Our Team

ASHKAN EMAMI team

Ashkan Emami

Founding Partner

“I’ve had more than a few of my clients tell me that choosing to immigrate to the U.S. was among the most important decisions they have ever made. I imagine it was no different for my family when they came here during my childhood. This is why my main focus is ensuring that we make the legal process as smooth and painless as possible.”

Ashkan is a partner and co-founder at PLG. He focuses primarily on building relationships with clients, understanding their businesses, families, and immigration goals. He previously worked at a large immigration firm, which he left to help create a new type of immigration practice. Ashkan’s primary focus is to make clients feel at ease with their attorney while providing accurate information and unparalleled accessibility. He has seven years of experience with corporate clients, investors, and creative professionals. More specifically, he handles:

  • E-2 investor visas for qualified entrepreneurs;
  • EB-1A petitions for applicants in the arts, sciences, business, entertainment, and athletics;
  • Traditional and Cap-Subject H-1B petitions for large and mid-sized corporations in the healthcare, tech, and research industries;
  • O-1 petitions for creative professionals and academics;
  • L-1A and L-1B petitions;
  • All aspects of the PERM process;
  • EB-5 regional center and direct investment petitions;
  • J-1 Waiver petitions for physicians working in underserved areas. Experience includes successful waivers through the Conrad 30 program and the Department of Health and Human Services.;
  • Employment-based green card matters including LCA compliance, Ability to Pay issues, Compliance with Employee Recruitment Regulations, Cap Issues, Consular Processing, and Prevailing Wage compliance.

He also has significant experience representing clients seeking Asylum based on religious and political grounds and has successfully advocated for clients from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (Juris Doctorate)
  • University of California, San Diego (Bachelor’s of Art)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals 
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Lea Nehme

Attorney & Partner

“I couldn’t imagine ever being anything but an immigration attorney. Ever since a young age, I have seen the difficulty and hurdles that immigrants face, and I have always known I wanted to make this process as smooth as possible for fellow immigrants. I am incredibly lucky to work in such a vast and important field.”

Lea Nehme is an attorney and Partner at Path Law Group. An immigrant herself, Lea knows the frustrations that many immigrants face firsthand. Her current practice focuses on helping creatives and entrepreneurs in the film, music, design, art, and fashion industries obtain work visas, as well as assisting investors and startup-to-midsize business with their immigration needs.

Lea is known to win even the toughest immigration cases. An expert on all immigration matters, Lea has successfully helped thousands of clients obtain U.S. visas as well as resident and citizen status. From marriage cases to employment-based EB-1s to tough asylum applications, Lea uses her years of experience to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients. During her time at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Lea worked on several pro bono asylum and direct services cases, as well as directly with the Tahirih Justice Center, an immigration nonprofit that assists women and children escaping gender-based violence. After law school, Lea focused solely on immigration, bringing her expertise to immigration law firms and handling asylum cases, O-1s, EB-1s, E-2 investor visas, L-1A intracompany transfers, and many more.

She is committed to staying present for her clients and giving honest, fact-based advice.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Juris Doctorate)
  • University of California, Berkeley (Bachelor’s of Art)

Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

Johanna joined Path Law Group in 2022, bringing with her a wealth of experience in navigating the intricacies of immigration law. She specializes in handling both immigrant and nonimmigrant cases related to business and family immigration, providing thorough support in procedures such as adjustment of status, consular processing, naturalization, and nonimmigrant visas including O-1, EB-1, EB-2/National Interest Waivers, P, and investment visas. Throughout her career, Johanna has successfully represented a wide range of clients, from directors and actors to electrical linemen, food scientists, corporate leaders, and families. Her ability to navigate through diverse immigration issues demonstrates her adaptability and proficiency. Johanna is dedicated to simplifying the immigration journey for her clients, leveraging her profound knowledge and experience to help them meet their immigration goals.

Before joining PLG, Johanna refined her expertise at a private immigration law firm in Los Angeles, California, concentrating on family-based immigration, removal defense, and asylum cases. She is fluent in Spanish.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (Juris Doctor)

  • University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts)

Admissions

  • California State Bar
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Julie P. Levey

Sr. Associate Attorney

Julie has spent over 10 years in the practice of immigration law, previously with a New York City-based immigration law firm, where she led the firm’s extraordinary ability visa/green card unit.  She has extensive experience with O and P visas, EB-1 extraordinary ability immigrant visa petitions and NIW EB-2 petitions, among other types of immigration matters. Throughout her career, Julie has successfully represented a diverse range of clients, including Grammy-award winning musicians, fashion designers, tattoo artists, scientists, professors, CEOs and aerospace engineers. She is dedicated to providing a smooth and transparent process for all of her clients.

 

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Juris Doctorate)
  • Colgate University (Bachelor of Art)

Admissions

  • Colorado State Bar
  • New York State Bar