Attorney Kalil is admitted to practice law in Brazil and in the State of Missouri. Founder of the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, a practice limited to U.S. immigration law and federal litigation. Attorney Kalil is experienced in asylum, human rights, and immigration law with strong interest in protection of victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking.
Born in the United States, attorney Kalil and her immigrant parents moved back to Brazil when she was four years old. Kalil is the third generation attorney on her father’s side. Growing up, she was passionate about justice. ‘I dreamed of living in a world that provided equal opportunities for everyone,’ says Kalil. At just 16, Kalil enrolled in law school in Brazil, as the youngest student in her university. She spent 5 years studying and obtaining her degree before spending the next 3 years working as an attorney at a full-service law firm, handling civil, labor, and family law matters.
During her time in law school, Kalil suffered a horrible mistake at the hands of a pharmacy that gave her the wrong medication. She was given medicine containing a double dosage of corticosteroids which caused suppression of her immune system. She ended up in the hospital with sepsis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). She entered into a coma, her failing lungs were kept alive through machines. This experience only strengthened Kalil’s drive for justice and after making a miraculous recovery, she resolved to fulfill her dream of moving back to the United States. Upon completing the bar exam in Brazil, she immediately sued the pharmacy and won the case.
A few years later, Kalil returned to the United States, she was determined to obtain her US law degree. She spent long evenings and weekends studying, never losing sight of her dream. While attending the Northeastern University School of Law, Kalil spent time volunteering at several non-profit organizations, working in immigration clinics, and focused her studies on Immigration law, International Human Rights, and asylum. In 2019, she passed the US bar exam and founded The Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, an Immigration Law Firm. Today, she works with individuals all around the nation, seeking immigration assistance and asylum. Having witnessed her own parent’s immigration hardships and struggle to obtain a green card, she is determined to help as many families as possible. ‘I want every single person in this country who doesn’t have documents to have the opportunity to live free of fear ” says Kalil.