JEFF GOLDMAN, ESQUIRE
Founding Partner, CEO
Jeff Goldman practices exclusively in the areas of business and family immigration law. He has more than two decades of extensive experience representing startup to Fortune 1000 technology, life science and medical device companies, as well as families, in all visa and permanent residency matters. Jeff is passionate about entrepreneurship, families and the innovation economy. After over a decade leading the immigration law sections at Mintz Levin and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, Jeff opened his own practice in Salem and Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Mateo, California.
Jeff’s expertise includes:
- The successful filing of thousands of H-1B and L-1 petitions and PERM Labor Certification applications.
- Working with entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, and athletes seeking Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver and Outstanding Researcher permanent residency classifications. Jeff has been repeatedly published in Science regarding green cards for high-level scientists. He is also the founder of Athletes Worldwide LLP, helping elite athletes navigate the U.S. immigration system.
- Helping entrepreneurial founders and investors understand and implement effective immigration strategies. Jeff serves as a mentor to MIT, Harvard, TechStars, the Startup Leadership Program, and Mass Challenge startups.
- Reuniting parents and children forcibly separated by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” border policy.
Successfully obtaining green cards for individuals, families and spouses as well as litigation of cancellation of removal, deportation and DACA matters.
- Advising foreign investors on EB-5 investments.
Jeff is a leader on immigration policy. He conceived of and drafted a working outline for the Massachusetts Global Entrepreneur in Residence program, adopted by two Massachusetts governors as part of a plan to assist the best and brightest foreign nationals who come to local universities and create local jobs. Jeff chairs Governor Charlie Baker’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants and is a past chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New England Chapter. He has been repeatedly recognized for his contributions to pro bono legal services.
Jeff is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law.
MICHAEL HAVEN, ESQUIRE
Michael Haven acts as Managing Partner at Goldman and Partners Immigration Law has been practicing since 2003 in all aspects of immigration law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Michael practices in a wide range of areas in immigration law, handling both business and family immigration cases. He advises and counsels companies and individuals from around the world on options for working in the United States on temporary visas, such as H-1B, O-1, and L-1 visas, and works with clients on permanent residency in all green card processes. Michael also has extensive experience in family-based immigrant filings, political asylum, waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization, and removal defense before the Immigration Court.
Michael speaks fluent Spanish and has appeared on television and radio programs to discuss immigration issues affecting the Latino community.
MALVENA S. DRISCOLL, ESQUIRE
Malvena has 20 years of experience in the field of U.S. immigration and nationality law, having practiced exclusively in this area for the last decade. She has represented individuals and companies from around the world in obtaining temporary work visas and permanent residence in the United States. She has also represented numerous families in bringing spouses, children and parents to our shores. Malvena’s caseload has included extensive work with detainees and immigrants in removal and asylum proceedings before the Immigration Court. Her current role includes advising professionals and employers on the temporary and long-term options for immigrating to or remaining in the United States.
Malvena is a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Lowell. She speaks Spanish and is brushing up on her Italian.
KASIA LOOR, ESQUIRE
Kasia Loor joined Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2012 and has been exclusively practicing immigration law since 2014. Before that, she worked for nearly a decade as an immigration paralegal.
Kasia specializes in assisting U.S. employers in hiring and retaining foreign talent they need to grow and innovate. She works with a variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 1000 multinational corporations representing scientific and high-tech industries among others. She has an extensive experience in employment-based permanent residency cases, including PERM labor certification and an array of temporary work visas.
Kasia’s successful track record includes:
- Well over 90% approval rate for both nonimmigrant petitions: H-1Bs, L-1A, L-1Bs, TNs, O-1s as well as immigrant petitions: EB-1A, EB-1B, EB-1C, EB-2 NIW, and EB-2/EB-3 via PERM.
- Strategic and thoughtful case preparation to limit Requests for Evidence to minimum.
- Developing a strong relationship with her clients and their employees based on her belief that their victory is her victory.
- Advocating for use of technology to increase efficiency and transparency in handling immigration cases.
