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Lelia Nyong Adams

Immigration Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Lelia Adams

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2010
    Status
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ONE IMMIGRANT HELPING OTHER IMMIGRANTS. CALL FOR YOUR FREE CONSULTATION!

I grew up in a small village in Africa where I lived with no electricity or running tap water. I never imagined that I would live in America as a U.S. Immigration lawyer. My family and I have been through what most would call "Immigration Hell" including deportation. We legally fought and we now live in America as U.S. citizens. Therefore, I can personally relate to immigrants and their struggles because I was also an immigrant. Click Here to read the the story of my life as an immigrant before I became an Immigration Lawyer.

Lelia Adams was once an immigrant who is now an Immigration Lawyer dedicated to helping other immigrants. Lelia was born and raised in a small village in Africa. She later relocated to the United States of America as an immigrant and after several years became a naturalized United States citizen. Lelia attended Southern Connecticut State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While in college Lelia was a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro representing the 3rd Congressional District of Connecticut. After graduating from college, Lelia worked for many years with a top wireless and communication industry as a coordinator in Continuity Marketing and Operations where she worked and interacted with people from different international cultures.

Lelia later earned her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay Florida and graduated with accolades. While in Law school, Lelia was placed on Honor Roll and as a result of her skills in advocacy she was also a finalist for the Phelps Dunbar 1st Year Appellate Advocacy competition. She also gained valuable experience in the court room as a judicial intern for Honorable Amy M. Williams of the 6th Judicial Circuit, Civil Division, in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

After graduation from law school Lelia relocated to Missouri where she was admitted to practice law. While in Missouri, Lelia worked with a non-profit organization in areas such as consumer protection, family law and Juvenile Law. In this role, Lelia fought fearlessly for all her clients through adjudication, meetings with social services and foster parents. She eventually relocated to the Phoenix Arizona to focus on immigration law. While in Phoenix, Lelia worked with an Immigration Firm helping clients with different aspects of immigration law.

Although Lelia was born and raised in Africa, she has traveled the world learning about people in other cultures. Lelia studied Common Law and the Law of Restitution at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Lelia also participated in the American and Caribbean Law Institute program through Stetson University College of Law, researching and writing about both domestic and foreign laws on Trademark Infringement. While in the American and Caribbean Law Institute, Lelia participated with several Law schools from the United States and the Caribbean in a mock trial on Foreign Trademark Infringement.

 

Now in her practice as an Immigration Lawyer, Lelia continues to be dedicated to her clients and fearlessly represents them because as an immigrant who has been through the United States immigration system, she truly understands the struggles and concerns of other immigrants. Lelia is a member of the State Bar of Missouri. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and her focus is only on immigration law.

 

Profile at a Glance
Bar Admission
State of Missouri
Missouri Supreme Court

Education
Juris Doctorate, Stetson University College of Law
Saint Petersburg, Florida
International Law Studies, Oxford University – University of Florida Study Abroad Program Oxford, UK.
Bachelor of Science, Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University

Honors
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award

Honor Roll
Advocacy Award
2007 Phelps Dunbar 1st Year Appellate Oral Advocacy Competition, Finalist

 

Professional Affiliation
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
American Bar Association

Awards

Gold Client Champion
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
2021
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014

