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 nine years of experience in business immigration matters including nonimmigrant and employment bass immigrant petitions, family based immigration, affirmative asylum, all forms of nonimmigrant visas, consular processing and deferred action applications. Ms. Claffey is also highly experienced in deportation, cancellation of removal and asylum proceedings before the immigration courts, as well as federal court actions in the U.S. District Courts.
Ms. Claffey is a member in good standing of the Georgia State Bar.
Ms. Hiba Ghalib is an immigration attorney and partner with Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC. She has over a decade of experience in immigration law and enjoys a reputation as a leading immigration attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School, Ms. Ghalib guides families through the immigration process and assists with both consular processing and applications for family members already in the United States. Ms. Ghalib represents clients in deportation and removal defense. Ms. Ghalib also works with employers in leading them through the proper processing of hiring and employing foreign nationals. She routinely advises companies regarding compliance with regard to immigration laws and regulations, and works hand-in-hand with investors in navigating the complex EB-5 immigrant investor program. She works frequently with refugees from Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, assisting them in resettlement. She represents individuals in matters involving waivers of inadmissibility, detention and bond, and federal court litigation. Ms. Ghalib is a recognized expert on asylum and refugee matters, and has been featured on various news segments including the Washington Post, AJC, NBC, CNN, CBS, and NPR. Ms. Ghalib gives numerous presentations at seminars and presents at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on immigration law throughout the country. She is a member of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Islamic Speakers Bureau. Ms. Ghalib is a volunteer attorney for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). She is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Ghalib is fluent in Arabic.
هبة غالب ـ السيرة الذاتيّة
“كاك” للهجرة. لديها أكثر من عشر سنوات خبرة في مجال قوانين الهجرة، و تتميّز بسمعة مرموقة كواحدة من أشهر المحامين في هذا المجال في أتلانتا، جورجيا. هي خرّيجة جامعة ميشيغن وكليّة الحقوق في جامعة واين في ديترويت. الأستاذة غالب تساعد في خدمة وتوجيه العائلات خلال عملية الهجرة وتحديداً معالجة ومتابعة الطلبات لدى القنصلية. كما أنّها تساعد في تقديم الطلبات لأفراد الأسر المتواجدين في الولايات المتحدة. تمثّل المحامية غالب موكّليها في قضايا الترحيل والدفاع عنهم . وتعمل مع أصحاب العمل من خلال مساعدتهم في تقديم الملفات والطلبات المتوجبة لتوظيف الأجانب. تساعد الأستاذة غالب في تقديم المشورة والنصائح اللّازمة للشركات للإمتثال ولتطبيق قوانين وأنظمة الهجرة. كما أنّها تعمل جنباّ إلى جنب مع المستثمرين لمساعدتهم في تطبيق البرنامج المعقّد لهجرة المستثمرين (EB~5) . تعمل الأستاذة غالب مع لاجئين من سوريا والعراق ومن جميع أنحاء الشرق الأوسط لمساعدتهم في الهجرة والإستقرار. كما أنها تمثّل موكّليها في قضايا تتضمّن طلبات الإسترحام و طلبات إعادة النظر في عدم القبول، كما وتمثّل الأفراد في قضايا الحجزوتحديد السندات المالية لإطلاق السراح، وتمثّلهم في قضايا المحكمة الفدراليّة. الأستاذة غالب محامية خبيرة في شؤون اللّجوء وقضايا اللّاجئين وقد ظهرت في مختلف وسائل الإعلام بما فيها صحيفة واشنطن بوست وقنوات NPR, CBS, CNN, AJC. تقدّم الأستاذة غالب العديد من المحاضرات في الندوات. كما أنها تقدّم الدروس في مجال قانون الهجرة ضمن برنامج ” إستمرار التعليم القانوني” في جميع أنحاء الولايات المتّحدة. الأستاذة غالب عضو في “مجموعة مصالح الشرق الأوسط(MEIG)” وعضو في مجلس الإدارة في مكتب المتحدثين الإسلاميين. الأستاذة غالب محامية متطوّعة في المشروع الدّولي لمساعدة اللّاجئين (IRAP) ، كما أنّها عضو في نقابة المحاميين في ولاية ميشيغن، وعضو فعّال في “رابطة محاميّي الهجرة الأمريكية AILA”. تُتقن الأستاذة غالب اللّغة العربيّة.
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.
Mr. Phil Kuck is an Associate Attorney with Kuck | Baxter Immigration. Mr. Kuck graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.
