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Sasha Westerman-Keuning, B.C.S.
Sasha Westerman-Keuning is one of the leading immigration lawyers in South Florida. She is one of only 72 lawyers in the State of Florida who is a Board Certified Specialist as an Expert in Immigration & Nationality Law. Board Certified Attorneys are "Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise" by the Florida Bar. She was also named a 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star, a prestigious designation reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida.
Mrs. Westerman-Keuning understands that when people hire an attorney, especially an immigration attorney, they are often experiencing very stressful situations. These people need someone who cares about them. Mrs. Westerman-Keuning prides herself on ensuring that her clients receive not only top-quality legal services, but also the support and resources they deserve. She regularly represents clients throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as well as the Florida Keys and commonly handles cases for clients living in the areas of West Palm Beach, Naples, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. Mrs. Westerman-Keuning also represents clients throughout the United States in complex immigration matters and is a highly respected attorney and national expert in the field of LGBTQ immigration law.
Boston College, B.A. Magna Cum Laude
University of Miami School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude
Sasha Westerman-Keuning is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2009. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Hispanic Studies and History. While at Boston College, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning served as the President of the Boston College Hillel and held one of the highest ranking positions in the University’s student government. She devoted much of her time at Boston College to advocacy on the behalf of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities, religious minority communities, and for women’s and immigrant’s rights.
Following Boston College, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning attended the University of Miami School of Law where graduated cum laude in 2009. Mrs. Westerman-Keuning has the distinguished honor of being a Dean's Merit Scholar all three years at UM Law School. She received a CALI Future in Excellence Award which is awarded to the best student in the class for her Asylum & Removal Workshop taught by former Krome Immigration Judge, Kenneth Hurewitz. During all three years at the University of Miami, she held legal internships in the field of immigration law. She served as an intern at UM's Community Health Rights Education Clinic (now known as the Health & Elder Law Clinic) where she provided free legal services through Jackson Memorial Hospital to indigent clients, most of whom were HIV+ and homeless. Also during law school, she worked as a law clerk at the law office of Julie C. Ferguson P.A., assisting Ms. Ferguson with her immigration cases. She additionally interned at Church World Services during her first year of law school, a non-profit immigration organization offering low-price and free immigration services to indigent clients as part of a HOPE Fellowship awarded to her by UM's Center for Ethics and Public Service.
After graduating cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning worked for a year as an Associate Attorney at the law office of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli, & Pratt P.A. under the direct supervision of renowned immigration attorney and author, Ira J. Kurzban. She assisted in researching and indexing the Twelfth Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, the most widely used text in the field of immigration law. She served as the lead litigation associate working on federal court cases and class action lawsuits in the field of immigration with Mr. Kurzban.
In 2010, she began working as an Associate Attorney at Julie C. Ferguson, P.A. where she handled a wide variety of immigration cases from consultation to completion with a high success rate. In 2012, the law office of Julie C. Ferguson P.A. merged into Carlton Fields, the largest and one of the most prestigious law firms in the State of Florida where Mrs. Westerman-Keuning assisted in developing and establishing an Immigration Law Practice at this leading law firm. After helping to establish the Immigration Law Department at Carlton Fields, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning was offered the position of Senior Immigration Associate at a prestigious Miami immigration law firm where she worked alongside former Immigration Judge Bruce W. Solow, and former INS Deputy Counsel Linda Osberg-Braun. Her years of experience and mentorship at some of Miami's top immigration law firms have given her the skills and knowledge necessary to handle even the most complex immigration matters.
In June 2013, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning launched her own law practice, Sasha Westerman-Keuning P.A., to provide her clients with top-quality, professional immigration service. During that time she shared her office space with fellow immigration attorney Irina Rostova and the two lawyers merged their successful and expanding practices in August 2016.
In 2014, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning received an award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her work on a team of lawyers who exemplified "commitment and passion in achieving justice for vulnerable and voiceless immigrants" due to their substantial involvement in important pro bono projects. In 2015, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning was named one of the National Advocates, Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in the field of Immigration Law, a designation reserved for the most prominent and leading attorneys in her or his field. The National Advocates only grants this prestigious membership to attorneys who have a strong reputation and achievements in their field. In 2017, she was named one of 10 Best Immigration Attorneys in Florida by the American Institute of Legal Counsel for "exceptional and outstanding client service."
