KRIPA UPADHYAY

Managing Partner

kripa@orbitlawpllc.com

Kripa is the Managing Partner of Orbit Law, PLLC. She represents corporations and individuals from around the world in business and employment immigration, family immigration, consular matters, naturalization and asylum.

Areas of particular emphasis include the transfer of executives and managers, hiring professionals, including those working in specialty occupations and healthcare, and global planning for personnel needs.

Kripa speaks frequently on business immigration matters at local and regional Continuing Legal Education seminars. Kripa also assists clients in developing employment policies and advises employers on such matters as wage and hour regulations, disability issues, and employment discrimination.

Named a “Rising Star” for Immigration Law from 2014-2016, she is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of Washington State where she has served in leadership positions on various committees. Actively engaged in educating newly arriving Immigrants and Refugees as to their rights, she was awarded the WSBA’s Community Service Award in 2011 in recognition of her outstanding and exemplary service in helping Immigrants and Refugees in Washington State.

A first generation Immigrant from Nepal, Kripa speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.

EDUCATION

Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, Juris Doctor (JD)  May 2007

 

ADMISSIONS

  • Washington State Bar Association: Admitted May 2008
  • U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Washington: Admitted 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Admitted 2009
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Admitted 2009

 

AWARDS/HONOURS:

  • Named Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Fellow & Graduate, Washington Leadership Institute, Class of 2012
  • Washington State Bar Association Community Service Award, 2011
  • Member: Washington State Bar Association Committee for Diversity (Appointed by the WSBA Board of Governors to serve term from October 2011-September 2013)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association- AILA (Washington State chapter)
    • Chair of Programs, Executive Committee (2015-May 2016)
    • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2013-2015)
    • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (2012- 2013)
    • Chair, Executive Office for Immigration review (EOIR) committee (2011–2012)
    • Chair, Citizenship Day Committee (2009-2010)
    • Vice Chair, Citizenship Day Committee (2008 – 2009)
  • Charter Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) (2013 – Present)

 

PUBLIC APPEARANCES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Frequent guest lecturer at Immigration Law Clinic at Seattle University School of Law, 2011 – Present
  • Introduction to Business Based Immigration Options, New Lawyer Education Bootcamp: Immigration, Washington State Bar Association, May 17, 2016
  • “Advanced Issues in E-Investor Visa”, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Northwest Chapters Regional Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2016
  • “J-1 Visa-Waivers and how to get them” American Immigration Lawyers Association, Northwest Chapters Regional Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2015
  • “H-1B Techniques & Updates”, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Northwest Chapters Regional Conference, Portland, OR, February 2014
  • Panel Presentation in Seattle University School of Law on Impact of Immigration Policy on Individuals and U.S. Economy, February 2014
  • “Immigration Fundamental for Non-Immigration Attorneys”, Chair and Faculty speaker, Washington State Bar Association, January 2014
  • “Preparing a Successful PERM/Labor Certification Application”, CLE Presentation at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Northwest Chapter Regional Conference, March 2013
  • “Enhancing Your Skills for Practice in Municipal & District Court”, CLE Presentation on Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions at Washington State Bar Association, March 2012
  • “Immigration Options for Foreign Investors” CLE Presentation for the King County Bar Association, Business Law Section, June 2012

 

LANGUAGES: English, Hindi, Nepali, Spanish and Urdu

 

Pro-Bono Affiliations/Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Empower Nepali Girls (Registered 501(c)(3) Organization

www.empowernepaligirls.org

The mission of ENG is to empower and support neglected, marginalized, and at-risk girls and young women in Nepal, especially those who are at greatest risk to be forced into early marriage, sold into sex slavery, or abandoned as orphans. We provide scholarships, mentoring, career guidance, and subsistence for children who would not have the opportunity to attend school and pursue future careers in medicine, engineering, business, teaching, and other professions.

 

  • Member, Law Alumni Board, Seattle University School of Law

 

  • Pro-bono attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

Steve Tanijo

Partner

steve@orbitlawpllc.com

Steve Tanijo is a Partner at Orbit Law, PLLC where he practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law with a particular emphasis on representing clients in family-based petitions and adjustments of status. Since graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2007, Mr. Tanijo has focused his practice on immigration law and has represented clients in removal defense, family- based petitions and adjustment of status, citizenship applications, VAWA applications, U visas, asylum, and appeals before the Board of immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Born at the US Base in Okinawa, Japan, to a US Citizen Father (3rd Generation Japanese-Hawaiian) who was then serving active duty, and a Taiwanese mother, Steve lived his early years in Japan and Taiwan. He moved to the U.S at age 5 and has since traveled through 6 continents (all except Antarctica) and continues to indulge his dual passions for travel and service.

EDUCATION

Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, Juris Doctor (JD) May 2007

 

ADMISSIONS

  • Washington State Bar Association Admitted May 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association  – AILA. Washington State Chapter

 

PUBLIC APPEARANCES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Introduction to Family Based Immigration Options, New Lawyer Education Bootcamp: Immigration, Washington State Bar Association, May 17, 2016
  • Preparing a successful Bond Application for Detained Clients, Panel Presentation at “Immigration Fundamentals for Non- Immigration Attorneys”, January 2014

 

  • Adjustment of Status for Refugees, Presentation for Non Profit Assistance Center (NAC), 2013

 

  • Reuniting with Family Members, Basics of Family Based Immigration for Burmese and Bhutanese Refugees, Non Profit Assistance Center (NAC) 2012

 

PRO-BONO AFFILIATION/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Founder, Project Kids Art (Registered 501(c)(3) Organization)

www.projectkidsart.org

Project Kids Art is dedicated to helping NGO’s around the world that support underprivileged children who are orphaned, disabled, abandoned, destitute, and from other vulnerable groups. Our mission is to provide these children with food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, art skills, and recreation with lots of love and care through the established NGO’s. We wish to inspire hope, confidence, and independence so that each child will have a chance to choose their own future and contribute back to the local community. To give a more personal and focused attention Project Kids Art will help one NGO at a time until they can sustain themselves.

 

  • Pro-Bono Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

 

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Day for Immigration Court at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC)
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SEAN MOLNAR | ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Sean Molnar graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2011. While in law school, he was awarded the CALI award for the highest grade earned in the Immigration Law class.

While in Law School, he volunteered with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project as a student volunteer interacting with the family to help them with all aspects of their petition – this experience not only gave him an insight into the Immigration process, but also helped him become intimately aware of the challenges of the Immigration system.

Subsequent to graduation, he worked as a Criminal Defense attorney with a law firm in Tacoma, WA where he represented clients in felony and misdemeanor cases before State, Superior and Appellate courts.  He brings his knowledge and experience of Criminal Proceedings to the work that we do at Orbit Law in defending clients who are in Removal proceedings or facing imminent removal on account of criminal convictions.

In his spare time, he donates his time as a performer/musician and volunteer to a number of organizations including: Youth Speaks Seattle, National Youth Poetry Slam, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, National Lawyers Guild, Occupy Seattle.

Connect via email: sean@orbitlawpllc.com

Languages Spoken

Spanish, English

Country of Origin

USA

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