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Leah Spivey

Immigration Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   57 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Leah

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Leah Spivey is an attorney at Gasparian Spivey Immigration – a boutique law firm serving New Orleans, Louisiana and Lafayette, Louisiana. She has over ten years of experience in all areas of immigration law, including labor certifications, employment immigration, family-based immigration, and humanitarian benefits. 

She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

As a dedicated Louisiana immigration attorney, Ms. Spivey has committed her legal career to seeking positive results for clients dealing with the following legal concerns:

• Business immigration
• Academic immigration
• Removal defense
• Asylum and humanitarian immigration
• Nationality
• Non-immigrant visas

Ms. Spivey received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in 2004 and earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2009. She spent a year as a New Orleans family law attorney before moving to immigration law in 2010.

Ms. Spivey is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leah Spivey fights tenaciously for individuals and families seeking to immigrate to the United States for work, education, asylum, research or family reunification.

Location

Gasparian Spivey Immigration
1915 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
New Orleans, LA, 70113
Gasparian Spivey Immigration
110 Travis Street
Suite 114
Lafayette, LA, 70503
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Posted by Denis | February 26, 2024
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Amazing
Ms Leah and Jimena are very excellent at there job. The experience and knowledge they have for immigration is amazing. I had lots of issues with my asylum case and a lot of lawyers didn’t want to take my case, but Ms Leah believed she can help me and decided to take a risk on me, and i put my trust and life in her hands and the results where great. I finally got my green card and i am thrilled with the work they did. And I couldn’t recommend their office enough.
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Posted by Vivek | February 5, 2024
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Right knowledge and professionalism Efforts Positively Impacted On My Immigration Case.
I'm grateful for Ms. Leah and Jimena's unwavering commitment to my immigration case. Their profound knowledge navigated us through challenging paths, and their persistent follow-ups with higher authorities secured a victorious outcome. Deepest appreciation for their exceptional expertise and dedication.
Posted by Jonathan | December 28, 2023
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Green Card
When we started the process to obtain my husband's green card, we were worried. We're a twenty-something, same-sex couple and the process seemed daunting. However, Leah (and our wonderful paralegal Cleo) was able to ease our minds almost every step of the way and didn't get frustrated by our multiple emails for clarification. What would have been a tumultuous time trying to gain my husband's residency, became quick and easy. Leah made sure that we knew the turnaround for receiving the green card would take quite a bit of time (>1 year), but we were lucky, and with her expertise, we received his green card and social security card all within 7 months. Though this is definitely not the case for everyone, we are so grateful that we decided to hire her for this process and didn't attempt on our own. We will definitely have her on retainer for my husband's 10-year green card (we've been married 1.5 years, so we received the 2-year green card) and his citizenship. I will recommend her to everyone I know or meet that is trying to face this process.
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Posted by Abigail | August 18, 2023
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Residency
I have an excellent experience with lawyer Leah Spivey. Since day one was very helpful and always there to answer my questions.
Posted by Gagarin | August 1, 2023
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Quick, efficient, kind.
Leah was amazing in patiently answering all our questions and efficiently ensuring I got my green card. When we got a worrying notice from USCIS, she was quick to reassure us and making sure we had every resource for a smooth process.
Posted by Lynell | July 19, 2023
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No regrets
We worked with Leah over the past 2~ years during our visa process. During that time, we received absolutely personalized, personable and professional support from her (& her assistant/para). I am delighted that we chose to let Leah handle our case because she was efficient and always offered advice/information with our best interest in mind. There was rarely a delay in response, and responses were always thorough. Bilingual communication was an absolute plus! Dealing with immigration processes can be stressful, but I did not feel the least bit overwhelmed as we were given bite sized information to get us through, step by step. I truly have no regrets about working with Leah/her team, and I give my highest recommendation for her to anyone who is seeking help for an immigration related issue or is on the fence about working with her, specifically. Thank you Leah for maintaining integrity in your practice while also showing general kindness to us. Everyone I know (5+ folks) who has worked with Leah has nothing but great things to say and always smile when they reflect on their journey with her. I'm glad to be in that number.
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Posted by Klaas | May 20, 2023
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Great Lawyer and Team with attention to detail
Leah and Jimena were very knowledgeable and guided us through the immigration process in the best way imaginable. They were highly responsive to any questions we had throughout the entire process and provided valuable advice when critical situations arose. We would choose Gasparian Spivey Immigration again and recommend them if people ask us for advice.
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Posted by Eunice | April 17, 2023
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Knowledgeable, dedicated and pays keen attention to details on every case
We hired Leah Spivey a partner of Gasparian Spivey Immigration Law firm to assist us with our employment-based green card process for my husband and I. From the moment we began working with her, she demonstrated her absolute dedication and commitment to ensuring a smooth and successful immigration process. She always paid meticulous attention to every detail and afforded my husband and I invaluable guidance and support throughout the entire process. The initial consultation made the way for my husband to secure the appropriate visa in order for us to successfully file our cases together without any setbacks. Her expertise and knowledge in immigration law were evident and could anticipate and address any issues that arose promptly. Leah is very knowledgeable about the current trends in immigration law and always provided us with the most accurate information we needed. They were always available to answer our questions and concerns and provided us with timely updates on the status of our application. Leah and her firm's professionalism and attention to detail were simply outstanding. They took the time to get to know us and our unique circumstances, and they tailored their approach to meet our specific needs. They truly cared about our success and worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for our family. I would highly recommend Leah and Gaparian Spivey Immigration to anyone looking for a reliable and trustworthy partner in navigating the complex process of obtaining permanent residency in the United State. Her dedication, expertise, and attention to detail are truly unparalleled, and I am confident that she will continue to provide exceptional service to ALL. Here is their website for more information: https://gsimmigrationlaw.com/who-we-are
