Who we are

Clarissa M. Kalil

Clarissa M. Kalil

Immigration Attorney

Clarissa M. Kalil, Esq. has dedicated her life to helping immigrants navigate the immigration process. Kalil is a dual licensed attorney in two countries: Brazil (OAB/GO 35665) and in the United States (Missouri Bar 71440). Her practice is exclusively dedicated to the U.S. immigration law. Since her office only handles immigration matters which is federal law, she can represent clients in all 50 states in the U.S. Immigration law is federal law enforced by a federal agency. As such, an immigration attorney admitted to practice law in any state can represent a client before DHS, USCIS, the BIA, or any immigration court in any other state.

Having witnessed her own parent’s journey to obtain a green card, she is determined to help as many families as possible. Born in the United States, 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 for as long as she can remember. 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.

Her inspiration for justice came from her own background. 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 a coma and for several weeks, 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. A few years later, Kalil returned to the United States as she was determined to obtain her US law degree.

While attending the Northeastern University School of Law, Kalil spent time volunteering at 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, PLLC. Clarissa Kalil’s immigration law services include family-based green cards, humanitarian-based forms of relief, and some employment-based green cards. Unlike many other immigration law firms, Kalil’s firm explores a variety of immigration relief options. It’s never a one-size-fits-all solution,” says Kalil, “We do our best to help our clients achieve their dream of success in the U.S.” The philosophy of the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, PLLC is simple: “We evince our commitment to each client by providing a class of legal service that is peerless. I feel very grateful to collaborate with and become part of the American Dream of other people. This is the driving force for me to help and do my best to help all of our clients to obtain their right to live and work in the United States without fear.”

Affiliations

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Boston Bar Association (BBA), Member of ASISTA.

  • Admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri by the Supreme Court of Missouri
  • Admitted to practice law in Brazil by the OAB-GO.
  • 2017 LL.M. Graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.

Meet our team

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Daniela Albert

Of Counsel Immigration Attorney

Daniela Marquez Albert is a Boston Business and Immigration Attorney and the founder of Elyon Business & Immigration Law Firm, PLLC. She is also the co-founder of the foreign filial Elyon Firma Legal Empresarial in Mexico which offers corporate and transactional services for companies in Mexico.

Attorney Albert is admitted to practice law in Mexico and in the State of Massachusetts. She is passionate about social justice, entrepreneurship, and financial and legal literacy, especially for immigrants. Attorney Albert is experienced in international business transactions, human rights, and immigration law, with a strong interest in the protection of victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking.

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Arzoo Connor

Independent Contractor Attorney

Arzoo Rajani Connor is a Dallas-Fort Worth, TX based Immigration Attorney and the founder of ARC Legal Services, LLC.

Attorney Connor is admitted to practice law in Texas and represents clients across the continental United States in all areas of immigration law. She is passionate about social justice, entrepreneurship, and financial and legal literacy, especially for immigrants. Attorney Connor has over 12 years of experience in human rights and immigration law, with a strong interest in assisting victims of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking and military members of our armed forces.

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Raquel Soares

People Management

Raquel Vieira Soares was born in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, and displayed a strong interest in people management from an early age. Holding a degree in Business Administration, she deepened her expertise by specializing in Human Resources and Accounting Consulting. Driven by a fervent desire to assist individuals in their professional and personal growth, Raquel didn’t settle for her initial education. She further pursued a degree in Psychology to gain a deeper understanding of human behavior and interactions. Her commitment to continuous learning is evident through her engagement in various courses related to human behavior and relationships, ensuring her skills remain cutting-edge.

Empathy stands out as one of Raquel’s key traits, which she leverages as a fundamental tool in conflict resolution and the pursuit of effective solutions. Her life motto is to aid others, and she goes to great lengths to make this a reality both in the workplace and her personal life.

The quest for quality outcomes and the desire to see people progress are constant drivers in Raquel’s professional life. Always committed to innovation, she continuously seeks creative alternatives to problem-solving and challenges.

Beyond her professional passion, Raquel greatly values her personal life. As a mother and wife, she dedicates time to enjoy peaceful and pleasant moments with her family, striving for a healthy balance between her professional responsibilities and personal well-being.

Honesty is a core aspect of Raquel’s personality, reflecting in all her interactions and decisions, both professionally and personally. Her enthusiasm for exploring new cultures and understanding diverse personal profiles contributes to her inclusive and open approach in handling various situations and individuals.

