Excellence in immigration law
Born in Havana, Cuba, Noemi Masliah immigrated with her family to the United States as a child and grew up in NYC. She attended Queens College and Yeshiva Univ. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Masliah has practiced immigration law since 1980 and has worked extensively in all aspects of immigration law becoming a recognized expert in the field with frequent speaking engagements, written articles, interviews and panel discussions at legal conferences and law schools.
Her practice areas include routine and complex employment immigration cases for permanent and non-permanent work visas, including national interest waiver, alien of extraordinary ability and other non-labor certification. Ms. Masliah advises corporate clients on compliance with immigration law and regulations.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Lavi Soloway is a graduate of the Univ. of Toronto and Yeshiva Univ. Cardozo Law School. He joined Noemi Masliah in the practice of immigration law in 1994. His practice focuses on employment and family immigration for permanent as well as non-permanent work visas, asylum and representation of individuals in deportation proceedings.
Mr. Soloway is a frequent lecturer and panelist at legal conferences and law schools on subjects ranging from basic immigration law to asylum. Mr. Soloway has been invited to provide training at Dept. of Homeland Security Asylum Offices and has rendered assistance and leadership and guidance to other attorneys in the provision of pro-bono legal services to indigent asylum seekers.
Vicki Yudenfriend, of counsel to Masliah & Soloway, is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and has practiced immigration law for over twenty-five years. Her practice has focused on business and family immigration. She has represented corporations ranging from hospitals to engineering firms to fashion design firms and computer consulting companies as well as individuals including artists, professionals and skilled workers. She has also represented individuals in family immigration.
Ms. Yudenfriend has spoken at AILA meetings and conferences, has served on AILA committees, and has published articles in the field. Her interest in immigration law grew out of her advocacy work in the 1980s and 1990s with people in the former Soviet Union who were denied permission to leave the country. After traveling to Russia on two occasions, she lectured frequently at universities and civic organizations. Even after many years working in the immigration field, Ms. Yudenfriend continues to enjoy her work immensely because of the challenge and excitement of helping people start new lives.
Fran Berger has been engaged in the practice of immigration & nationality law for more than 25 years. Her practice is concentrated in employment-based immigration and includes foreign students, hospital and medical professional-related issues as well as family-based immigration and naturalization. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo Law School.
Fran has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served in numerous AILA liaison and conference planning roles. She received the AILA President's Commendation in 2004 & 2006.
She is a former Member of the AILA Board of Governors; former Chair of the Committee on Immigration & Nationality Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and former Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers.
Wayne S. Massey joined Masliah & Soloway as an associate attorney soon after earning his LL.M in International Law and Justice at the Fordham University School of Law in 2012. His practice encompasses a broad range of immigration matters, including representation of clients seeking family and employment-based immigration benefits before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, clients seeking asylum in the United States, clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court or the Board of Immigration Appeals, and clients seeking relief from outstanding orders of removal or deportation.
Mr. Massey often represents clients with complex immigration and immigration-related histories, including clients who were convicted of a crime in the United States or abroad, failed to appear for prior immigration proceedings, or need waivers of various grounds of inadmissibility, deportability, or the J-1 foreign residence requirement.
Mr. Massey is a member of the national Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as AILA's New York Chapter Committee on emerging issues in removal proceedings and asylum law. He received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he served on the staff of the Public Contract Law Journal, and earned two Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and English, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Julia Heming Segal is an associate attorney at the firm. Her practice includes the representation of foreign nationals seeking employment and family-based visas. She specializes in non-permanent employment petitions for professionals, skilled workers and distinguished artists and musicians, and permanent employment petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability in their fields. In this capacity, she has worked with organizations such as hospitals and non-profit foundations, and individuals in the fields of architecture, fashion design, music, visual art, and engineering, among others. She has also represented many of the firm's same-sex binational couples in "Green Card" interviews before US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and handles cases for the firm's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals pro-bono project. Born in New York City, Julia is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, from which she graduated magna cum laude. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Advocacy Committee.
Aaron Rivera-Julka earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 2013, where he was a Fellow for the Institute for Global Law, Justice and Policy and an Associate with the Center for International Law. Mr. Rivera-Julka previously earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Rivera-Julka joined Masliah & Soloway in January 2012 through the Immigration Practice Seminar and Workshop at NYLS. During his third year of law school, he served as a Student Advocate for the Safe Passage Immigration Project. The Safe Passage Project works with volunteer attorneys and NYLS students to provide representation to unaccompanied minors before the immigration court.
Mr. Rivera-Julka practice focuses on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant benefits, as well as family-based immigration and naturalization.