JEFFREY O'BRIEN | Founding Principal Attorney

Mr. O’Brien founded The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2010 to further his vision of offering exceptional, affordable and respectful legal assistance and protection to people who seek to live in the United States. He is admitted to practice in California and regularly represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals, The US District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. O’Brien holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. Mr. O’Brien has been honored by the East Bay Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, for his pro-bono work and served as a mentor for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

BRIAN PENDLETON | Senior Attorney

Mr. Pendleton joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2012. He is admitted to practice in California and New York and has extensive appellate experience. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Pendleton spent twelve years in insurance litigation and for an in-house legal group for a major corporation handling a variety of legal matters including patent litigation, anti-trust, and complex litigation. Mr. Pendleton holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco and an undergraduate degree in History from Middlebury College. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

FABIANO VALERIO | Attorney

Mr. Valerio joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2016. He is admitted to practice in California, and regularly represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals and The US District Court. His practice includes assisting clients navigate the complexities of all aspects of the immigration process. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Valerio co-founded Renew Law, an organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of attorneys to drive positive and transformative change. Mr. Valerio holds a law degree from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Miami. While in law school, he interned at the immigration clinic of the East Bay Community Law Center. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

ROSANNA KATZ | Attorney

Ms. Katz joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2016. She is admitted to practice in California and regularly represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals, The US District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She currently focuses on asylum cases before the San Francisco EOIR (Immigration Court) and before USCIS (asylum office) and with family petitions. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Katz was a litigator representing public entities. Ms. Katz holds a law degree from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish from UC Berkeley. She has worked pro bono assisting immigrant handling asylum cases for the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Education. She is fluent in Spanish.

DASKA BABCOCK | Attorney

Ms. Babcock joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2016.  She launched the firm’s Central Valley office in 2017.  Ms. Babcock focuses on asylum cases before the San Francisco EOIR (immigration court) and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions in family or probate court.  Before joining the Firm, Ms. Babcock practiced civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout California for fourteen years.  During that time Ms. Babcock also represented, on a pro bono basis, women seeking asylum after suffering domestic violence or sexual abuse in their home countries.  Ms. Babcock’s pro bono work was recognized with the Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award from The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006.  Ms. Babcock holds a law degree from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.  She is fluent in Spanish.

JUNEKO ROBINSON | Attorney

Ms. Robinson joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2014. She is admitted to practice in California and before the US District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and regularly represents clients before USCIS (asylum office) and EOIR (San Francisco Immigration Court). Ms. Robinson holds a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, a masters and PHD degrees in Philosophy from State University of New York at Buffalo, and an undergraduate degree in Humanities from Dominican College. Ms. Robinson has worked pro bono handling asylum cases for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is conversational in Spanish and French.

JOE NEWMAN | Attorney

Mr. Newman joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2017. He is responsible for managing the operations of the firm and executing the firm’s long range growth strategy. Mr. Newman is admitted to practice in California. He holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Newman maintained a solo law practice. Prior to practicing law, he held several marketing and financial positions in a variety of businesses.

ROSHANI SITUALA | Senior Legal Assistant

Ms. Sitaula joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2013. She works with immigrant communities from Nepal and other countries. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Sitaula worked as a freelance translator and interpreter. She also worked as a teacher and research assistant. She holds Master’s degrees in Environmental Management and Geology from Christian Albrechts University and Jacobs University in Germany and a undergraduate degree in Geology from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. She is fluent in Nepali and Hindi.

PAULA SCHRUMPF | Senior Legal Assistant

Ms. Schrumpf joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2016. She works with attorneys to prepare visa petitions and asylum applications. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Schrumpf lived in Brazil for five years, where she taught English. She holds a undergraduate degree in Italian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and speaks conversational Italian.

NATALIE RODRIGUEZ | Legal Assistant

Ms. Rodriguez joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2016. She has passionately worked for over seven years bringing non-English speaking immigrant families back together. She holds an undergraduate degree in Spanish Translation and Interpretation with a minor in Family Studies from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. She is fluent in Spanish.

ADRIANA VALDEZ | Legal Assistant

Ms. Valdez joined The O’Brien Immigration Firm in 2017. She passionately supports defending all people’s immigration and education rights. Ms. Valdez holds an undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, with a concentration in Human Rights, from University of California at Berkeley. Adriana is Mexican-American, with family roots in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.

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