At the heart of her journey is the commitment to make a difference in people’s lives, whether through her professional endeavors or personal relationships, always with dedication, effort, and integrity.

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Alvaro Fernandes de Oliveira

Paralegal

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil, in 1987, and he has maintained his membership with the Brazilian Bar Association, Goiás Section, since then. Throughout his nearly four decades of professional practice, he has exhibited his expertise in various legal domains, encompassing administrative, civil, family, criminal, urban, and real estate law. Additionally, he has established a robust legal presence in the realms of environmental and urban planning, offering counsel to numerous political entities at both the state and federal levels in Brazil. Notably, he is a dedicated advocate for human rights and fervently champions the principles of freedom, equality, and fraternity for all. His commitment extends to denouncing all forms of violence and the abuse of authority, further emphasizing the importance of upholding justice, fairness, and respect for the rights and dignity of every individual.

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Diana Wesal

Secretary 

Diana Wesal, born in the vibrant city of Kabul, Afghanistan. She is a woman of determination and achievement. We are proud of having Diana in our team.

 In 2016, Diana proudly graduated from high school, marking the beginning of a new chapter in her life. Shortly thereafter, she embarked on a professional adventure as an HR Manager at Weyar Afghan Ltd. It proved to be an enriching experience that lasted for two fruitful years, from 2016 to 2018.

 While dedicated to her career, Diana’s thirst for knowledge was insatiable. She seized the opportunity to pursue a medical degree at Ghalib University, starting in 2017. Balancing work and studies was a demanding task, but her determination to succeed never wavered. Her hard work paid off, as she emerged as the top student in her class.However, as her medical studies took precedence, Diana made the difficult decision to bid farewell to her role at Weyar Afghan Ltd. Her desire to excel academically and contribute to the healthcare field remained unwavering.

 Before 2016, Diana dedicated over two years of her life to teaching English at a private institute for Afghan girls. Witnessing the transformation and empowerment of these young minds brought immense fulfillment. This experience honed her communication skills and solidified her commitment to fostering education as a means of empowerment.

In 2021, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan brought about a tumultuous and uncertain period. Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating security situation and prevailing circumstances, Diana had to make the difficult decision to leave her medical studies incomplete. The safety and well-being of herself and her loved ones became her top priority.

Leaving her dreams of becoming a medical professional behind, Diana embarked on a journey to find safety and stability outside of her homeland. It was not an easy decision, but one made with a heavy heart and a resolute spirit. In 2022, Diana found solace in the digital realm, working as a secretary  in the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, PLLC. Her fluency in Dari, Pashto, Urdu, and English proved to be an invaluable asset, allowing her to bridge language barriers and facilitate communication between our clients from diverse backgrounds. This work has been both fulfilling and rewarding, enabling her to utilize her linguistic skills to assist and support others.

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Maria Francinete Pontes

Assistant

Franci Pontes is a professional with extensive experience in customer service. She began her academic career studying Tourism, which provided her with the opportunity to intern at the renowned airline LATAM. After just two months at the company, she was hired as a full-time employee.
During her nine years at the airline, Franci developed skills in various areas, starting with ticket sales and later serving large groups, including musical bands and exchange programs. Over time, she took on the role of Key Account Executive, serving both corporate clients and large agencies.
Deciding to pursue new horizons, Franci changed careers and enrolled in a Business Administration course. In partnership with her husband, she founded a real estate agency in her hometown, acquiring the American franchise Century21 and establishing Century21 Casa Nova. Fulfilling a multifaceted role, Franci not only managed the company but also worked as a real estate agent and appraiser. Within the company, she was responsible for all the documentation involved in sales, as well as managing the team of associated real estate agents.
In 2017, Franci decided to seek refuge and better opportunities for her family in the United States of America. Currently, at the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, she assists with the organization of daily tasks in the office, providing support to the team and maintaining direct contact with our clients, offering the necessary support for the success of their cases.
With her extensive experience in customer service and administrative skills, Franci plays a crucial role at the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, contributing to the excellence of the services provided and offering the necessary support to clients in their pursuit of success in their cases.
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Caroline Mendes Melo