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Posted by Ian | March 2, 2023
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Leah was my attorney for my Naturalization process. I was so impressed with her professionalism during the whole process. I started the process with a large firm and quickly realized that it was not a good fit for me. Once I talked to Leah I knew she was the perfect person. My case was not typical and Leah made me feel comfortable and calm about the whole process step by step and was available anytime I needed to talk about the case or had any concerns. I would not hesitate to recommend Leah to anyone needing an immigration attorney.
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Posted by Armine | January 26, 2023
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Highly Recommend!
Leah Spivey helped me throughout my citizenship process. Thanks to her and her professional team, the whole process went very smooth for me. Great lawyer.
Posted by Smriti | January 15, 2023
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Excellent law firm in town
The best law firm you can ask for. It was a great experience working with them since beginning. Team was Very responsive to questions and delivered information every time and on time. Such a knowledgeable and expertise team. Special thanks to Ms Leah, with whom I was constantly coordinating about my case. Cannot thank enough. I would recommend everyone out there and I myself will not hesitate to contact them in future for legal matters.
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Posted by Wanda | January 11, 2023
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Wanda Lester
We choose Leah Spivey to be are attorney she was very helpful and informative She was very knowledgeable in her field of immigration.
Posted by Mercedes | November 4, 2022
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Immigration process
Leah kindly guided me throughout the immigration process until I got my citizenship. I can definitely recommend her to anyone in need of legal assistance due to her professionalism, honesty and experience. She was always willing to clear my doubts and inquiries.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2022
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Gasparian Spivey Immigration
Leah Spivey and her team assisted my family, for the second time, with immigration matters. I am so glad I reached out to Leah for her legal services. Leah and Jimena made the process easy and enjoyable, from filing our forms, to keeping in contact often for updates on our cases from USCIS, to doing a citizenship test-prep review, to literally assisting in any way necessary. Leah is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and a great immigration lawyer to work with. I cannot recommend her enough. Thank you Leah and Gasparian Spivey Immigration.
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Posted by Phil | August 3, 2022
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Highly recommended!
Leah Spivey handled my naturalization case after having been a permanent resident for years. I can't say enough good things about her. Dealing with immigration can be intimidating, but she was very helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. When the waiting time dragged on because of Covid staffing issues, she reached out to our local senator which helped expedite my case. I especially appreciated the mock interview we did beforehand, which was a wonderful way to prepare. The interview went very smoothly and I am now a proud American citizen!
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Posted by Mayron | August 1, 2022
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Great experience
Leah Spivey is an excellent attorney and her team really go above and beyond for their clients. I'd trust her with anything, do not hesitate to contact her. She was very straight forward and told me what to expect of the way. Going thru from start to finish, Leah kept me informed of each step and what the options were. Thank you for everything!
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Posted by Isabel | June 29, 2022
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Great lawyer
Miss Leah and her team are great professionals, they are always happy to help, on top and keeping you posted about your case,
Posted by Luciano | June 25, 2022
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Simply the best
I'm a composer and performer with an extensive career in my original country and I came to the US to do a masters in Music Composition in a prestigious university in Louisiana. After I finished my masters, I started to look for a lawyer to do my process for an O-1 visa and it was quite disappoint to have some of them telling me that my curriculum wasn’t good enough to get the visa because I didn’t have a Nobel prize or a Grammy. I was almost giving up and leaving the country when I finally met with the Gasparian Spivey Law firm and everything changed. They were incredibly helpful with everything, leading me step by step in everything I should do. After I followed their instructions and got all the documents necessary, they sent my process to the USCIS and the positive answer came in less than a week. I totally recommend Gasparian Spivey Law Firm for everybody who needs a working visa her in the US, specially for those who are looking for an O-1 visa, they are simply the best and I will be forever grateful for their help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2022
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Leah Spivey is an excellent attorney. She is very helpful and attentive to your case. She answers emails very fast and provides links and other sources needed to help you understand. Leah Spivey always sends you copies of the documents you receive which is helpful in case you need to show a picture of something to someone. She was very respectful and worked diligently with my case. She also made sure to prep me with hard questions to make sure I was prepared for my interview. Overall, Leah Spivey made sure to explain things I didn’t understand and was very helpful during office hours and sometimes after office hours.
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Posted by Julie | June 16, 2022
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Great service and lovely people to work with
Immigration is a long ardous journey so you need a good team to help you. Leah and her team are very resposive and easy to work with. They are with you every step of the way. Their fees are very reasonable and flexible. I would definitely advise anyone looking for immigration services to use this attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gasparian Spivey Immigration
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gasparian Immigration
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Senior Associate
  • Ware Immigration
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Stephenson, Chavarri & Lambert, LLC
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Paralegal/Law Clerk
  • David Ware & Associates
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Paralegal
  • Murov & Ward, LLC
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • JD
  • 2009
  • Tulane University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Appeal of U-based Adjustment of Status
  • Approval
  • Motion to Reopen
  • Approval