While in law school, he served as the Lead Articles Editor on the Editorial Board for The Georgia State University Law Review and participated on and coached the Moot Court team for the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. He also served as an Honor Court Judge for the Student Bar Association, a Pupil in the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court, and a judicial extern to The Honorable Judge Wendy L. Shoob of the Superior Court of Fulton County. In law school, Mr. Kuck received several awards including CALI Awards for Excellence in Professional Responsibility, Negotiations, and Wrongful Convictions, as well as honors from GSU Law for Excellence in Professional Responsibility. Following graduation, Mr. Kuck was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 2017.
Mr. Kuck lived in Taiwan for two years during his undergraduate studies and as a result speaks, reads (both traditional and simplified characters), and writes fluent Mandarin Chinese. Prior to joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration, Mr. Kuck worked as an attorney in the area of workers’ compensation involving injured workers. He also previously worked as an intern at a Washington, D.C. think tank where he focused on research and advocacy concerning immigration policy.
Mrs. Matherne received her B.S. in International Trade with a Minor in Spanish from Georgia Southern University. She earned her J.D. degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida and her Master’s degree in library and information Studies from The University of Alabama.
Mrs. Matherne is the former Chapter Chair of the Georgia/Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and former member of the National AILA Board of Governors. Mrs. Matherne is a member of Florida (2008) and Georgia (2010) State Bars, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia (2016), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and Alapaha Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Mrs. Matherne is Senior Counsel with Kuck Baxter Immigration and oversees the operation of the South Georgia Office. Mrs. Matherne assists with immigration matters of all types including deportation defense (detained and non-detained), asylum, immigrant visas, consular processing, humanitarian visas, and citizenship matters. She also works on a select number of post-conviction relief and private dependency cases throughout Georgia and Florida. She served two years as the Senior Lead Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI). While at SIFI, Ms. Matherne exclusively represented immigrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center before the Atlanta Immigration court. The South Georgia office is centrally located to the Immigration Detention Centers in Georgia: Irwin County Detention Center (45 mins); Stewart Detention Center (2 hours); Folkston Processing Center (2 hours). Prior to her work with SIFI, she founded and managed her own law firm in Cumming, Georgia for eight years. Mrs. Matherne also maintains a dedication to pro bono work and can be found advocating for systemic change throughout the immigration law sphere.
AWARDS AND RECONGNITION
During her career, Mrs. Matherne proudly accepted awards for her pro bono work, exceptional contributions to the Georgia-Alabama AILA Chapter, and service to the Chapter as Chapter Chair of the Georgia-Alabama AILA Chapter. She was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2016 and 2018. Elizabeth is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on Univision, Telemundo, National Public Radio, as well as in written publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.
Maria Batres is an associate attorney with two years of immigration experience handling cases all areas of Immigration law, with a focus on removal defense and family-based petitions. Prior to joining Kuck Baxter, Maria served the Greater Atlanta area for six years prosecutor, most recently with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. Maria received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law, graduating cum laude, in 2011. During law school, she worked as a legal intern at the Latin American Association and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia. She served as the president of the Hispanic Student Bar Association and was also actively involved in the Student Trial Lawyers Association.
Maria served as a panelist for the National Latino/Latina Law Student's National Conference, speaking on the issues of Criminal Justice Reform and ‘Crimigration’. She was also invited to be a panelist at NLLSA's 1st Annual Southeastern Region Conference at Ole Miss Law School, in April 2019. Maria is an active member of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, serving 2 terms as president, and is now on the GHBA Board of Directors. She is a member of AILA, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Atlanta’s Multi Bar Leadership Council, and she has been a mentor for law students involved with the Georgia Latino Law Foundation. Maria also serves on the Georgia State University College of Law Alumni Council, currently participating as the LAC Admissions Committee Co-Chair. Because of her various involvements with giving back to the legal community, Maria was featured in the GSU Law Alumni Magazine Women in Leadership issue in the summer of 2018.
In 2017, Maria was appointed to the Georgia State Commission on Interpreters, the policy-making body appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to oversee the development of a statewide plan for the use of interpreters in Georgia courts. She was the recipient of a Trailblazer Award at the 2018 Advocacy for Action Empowerment Summit, and in January of 2019 Maria was named to Atlanta Magazine's Top 500 Most Influential Leaders in infrastructure and government.
Maria is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, born to Guatemalan parents, and is also fluent in Spanish. Prior to becoming an attorney, Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Teaching, both from Trinity University in Texas, then spent over a decade teaching middle and high school Social Studies in Atlanta.
