Mr. Kuck received his B.A. Degree from Brigham Young University in 1986. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University Law School in 1989. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Arizona. He has been admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, nine Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous Federal District Courts.
Mr. Kuck is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kuck Baxter Immigration and oversees its worldwide immigration practice. Mr. Kuck assists international immigrant investors, employers and employees with business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and citizenship matters. Mr. Kuck also maintains an active Federal Court practice focusing on immigration issues. He has represented asylum seekers and others in more than 700 trials before the Immigration Courts.
Mr. Kuck’s clients include technology firms, manufacturers, multinational corporations, individual EB-5 investors and entrepreneurs, as well as families, individual immigrants and asylum seekers. He maintains a robust and rewarding pro bono practice and has been a professor for both survey and advanced immigration law classes at Emory University School of Law and The University of Georgia School of Law for the past 20 years.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Mr. Kuck was named one of the top 5 most Highly Regarded Corporate Immigration Lawyer in the World in 2020 by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, as well as one of the top 5 Immigration Thought Leaders in 2020 by Who’s Who Legal, and as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in 2020. Mr. Kuck has again been named by Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2020.
Mr. Kuck is listed in Who’s Who of International Corporate Immigration Attorneys, Chambers USA, and America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global, and The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and in The Best Lawyers in America. He is the voice of the most listened to podcasts on Immigration in the United States (“The Immigration Hour”). His blog provides insightful analysis of cutting edge immigration and political topics relating to our broken immigration system. (www.musingsonimmigration.blogspot.com). Mr. Kuck, has written numerous law review articles and op-eds on various U.S. immigration law subjects, and has spoken at hundreds of legal, industry, business, and civic organizations on a broad range of immigration topics. Mr. Kuck was part of the group of attorneys that stopped a key provision of Georgia’s HB-87 anti-immigration law, he is currently representing and advocating for DACA recipients seeking to pay in-state tuition to attend Georgia Colleges and Universities.
Mr. Kuck is a former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a founding member and former president of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). He currently serves as Co-Chair of the City of Atlanta’s Welcoming America Commission, and as a Board Member of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He was recently selected as the principal immigration attorney for the Andean Parliament, and gives frequent free community forums to churches, schools and community groups, educating immigrants on their rights and opportunities in the United States.
Mr. Kuck has testified in Congress on immigration issues, is frequently quoted in the press, and has appeared on broadcast stations such as CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, Democracy Now, CNBC, National Public Radio, as well as in and written publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The National Journal, The Miami Herald, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE
Mr. Baxter is a partner with Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC, practicing in all areas of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Mr. Baxter prepares immigrant (EB1, EB2, EB3 NIW) and non-immigrant (B, E, F, H, J, K, L, O, T, U) visa applications, PERM applications, and I-140 applications. Mr. Baxter also represents employers in I-9 and other worksite enforcement related matters. Mr. Baxter regularly represents clients before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services seeking both employment and family-based adjustment of status and naturalization.
Mr. Baxter regularly represents clients before the Executive Officer for Immigration Review, including immigration courts nationwide and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Baxter represents foreign nationals seeking asylum, cancellation of removal, NACARA, TPS, and adjustment of status before Immigration Judges. He also prepares appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Circuit Courts, and prepares writs of mandamus to the Federal District Court seeking adjudication of long-pending delayed applications.
Mr. Baxter has been quoted in the New York Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and has appeared on NBC, CBS and ABC news programs as an expert in immigration matters. In addition, his knowledge of the law and fluency in Spanish makes him one of the go-to experts for immigration related news on Univision, Telemundo and Mundo Hispanico where he makes regular appearances.
Prior to joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration, Mr. Baxter was an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Mr. Baxter is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia, the Oregon State Bar, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”).
Mr. Baxter is past chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA, and served on the AILA national Executive Office for Immigration Review Committee, working to resolve issues confronting foreign nationals and attorneys who are appearing before the nation’s Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Baxter has also chaired of the AILA Atlanta Chapter’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Committee.
Mr. Baxter is regularly invited to speak to different groups and organizations on immigration related topics such as: asylum law; immigrant rights; humanitarian parole; immigration consequences of criminal convictions; worksite enforcement of immigration laws; family-based immigration law; and non-immigrant visas.
Mr. Baxter received his B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, graduating summa cum laude, in 2002. He then earned his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2005. Mr. Baxter is admitted to practice law in both Georgia and Oregon. Mr. Baxter lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for two years during his undergraduate studies and as a result speaks, reads and writes fluent Spanish.