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Location

Essien Immigration Law

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Karan | January 10, 2024
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Green card renewal
I sought Lelia’s expertise for my green card renewal, a critical and complex immigration issue. Her service quality was exceptional, demonstrating profound legal knowledge and genuine care. She exceeded my expectations, providing clarity and a strategy that simplified the process, resulting in a more favorable outcome than anticipated. I wholeheartedly recommend Lelia for her outstanding expertise in immigration law and her empathetic, supportive approach. Her commitment and reassurance throughout were particularly memorable, making a typically stressful experience surprisingly smooth and satisfying.
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Posted by Jane | December 7, 2023
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A passionate immigration lawyer
I am extremely grateful for the quality of legal representation I received from Essien Law Firm. I presented my Asylum case to Attorney Lelia Adams in April 2023. She conducted a very thorough interview to gather all the necessary information. Despite the complexity of the case she guided me throughout the entire process from the initial consultation to the completion of the application. From the onset, Lelia demonstrated extensive knowledge for my case, her attention to detail is impressive, She is very patient, diligent and passionate. Her ability to clearly explain the process was particularly valuable. Her assistant Alyssa was very professional in communication and her welcome at the law firm was impressive. Thanks to Lelia for her exceptional expertise and guidance, I received my EAD and SSN. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an immigration lawyer, you will be in the capable hands of a very competent attorney.
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Posted by Dennis Ong | November 16, 2023
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Exceptional lawyer with her personal touch
From the very beginning of our complex asylum filing process, Lelia and her team at the law firm stood out for their extraordinary dedication and expertise. Lelia's personal touch was evident in every interaction. She not only demonstrated profound legal knowledge but also a remarkable level of empathy and understanding of our situation. Throughout the process, Lelia was more than just our attorney; she was a pillar of support, guiding us with patience and compassion. Her ability to connect on a personal level, while maintaining the utmost professionalism, made a significant difference in our journey. What particularly impressed us was her responsiveness and attention to detail. Lelia was always available to answer our questions, no matter how trivial, and she explained complex legal jargon in a way that was easy to understand. Her approach was not only thorough but also infused with a genuine concern for our well-being. Navigating our country complexity law is no easy task and she manage to get a book-ton of evidence just for the interview. We are very happy with choosing Lelia.
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Posted by Beth | July 11, 2022
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Lelia is a Godsend!
Lelia is a true Godsend! We needed help with our K1 Visa and Lelia immediately jumped in to help and with 24 hours had already helped us tremendously! Lelia listens, creates a strateg to adress all of the issues and most importantly does it with a caring attitude. She balances her can and will do attitude with kind and soothing delivery. Upon ur first call i knew we had found the right one for us!!
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Posted by Adriana | May 24, 2022
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Best attorney for our case!
Attorney Adams was wonderful to work with! She is caring, patient, knowledgeable, professional and very detail oriented. She helped my husband and myself feel at ease knowing our case was in her hands. We were confident she was the perfect attorney for us right after our first meeting with her. She answered all of our questions and explained everything very clearly. We felt very comfortable with her. Thanks be to God and to Lelia's help the immigration process was very swift and felt much less stressful. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Kiet | March 6, 2022
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Thank you Lelia, you are the best!
Lelia is very knowledgeable and very detail-oriented when it comes to immigration. She is sympathetic and compassionate. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs immigration help. Thank you so much, Lelia!
Posted by CS | December 23, 2021
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Detail-Oriented, Friendly, Knowledgeable
Even before hiring Lelia, she gave me the road map of how my immigration issue can be addressed, with backing paperwork. She is knowledgeable and very detail-oriented, asked me the right questions on my first call with her, and I knew I had to hire her. She calmly explained me what procedures were needed to resolve my immigration situation. Her friendly approach and point to point discussions made me confident that she can represent me in the best possible manner. She is hard working and puts her best efforts to prepare your paperwork. I'll always be thankful for her directions and representation on my immigration issue.
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Posted by Phillis | November 24, 2021
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Marriage Interview
Immigration is very complicated and you need an intelligent attorney to represent you, Lelia is that attorney. If you want an attorney that listens, easy to get a hold of, down to earth and naturally loves her job, Lelia will be the one to go to. It was very easy to talk to Lelia and express our concerns. Lelia prepared us for our marriage interview very well and we were soo pleased with her services. We knew exactly how to answer the questions and our interview took about 15 minutes and we heard the words "congratulations, you've been approved". We are sending all our family and friends to Lelia. Praying that God continues to Bless her and we cant be thankful enough. Thank you Lelia.
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Posted by Walter | October 15, 2021
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I Highly Recommend Lelia To Anybody!!
Leila has been most helpful! Lelia is very accessible and dependable when it comes to my immigration needs. I have used multiple attorneys in the past and Lelia has proven to exceed my expectations, she was completely understanding, professional and worked very diligently to the end and I’m so grateful! Highly recommend!!
Posted by Tim | October 10, 2021
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This Best Immigration Lawyer
Leila Adams has been a God-sent person in my life. There are many words I would use to describe this wonderful woman, Thoughtful, Understanding, Compassionate, Professional, Trustworthy, etc. She has a very positive spirit that lets you know she is in your corner and is there to help you. Her Knowledge of the Laws when it comes to Immigration is impeccable. She also works with you in filling out all USCIS forms that are needed and is available to talk with you about any of your concerns. In matters like these honesty is the best policy.
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Posted by Nsikak | October 9, 2021
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Excellent
Her professionalism is second to none, don’t hesitate to contact her if you need an immigration lawyer.
Posted by Viola | September 16, 2021
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Best Attorney
Ms. Lelia Adam, is a true Angel sent by God. She is doing a fantastic job on our case. She is a person who fights for her clients, and she makes you feel like family. The most important is that she cares.
Posted by Sobin | August 17, 2021
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Best Immigration lawyer and a great person!
Attorney Lelia Adam is a true Angel sent by God. She did an outstanding legal work in our immigration case.she is the best lawyer
Posted by Eugene | August 5, 2021
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Best Immigration Lawyer ever
Lelia is detailed oriented, critical thinker, task oriented, expect in the subject area, very kind and down to earth when dealing with her. She is one of the best immigration lawyer i have ever come across with .Thank you so much Lelia. I will always recommend for any immigration help.
Posted by ElieZ | July 31, 2021
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The Best immigration Lawyer I have come accross.
I started to work with Essien Immigration Law for almost a month now on my brother's and sister's immigration case, and I am very pleased with the way she is handling both cases. First, she is very professional and friendly but also she goes above and beyond to explain every details regarding the status of the cases. Unlike all the others lawyers I worked with in the past, she truly does cares about me and my cases and I can't be more happier that I am working with her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking legal immigration service
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Posted by Rami | July 30, 2021
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Thank you so much lelia, you are the best
Thank you lelia for all the help and time you spent on my case. and to everyone who want the right lawyer, lelia will help you as a family not a stranger super helpful, amazing, kind and full of information about immigration. Thanks you so much
Posted by Kemberly | July 19, 2021
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A very knowledgeable and caring lawyer
Leila Adams Is the Lawyer you can trust in such a difficult time. I have had friends and family that have had other Lawyers but did not have a good outcome and their life was changed for the worse because of simple mistakes made by the Lawyer. In my opinion Leila Adams is not only a knowledgeable Lawyer she is sympathetic and compassionate. I absolutely trust Leila.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
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Very knowledgeable
Lelia is as talented as she is caring. She will do everything she can to make sure you come out with the best possible outcome. In my case, I had a situation where the immigration implications of my case were very technical and with second order effects. Lelia was able to give me the right counsel just when I needed it. Of everyone I consulted, she was the one who gave me the most complete information. I will recommend her any day anytime.
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Posted by Melonie | January 30, 2020
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Superb
Leila is just awesome. She helped me with obtaining my removal of condition. She gives great advice, she is a people person, she goes above and beyond to help.
Posted by Teri | April 14, 2017
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Immigration Attorney
"Lelia assisted my employer with a TN renewal case. My employer was very satisfied with her work so when we had another case, we went back to her. Lelia is currently handling my case and I can’t be more pleased. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to help them achieve their goals and dreams. She returns calls promptly and follows through on what she says she will do. Lelia sets the bar high not only in her personal life but also professionally and that is evidenced by her work product. I would recommend her without hesitation because I know her clients will be very satisfied with her work."
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Immigration Attorney
  • Essien Immigration Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Muesliikon
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Owner
  • LELIA N. ADAMS LAW FIRM
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Aid Of Western Missouri
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Trademark Intern
  • Caribbean Law Clinic
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Intellectual Property Intern
  • Washington Patent Service
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Judicial Intern, Judge Amy Williams
  • 6th Judicial Circuit, Florida Circuit Court
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Congressional Intern
  • Office of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
  • 2000 - 2000
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • T-VISA Success! Human Trafficking Immigration Visa
  • T-VISA Granted. Trafficking victim now has State ID and work authorization and will eventually be eligible to apply to become a lawful permanent resident with a U.S. green card.
  • REENTRY INTO U.S. AFTER 10 YEARS GRANTED!
  • GRANTED! This clients now lives in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident with a green card!
  • Naturalization After Denial
  • Naturalization Granted, He is Now a U.S. Citizen
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AVVO TOP CONTRIBUTOR AWARD
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • William F. Blews
  • 2011
  • Leadership Award
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009
  • 1st Year Appellate Oral Advocacy Competition, Finalist
  • Phelps Dunbar
  • 2007
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Publications

