The firm is an established legal service provider with a distinguished team of lawyers, combining intellectual acuity with experience. Clairwood Chambers excels in conceiving and applying legal strategies by deploying a mix of legal knowledge and commercial acumen.

The firm has forged relationships with major accounting and consulting firms; which has deepened its expertise in various areas of specialization. Our clientele is diverse and includes among others; leading Public and Private Limited Companies, Banks, International Corporations, Local and Foreign Institutions, Small to Medium Enterprises and Individuals.

The firm has gained rich international experience managing matters in the SADC Tribunal, General Court of the European Union, ICC International Court of Arbitration, International Center for Settlement of Investments Disputes, litigating in foreign jurisdictions including Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, United States of America, United Kingdom and Singapore.

The litigation team has wide experience in all Zimbabwean courts, from trial to appeals including Administrative, Disciplinary and Immigration Tribunals to Specialist Courts


Mona Shah, Esq

Mehreen Shah, LLB (Hons) or Mona Shah as she is more commonly known.

Born in the UK, Mona graduated from the University of Northumbria in England in 1990. Mona was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in 1993, and was admitted to the New York Bar and the United States Federal Bar in 1997.

While in England, Mona trained with various firms before her appointment as a Crown Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service, Here she became proficient in advocacy, handling several complex cases. After moving to New York, she established her own law firm in New York City in 1997. The firm handles legal matters for clients worldwide.

Mona has over 23 years of legal experience, with more than 19 years concentrated in U.S. immigration and litigation.

Highly proficient and recognized as an industry leader in EB-5 law, Mona has many accolades and awards: she was voted Top 25 EB-5 attorneys by EB-5 Investors Magazine three years in a row; recognized as a Top Lawyer by Who’s Who, International and as a ‘Top Attorney of North America’.

Mona is a member of the Leadership and Public Policy Committees for IIUSA. Mona is also an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Baruch College, City of New York University, where she teaches EB-5 law.

Mona has authored numerous articles and blog pieces in EB-5. Mona is the author of a published book for investors on the EB-5 laws and procedures (EB5 for the Chinese Investor, available on Amazon). She has written and spoken extensively, both in the US and overseas, including China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Dubai, Bahrain, Russia, Brazil, UK and others. Mona has been interviewed by mainstream television, including Al Jazeera and Fox Business news and has been quoted by major newspapers and publications including the New York Times, the Real Deal and many others. Mona has been featured on the cover of foreign magazines, including Biz-Life and EB-5 Supermarket. Mona is the Editor of the BLS publication: Trade & Investment, the EB-5 Gateway. Mona currently hosts a podcast series on EB-5. She has been honored for her work by various groups and non-for profit organizations.

Mona’s extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law and her practical expertise ranges from specialist business petitions to complicated, multi-issue deportation and removal litigation. Her firm, Mona Shah and Associates, represents individual, high profile and corporate clients from all over the world. Mona and Mona Shah & Associates have raised millions of dollars for projects in the US.

Mona’s substantial litigation background includes her representation of clients in both state and federal courts on the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated in over 9 states and the District of Columbia, and handled complex immigration law appeals before the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh circuits. Mona has wide-ranging litigation experience, including Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as well as trial-court experience on both the trial and appellate levels, in both State and Federal courts. Mona is also proficient in UK Immigration law.

Mona has hands-on experience setting up, working with and establishing EB-5 projects, both direct pooled investments and Regional Centers, nationwide. In addition she has an impressive track record of many years handling complex immigration matters, including private non-regional center investor cases. In addition, she has dealt with complex, multifaceted RFE’s for both the Regional Centers as well as for the Investor.Mona was also one of the 4 original founders of New York City Regional Center and the only Immigration Attorney on the team. Mona also founded the New York Immigration Fund, RC. Today, Mona Shah & Associates formulates structures and handles EB-5 project work for multiple projects, both direct and regional centers;trouble shoots problematic cases for attorneys and regional centers, as well as handling multiple EB-5 Investor petitions.

Mona is a member of legal organizations in both the United States and England (UK). She is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales; the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Federal Bar Association; the New York County Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association; and the International Bar Association.