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Ms. Danielle Claffey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 2001. She earned her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2006.
Ms. Claffey is a partner with Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC and practices in all areas of U.S. immigration and nationality law. She has more than 14 years of experience in business immigration matters including nonimmigrant visas and employment based immigrant petitions, extraordinary ability petitions and National Interest Waivers, family based immigration, affirmative asylum, consular processing and deferred action applications. Ms. Claffey also has extensive experience in removal and custody cases before the immigration courts, including asylum, cancellation, and all types of waivers, as well as federal court actions in the U.S. District Courts across the country.
Ms. Claffey is a member in good standing of the Georgia State Bar.
Mr. Jorge A. Gavilanes is an Associate Attorney with Kuck | Baxter Immigration. Mr. Gavilanes graduated with his Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management – Finance, from Brigham Young University.
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Gavilanes served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald Eyre and James Brady of the Utah Fourth District Court. While in law school, Mr. Gavilanes interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and was the Executive Editor of BYU’s Education and Law Journal. Prior to law school, Mr. Gavilanes worked as a Financial Analyst for a multinational Fortune 500 corporation.
Mr. Gavilanes grew up in Ecuador and he is fluent in Spanish. He is a member of the Utah State Bar.
Ms. Rosmarin received her B.A. Degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1990. She earned her J.D. degree from Emory University Law School in 1993.
Laura has over twenty years of experience working with businesses and individuals in the field of immigration law. Laura assists multinational and domestic companies with U.S. immigration issues. Her clients include companies, academic institutions, hospitals, individuals, and families. She has successfully represented corporate executives, professional athletes, engineers, physicians, entertainers, international students, and many professionals in various fields. Laura’s specialties include all non-immigrant petitions with an emphasis on H-1B, L-1, O, P, and E visas; I-140 Employment-Based Petitions, Labor Certification, Applications for Permanent Residence and U.S. Citizenship.
Laura is admitted to practice in Georgia, New York, and New Jersey. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Ms. Emily Lund is an Associate Attorney at Kuck l Baxter Immigration. She has several years of immigration experience and has worked with numerous clients in the areas of Affirmative and Defensive Asylum, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, K Visas, U Visas, Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, and Consular Processing. Emily appears regularly at USCIS interviews and immigration court on behalf of her clients. Additionally, Emily has gained expertise in criminal defense through her interactions with indigent defendants through her previous work in public defense. She has also specialized in an area referred to as “Crimmigration,” the analysis of the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions.
Emily earned her Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. While in law school, Emily clerked for a federal judge, practiced immigration in Arizona, volunteered at the Dilley Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, and worked for the Ministry of Justice in Madrid, Spain.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily comes from strong Argentine roots and speaks Spanish fluently. Emily is licensed to practice law in Utah. In her spare time, Emily coaches boxing classes and loves any and all things fitness related.
Natalie Griggs is an Associate Attorney with Kuck Baxter Immigration.
Natalie is a native of Laurens, South Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina (USC) in December 2012 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Experimental Psychology
After graduating from USC, Natalie relocated to the nation’s capital to pursue her law degree at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. While in DC, Natalie was privileged to provide over 800 hours of pro bono representation to low-income residents of D.C. and the surrounding areas through her law school’s Juvenile and Special Education Clinic, where she advocated for the enforcement of free appropriate public education under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, where she advocated for victims of crime including domestic abuse and asylum seekers. While in law school, Natalie and a colleague won their first case defending an asylum seeker before the Arlington Immigration Court.
After graduating law school in 2016, Natalie was admitted to the Georgia Bar. Before relocating to Atlanta, Natalie contracted with the United States Attorney’s Office’s Cyber Crime Unit assisting with the investigation and prosecution of international cyber-crimes and later served as an Assistant Public Defender under Rule 19 (for temporary out-of-state attorneys) with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
Ms. Griggs relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2018. She worked for three years representing clients in Immigration Courts nationwide in bond, master, and merits hearings. She has successfully appeared for clients’ relative petitions, green card, and citizenship interviews at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Offices across the country.
In addition to immigration cases, Natalie has advocated for clients throughout Georgia in Superior, State, Probate, and Juvenile Courts handling family law matters, criminal clarification of sentencing, probate litigation, DFCS defense, and custody and dependency petitions in support of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
Natalie is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and a 2019 graduate of their Professional Development Academy. Natalie is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2021 and currently serves on multiple committees in her home state with the Young Lawyers Division.