Kasia comes from Poland and has gone through an immigration process herself. She obtained a permanent residency through a PERM labor certification process and later became a U.S. citizen. Kasia holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland and a Master of Laws in U.S. and Global Law and Technology, with specialization in U.S. Law and Legal Methods from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. She is admitted to practice law in the state of New York and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
SHIRLEY WOODWARD, ESQUIRE
Shirley’s work focuses on asylum, cancellation of removal and special immigrant juvenile visas. She also handles family-based petitions, waivers, naturalization, U visas, VAWA petitions, and detainee cases.
Prior to becoming an immigration attorney, Shirley managed a refugee resettlement program in New Hampshire and served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State. She lived in several African countries while working for non-governmental organizations serving refugees and displaced people. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea.
Shirley holds a JD from American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. She also holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Brown University.
Michael Martel has been practicing law since 1985. In that same year he undertook the pro bono representation of a wounded Guatemalan fleeing civil war with his wife and three small children who were seeking asylum in the US. Over the next seven years his practice concentrated in criminal defense and civil litigation with his immigration caseload continuing to grow. From 1992 until 2003, he was a partner in the Boston immigration firm, Ross, Martel and Silverman. Over the following eighteen years he headed his own firm located in Lynn and Boston representing thousands of foreign nationals with their family-based immigration cases as well as those facing removal proceedings. Mike has been a mentor attorney through the American Immigration Lawyers Association for more than twenty years. He is also a long-time member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He contributes his time and experience as the volunteer legal advisor to the accredited representatives of the nonprofit community agencies, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council and the Agenica ALPHA, which is associated with the Leon de Judah congregation in Dorchester. Mike is a graduate of the Lynn Classical High School and earned his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He is fluent in Spanish
AMY FORMAN, ESQUIRE
Amy focuses on the preparation of extraordinary ability petitions for foreign nationals who are experts in the sciences, arts, education, and business.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, she earned a juris doctor from Boston University School of Law.
Amy is active in a number of community organizations. She is a member of the North Shore Advisory Committee of the Anti-Defamation League New England and serves on the community board for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University.
Martha joined Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2016, bringing with her over 14 years of experience in the immigration field. She assists the firm’s attorneys with various nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as well as permanent residence applications for entrepreneurs and foreign workers at midsize and large corporations. Martha has extensive experience with business immigration applications, including PERM, H-1B, L, TN and J-1 visas. She also assists in the family practice with cancellation of removal, asylum and permanent residence applications.
Martha was accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent indigent immigrants in front of the Department of Homeland Security in TPS, adjustment of status, visa and citizenship matters as well as applications under VAWA for victims of domestic violence. As a former executive director of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Martha gained invaluable experience working with individuals of different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. She studied economics at Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.
Ingrida has been working exclusively on immigration law matters since 2004, specializing in immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications. As a first generation American born to Latvian parents, she has a long-standing interest in immigration and understands the needs and expectations of clients. Ingrida received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is fluent in Latvian. In her free time, she loves snowmobiling and volunteering with the Animal Rescue League.
Prior to joining Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2017, Melissa worked for more than six years as an immigration paralegal at two large Boston law firms. She brings a vast depth of experience in preparing and filing immigration matters for corporate clients of all sizes as well as family-based applications. She works with attorneys and clients on multiple immigration matters that include nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications and petitions as well as permanent residency-based applications. An exceptional legal writer and researcher, Melissa has been instrumental to scores of successful applications to which she has contributed since being with Goldman & Partners.
Melissa holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2019. Melissa previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, graduating Magnum Cum Laude in 2010. She also holds an American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Certificate from Northern Essex Community College.
Lisa has worked as an immigration paralegal since 2013 specializing in business immigration. She received her degree in Paralegal Studies in 2012 and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, hiking, and photography.
Margie joined the team at Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2013. She assists each of the firm’s attorneys with temporary work visas, permanent residence cases, and H-1B and L-1 visa matters tied to companies of all sizes. Margie also prepares numerous family immigration applications.
