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Nadeen Aljijakli Nadeen Aljijakli, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration, asylum, and complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Aljijakli is a recognized expert on Syrian asylum claims and has been featured in various news segments. Ms. Aljijakli represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, and federal court litigation. Ms. Aljijakli has also handled business immigration matters in the medical and university research sectors. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's client successes.

Ms. Aljijakli developed her expertise in immigration law working with nationally recognized lawyers at leading law firms in the country, including Duane Morris' Immigration Practice Group and Maggio & Kattar, PC, in Washington, DC, as well as Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, in New York. She currently also serves as Of Counsel to Immigration Solutions Group, PLLC in Washington, DC. Ms. Aljijakli is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (2005), where she was a finalist in a national family law moot court competition, and a graduate of New York University, where she majored in Economics. During law school, Ms. Aljijakli was selected as a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow and interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court). Ms. Aljijakli also interned at leading non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Ms. Aljijakli has given numerous presentations at seminars and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on immigration law. Her article, "INA §319(b): Expedited Naturalization with No Physical Presence Requirement for Spouse of U.S. Citizen Employed Abroad," was published in The Consular Practice Handbook, 2011-2012 Edition. She has also authored a section on "Torture," in Springer's Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health. Her recent articles include "Why American Politics Is Much Scarier Than Syrian Refugees," (Huffington Post), "A Numbers Game: The U.S. Is Still Falling Short with Syrian Refugee Resettlement," (Huffington Post), "Lawful Status Lost: Dealing with the Abandonment of LPR Status" in AILA's online publication, VOICE; and "Statutory Bars to Asylum: What Is So Serious About a 'Particularly Serious Crime?'" in AILA's 2012 Annual Conference Handbook. Read more about Ms. Aljijakli's publications.

She recently received the 2016 Pro Bono Champion Award by the AILA Ohio Chapter, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to pro bono work and have made a significant impact on the immigrant communities they serve. She is active in AILA, where she served as the Coordinator of the Middle Eastern Interest Group (MEIG) from 2012-2014, as well as the AILA Ohio chapter's 2012 CLE Conference Chair. She currently serves on the AILA Ohio chapter's Cleveland Liaison Committee for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She has also served as the Vice Chair of the Detention Committee, AILA Washington, D.C. Chapter. Ms. Aljijakli is currently a member of AILA's Federal Court Litigation Section. She also recently served on the board of the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO), a political action group. In addition, she has provided legal support to the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund and Immigration Equality, which provides legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants. She is a co-founder of the New York Chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab-American community, and serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Ms. Aljijakli is a native Arabic speaker.

Ms. Aljijakli is admitted in Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Ohio, the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Aljijakli at nadeen@akimmigration.com for a consultation.

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Lauren M. Kosseff Lauren M. Kosseff practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on complex deportation and removal defense. Ms. Kosseff represents clients in matters involving adjustment of status and naturalization, asylum and refugee status, detention and bond, cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and federal court litigation. She has extensive experience in preparing appeals and motions before the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts. In addition to her immigration practice, Ms. Kosseff serves as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project where she supervises students in their preparation of asylum applications.

Ms. Kosseff has worked in private practice in New York City since 2008 handling a wide range of immigration matters. Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Kosseff developed her expertise in immigration law as a staff attorney at the Immigration Unit for the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she assisted federal judges in addressing complex immigration topics, including jurisdiction, adverse credibility determinations, exceptions to the requirements for filing motions to reopen, and ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School (2006), Ms. Kosseff served as a law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New York Immigration Court), where she prepared draft decisions for the judges involving immigration issues such as asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, aggravated felonies, and crimes involving moral turpitude.

During law school, Ms. Kosseff interned with the Immigration Protection Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group as well as the Executive Office for Immigration Review (New Jersey Immigration Court). Ms. Kosseff's article, "Two Immigrants, Two Standards," was published in the Washington Post (2006). Ms. Kosseff graduated from Tufts University and obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Child Development.

Ms. Kosseff is fluent in Spanish. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language prior to becoming an attorney and has been awarded for her extraordinary commitment to youth. While studying abroad in Bolivia, she conducted a study on the U.S. War on Drugs' effect on Bolivian children who live in prison with their parents. Ms. Kosseff is admitted in New York and New Jersey (inactive). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Kosseff at lauren@akimmigration.com for a consultation.


Ola Mohamed Ola Mohamed, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on family-based immigration and asylum. She represents clients in matters involving asylum and refugee status, adjustment of status and citizenship, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U-visa petitions, as well as complex removal cases.

Prior to joining Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC, Ms. Mohamed interned with the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization serving refugees. In 2015, Ms. Mohamed spent three months with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cairo, Egypt where she assisted in various aspects of Refugee Status Determination (RSD), including assessments and appeals decisions. She also focused her work on unaccompanied minor cases and child asylum claims. As a law student, Ms. Mohamed interned for the North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project where she worked on a defensive asylum case and a number of successful U-visa petitions and requests for prosecutorial discretion to the U.S. government.

Ms. Mohamed is passionate about issues of human rights, especially as they relate to immigration law. In September 2015, she volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project in a week-long trip to counsel vulnerable immigrant mothers and their children held in immigration detention in Dilley, Texas. During law school, she conducted research on human rights practices in Qatar for the U.N. Committee against Torture’s periodic review. She also contributed to an important report on meaningful access to legal representation. As a part of this project, she presented on immigrant detention conditions and right to counsel before Commissioner Felipe González of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as well as representatives from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies. During her undergraduate studies, she also interned with the Arab Organization of Human Rights (AOHR) in Cairo, Egypt.

Ms. Mohamed graduated from Emory University School of Law with honors in 2014 where she received a Pro Bono Award for her volunteer efforts in immigrant and underserved communities. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with honors in 2009. She is admitted to practice in New York and she is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. As an Egyptian-American, Ms. Mohamed is a native Arabic speaker and also has basic knowledge of French. Contact Ms. Mohamed at ola@akimmigration.com for a consultation.

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Heather Prendergast Heather Drabek Prendergast, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on employment-based immigration for professionals and businesses; complex removal defense including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; family-based immigration; asylum; and naturalization. Ms. Prendergast represents clients in business matters including: H-1B nonimmigrant visas; L-1A and L-1B intra company transfer visas; E-1, E-2, and E-3 treaty visas; O-1A nonimmigrant visas for extraordinary ability; TN nonimmigrant classification under NAFTA; labor certification (PERM); immigrant visas for extraordinary ability, outstanding professors, and researchers; J-1 waivers of the two-year home residence requirement for hardship and persecution; and nonimmigrant visa waivers.

Ms. Prendergast serves as Chair of AILA’s National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee where she meets with senior ICE leadership in Washington, DC to resolve issues faced by immigrants and their legal counsel when dealing with the agency. She has been a part of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee since 2012. She regularly speaks about immigration issues at local, regional, and national conferences. Ms. Prendergast is also involved in planning conferences for continuing legal education for immigration attorneys throughout the country. In 2016, Ms. Prendergast received AILA’s President’s Commendation Award for her exemplary service to AILA and its President. She was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2016 and again for 2017, which selects no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Ms. Prendergast has been practicing immigration law since 2009. Prior to joining Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC, she worked with David Wolf Leopold & Associates Co., LPA. She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 2008. While in law school, she was actively involved in her school’s employment law clinic. In 2004, Ms. Prendergast received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Philosophy from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is an avid equestrian and runner.

Ms. Prendergast is admitted in Ohio, New York, the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and she practices throughout the country. Contact Ms. Prendergast at heather@akimmigration.com for a consultation.

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