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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Associate

Practice: UK Immigration

Jessica is an 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 Laura Devine Attorneys LLC 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. She is experienced advising on European free movement rights and other areas of family migration. She is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, British American Business and New York Human Resources People & Strategy.

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Laura Devine

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Principal

Practice: US and UK Immigration

Laura Devine is the Principal 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 is recognised as the most highly nominated European immigration lawyer in Who’s Who Legal 2014. 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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Associate

Practice: US Immigration

Murty Gollakota, Associate Attorney with Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York, specializes in employment-based U.S. 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 of matters related to investment into the U.S., intra-company transferees, professionals and individuals of extraordinary ability.

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Soyeon Lee

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Accounting Manager

Finance

Soyeon is the Accounting Manager for Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. She joined the New York office in 2011. Soyeon handles all aspects of finance for LDA together with the Financial Controller for Laura Devine Solicitors, Peter Askham.

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Mercedes Moya

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Paralegal

Practice: UK Immigration

Mercedes is a Paralegal at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. She joined the New York office in 2013. Mercedes specializes in employment, individual and family-based UK immigration law. She has worked extensively with clients in the consulting, entertainment, information technology, and financial industries, as well as investors and entrepreneurs and major players in the art world. Mercedes is an active member of the Immigration Lawyers’ Practitioners Association (ILPA) New York and has a passionate interest in European free movement.

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Ashley Puscas

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Associate

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 U.S. immigration law. She has worked extensively with clients in the consulting, management, information technology, and financial industries, as well as major players in the entertainment and art world.

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Alix Schneider

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Paralegal

Practice: US Immigration

Alix is a Paralegal at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. She works with the US team and primarily assists with employment and investor-based categories including H, L, O and E, and green cards. While studying in Cairo in 2009, Alix volunteered with the Better World Foundation where she tutored underprivileged Egyptian youth in English and cultural studies, later becoming an Assistant Teacher of English and Social Studies at the Modern School of Egypt in January 2011. Alix also studied in Spain at the University of Madrid and in Shanghai through the Glimpses of China program.

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Anushka Sinha

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Anushka Sinha is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. Anushka specializes in all areas of business and personal immigration to the UK. She is at the forefront of the UK immigration practice, challenging policies in difficult matters. She has been invited on numerous occasions to meet with the Immigration Minister and senior policymakers to discuss changes to policy and processes. Anushka has an excellent working relationship with UK Trade and Investment and the British Consulate-General in New York, where she has presented alongside Entry Clearance Managers and policymakers. She also works with internationally renowned artists and entertainers, particularly in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category.

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Martin Spasov

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Paralegal

Practice: US Immigration

Martin is a Paralegal at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. He works with the US team and primarily assists with employment and investor-based categories including H, L, O and E, and family and employment-based green cards.

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Jennifer Stevens

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Senior Associate Solicitor

Practice: UK Immigration

Jennifer Stevens is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) 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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