Kripa Upadhyay

Managing Partner

kripa@orbitlawpllc.com

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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
  • “Making the Transition from H-1B and EB-2 Backlogs to EB-5 Visa”,  Event organized by ILW in Bellevue, WA, January 23, 2019.
  • Panel Presentation: Assessing the Growth Appetite for Investment Migration in IndiaSolo Presentation:
    Exploring Alternative Residency and Investment Pathways to the USA, Invest Immigration Summit (IIS), Mumbai, India, February 19 – 20, 2019
  • Panel presentation on EB-5: Current Trends and Future Growth of the Migration by Investment Market, Invest in the USA (IIUSA) Global Banquet in Mumbai, India, February 20, 2019
  • Panel presentation on EB-5: Current Trends and Future Growth of the Migration by Investment Market, IIUSA Global banquet in Dubai, UAE, February 24, 2019
  • Exploring Alternative Residency and Investment Pathways to the US, Invest Immigration Summit (IIS) MENA, Dubai, UAE, February 25, 2019
  • H-1B to EB-5 Event organized by ILW in Bellevue, WA, March 15, 2019
  • High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI): How to Target Them Where They Work and Live and Transferring Their Funds, IIUSA Advocacy Conference Washington DC, May 06, 2019
  • EB-5 Investors/UGlobal Immigration Expo, Mumbai, India, June 01, 2019
  • Updates: The Intelligent Investor’s Guide to A Smooth Migration by Investment into the US, Invest Immigration Summit (IIS) Global Migration and Overseas Wealth Management Southeast Asia, Singapore, June 12, 2019
  • 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)

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Managing Partner

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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)

RYAN CRONIN PRATHER | Senior Associate, Employment & Business Law

Ryan Cronin Prather has over eight years of experience defending both small and large businesses in corporate and employment litigation as well as extensive counseling on the same issues. He is barred in both Washington and California and thus has extensive experience with both state and local laws as well as federal laws impacting businesses and employers and the impact they have on anything from a start-up business to a mega corporation.

He has counseled numerous businesses on a wide array of business and employment issues, and has served as outside general counsel for a multitude of businesses. Because of his experience defending businesses in corporate and employment litigation, both in Washington and California, he has seen the pitfalls that employers and businesses fall into and has helped businesses navigate those legal waters to proactively keep business owners and their employees out of court and away from costly litigation.

He also serves on the board of directors of an insurance brokerage based in California and serves as their general counsel as well. In this role he continually counsels the business on employment issues that arise and advises the CEO and board on general business matters incident to the health and growth of the company.

Ryan’s eight plus years of experience puts him in an ideal position to advice and counsel businesses on employment and corporate matters to allow the owners and employees to focus on what is important, their jobs.

Languages Spoken

Spanish, English

Country of Origin

USA

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Jim Angell | Senior Associate Attorney, Business Law

Jim is a business attorney. Since beginning his law practice in 2008, Jim has gained a reputation as an insightful advocate, both in handling disputes and crafting excellent contracts and business solutions. Jim has extensive experience with commercial contracts and business formation and provides a range of legal business services to guide clients across all points in the business lifespan. Jim’s business litigation experience informs his drafting and helps clients efficiently avoid or resolve disputes. Clients value his unwavering commitment to personally understand their businesses as well as his ability to serve as outside general counsel and advise on contractual, financial, regulatory and organizational issues.

Jim is licensed in Washington and Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. He is passionate about serving our community and over the years has provided free legal services for underserved persons facing divorce and immigration proceedings, legal challenges stemming from mental health or disability and by volunteering at our local walk-in legal clinic. He is enthusiastic about assisting Orbit Law’s steadfast pro bono immigration advocacy. Jim loves playing music with his two young children and exploring the wilds and milds of Puget Sound.

University of Colorado School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2008
ABA Trial Team
Judicial Internship, Colorado Court of Appeals

Illinois State University
B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude
Departmental Honors in Psychology
Illinois State Classical Guitar Ensemble

Languages Spoken

English and basic German

Country of Origin

USA

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SEAN MOLNAR | Associate Attorney, Immigration

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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Surinder Sehambi | Senior Paralegal, Corporate and Investor Based Immigration

Surinder is our senior paralegal who focuses on corporate (H-1; L-1, PERM) and investor based immigration (E-2 and EB-5). He previously worked as a Visa Assistant, Immigrant Visa Unit at the United States Department of State in New Delhi, India for more than 13 years.

During his time at the Department of State, Surinder received several awards such as Citation of Leadership Award, 2014 and the Customer Service Award, 2015 in recognition of his exemplary service to the United State Department of State where he supervised, trained and developed the five-member team and served as immigration subject matter expert and new hire trainer within the Immigrant Visa unit.

Education:

Master of Arts, English from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

Bachelor of Science from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India

Languages Spoken

Fluent in English, Hindi, Rajasthani, Punjabi and Urdu

Country of Origin

INDIA

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Estefania Brambila

Estefania Brambila | Paralegal

A native of Mount Vernon, WA, Estefania has a long history of volunteering with various organizations including Juntos, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia where she spent time as a volunteer assisting people file for DACA. She is also the founding member of Educando a las Communidades, a non profit organization in Otavalo, Ecuador

As a Paralegal, Estefania helps our clients file for applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), petitions for family members, adjustment of status to permanent residence, consular process, and petitions to lift conditions on residence for those married to US citizens.

Education:

Swarthmore College, PA (Double Major in Latin American Studies and Studio Art)

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish. Elementary knowledge of Arabic and French

Country of Origin

USA

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Roussell Wong

Roussell Wong | Paralegal

A native of Mexico, Roussell moved to the United States in June 2017. With a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and prior experience working as a therapist and counselor to survivors of violence and trauma, Roussell brings his skills as a therapist to our work with applicants for U-Visa, VAWA and Asylum.

Roussell’s experience and training have also been an immense help to the team members in house who benefit from his trainings on better helping our clients whist dealing with the stress of practicing Immigration law.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS) in Baja California, Mexico

Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and Spanish

Country of Origin

Mexico

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Maria Liliana Barrios

Maria Liliana Barrios | Paralegal

A licensed and formerly practicing attorney in Venezuela, Maria was also a Human Rights Professor in Maracaibo, Venezuela from 2009 – 2011.  Whilst in Venezuela, she worked with, counseled and defended leaders of the student movement.

As a paralegal, she brings with her own lived experience of experiencing repressive regimes and focuses her work on assisting and guiding our clients who are applicants for Political Asylum, Citizenship and family based Immigration

Education:

Law Degree, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maacaibo, Venezuela (2008)

Masters Degree in maritime Law and Shipping Business from Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona, Spain (2015)

Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and Spanish. Basic knowledge of French

Country of Origin

Venezuela

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