Anastasia Tonello

Anastasia Tonello


AILA elected Anastasia Tonello, an immigration attorney from New York, NY, as the association's First Vice President for the 2016-2017 term. The election results were announced during AILA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Ms. Tonello is Managing Partner of Laura Devine Attorneys in New York and is also a Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She was a charter member and officer of AILA's Rome District Chapter - Europe, Middle East, and Africa (RDC-EMEA) and served as the Chair of AILA's Department of State Committee.

Having spent the first decade of her career practicing U.S. law as an immigrant in London, Ms. Tonello has experienced many of the issues and obstacles immigrants in this country encounter-both personally and professionally.

Ms. Tonello joined AILA as a member in 1999. She is a frequent speaker on immigration issues having spoken at professional conferences, the world's leading business schools in the U.S. and abroad and in the media. She has been recognized in Who's Who Legal, Legal 500 UK Edition, Chambers (UK, Global and USA), SuperLawyers and Best Lawyers.

She received her B.A. from Indiana University and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Ms. Tonello is active on social media; her Twitter handle is @anastasianylon.

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Business, Consular, Family, Investors, Global, U.K., General

Selected Recent Blog Posts

Seeing the Forest for the Trees in the Immigration Debate (AILA Leadership Blog, October 2, 2015)
From Systems to Substance, Digital Innovation is Welcome News for Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, July 21, 2015)
The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (AILA Leadership Blog, February 24, 2015)
Welcoming Brilliance to Our Shores (AILA Leadership Blog, October 14, 2014)
What the Tony Awards Can Teach Us About Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, June 4, 2014)
H-4 Work Authorization: A (First)
Step in the Right Direction
? (AILA Leadership Blog, May 15, 2014)
Could Religion Be the Common Ground for Immigration Reform? (AILA Leadership Blog, April 16, 2014)
Top Ten Similarities Between March Madness and the U.S. Immigration System (AILA Leadership Blog, March 25, 2014)
One Year Later (AILA Leadership Blog, November 1, 2014)

Selected Articles Quoting Ms. Tonello

Former Models For Donald Trump’s Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally (Mother Jones, August 30, 2016)

Selected Video Appearances:

Arise America: Immigration Reform (Arise, November 20, 2014)