Law School: University of San Diego School of Law (LLM in comparative law)
Other Graduate School: Sofia University School of Law “St. Kliment Ohridski," Bulgaria (LLM in Bulgarian law and international law)
College: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, (JD in Bulgarian law and international law)
*Assisted foreign entrepreneurs with complex U.S. investor visas and green cards.
*Successfully argued an asylum case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
*Successfully handled numerous EB-1 immigrant petitions in the highly scrutinized outstanding researcher and multinational manager/ executive categories.
*Advised a global telecommunication company on the immigration consequences of complex corporate reorganization on its employees.
*Successfully represented individuals in their requests for humanitarian parole or immigrant visa waivers, as well as in complex naturalization and derivative citizenship cases.
*Represented pro bono indigent asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in immigration court.
I am a specialist in immigration and nationality law, certified by the California State Bar and have extensive experience in all facets of immigration law, including administrative and federal appeals and immigration compliance. I specialize in employment and family-based immigration for individual and corporate clients, and am frequently invited to present on immigration topics. I obtained my LLM degree from University of San Diego and my JD and LLM degree from Sofia University in Bulgaria, where I am also licensed to practice law. I am the recipient of the state bar pro bono and Casa Cornelia Pro Bono Publico awards.
I am a co-chair of the immigration law section of the San Diego County Bar Association, a past executive committee member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and a member of AILA Liaison Committees. I am also a member of the Lawyers Club Professional Advancement Committee and the BIOCOM International Committee. I teach immigration law at the University of California San Diego Extended Studies ABA-approved Paralegal Program, serve on the Inn of Court Benchers’ Committee for Casa Cornelia Law Center and on the board of directors for Vasil Levski Education and Cultural Foundation.
Originally from Bulgaria, the immigration practice is near and dear to my heart. I feel fortunate that my work has a direct impact on people’s lives and that I had the opportunity to immigrate to the United States 15 years ago. Outside the law, I am very devoted to my family and friends. I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and two young daughters, as well as practicing yoga, Zumba, dancing, reading, and traveling.