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Richard S. Goldstein, Senior Partner

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Richard S. Goldstein was born in New York, but now resides in London with his family who are all dual nationals of the U.S. as well as the U.K.
Richard is the Senior Partner of the Law Firm in New York which he established in 1979 and now manages and is the Senior Partner of its affiliated office in London. Both the New York and London offices deal exclusively with U.S. immigration and nationality law with a particular emphasis on business immigration law as well as consular visa matters. The client base of both offices is primarily corporate in nature as well as high net worth individuals. Richard is currently very much involved with consular issues and U.S. citizenship matters with an emphasis on renunciation of citizenship.
Richard is admitted to the Bar of The State of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Richard has organized and chaired numerous international immigration seminars over the last thirty years for various Bar Associations, business organisations and private groups and he has also been invited to lecture at numerous seminars in Europe and Asia as well as in North America. He has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for more than thirty years and served as the President of its New York Chapter at a time when there were over five hundred lawyers in the Chapter. Richard has additionally served as a member of the Board of Governors of AILA and was also the Chairman of its Visa Office Liaison Committee.
Richard has been travelling to Japan several times each year since 1980 and throughout that time has lectured there at many international forums and seminars. He was invited to Japan in 1980 and again in 1981 as a guest of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to lecture at two international seminars dealing with Comparative Immigration Law. Since that time he has lectured in Japan on several occasions each year for many groups. He has lectured for Keidanren (The Federation of Economic Organizations, Japan) for many years as well as The Japan Overseas Investment Association (formerly The Export- Import Bank of Japan). Additionally he has lectured several times for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
In March 2013, Richard lectured on Renunciation of American Citizenship before a group of U.S. lawyers at a seminar in Warsaw. He then lectured on the same subject in April in Tokyo at a luncheon seminar sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. In May, he lectured on this subject at a luncheon seminar hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and then a week later as a guest speaker before The Paris Bar Association in France.


Tammy M. Lee, Managing Partner

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Attorney Tammy Lee is Managing Partner at Goldstein & Lee. She is admitted to practice law in New York and in New Jersey, a graduate of Smith College and of Catholic University School of Law (1996), Washington, DC, her birthplace. She joined our firm as an Associate Attorney in 1996, and became Partner in the firm in 2001. The firm changed its name to Goldstein & Lee in 2009. Ms. Lee is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a member of the New York State Bar. She has lectured at seminars and conferences for the New York State Bar, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, AILA and American Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Lee was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in America 2018 in the fields of Immigration Law. She has also received recognition from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2017.


Frieda S. Shapiro, Associate

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Frieda S. Shapiro received her Bachelor's degree Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago and her Juris Doctor degree Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the New York Bar. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Frieda has practiced a wide variety of corporate employment based and family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters as well as on Consular Processing since 2001.


Divij Kishore, Associate


Divij Kishore is an Associate Attorney at Goldstein & Lee and is admitted to practice in the State of New York. He earned his LL.M. from New York University School of Law with a Major in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration. He also earned a B.A., LL.B. (JD Equivalent) from NALSAR, India. Divij is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) and has been featured in the Marquis Who's Who of America for his contributions to the profession. Divij has developed a formidable reputation by successfully representing clients in a wide range of immigration matters. Divij has extensive experience as a legal strategist and litigator.


Bernice Law, Associate


Bernice Law is an immigration attorney admitted to practice law in the state of New York. She possesses a Juris Doctor from the University of Hong Kong (2018). She is member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Bernice is experienced in a variety of non-immigrant corporate employment-based visa matters. Prior to joining our firm, she worked at a Canadian immigration law firm with a focus on cross-border non-immigrant employment-based matters.


Sheena Zhou, Associate


Sheena (Xing) Zhou is an experienced immigration attorney admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She possesses an LL.M. degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Law from Xiamen University, China. She also completed the program of international law at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, China. Prior to joining us, Ms. Zhou served as Associate Attorney at several New York boutique law firms, where she gained experience managing multinational corporate accounts and advising them on immigration compliance issues. She has partnered with clients in various industries, including art, pharmaceutical, engineering, and technology. Ms. Zhou also has extensive experience working in the areas of real estate, trademark, matrimonial law, etc. Ms. Zhou is native in Mandarin and fluent in English.


Ethel Pura Santa Ana Vara, Associate


Ethel is an associate at the Firm's New York office, where she practices in the field of business immigration law. She has experience assisting Fortune 500 companies and other corporate and individual clients with a wide variety of immigration matters, including several types of nonimmigrant visas, EB-1 immigrant visa petitions, PERMs, permanent residence and consular processing. Ethel has been part of the team since 2019. She is an Attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York. In 2017, Ethel earned her LL.M. from NYU School of Law with a Major in International Legal Studies. She also holds a B.A., LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico. She also possesses extensive experience working with the Federal Court system in Mexico. Ethel is fluent in English and Spanish.


Aleksandra Adamska, Associate


Aleksandra received her Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in 2017 and her Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2021. Aleksandra is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Prior to joining our firm, Aleksandra worked at a large corporate immigration law firm in New York. She has experience handling a variety of employment-based immigration matters in the technology and finance sectors as well as family-based permanent residence applications. Aleksandra is fluent in both Polish and English.


New York Staff

Romelia Hotchner
Manager of Administration & Finance

Joan Lu
Senior Paralegal

Yumiko Inoue

Minami Yukutake

Kevin Walsh

Valerie Yang

London Staff

Susan Green
Executive Legal Assistant

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