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • How To Manage a Practice Without Losing Your Work/Life Balance
  • 2020
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • How to Respond to Negative Comments
  • 2020
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Speaking Engagements

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Family/Juvenile- CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • AILA
  • Competency and Mental Health in Removal Proceedings- CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • AILA
  • Immigration Presentation
  • 2021
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Arizona Virtual Conference
  • Immigration
  • 2020
  • DACA
  • Immigration
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (30)
Endorse Lelia
Unknown Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lelia Nyong Adams is a powerful advocate for her clients. She is always prepared and very successful in the courtroom. The client who trusts his case to Lelia makes a wise decision, and I highly recommend her work."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lelia Nyong Adams is a tremendous defense lawyer and is deeply committed to provide excellent representation to her clients. She is a lawyer with boundless energy and great integrity. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing assistance."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is passionate in her representation of her clients...understanding their struggles from a unique standpoint. She gives freely to answer the public's questions on Avvo as well."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Adams is consistently knowledgable and thoughtful in her advice to her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for her contributions in the Avvo forums."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lelia without reservation. She has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and is a superb litigator."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"Highly skilled and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Ms. Adams in all areas of law associated with immigration and deportation. She is a tremendous advocate for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lelia is a skilled attorney here in Phoenix, and a very well qualified practitioner. Were I to need an attorney for an immigration issue, I'd sit down with her first."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lelia Adams is an aggressive advocate for her clients with a track record of success. I fully endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Lelia Adams shows compassion to help people in need by providing sound legal advice in the Avvo community. She is respected by colleagues in the legal field. I fully endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lelia Adams. She gives back to the community by providing outstanding legal answers in Avvo for individuals who have asked for help on their case. A valuable member in the legal industry."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Lelia Adams. She provides excellent legal answers in the Avvo community to help people who came here seeking some advice. She is an asset to our profession."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lelia is a fierce advocate for her clients, willing to go over and beyond to ensure that they are adequately represented. I recommend her to anyone seeking immigration services."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Top Contributor 2014
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Phoenix Immigration Lawyer Lelia Nyong Adams
Lelia Nyong Adams
Immigration Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 13 years
Virtual consultation available