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Jennifer S. Varughese

About me

Jennifer Varughese is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively immigration law. A first-generation Indian-American, she has personal knowledge of the immigrant experience. Ms. Varughese has represented clients from over 115 countries and in every type of immigration law matter, including complicated cases related to citizenship, deportation, family-based and employment-based green cards, waivers and nonimmigrant visas. She has been noted for her work in the field of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, receiving recognition in both the legal community and in the press.

Ms. Varughese has experience arguing before both federal and state courts, resulting in three published opinions: Hussain v. Gonzales, 477 F.3d 153 (4th Cir. 2007); Markovski v. Gonzales, 486 F.3d 108 (4th Cir. 2007); and Commonwealth v. Morris, 281 Va. 70 (Va. 2011).

Ms. Varughese has received the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell and was named a Virginia Rising Stars Super Lawyer in 2015. A zealous advocate who is also deeply committed to her community, she was named the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2010) in Fairfax County, Virginia by the Fairfax Bar Association.

Ms. Varughese works out of the firm’s offices in Northern Virginia, and handles cases nationwide. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Malayalam

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan P Sheldon

    I endorse this lawyer. I work on matters involving the intersection of criminal and immigration law. I also speak at conferences in Virginia on the importance of knowing immigration consequences in criminal matters. When the criminal case is resolved I do not hesitate to send clients to Ms. Varughese - she is among the top immigration lawyers in Virginia - detailed, knowledgeable and meticulous in her work. I highly recommend her.


    Jonathan Sheldon Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Michael Phillips

    I endorse this lawyer. Lawyers who donate time on sites like this have a passion for the law and a compassion for the people they serve. Kudos.


    John Phillips Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Livesay & Myers, P.C.

3975 University Drive #325
Fairfax, VA, 22030

Livesay & Myers, P.C.

602 S King St #300
Leesburg, VA, 20175

Livesay & Myers, P.C.

9408 Grant Avenue #402
Manassas, VA, 20110-4152

Livesay & Myers, P.C.

303 Charlotte Street
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401-5925



DCActive 200807/06/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Washington DC Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2016
2016 Top Contributor AwardAvvo2016
2016 Virginia Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
2015 Top Contributor AwardAvvo2015
2015 Virginia Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
2015 Washington DC Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
2014 Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
2013 Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Pro Bono Lawyer of the YearFairfax Bar Association2010
Graduated Cum LaudeVanderbilt University2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Junior PartnerLivesay & Myers, P.C.2016 - Present
AssociateLivesay & Myers, P.C.2008 - 2016
AssociateLaw Offices of J.W. Nesari, LLC2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice2011 - Present
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights CoalitionMember2010 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember2008 - Present
Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Assistance ProgramMember2008 - Present
Fairfax Bar Association Neighborhood Outreach ProgramMember2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of VirginiaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2006 - Present
Fairfax Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)Intern2001 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of S-NAsylum - granted
Matter of E-VCancellation of Removal
Matter of J-EDeferral of Removal under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) - granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogIs Virginia Larceny an Aggravated Felony for Immigration?2015
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogCriminal Convictions and Fiance Visas2014
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogChaidez Case Limits The Reach Of Padilla2013
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogExtreme Hardship Waivers In Immigration Cases2012
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogDeportation Case Information - Proposed Change To Automated System Update2010
Livesay & Myers, P.C. BlogVirginia DMV Bars Immigration Work Permits as Proof of Legal Status2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regent University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Vanderbilt UniversityPsychology, CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lunch N Learn SeriesImmigration Law2016
Neighborhood Outreach Training for Volunteer Lawyers CLEImmigration Law Primer2012
Virginia Continuing Legal Education SeminarImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2011