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Languages spoken: Greek

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 70%
    31 years, 500 cases
  2. Adoption: 30%
    32 years, 500 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Martha Maria Garcia

    I had the pleasure of working with Irene in a very complicated matter. With her advice and expert opinion regarding international adoption, we were successful in obtaining a positive outcome for our client.


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  • Michael Christian Urbina-Pabon

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a very knowledgeable attorney who cares deeply for her clients.


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Contact info

4343 Shallowford Road, H-1
Marietta, GA, 30062


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/05/2016
FLMember in Good Standing198406/21/2016
TXInactive 198410/11/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Angel in AdoptionCongressional Coalition Adoption Institute2007
President's AwardAmerican Academy of Adoption Attorneys2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Accredited Entity - Incoming & OutgoingSteffas & Associates, P.C.2012 - Present
AttorneySteffast & Associates, PC2007 - Present
AttorneyIrene Steffas, P.C.1995 - 2007
AttorneyIrene M Arfaras, PA1986 - 1995
AssociateKrug, Berman & Silverman1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of GeorgiaAttorney Member1994 - Present
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1993 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Georgia chapter)Attorney Member1987 - Present
Florida BarN/A1984 - Present
State Bar of TexasAttorney Member1984 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Breach of Duty of CandorNBC accepts our response and approves case
In re Adoption of D.J.F.M., 643 S.E.2d 879, 284 Ga. App. 420 (Ga. App., 2007)Case was reversed and remanded to trial court in favor of Petitioners.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Federal LawyerThe Hague Adoption Convention and Its Impact on All Adoption2010
The Int'l Adoption SourcebookIntercountry Adoptions2008
Adoption Law: Practice & Procedure for 21st CenturyFederal Laws & Regulations Governing Intercountry Adoptions2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar on Children's ImmigrationIntercountry Adoptions & Hague Convention2013
GA-AL AILA conferenceAvoiding Heart Break in adoptions by relatives2013
AILA webinarHabitual Residence and the Hague Convention2013
Adoption LawSolving Obstacles to Int'l Adoptions2013
Spring Conference of AILAIntercountry Adoptions & Immigration2012
local news in SCConsular Processing for adopted child in Mexico2012
Immigration IssuesIntercountry Adoption2012
AILA's Annual ConferenceThe Grand Ol Orphan and Other Adoptions2012
Meeting with Kygyzstan's SenatorsUS Safeguards to Intercountry Adoptions2009
Human Rights Hearings by Kazakhstan OmbudsmanIntercountry Adoptions2007
US Implementation of the Hague ConventionIntercountry Adoptions: US perspective2006
World Congress on AdoptionUS Intercountry Adoptions2003