Our Team: New York Office

The firm's specialist lawyers uniquely combine the professionalism, expert knowledge and outstanding service levels of large city firms with the down-to-earth, friendly and flexible approach of a small practice.

Jessica Churchman

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Jessica is an Senior Associate Solicitor at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. Jessica trained at international law firm Eversheds, and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. She practised in London before moving to New York and joining LDA in 2013. She advises on all areas of UK immigration, including advising investors, entrepreneurs, start-ups and other businesses who wish to sponsor migrants under the UK's points-based system (PBS). She is experienced advising on European free movement rights and other areas of family migration. She is a member of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association, British American Business and New York Human Resources People & Strategy.

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Laura Devine

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Managing Partner

Practice: US and UK Immigration

Laura Devine is the current Law Society Excellence Award's Woman of the Year. She is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors, a boutique immigration firm with offices in London and New York providing UK and US immigration advice which together are described as a "transatlantic powerhouse". Laura has been recognised as the most highly nominated European immigration lawyer in Who's Who Legal. Laura is an English solicitor and a US attorney and before launching her own law firm she established the immigration practices at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and Eversheds. Laura and her firm of 55 staff are rated by all legal directories in the top tier of immigration firms as are the other partners of the firm.

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Murty Gollakota

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Senior Associate Attorney

Practice: US Immigration

Murty Gollakota, Senior Associate Attorney with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York, specializes in employment-based US immigration law. Murty advises both corporate and individual clients with a variety of non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters. He serves clients in a wide range of industries including finance, real estate, high-tech, academia, entertainment and advertising. He assists employers with obtaining temporary employment authorization and U.S. permanent residence for foreign nationals, as well as advises clients on matters related to investment into the US, intra-company transferees, professionals and individuals of extraordinary ability.

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Mercedes Moya

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Paralegal

Practice: US Immigration

Mercedes is a Paralegal at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. She joined the New York office in 2013. Mercedes has worked extensively with clients in the consulting, entertainment, information technology and financial industries, as well as with investors, entrepreneurs and major players in the art world. Mercedes is an active member of the ILPA New York and has a passionate interest in European free movement.

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Ashley Puscas

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Associate Attorney

Practice: US Immigration

Ashley is an Associate Attorney at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. She joined the New York office in 2013 after interning at Laura Devine Solicitors in London. Ashley specializes in employment and family-based US immigration law. She has worked extensively with clients in the consulting, management, information technology and financial industries, as well as with major players in the fashion, entertainment and art worlds. An active member of AILA New York, Ashley has served as co-chair of the Law Student Association Committee and on the Corporate Practice and New Members Division Committees. She has authored numerous immigration articles and was shortlisted in the category of Immigration Law - USA in the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2015. Ashley is a proud patron of American Ballet Theatre.

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Jennifer Stevens

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Senior Associate Solicitor and Practice Manager

Practice: UK Immigration

Jennifer Stevens is a Senior Associate Solicitor and Practice Manager at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York. Jennifer has extensive experience advising on a range of applications under the points-based system, particularly Tiers 1 and 2, as well as family migration. She regularly assists with Tier 2 sponsorship licences, entrepreneur and investor applications, the transfer of employees to the UK and family-based applications. Jennifer advises individuals and small businesses, as well as multinational corporate clients across a range of industry sectors, including media, entertainment and finance.

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Anastasia Tonello

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Managing Partner

Practice: US and UK Immigration

Anastasia is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York and a Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. Anastasia is also global head of the US immigration team. Having managed successful immigration practices in New York and London, Anastasia is well placed to advise clients on the commercial and practical issues facing overseas businesses as they expand into the US. She has extensive experience advising a range of individuals, including entrepreneurs, high-net worth clients, entertainers and artists, and has particular expertise advising on investor, extraordinary ability and family-based petitions.

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