In her spare time, Natalie likes to travel with family and friends and play with her dog, Remy.
Ms. Wala Hijaz is an Associate Attorney at Kuck │ Baxter Immigration.
Wala holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery.
Wala graduated with her Juris Doctor from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in 2022. During her time in law school, Wala served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Magistrate Judge, Jerusha T. Adams, where she wrote judicial recommendations, memorandums, and orders. Additionally, Wala was awarded the Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate and a Mediation Certificate for the hours she completed mediating civil cases in district court. While in law school, Wala took part in the Elder Law Clinic, where she worked one on one with clients to help with several legal needs, including wills and trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, property and financial needs, and government benefits. Wala was recognized as a Public Interest Society Fellow for her public interest and public service work.
Prior to relocating to Georgia, Wala lived in Alabama. She is a member in good standing of the Alabama State Bar.
Wala is of Palestinian descent and is fluent in Arabic. In her spare time, Wala enjoys catching up on the latest archeological news, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with her family.
ولاء حجاز هي محامية في مكتب محاماة للهجرة يسمى كوك باكستر.
ولاء أكملت شهادة البكالوريوس والماجستير في علم النفس في جامعة آبرون مونتجومري.
أكملت ولاء شهادة الدكتوراة في القانون من كلية تاومس جود جونز للقانون في جامعة فاكنور سنة ٢٠٢٢. اثناء دراستها، عملت ولاء في مكتب القاضية جروشة آدمز في المحاكم الفدرالية المحلية. حازت ولاء على شهادات للمداخلات القانونية المتعلقة في تحاكم المتخاصمين وكذلك للإصلاح بين المتنازعين قبل الوصول الى المحاكم. خلال فترة دراستها عملت ولاء عند مكاتب المسنين وكبار السن لمساعدتهم على كتابة وصاياهم وامورهم المالية والصحية والقانونية وكذلك حقوقهم المالية من الدولة. حصلت ولاء على جوائز عدة لجهودها في الاعمال الخيرية.
عاشت ولاء معظم حياتها في الاباما وحصلت على ليسانس الحقوق في الباما وهي عضو فاعل في نقابة المحامين في الاباما.
ترجع أصول ولاء الى قرية جميلة تقع ما بين نابلس ورام الله تدعى تر مسعيا. فولاء فلسطينية الأصل وقد زارت فلسطين مرات عديدة. تجيد ولاء اللغة العربية والإنجليزية.
عندنا يتاح لها الوقت، تمارس ولاء هوايتها في دراسة علم الاثار ودراسة الجرائم التي ما زالت بلا حل. والعائلة مهمة جدا لولاء فهي تحب قضاء الوقت مع العائلة.
Mr. Alejandro Roig has over 20 years of experience in immigration, family and employment law, as well as criminal defense and civil litigation. Prior to joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC, Mr. Roig worked for law firms in Miami and Chicago and with the Midwest Immigrants Rights Center in Chicago and Senator Paul Simon of Illinois. He assisted the Senator’s staff with immigration matters and provided assistance to constituents. In addition, Mr. Roig worked for 6 years in the mortgage banking industry before entering the legal field. Mr. Roig is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Political Science and has a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Roig is a native of Mar del Plata, Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Daniella Hermoza is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC who works primarily on family-based immigration. Ms. Hermoza specializes on residency applications, naturalization cases, consular processes, petitions to remove conditions on residence and U visas. Prior to serving as an Immigration Paralegal, Ms. Hermoza served as a paralegal assistant and was responsible for various administrative tasks. Ms. Hermoza is passionate and dedicated to helping our clients with their immigration processes.
Ms. Hermoza earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish at Valdosta State University in 2014. During her undergraduate education, she studied and taught English abroad in Cadiz, Spain. Ms. Hermoza is originally from Lima, Peru and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ms. Elaine Stice is a senior paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. She has over twenty years of business immigration experience. Ms. Stice was formerly a senior immigration paralegal at the national labor and employment law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. She was also a paralegal at the law firm of Schwartz Kuck & Associates, LLP and was previously employed in the immigration practice at the national law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP. Ms. Stice received her B.S.B.A. from Robert Morris University and her Paralegal Certification from the DeKalb Technical College.
Ms. Jessica Colotl is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration assisting our attorneys with family-based cases, deferred action, permanent residency, consular process, I-212/I-601/I-601A waivers, U Visas and citizenship requests. Prior to serving as an Immigration Paralegal, Ms. Colotl served as a legal assistant to two of our attorneys. She was responsible for various administrative duties. Ms. Colotl is passionate about helping our clients navigate the complicated immigration system.