Financial Assistant

Caroline Mendes Melo, born in Inhumas, is an inspiring 34-year-old professional who has found her passion in the world of finance. Since the age of 10, when she moved to Goiânia, she has shown unwavering dedication in everything she does. 
With a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Caroline has carved an impressive path amassing over 7 years of valuable experience. Her journey has led her to play a pivotal role as the head of the accounting department for over 5 years, where her meticulous attention to detail and deep understanding of accounting complexities have established her as a reliable and capable leader. Whether tackling numerical challenges or guiding teams to success, Caroline has consistently exhibited an unwavering commitment to excellence. 
Her trajectory is a testament not only to her professional skills but also to her determination and work ethic. Caroline is recognized for her collaborative approach and capability. Her positive impact in the corporate realm is remarkable, and she continues to embrace challenges with unmatched perseverance. At our office, Caroline has taken on the role of a financial assistant, aiding us in our daily tasks.
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Laura Lemos

Legal Assistant

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Laura Lemos is a dedicated law student at the esteemed Federal University of São Paulo. Her solid academic foundation and unwavering commitment to legal excellence are the driving forces behind her pursuit of legal knowledge.

Fluent in both English and Portuguese, Laura adeptly navigates linguistic nuances, ensuring seamless communication across diverse contexts. Furthermore, her practical experience shines through, as she has actively contributed to various cases while working at Santa Catarina’s Justice Court in Brazil.

Before embarking on her legal journey, Laura’s path led her to the World of Life organization—an internationally renowned entity. Graduating successfully from the Course of Leadership and Discipleship within this organization exemplifies her dedication to personal growth and the honing of her interpersonal skills.

With an astute comprehension of law, polished communication abilities, hands-on exposure to legal cases, and a set of valuable people skills, Laura Lemos is an important addition to our team. Her drive for connectivity and steadfast diligence serve as the foundation of her work.

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Paula Pignataro

Legal Assistant

Paula Pignataro is a law student at PUC-PR and serves as a legal assistant in our office. Throughout her academic journey, she has interned in a diverse range of legal areas, spanning civil law, criminal law, labor law, and public law. Paula’s bond with the United States was established early in her life, having visited the nation multiple times and even residing in Tennessee for a while.

Over the course of her experiences, Paula realized her profound interest in the bureaucratic nuances of law. She is deeply motivated by the opportunity to assist those desiring or requiring legal residence in the United States. Characterized by her empathy, Paula not only thrives in her professional sphere but also cherishes traveling and cultivating meaningful connections with loved ones.

Paula’s unique blend of personal and professional experiences propels her to combine her love for travel and the U.S. with her budding legal career. Whether she’s aiding clients through bureaucratic intricacies or venturing into unexplored terrains, she is steadfastly dedicated to forging links between the realms of legalities and individual dreams.

As Paula continues on her path, she eagerly anticipates further opportunities for both personal and professional growth, all while aiding in the fulfillment of aspirations for those wishing to lead a lawful life in the United States.

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Leticia Sayuri

Legal Assistant

Leticia Sayuri, born in the countryside of São Paulo, is a dedicated lawyer, licensed by OAB, since 2021. Obtained her bachelor’s degree in law in December 2020. In addition to her legal degree, she pursued further specialization and is now a post-graduate in Digital Law and Personal Data Protection from the Brazilian School of Law.
Her professional journey has been marked by diverse experiences across various legal fields, including civil law, labor law, and digital law.
Driven by a passion for justice, Leticia thrives on challenges and is inspired by individuals who seek their rights to improve their lives. Her commitment to making a positive impact is evident in her diverse legal expertise.
Throughout her academic and professional pursuits, Leticia has witnessed the profound impact and contribution she can make to society. Assisting individuals in navigating the complexities of the legal system has not only been a professional achievement but also a source of great motivation.

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Paula Juvenal de Oliveira

Legal Assistant

Paula is a versatile professional, with a diversified career that spans various areas of law. Continuing her education, she graduated in Law from Centro Universitário FMU | FIAM-FAAM, where she demonstrated an tireless passion for learning and research. During her academic years, she stood out not only for her excellent performance but also for her active involvement in research groups, especially in the field of Human Rights in the Information Society.

Her thirst for knowledge knows no bounds, and this led her to actively participate in master’s classes as an auditor, with a specific focus on the information society. This extra dedication reflects her determination to understand the most complex aspects of contemporary law.

Professionally, she gained valuable experience in prestigious law firms, including Dannemann Siemsen and Olímpio de Azevedo Advogados. In these positions, she had the opportunity to delve into areas such as criminal law of intellectual property, banking, and contracts. Her work ranged from meticulous investigations to process monitoring, through the preparation of procedural documents and expense management.

In addition to her legal skills, she is self-taught in languages, displaying fluency in English, proficiency in French and Spanish, and knowledge of German. This linguistic competence makes her capable of effectively communicating in international contexts, reflecting her commitment to broadening horizons.