Mrs. Daniela Villamizar Fink is an Associate Attorney at Kuck l Baxter Immigration LLC with over five years of experience in immigration law. She primarily focuses on removal defense and family-based immigration. Daniela earned her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law and graduated with the highest pro bono distinction honors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and minor in Political Science.
Daniela is admitted to practice law in the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia. She is a member in good standing of the Georgia State Bar. Daniela is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Daniela is originally from Miami, Florida, is a proud first-generation American-Colombian, and is fluent in Spanish.
Christine Rodriguez is an Associate Attorney with Kuck Baxter Immigration. She has four years of immigration experience specializing in employment-based petitions and Green Card applications.
Christine recently earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law, where she also graduated with a Certificate in Public Interest Law and Policy and pro bono distinction. During law school, Christine pursued her passion for public interest law by working as a legal intern with the ACLU of Georgia, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Office of the Dekalb County District Attorney, and the Fulton DA Office’s Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. She served as President of the American Constitution Society and Vice President of the Association of Women Law Students.
Christine also graduated in 2014 from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communication Studies and a minor in French. Christine remains involved with her alma mater by conducting alumni interviews with undergraduate applicants.
Born and raised in the Atlanta metro area, Christine is the daughter of immigrants from Uruguay and Honduras, and she feels passionately about helping the firm’s clients achieve their American Dreams. Christine is fluent in French and Spanish.
Mrs. Catherine Xie is an Associate Attorney at Kuck l Baxter Immigration LLC with over seven years of experience in immigration law. She primarily focuses on non-immigrant work visa petitions and employment-based green card petitions. Catherine received her Bachelor of Laws degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from East China University of Political Science and Law. She was also awarded her Master of Laws degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Catherine is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is fluent in both Mandarin (Chinese) and English.
Mr. Alejandro Roig has over eleven 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.
Mr. Raymond Partolan is an Immigration Paralegal at Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC working primarily on family-based immigration cases. Before joining Kuck | Baxter Immigration, LLC, Mr. Partolan spent several years as the Program Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, a nonprofit law and advocacy center for Asian Americans across the Southeast. There, he was a BIA Accredited Representative and prepared family immigration petitions for the most underserved populations.
For over seven years, Mr. Partolan has been a fearless advocate for immigrant and refugee communities as a DACA recipient himself. In 2013, he was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University System of Georgia challenging its decision to bar DACA recipients from receiving in-state tuition at Georgia schools. He has lobbied for immigration reform at the local, state, and federal levels of government, traveling the country to share his immigrant story.
He received a certificate from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. for his coursework in a “Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law,” and graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Mr. Partolan is originally from the Philippines and is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
Ms. Casillas is originally from Panama and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Mrs. Valeria Maya is an Immigration Paralegal Kuck | Baxter Immigration working primarily on family-based immigration cases. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Kennesaw State University. Prior to serving as an Immigration Paralegal, Mrs. Maya served as a Legal Assistant for several years and was responsible for various administrative duties. Mrs. Maya was born in Mexico City, but moved to the United States at a very early age and understands the struggles that immigrants face. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Kole Bowman graduated from the University of Georgia where he studied International Affairs, Arabic, and Spanish, and spent one semester studying in Granada, Spain. Before working with our firm, he was an English teacher with experience working in Morocco, South Korea, and the United States. In addition to English and Spanish, he also speaks some Arabic and some Portuguese.
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. Veronica Ortiz is the Legal Assistant to Danielle M. Claffey at Kuck Baxter Immigration. She started off her education at Kennesaw State University and is now attending Birmingham Young University. Veronica has over eight years of experience in customer service that includes, five years in administration and two and a half years in a Personal Injury Law Firm. Originally born in Mexico but raised in Georgia. She 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.
Mrs. Yesica Murillo graduated in IPAE – Business Administration in Lima – Peru in 1994. She studied Business & Marketing at the University San Martin in Lima – Peru in 1998 and she also took several courses on Stock Exchange, Finances and Control in the Universidad Pacifico del Peru.
Mrs. Yesica Murillo experience is Business & Marketing, she worked for 7 years at Cox Communications – Mundo Hispanico Newspaper as an account executive managing big accounts focusing on accounts of legal area (lawyers) and clinics. Mrs. Yesica Murillo also had to experience in radio, she worked for 2 years at Clear Channel Radio as an account executive managing accounts of lawyers of all specializations. Also in 2014 she worked in Univision Atlanta as a business executive.
Now, Mrs. Yesica Murillo has her own Marketing company PA Media Marketing Group, managing lawyers accounts, clinics and currently managing Kuck | Baxter Immigration as the exclusive immigration attorney, handling all the negotiations with the media, visualization of new legal products, creating new ideas and working as a team with the company to educate the Hispanic community on immigration matters, creating meetings, forums, masive meetings to help our community.