Ms. Colotl received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a French minor from Kennesaw State University in 2011. She is a native of Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Kirti Kasabia is an Immigration Paralegal at the Atlanta office of Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. With over 6 years of experience as an Immigration Paralegal, she is fluent in both family-based and employment-based immigration. Ms. Kasabia has worked with several law firms within Georgia.
Ms. Shelly McFann is a senior paralegal working directly with the attorney staff in preparing and filing nonimmigrant business visas, professional visas, labor certification applications, immigrant visas and citizenship cases for foreign executives, managers, professionals and skilled workers, as well as family based petitions. Ms. McFann has over 28 years of immigration experience. Prior to her current position, Ms. McFann held the position of District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service as part of the government’s Outstanding Scholars Program. Ms. McFann was employed as an adjudications officer for eight years with the INS. Ms. McFann has extensive experience in the areas of naturalization, employment based adjustments, family based adjustments, extraordinary ability visas, national interest waiver visas, and alien employment certifications through the U.S. Department of Labor.
Ms. McFann is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs. She is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Immigration Officer Basic Training Course and a graduate of FLETC’s Immigration Officer Journeyman Training Course. Additionally, Ms. McFann was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Golden Key National Honor Society.
Mrs. Yuri Pineda-Sosa is an Immigration Paralegal at the Atlanta office of Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. She works on family based immigration cases, Deferred Action cases, permanent residency, consular processes, I-601 waivers, U Visas, Violence Against Women ACT (VAWA), and citizenship requests. Prior to serving as an Immigration Paralegal, Mrs. Sosa served as a Legal Assistant to two of the firm’s managing partners, assisting with various administrative tasks.
Mrs. Sosa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish from the University of Georgia in 2008 and her MBA from Webster University in 2012. Mrs. Sosa is first generation Mexican-American from Los Angeles, CA and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Casillas is originally from Panama and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Ms. Maria Coronado is a Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is of Guatemalan decent. Ms. Coronado received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University in 2015. She has an extensive background in customer service, and has a passion for helping other. Ms. Coronado is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Ino Fraire is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She primarily assists in family-based cases. Ms. Fraire has 12 years of customer service experience and 8 years of administrative assistant experience. She has a passion for the immigration process since she experienced it first-hand. Ms. Fraire was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was only one with her family. On her spare time, she likes to volunteer at an orphanage in Costa Rica and Atlanta’s Shepherd Center. Ms. Fraire is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Teresa Arriaga is a Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She has four years of immigration experience specializing in removal proceeding cases and family-based applications.
Ms. Arriaga earned her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, in Paralegal Studies from The University of North Georgia. Prior to working at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, Ms. Arriaga worked at an immigration law firm in Gainesville where she worked as a paralegal specializing in removal proceeding cases. She plans on pursuing a J.D. in the future.
Ms. Arriaga is a first generation Mexican- American. She is fluent in Spanish. She spends her weekends volunteering with a local nonprofit organization helping asylum seekers released from The Stewart Detention Center reunite with their families throughout the country. Ms. Arriaga is passionate about helping our immigrant community as well serving other underrepresented communities.
Ms. Josephine Nino is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC. She has over four years of immigration experience primarily specializing in family-based immigration cases. Prior to serving as an Immigration Paralegal, Ms. Nino served as a paralegal assistant and was responsible for various administrative tasks. Prior to working at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC Ms. Nino worked at Ross and Pines, LLC where she worked as a paralegal specializing in family-based immigration cases.
Ms. Nino received her Paralegal Certification from the University of Georgia in 2017. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Nino is passionate about helping our immigrant community as she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
David A. Dayoub is a Business Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. He has over eight years of business immigration experience, beginning his career in immigration as a Business Immigration Analyst at the national labor and employment law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. He was also a paralegal with the immigration practices of national law firms such as Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Jackson Lewis PC, and Polsinelli PC. Mr. Dayoub received his B.S.C. in Criminology and Motion Pictures from the University of Miami. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Sue Wiggins is the Chief Operating Officer with Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. She oversees the business operations of the Firm by ensuring effective operational and financial procedures are in place. Mrs. Wiggins has more than 15 years of experience in management, including organizational development, financial management, strategic planning and overseeing human resources and information technology. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Wiggins was the Immigration Practice Coordinator at a national labor and employment law firm.
