THE ROSTOVA WESTERMAN TEAM

                 meet our lawyers

                        Meet our youthful and dedicated team members

Sasha Westerman keuning

Founding Partner

A community activist and a Board Certified Super Lawyer, Sasha is as much known for her commitment to social justice as she is for her legal work.  

 

She is known as national expert on same-sex marriage immigration cases.

irina rostova

Financial Consultant

A Top 25 EB-5 lawyer nationally and leading attorney in South Florida's Russian community, Irina offers trustworthy and strategic financial advice to EB-5 investors.

JoSE dE WIT

Of Counsel

Jose is a high-level immigration lawyer with exceptional writing skills and more than 5 years of experience in the field.  He is passionate about his work and cares deeply for our clients. 

Discover More About Our Lawyers Below!

Sasha Westerman-Keuning, B.C.S.

Founding Partner

 

Sasha Westerman-Keuning is one of the leading immigration lawyers in South Florida.  She is one of only 80 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 Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018-2022), a prestigious designation reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida. She is also an AV Preeminent Peer Rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, a prestigious honor earned by only 10% of all attorneys.

 

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 marriage-based green card processing and LGBTQ immigration law.  

EDUCATION

 

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.  

EXPERIENCE


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 75 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:

 

  1.  Practice law for a minimum of five years. 
  2.  Demonstrate substantial involvement in the field of law for which                         certification is sought. 
  3.  Pass satisfactory peer review of competence in the specialty field as            well  as   character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law. 
  4.  Satisfy the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements. 
  5.  Receive a passing grade on the examination required of all applicants.
 

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.

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

Mrs. Westerman-Keuning is admitted to practice law by the following judicial bodies:

  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Florida

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA")
  • American Bar Association
  • AILA South Florida LGBTQ Committee (Chair)
  • AILA South Florida Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • AILA South Florida DMV Committee

 

LANGUAGES

 

Mrs. Westerman-Keuning is fluent in English and Spanish and has a limited proficiency in French and Hebrew.  

 

Email:  sasha@usainvestorvisas.com.

Sasha's Award naming her as a National Advocates "Top 40 Under 40" Lawyer. Click on the Photo to read about the eligibility and criteria for this prestigious designation.
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University of Miami Sasha and Irina are both Alumna of the University of Miami

Myriam Rojas

Legal Assistant

 

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: myriam@usainvestorvisas.com.

Jose de Wit, Esq.

Of Counsel

 

Jose joined the Rostova Westerman team in May 2019 and worked as a Senior Associate until May 2021.  He has now founded his own immigration law firm, De Wit Immigration Law, and shares space in our Fort Lauderdale office.  He brings his exceptional education, work ethic and eight years of experience in immigration to our law group as an of counsel.   Jose regularly teams with attorney Sasha on asylum and removal cases.  A seasoned legal professional, Jose frequently represents clients before the Immigration Court in deportation and asylum proceedings with a great track record for success.  

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ROSTOVA WESTERMAN LAW 

4901 NW 17th Way, Suite 303

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

 

Office:  786.442.3177 (Spanish) 

Text:      786.408.4727

Fax:      786.228.4946

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