Masahito Nakai

Masahito Nakai started his practice in March 1992 and is widely recognized as one of the leading immigration lawyers in Japan. Masahito has been a lecturer or speaker on immigration and nationality topics on numerous occasions including an American Law School, the Japan Law Society, Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and others. He is a co-author of the Guidebook for International Marriage which is known as a long life book most of Japanese immigration lawyers have on their shelves as a useful reference. Masahito Nakai is a member of Tokyo Gyoseishoshi Lawyers Association and International Bar Association. He was awarded with a Certificate of International Legal Studies by Temple University Japan in 2002.

His firm, Nakai Immigration Services LPC has been well known by the foreign community in Japan, providing extensive quality services to thousands of corporate clients including more than 300 listed companies worldwide and leading foreign law firms’Tokyo offices. At the same time Mr. Nakai has handled a range of complex cases of overstay or rejection of landing to high-profile persons which no any other lawyer could help in such a speedy manner. He founded Global Immigration Forum in August 2011 to conduct research and discussion among Japanese immigration lawyers about immigration law practice of jurisdictions other than Japan as a co-chair. Masahito is a current member of International Bar Association as well.

Nakai Immigration Services:

Nakai Immigration Services LPC (NIS) provides one-stop professional legal services to obtain visas for Japan, as a boutique immigration law firm with over 20 years of experience. Our team includes Gyoseishoshi (immigration) Lawyers, a US attorney at law, and a former Supervisor at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, and a Labor and Social Security Attorney.

NIS files applications at local immigration bureaus of Japan daily, and our multilingual staff speak native English, Spanish, native German, Chinese and Korean apart from Japanese. Correspondence is available in all of these languages.


George M. Hyzler

George graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1979 and obtained a Diploma in European Integration from the University of Amsterdam in 1980. His principal practice areas are Corporate and Civil Law. He acts as legal counsel to a number of local and international firms inter alia (ital) in the fields of transport, insurance and ICT. He is active in Transport Law advising a number of transport companies. George is active in Immigration Law with strong links in China and South Africa and advises foreign companies to set up in Malta. George is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malta Arbitration Centre, director on the Board of the Malta Tourism Authority, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and member of the Ethics Committee for Advocates. He is currently serving as Non-Resident High Commissioner of Malta to South Africa.

George is a former Member of Parliament. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry for Economic Services (1998 and 2003), responsible mainly for competition, consumer protection, intellectual property, and standardisation. He is credited with setting up structures to support and promote Malta’s film industry.

Immigration Law Practice:

The Immigration Act provides for the issuance of residence permits to individuals that apply for retirement, settlement or indefinite stays in Malta. Upon successfully acquiring a permit to reside in Malta an applicant will be issued with a European e-residence card. A European e-residence card serves the dual purpose of a residence permit, as well as that of an identification document. The e-residence card is issued by the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs and is generally renewable an annual basis

GVTH Advocates:

Our distinguishing mark is our close and lasting client relationships, some of which still flourish after more than thirty years. This is the keynote of our legal practice at GVTH. It runs like a red thread through all our years of experience, helping us to expand the firm through its many client referrals. This is why we have grown from a family-run law firm in Malta into a leading practice based on the professionalism of our lawyers and the work we carry out for our clients.

Marcos Chiluisa

Marcos Chiluisa is a business development advisor and licensed attorney.  Marcos’ legal practice focuses on Real Estate¸ Corporate, Labor, Administrative and Immigration counseling.  With the Ecuadorian Ministry for the Environment’s “Forest Administration System” Marcos has served on numerous committees, including the Policy Committee, Nominating Committee, Business Development Committee, and New Environmental Legislation Committee.Marcos began practicing professionally in 2004 as a Real Estate development litigator and counselor. He has litigated over 150 trials for tax collection and has tried numerous cases in administrative courts.  He also has extensive experience in drafting original business contracts.
Prior to starting EcuaAssist, Marcos and a group of colleagues founded Ambientar, an environmental consulting firm.  He was also the main Attorney for NGO Centro de la Niña Trabajadora [Center for the Girl Laborer] where he resolved family conflicts for disadvantaged families who could not otherwise access the justice system.
At EcuaAssist, Marcos has been very active in Immigration counseling. He has advised over 100 foreign investors on a wide variety Immigration issues, ranging from the creation of new businesses and corporate mergers to financial management of “Foreign Investors with New Capital in Ecuador”, Ecuador’s most recent property tax benefit.
Bar Assn.: Colegio de Abogados de Pichincha, Lic. No. 9891
B.A., cum laude, Universidad de Las Américas, 2004
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