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Nadeen Aljijakli, Esq. | Partner |Email
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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 complex deportation and removal defense, asylum, and family-based immigration. 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 "Lawful Status Lost: Dealing with the Abandonment of LPR Status", "Syrians under Fire: Seeking Asylum in America", and "U.S. Serves as Safe-Haven for Syrians with TPS Extended" 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 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 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 provides legal support to the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund. 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, 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.


Peter F. Asaad Peter F. Asaad, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and past president of the AILA DC Chapter (covering DC, MD and VA), practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with a focus on business immigration. Mr. Asaad represents individuals, U.S. companies, and multinational corporations in all their employment immigration needs. His expertise includes the H-1B, L-1, E-1/E-2, and O-1 visas as well as PERM and other permanent resident processing, corporate compliance policy guidance, consular processing, administrative appeals & litigation, volume immigration technology case management, I-9/E-Verify management & support, and in-house support. Mr. Asaad also specializes in working with individuals on applications for permanent residence based on the National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability petitions, and Outstanding Researchers and Professors for highly accomplished individuals. In addition, Mr. Asaad is a well recognized expert in the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs, start-ups, and foreign investors in creating U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates as well as new U.S. businesses.

Mr. Asaad has worked in private practice in Washington, DC for over ten years representing individuals and employers on a wide range of business immigration matters. He is an Adjunct Law Professor at American University, Washington College of Law, where he teaches and develops an advanced course on business immigration law. Prior to serving as president of the AILA DC Chapter addressing the continuing legal education needs of over 900 immigration attorneys, Mr. Asaad had served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Litigation Committee for several years where he was recognized “as one of the nation’s leading litigators” in the field of immigration law. Mr. Asaad has been named in Washingtonian magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers” in immigration law since 2011. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) has recognized him as a top lawyer in the field in Washington, DC based upon “outstanding achievements in the legal profession” and as “a lawyer whose career has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association.”

Helping foreign entrepreneurs and start-ups, Mr. Asaad is New York City’s Immigration Advisor through its Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Leading the way for HR professionals, Mr. Asaad serves approximately 700 HR professionals and their businesses on the board of the Human Resources Association for the National Capital Area (DC SHRM). On the forefront of immigration law and policy, Mr. Asaad is a Member of The Partnership for a New American Economy bringing together a bipartisan group of mayors from across the country and business leaders from all sectors of the economy to raise awareness of the economic benefits of sensible immigration reform.

Prior to private practice, Mr. Asaad represented foreign and domestic individuals and organizations before administrative agencies, federal, state and local courts in a variety of complex matters. He graduated with honors from American University Washington College of Law (2001), where he was selected to serve as a Student Attorney in the prestigious International Human Rights Law Clinic representing individuals in asylum and other immigration matters and in the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic where he represented clients in federal court and international litigation. Mr. Asaad also served as law clerk for the Attorney General's Honors Program at the Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Upon graduation, Mr. Asaad served as Judicial Law Clerk at the DC Superior Court where he assisted judges and prepared decisions on complex litigation matters before the court.

Born in Chicago as a first generation American to Egyptian immigrants, Mr. Asaad is conversant in Arabic and brings first-hand understanding to foreign nationals from various countries and cultures. Mr. Asaad is admitted in Washington, DC and Maryland. His practice is limited to U.S. immigration law and he practices throughout the country. Contact Mr. Asaad at pasaad@akimmigration.com for a consultation.