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

MANAGING PARTNER

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

PARTNER

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

PARTNER

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).

TAIMOOR CHOUDHRY, ESQUIRE

ASSOCIATE

Taimoor Choudhry assists a wide spectrum of clients traverse the ever-changing business immigration law landscape, providing strategic legal advice on various nonimmigrant visa categories. Utilizing his regulatory law background and international perspective, Taimoor tailors legal solutions that are effective and sensitive to clients’ needs.

Beyond practicing business immigration law, Taimoor has also worked on family law cases, helping indigent clients litigate divorce and child custody matters. In his free time, Taimoor enjoys advocating for human rights by taking on pro bono asylum and related cases. He also enjoys playing sports, writing and spending time with family and friends.

SHIRLEY WOODWARD, ESQUIRE

ASSOCIATE

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.

AMY FORMAN, ESQUIRE

ASSOCIATE

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 ELLIS

SENIOR PARALEGAL

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 SREDA

SENIOR PARALEGAL

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.

MELISSA PERRY

SENIOR PARALEGAL

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.

MARGIE CANTOR

PARALEGAL

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.

DAN BARLEKAMP

PARALEGAL

Since joining Goldman & Partners Immigration Law in 2016, Dan has worked to prepare a wide array of immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, including H-1B, L-1A and family-based applications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in English from the University of Delaware, and puts his skills to use by writing letters of support and helping with various research tasks. In his free time, Dan enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and attending concerts. He has also been involved with amateur radio since his first year of college.

LUANA MAZON BIAGINI

PARALEGAL

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.

SABRINA VALADARES EFTHALITSIDIS

PARALEGAL

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.

MIRIAM COHEN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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.

DANIELLE AUSTIN

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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.