Associations

  • New Orleans Bar Association, Immigration Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (MidSouth chapter)
  • USCIS Liaison
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Dean's and Endowed Scholarships
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • 2007

Publications

  • Materials prepared for presentations at UA
  • Employment Based Permanent Residence
  • 2016
  • Materials prepared for LJC Summer School, LSBA
  • Immigration and Family Law
  • 2015
  • Powerpoint materials prepared for MAIE
  • Immigration Update
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • UA Students, Scholars, and Staff
  • Employment Based Permanent Residence
  • 2016
  • Advocacy for Immigrant Juveniles:
  • Instroduction to Asylum
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono and Juveniles
  • Professionalism in the Representation of Special Immigrant Juveniles
  • 2014
  • MAIE-StudyMississippi Conference
  • Immigration Update
  • 2014
  • NAFSA Texas State Meeting
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • 2013
  • MAIE 2013 StudyMississippi
  • Immigration Update
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Leah and I worked together for four years. She is a dedicated professional with outstanding legal skills. She is capable of handling the most complex of cases and is a compassionate advocate for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Leah is a former colleague with whom I worked closely in the past. She is a smart and committed advocate for her clients. I endorse Leah."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Leah as an immigration attorney. I had the privilege of working with her at her previous firm and I could see how her clients benefited from her wealth of experience, intelligence, and work ethic. I was particularly impressed by how adept she is in various aspects of immigration law: employment, family, and removal defense. Her good humor, kindness, and compassion made her a pleasure to work with and make her an excellent advocate for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known attorney Leah Spivey since she began practicing immigration law, as we are both active in the leadership of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Mid-South Chapter. She is a respected member of the immigration bar and someone that I reach out to when I have questions about the practices of the New Orleans immigration field office."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Spivey is extremely competent and hard working. Her dedication to her clients goes above and beyond. She is not only thorough but gets great results! She is who I hire and refer to for all of my immigration needs. And on top of it all she's compassionate and kind. Top notch attorney!!"
Immigration Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Leah since the time she was in law school. Her dream then was to be an immigration lawyer, and she put in extra hours at the immigration clinic and at immigration trainings to nurture her passion. Since that time, Leah has become an outstanding advocate. She practices law with integrity and sense of public service. She cares deeply about her clients, and she's very smart and has a deep and nuanced knowledge of immigration law. After many years of practice, she still holds on to that same passion for immigration law that motivated her in law school. Highly recommended."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Spivey has extensive experience in removal, family immigration, and business immigration. She advocates for her clients and exhausts all avenues of relief. She communicates with her clients. She is a great attorney."
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