Prior to joining the firm, Margie had over two decades of business experience, working for companies large and small. She is keenly aware that every detail matters.
Margie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and raised her family in Massachusetts. In addition to her professional career, she is a certified spin instructor and enjoys teaching at a local health club weekly.
LUANA MAZON BIAGINI
Luana Mazon Biagini is a native of Brazil who came to the United States at the age of seven. She specializes in asylum claims, special immigrant juveniles, cancellation of removal, U-visas, and adjustment of status. Luana was part of the Goldman & Partners Immigration Law team that flew to Chicago to reunite Brazilian mothers and their sons. The families had been separated under the U.S. government’s “zero-tolerance” border policy.
Currently a law student, Luana has extensive ties to the Latino community and a passion to help immigrants who dream of becoming U.S. citizens. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied legal studies from Suffolk University. Luana is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Yujun joined the team at Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in July 2021 as a paralegal on the employment-based side of immigration law. He assists the firm’s attorneys with temporary work visas, permanent residence cases, and H-1B and L-1 visa matters tied to companies of all sizes. In addition to this, he has also assisted on O-1 and asylum cases. Prior to joining the firm, Yujun has had experience in the courtroom, having volunteered several years at the Gallatin Juvenile Court, where juvenile delinquents are given the opportunity to expunge their prior records. Yujun earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in the Spring of 2021. In addition to his professional career, Yujun enjoys watching television, playing the guitar, and working out in his spare time.
Catherine joined Goldman & Partners Immigration Law as a paralegal in July 2021 and is specializing in business immigration. Prior to this role, she worked as a Business Immigration Analyst for a large Boston law firm where she specialized in PERM applications. Catherine’s family is from El Salvador, and she is fluent in Spanish. Catherine graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations in Spring 2020. She also has a passion for foreign affairs and international development and is pursuing an M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern University. In her free time, Catherine enjoys exercising, watching Gilmore Girls, and spending time with her loved ones.
SABRINA VALADARES EFTHALITSIDIS
Born in Boston, Sabrina lived in Brazil for a decade. She joins Goldman & Partners Immigration Law after seven years with a national medical practice, where she counseled both U.S. and foreign-born clients. Sabrina is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Mariana Powalisz is a native of Bahia, Brazil. Mariana has experience in family-based petitions, asylum, cancellation and U-visas. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish (and a bit of Italian). She is a licensed attorney in Brazil and came to Boston to obtain a Master of Laws (LLM) from Northeastern University School of Law. After graduating in 2013 she volunteered at the Brazilian Immigrant Center where she developed a strong interest in immigration law and aiding immigrants. She loves music, learning about other cultures and spending time with her family.
Michaela Zelandi graduated from UMass Amherst with a dual degree in Legal Studies and Spanish in spring 2020. She won Best Legal Studies Honors Thesis in 2020 for her research on U-visas, gender-based asylum claims, and the H-1B/H-4 visas. After working as a legal assistant for a year, she joined Goldman and Partners as a paralegal in May 2021. She works on the family side of immigration law with experience preparing visa petitions, adjustments of status, waivers, work authorization applications, and asylum cases. In her free time, she enjoys walking with her dog and spending time outside.
Miriam is Operations Manager for Goldman & Partners Immigration Law, having joined the firm in 2012. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in human resources. In her free time, Miriam enjoys working out and spending time with family.
Bruna joined Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2021 as an Administrative Assistant. Bruna was born in Brazil, is fluent in Portuguese and has studied Spanish throughout her education and time living in Costa Rica. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree at Salem State University. Bruna loves spending her free time relaxing with her cat and experimenting with new flavor combinations while cooking.
One of Goldman & Partners Immigration Law first employees, Danielle has nearly two decades of experience working in the immigration field. Her primary responsibility at the firm is to ensure that expiration dates are entered and tracked in the database, with no lapse in employment for companies’ workers. Danielle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies, a field that focuses on helping people, which is what Danielle loves to do.