Mrs. Yesica Murillo was recognized in Lima Peru for being in the top 3 Executive Accounts of Santander Bank Mutual Funds in Peru.
Recognized for Cox – Mundo Hispano as 3th top account executive.
Recognized for Clear Channels awards for the best account excecutive of the Month .
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.
Mrs. Gaby Evers is the Administrative Assistant at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She is responsible for maintaining the office and working closely with our HR department. Prior to this position, Mrs. Evers was a Client Relations Associate at our firm therefore understands the importance of caring for our clients . She is a Mexico native and is fluent in English and in Spanish. As a Dreamer she knows and understands the struggle immigrants face and is passionate about the work we do for our clients.
Ms. Stephanie Lopez is a Director of Client Relations Associate at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She is responsible for greeting those who visit our firm, answering our switchboard and scheduling consultations for prospective clients. Ms. Lopez has worked in the service industry for five years and understands the struggles of an immigrant first hand. She is from Mexico and as a Dreamer, Ms. Lopez is passionate about the work we do and cares for our clients.
Ms. Avellaneda’s primary focus as Legal Assistant is to gather and process clients’ necessary documentation, manage the attorney’s calendar and file court orders along with other administrative duties. Ms. Avellaneda also manages the front desk of the South Georgia Office. In that role, she analyzes client questions, concerns, directs them to appropriate team member and handles service to the expectation and satisfaction of our clients. She is responsible for greeting clients that visit our firm and scheduling consultations. She knows and understand the struggles that immigrants face because herself, family and friends have gone or are going through the same situation. She is passionate of the work we do for our clients. She has 6 years of customer service experience. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She got her degree in Medical Assistant in 2019 and a phlebotomy certification. She was born in Mexico was brought to the U.S at the age of 3 and has lived here (in South Georgia) ever since. She loves helping others in need. In her spare time, she enjoys floral design, embroidery, and most of all being with her family and friends.
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.
Ms. Jazmin Mejia is the legal assistant to Charles Kuck at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University. She is of Mexican and Honduran descent. She is from Gainesville, Georgia and has been living in the States her whole life, except for a year, when she moved in with her dad who was affected by the immigration system. Her fondest memory in moving to Honduras was attending the International School of Tegucigalpa where she made friends and stays in contact with today. This really cemented her passion for education and learning. She plans on pursuing a J.D. sometime in the future and advocating for education reform in low-income and immigrant communities. She is fluent in English, Spanish and proficient in French.
Ino Fraire is the legal assistant to Jorge Gavilanes. She is continuing her education at Kennesaw State University. She has 10 years of customer service experience and 6 years of administrative assistant experience in both a medical and non-medical office. She briefly worked for the film industry in Atlanta as well. She was born in Mexico but has lived in GA since she was one. On her spare time, she likes to volunteer in an orphanage in Costa Rica and Atlanta’s Shepherd center. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Jessica Cabrera is the Legal Assistant to Laura Rosmarin and Catherine Xie at Kuck Baxter Immigration. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University. She is of Peruvian-Italian descent and has lived in the U.S. for the majority of her life, as such she is fluent in both Spanish and English. She held the position of Intake Coordinator at the firm before quickly moving up to Legal Assistant. She is very passionate about what we do and understands the situations of our clients through her friends and family.
Angy Olivares, fluent in both English and Spanish, is the Legal Assistant to Christine Rodriguez and Waleed Naser at Kuck Baxter Immigration. She is of Mexican descent and lived in Mexico throughout her childhood before moving back to Georgia for a better life and education. She comes from a 5-year background of customer service, 3 of which involved administration. Angy plans on going back to school to receive her bachelor’s degree in Communications and obtaining a Paralegal Certificate to stay in the legal field.
Alanna Quinn is the legal assistant to Maria Batres and Daniela Villamizar Fink. Alanna is originally from California and she received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles for two years before she decided to work in the legal field, and she has plans to pursue an advanced degree in the future. The grandchild of four immigrant grandparents, Alanna is passionate about the work that we do. She is fluent in English and 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.
Rasa Perkunas is the Mail Service Coordinator at Kuck | Baxter Immigration. Ms. Perkunas was born and raised in Lithuania where she received her B.A. in Music. After her family relocated to Georgia twenty years ago, she studied HRT Management at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is fluent in Lithuanian, English and Russian, proficient in Polish and Turkish, and is currently studying Japanese. Her passions include arts, ecology, psychology and human rights.