With analytical skills and proven international adaptability, she is ready to tackle complex legal challenges and contribute to innovative solutions in dynamic environments. Her dedication to continuous learning, her work ethic, and her commitment to excellence make her a promising figure in the contemporary legal world.

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Caroline Machado

Legal Assistant

Caroline Machado is a passionate and dedicated professional committed to making a difference in people’s lives. She graduated in Law from the University of Southern Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in 2016 and became a member of the Brazilian Bar Association in 2017. Born and raised in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Caroline has built a solid professional trajectory.

Her extensive experience includes working in renowned firms and various sectors, including managing roles at the Consumer Protection Agency in her city, where she effectively resolved complex issues and conflicts. She has also worked in large technology companies, handling corporate and labor matters, particularly business contracts.

Fluent in Portuguese and English, Caroline honed her language skills during an exchange program in Dublin, Ireland, in 2015. She also has knowledge of Spanish, enhancing her ability to communicate with a diverse client base.

Caroline’s purpose extends beyond her professional achievements; she is committed to helping people achieve their dreams, bring families together, and provide opportunities for growth and prosperity. Her passion for Immigration Law is evident in her dedication to this field.

Known for her loyalty, creativity, and exceptional analytical and writing skills, Caroline views her work in Immigration Law as a unique challenge that requires compassion and empathy. She is inspired daily by the opportunity to positively impact lives, offering security, opportunities, and rights to those she serves.

For Caroline, her work is more than a profession; it is a life mission to make a difference and support those in need. With her dedication and passion, she is committed to offering the best guidance and legal support to her clients, always with understanding, respect, and determination.

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Rohan Wesal

Dari and Pashto Interpreter 

Rohan Wesal is an Afghan refugee. He studied computer science and is very eager to help all of our Afghan clients. He speaks  Dari, Pashto,  and English fluently.  In our office he helps with translation of documents and serves as an interpreter for our legal team.

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Vinicio Remor Zacheu

Legal Intake Specialist

Vinicio has communication and leadership skills as he has served as an instructor and teacher at a large franchise in England. This period of his life gave him a greater desire to help people follow their passions and fight for their rights.

Mr Zacheu is currently enrolled in a BYU University program. He speaks English and Portuguese fluently. At the Law Offices of Clarissa M. Kalil, PLLC Mr. Zacheu helps clients with questionnaires, declarations and form preparation for a variety of immigration reliefs.

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Iago Lima

Customer Service

Iago is passionate about working with people, he has spent most of his life working as a teacher guiding students to their goals. He is a curious person who is always seeking to learn new things that can improve his career and personal life.

This search for knowledge and growth has helped him to develop interpersonal skills, good communication, and reliability. Iago is always trying to help people around him achieve their objectives which makes him a great person to work with and a valuable contribution to this team.


In our office, Iago is the backbone of our customer service, consistently ensuring that our client’s needs are met with meticulous attention and genuine care.
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Pryscila Oliveira

Marketing

Priscila Oliveira is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. With an impressive tenure of over three years in this domain, Pryscila has carved a niche for herself as a specialist in digital marketing, focusing predominantly on the expansive universe of social networks.
Her academic journey is as eclectic as her professional one. While she holds a degree in Theater, her thirst for learning led her to pursue a postgraduate degree in Film Production from the renowned PUCPR. But her passion didn’t stop there. Pryscila further honed her skills to become a formidable Social Media Strategist, a title she wears with pride.
Her philosophy is simple yet profound: there’s always more to learn. Embodying this belief, Pryscila has garnered certifications in pivotal digital courses. From the art of copywriting to the intricacies of CRO, the nuances of branding, and the vast world of digital marketing, her knowledge base is both broad and deep.

In our office, Pryscila plays a pivotal role in sculpting our brand’s online presence. She deftly manages our marketing and social media, ensuring our voice resonates clearly amidst the digital cacophony.

Today, Pryscila is more than just a professional; she is a brand in her own right. As a social media strategist, she lends her expertise to influencers and companies, aiding them in carving a significant presence in the bustling online market. And her desire to share her wealth of knowledge doesn’t stop at consulting. Venturing into the realm of info-products, Pryscila penned her first eBook, aimed at aiding beginners in navigating the vast seas of social media. Aptly titled “INSTAGRAM+”, it encapsulates her insights and strategies for mastering one of the most influential platforms of our age: Instagram.

In Pryscila Oliveira, one finds a blend of passion, expertise, and an insatiable hunger for knowledge, making her a force to be reckoned with in the digital world.