Mrs. Wiggins received her B.A. in History from Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, IN. She is proficient in Hungarian and is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Ms. Catalina León is the Billing Manager for Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. She has been with the firm for over 9 years and is responsible for all client billing. Ms. Leon has worked in administration and accounting for over 19 years in various industries including the Utah Jazz NBA team. Her Native country is Chile, and she is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Susan Macedo is the billing coordinator for Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC. She assists the billing manager in client billing information and other administrative duties. She graduated with her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgia State University. Ms. Macedo has extensive background in administration and customer service and is passionate about volunteering in the community. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Stephanie Lopez is the Legal Assistant to Charles Kuck, the Managing Partner. Ms. Lopez is a proud Mexican Immigrant who has lived in the US since she was 9 years old. As a Dreamer she understands the complications of the immigration system first-hand and is passionate about the work the firm does. Stephanie has held the Administrative Assistant, Client Relations Associate, and Director of Clients Relations positions at Kuck Baxter Immigration and has been with the firm for over 6 years. She has over 9 years of customer service and administration experience and is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Talia Brown is the Administrative Assistant. She is from South Bend, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University of Bloomington where she received her B.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History. She has over ten years in customer service and four years in administration in business, college, and medical. In her spare time, she volunteers with various nonprofits to help children of all ages with art therapy and psychology.
She is the daughter of an immigrant mother from Germany, which has made her interest in working at this immigration firm apart of her life purpose in helping others. She very passionate about the work we do here, and the impact it has on people. She is fluent in English with college level Spanish and currently studying Spanish again.
Ms. Samaria Bahena is the client intake coordinator at Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC. She is a Georgia native and of Mexican decent. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Georgia State University. Prior to serving as a client intake coordinator, Ms. Bahena served as a legal assistant for a personal injury firm gaining experience in administrative duties. She also has over 4 years of experience in customer service. She knows and understands the struggles that immigrants face through her family and friends and is passionate about the work we do for our clients. Ms. Bahena is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ms. Yanalte Sainz de Soilis reunites with Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC as a Legal Assistant to Dustin Baxter. Ms. Sainz de Soilis’ primary focus is to gather and process clients’ necessary documentation, manage the partners’ calendars and file court orders along with other administrative duties. Prior to returning to the firm, Ms. Sainz de Soilis held the Office Administrator, Billing Coordinator and Legal Assistant positions at Ibrahim & Rao, LLP for several years. Ms. Sainz de Soilis has over 12 years of experience in office administration and customer service. She is committed to meeting our clients’ expectations as she experienced the complicated immigration system firsthand. Ms. Sainz de Soilis is a proud Mexican Native who is, of course, fluent in Spanish.
David Schwieger is the legal assistant to Danielle Claffey, partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration. David is a native of Canton, Georgia. Though no one in his family speaks Spanish, David put significant effort into learning the language. He studied Spanish for five years, after which he spent two years living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While in Juarez, David met many people who were actively trying to come to the United States for work or a better life. This ignited his passion for immigration work and service. After returning home, David received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University – Idaho and is planning on continuing his education in law school. David is fluent in both English and Spanish and is currently studying Arabic in order to help an even wider range of people seeking entry in the United States.
Alison Rivera is the legal assistant to Waleed Naser, Emily Lund and Kylie Gainey at Kuck Baxter Immigration. She is from Mableton, Georgia. Ms. Rivera is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and a Pre-Law Concentration at Georgia State University. She also has over 4 years of experience in customer service and 2 years of management experience.
Ms. Rivera is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico. She was impacted by the immigration system at an early age, which inspired her to pursue a career in immigration. She hopes to help other families that are going through similar situations as hers. Ms. Rivera plans to pursue a J.D. in the future. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Emma Carter is the Legal Assistant to Jorge Gavilanes, partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration. Fluent in Spanish, Emma holds a Master of Arts in Interpreting and Translation Studies from Wake Forest University where she focused on trauma-informed language services. Emma also holds a dual degree in both Spanish and Politics & International Affairs, and has a minor in Latin American Studies from Furman University. While at Furman, Emma helped pilot a legal clinic called the Justicia Project, helping non-citizens receive legal status, and also served as a Language Services Intern at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
As a native of Florida, Emma developed her love of Spanish at the age of four when she became friends with a family who spoke Spanish at home. No stranger to understanding the team it takes to help non-English speakers receive equitable access to legal resources, information, and services, Emma is continuing to merge her love of language and law and is currently preparing for the State of Georgia Court Interpreter Certification.