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In her own words:

Why did you decide to be a lawyer?
I don't remember a distinct decision to become a lawyer; rather I felt drawn to the profession.  I applied to law school knowing what kind of lawyer I wanted to be:  a solo.  I left law school knowing what area of law I was destined to practice:  immigration.  All the pieces fell together so naturally, that I can't help but think, "this is what I was meant to do."

What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?

I owe much of what I know to an excellent immigration practice class I took in law school, a legal internship at Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center and a immigration fellowship at the International Institute of the Bay Area.  I was able to learn about immigration by doing immigration work for people who could not afford private attorneys. 

After law school I spent a year in private practice doing different types of law.  This time allowed me to see how an office operates, how to handle difficult issues on short notice and prepare me to open my own office.

Why immigration?
Immigration has always felt so right.  I think it takes my best assets as an attorney and lets me use the skills to help others.  Who can ask more of a profession? 

What do you like best about being a lawyer?

Meeting interesting people.  Solving legal problems together.  The thrill and joy in receiving an acceptance notice for the green card, citizenship, etc.


I wouldn't be an immigration lawyer if I didn't love different cultures -- so I LOVE to travel.  I tote my camera with me, a good book, and look for the best gluten free restaurants food (I'm gluten intolerant).  I currently reside in Dublin, California, with my husband (a mathematician) and daughter (a precocious preschooler).


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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Contact info

Elliott & Davis, PC

425 1st Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 94219

Elliott & Davis, PC

4695 Chabot Dr. Suite 200
Pleasanton, CA, 94588



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney Honor RollLawyer's Commitee for Civil Rights2012
Pro Bono Award - ImmigrationDuquesne Law Schol2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerElliott & Davis, PC2015 - Present
AttorneySKBERRY Immigration Law2010 - 2015
Immigrant Rights FellowInternational Institute of the Bay Area2009 - 2010
AssociatePFD Law2008 - 2009
Legal InternPRIAC2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyers' Committee for Civil RightsPro Bono Assylum Attorney2011 - Present
Eastern Alameda County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyMember2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duquesne University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Brigham Young UniversityN/ABA2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
5 Steps to CitizenshipCitizenship and Naturalization2010