In June 2017, Ms. Westerman-Keuning achieved the honored designation of becoming a Board Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Florida Bar. Only 72 lawyers in the entire State of Florida hold this esteemed designation. Board Certified lawyers are considered the top legal experts in their fields. To qualify as a Board Certified Specialist, an attorney must meet the following requirements and pass an 8 hour exam in the speciality:
Apart from her legal knowledge of immigration law, Mrs. Westerman-Keuning has also personally experienced the immigration process first-hand as the United States’ citizen petitioner for her husband, Dylan, a native of South Africa. She brings this personal experience to her representation of each and every client, understanding the emotional aspect of the immigration process when it concerns a loved one. Mrs. Westerman-Keuning is passionate about immigration law and helping each and every one of her clients through the use of her large body of legal knowledge as well as a personal touch.
Mrs. Westerman-Keuning is admitted to practice law by the following judicial bodies:
Mrs. Westerman-Keuning is fluent in English and Spanish and has a limited proficiency in French and Hebrew.
Irina Rostova, Esq.
Irina Rostova is an attorney who focuses her practice primarily on EB-5 investor green cards and business visas. She is one of South Florida's leading attorneys in the field of the EB-5 investor program which allows foreign nationals to obtain lawful permanent residency or a "Green Card" in the United States by investing either $500,000 in a targeted employment area or $1,000,000 in a project in any location. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 25 EB-5 Attorneys in the United States by EB-5 Investors Magazine.
Both an economist and attorney by training, she is passionate about her work with foreign investors and is dedicated to providing clients with the comprehensive legal support necessary to assist them during the process of selecting a qualifying investment project, or in the establishment of their new commercial enterprise. Mrs. Rostova offers step-by-step guidance through the EB-5 process from project selection and contract interpretation to preparation and filing the green card petition. Ms. Rostova has vast experience in the field of EB-5 law, working with investors, Regional Centers and developers. This inside knowledge allows her to understand all aspects of the EB-5 program from every angle, giving her the ability to provide the best EB-5 legal counsel in Florida. Mrs. Rostova regularly speaks on panels providing EB-5 insight for esteemed organizations such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association and IIUSA (Invest In USA) and chairs the Russian Markets Committee for IIUSA.
University of Michigan, B.A.
University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
Mrs. Rostova earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the top-ranked University of Michigan. She subsequently attended the University of Miami School of Law where she graduated with honors.
Ms. Rostova founded her own law firm, Rostova Law Group, in 2013 before merging her practice with partner, Sasha Westerman-Keuning, in 2016. Her firm focused on providing full EB-5 legal support and advising clients on the process of selecting a Regional Center project to ensure success throughout the immigration process. She also represents clients in planning and developing a direct EB-5 project. She also served as a consultant and legal analyst for some of the country's largest EB-5 regional centers, especially in the field of market expansion into the Russian-speaking community. Ms. Rostova represents a significant percentage of all EB-5 investors immigrating to the United States from Russia and former CIS nations. Mrs. Rostova and Mrs. Westerman-Keuning together have supervised and filed hundreds of I-526 investor green card applications without any denials.
Prior to establishing her own law firm, Ms. Rostova was an Associate Attorney at the prestigious Miami immigration law firm of Bernstein, Osberg-Braun P.L. where she was trained by some of South Florida's most respected immigration attorneys. Ms. Rostova also previously had a successful career in management at J.P. Morgan Chase in Sunny Isles and worked at commercial litigation law firms, specializing in insurance and contract dispute matters. Ms. Rostova personal experience overseeing various family business and investments allows her to extend practical and strategic legal advice to investors and entrepreneurs seeking business visas.
Ms. Rostova is fluent in Russian and proficient in Lithuanian. She utilizes her fluency in the Russian language and understanding of the business culture of CIS countries to facilitate a smooth transition for clients seeking to conduct business and place investments in the United States.
Ms. Rojas is a highly experienced immigration paralegal, having worked at highly respected immigration law firms in Miami and Los Angeles for well over a decade. She has a vast range of experience processing cases filed with USCIS and the immigration courts and provides excellent customer service and attention to each and every client.
A native of Colombia, Ms. Rojas has a degree in journalism from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Ms. Rojas had an extensive journalistic career in Colombia working for major media organizations such as Noticiero TV-Hoy and Noticiero Nacional where she reported on political and environmental matters. Due to her excellence in journalism, Ms. Rojas received a scholarship to study English and journalism in the United States. She has received countless awards for her journalism and broadcasting skills including the Simon Bolivar National Journalism Award and the Utah Excellence in Journalism award.
