AILA National Spokespeople

AILA's network of national spokespeople includes recognized immigration law experts. To schedule an interview with an AILA national spokesperson, contact one of the Communications team members listed on the right.

For non-media calls please see the Contact AILA page.

2018-2019 AILA National Officers

Anastasia Tonello

Anastasia Tonello, Esq.

New York, NY,
President


Expertise:
Business, Consular, Family, Investors, Global, U.K., General
Twitter handle: @anastasianylon
Marketa Lindt

Marketa Lindt, Esq.

Chicago, IL,
President-Elect


Expertise:
Business, E-Verify, Worksite Enforcement, Criminal Employer Sanctions, General.
Twitter handle: @marketalindt
Jennifer Minear

Jennifer Minear, Esq.

Richmond, VA,
First Vice President


Expertise:
Business, Employment-based, Healthcare, J-1 waiver, Foreign Medical Graduates.
Twitter handle: @jenniferminear
Allen Orr, Esq.

Allen Orr, Esq.

Washington, DC
Second Vice President


Expertise:
Legislation, Consular Practice, General, Naturalization, Global, Investors, I-9, Business, and Worksite Enforcement
Twitter handle: @allenorresq
Jeremy McKinney

Jeremy McKinney, Esq.

Greensboro, NC,
Treasurer

Expertise:
Family, Business, General, litigation, Removal defense
Twitter handle: @McKJeremy
Farshad Owji

Farshad Owji, Esq.

San Francisco, CA,
Secretary

Expertise:
Family, Business, Asylum, General

Other National Spokespeople

Annaluisa Padilla

Annaluisa Padilla, Esq.

La Habra, CA,
Immediate Past President (English, Spanish)

Expertise:
Family, General, Removal, Waivers, Naturalization,
Asylum, Deportation
Twitter handle: @apesq

AILA National Office Spokespeople: Washington, DC

Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson, Esq.

AILA Executive Director

Twitter handle: @AILAExecDir
Greg Chen

Greg Chen, Esq.

AILA Director of Government Relations
Expertise:
Legislation/Congress
Twitter handle: @GregChenAILA

Media Advocacy Committee

Tammy Lin

Tammy Lin, Esq.

San Diego, CA, Chair

Expertise:
Asylum/Refugee, General, Family, Naturalization, Deportation
Alma Rosa Nieto

Alma Rosa Nieto, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA (English, Spanish), Vice Chair

Expertise:
Consular Practice, Family, Naturalization, Adjustments, Deportation Defense, VAWA and U visa, DACA, TPS, and Waivers
Susan Bond

Susan Bond, Esq.

Dallas, Texas

Expertise:
Business/Employment-Based Immigration and I-9 Compliance
Diane Butler

Diane Butler, Esq.

Seattle, WA

Expertise:
Business, Worksite Enforcement, NIV Waivers, Cannabis Issues
Evangeline Chan

Evangeline Chan, Esq.

New York, NY

Expertise:
Family, Humanitarian Relief, Deportation/Removal Defense, Naturalization, Waivers, Consular Practice, General
Lori Chesser

Lori Chesser, Esq.

Des Moines, IA

Expertise:
Business, Family, General, Policy Issues
Sandra Feist

Sandra Feist, Esq.

Minneapolis, MN

Expertise:
Business, Scientists/Academics, General, O/P visas, Religious Workers, H-1Bs, E-2
Maurice Goldman

Maurice H. Goldman, Esq.

Tucson, AZ

Expertise:
Business, Deportation, DREAM Act, Family,
Naturalization, SB 1070
Matthew Maiona

Matthew Maiona, Esq.

Boston, MA

Expertise:
Business, Employer Compliance, Military, Removal and Family
Fiona McEntee

Fiona McEntee, Esq.

Chicago, IL

Expertise:
Business, Entrepreneurs, Family, Naturalization, Removal Defense
Doug Penn

Doug Penn, Esq.

Stamford, CT

Expertise:
Family, Naturalization, Business
Ruby Powers

Ruby Powers, Esq.

Houston, TX (English/Spanish)

Expertise:
Employment-based, Waivers, Asylum, Family, Naturalization
Ruben Reyes

Ruben Reyes, Esq.

Phoenix, AZ (English/Spanish)



Katie Sarreshteh

Katie Sarreshteh, Esq.

Los Angeles, CA

Expertise:
DACA, Family, Business, O visas, P visas, Removal Defense, VAWA and Waivers.