Ms. Rojas is one of the most valued members of the Rostova Westerman Law Group team. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Email: email@example.com.
Alexey joined Rostova Westerman Law Group in 2015 and in a short time has become a vital contributor to the team's success. Alexey focuses his skills not only on top-quality legal assistance, but in office management and organization--fields which he excels in. Alexey attended Omsk State University in Russia where he was an undergraduate in Translation Studies. He is a trained translator and interpreter in the Russian and English languages. Alexey is also an official notary for the State of Florida and is available to notarize documents and even conduct marriage ceremonies.
Prior to working in our office, Alexey had a thriving career in hospitality and sales in which he was often the top earner/sales associate at his previous employers. Alexey brings his invaluable expertise in client relations and time management to our practice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karine brings a warm smile to each and every person who walks through the door of our Fort Lauderdale office. Behind her smile is an intelligent young woman who studied International Communications at the Donetsk University of Management in Ukraine. She previously worked in business development at a California company where she dealt with logistics, marketing, client relations and managed a team of nine employees.
Karine is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian.
The Rostova Westerman MiamiTeam is solely devoted to the practice of EB-5 investors green card petitions, filing hundreds of I-526 and I-829 EB-5 cases per year. The team focuses its work on filing EB-5 petitions for the renowned Florida Overseas Investment Center, one of the oldest and most prestigious EB-5 Regional Centers in the United States. Due to this office's EB-5 specialization, they have garnered a reputation for being one of the best in the industry. The team prides itself on handling even the most complicated EB-5 matters while providing outstanding customer service.
Yi "Ami" Song, Esq.
Florida State University, B.S. – International Relations
St. Thomas Unversity School of Law, Juris Doctor
Yi "Ami" Song joined Rostova Westerman in the Florida Overseas division in January of 2017. She oversees the Miami office, assisting the firm's partners with all EB-5 filings. Ms. Song is in charge of working with clients and overseas agents in developing the investor's source of funds documentation. She applies the EB-5 case law and regulations to her analysis of each investor's source of funds to ensure compliance with all EB-5 laws and the highest chance of success in the approval of the investor's I-526 position. She is fluent in the Mandarin (Chinese) language and an integral member of the Florida Overseas team. Contact Ami with any questions regarding the EB-5 process generally and lawful source of funds.
Prior to working for Rostova Westerman, Ms. Song worked as an Associate Attorney in a well-known Miami immigration law firm where she handled employment-based immigration cases as well as asylum and removal proceedings. While attending St. Thomas Law School, Ms. Song participated in the law school's prestigious immigration law clinic where she provided live-client services.
Jose is in charge of the initial steps of processing for the Florida Overseas division. He works with clients to ensure that our attorneys have all initial documentation needed to file their I-526 petitions. He drafts the I-526 petitions for review by the attorney, agent and investor prior to submission to USCIS. Jose is also a great resource for investors should they need to change their address with USCIS or file a Service Request with USCIS. Contact Jose for any questions regarding the I-526 process.
Valerie Vanni Godoy
Florida Registered Paralegal
Valerie is a Florida Bar registered paralegal who is in charge of green card processing in our office. She has been an immigration paralegal for more than 15 years. Valerie provides personalized assistance to the investors upon approval of their I-526 petition. She guides investors step-by-step through residency processing through the National Visa Center and local U.S. Consulates or through the filing of an adjustment of status application in the U.S. She also assists clients with requests to reschedule at the local consulate and with inquiries with the National Visa Center. Contact Valerie for any questions regarding the process of obtaining U.S. residency.
Viviana is in charge of all billing matters for the Florida Overseas division as well as the I-829 removal of condition process for investors. She drafts all I-829 petitions for review by the attorney, agent and investor prior to USCIS submission. She organizes all necessary documentation for I-829 submission. She guides investors through the I-829 processing including biometrics processing and maintaining proof of residency status. Contact Viviana for any questions regarding the I-829 processing or any billing matters.
Galina Urman, Esq.
Of Counsel - Urman Law Group
Ms. Galina D. Urman is an of counsel to Rostova Westerman Law Group and the owner and founder of Urman Law Group P.A. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan with honors. She obtained her Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University, graduating with Honors. Ms. Urman practices both real estate and corporate law.
Ms. Urman assists our law firms' clients with opening up their businesses in the State of Florida. She provides a variety of corporate and business services such as:
Ms. Urman's services allow our clients to smoothly transition to running a business in the United States which complies with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.
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