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Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, with satellite offices in Frederick, MD, Raleigh, NC, Bogota, Colombia, and Medellin, Colombia, only by appointment. Our firm specializes in immigration and international law. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every case and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns.

OWNER/ATTORNEY

Johanna Kelley, Esq.

Mrs. Kelley is a bilingual (Spanish-English) attorney, licensed to practice law in the state of New York and the country of Colombia. Have spent more than sixteen years working in international and domestic law, public policy and development. 

Mrs. Kelley studied law in Colombia and graduated in 2001. While in Colombia, she practiced employment, Constitutional, administrative, internal and human rights law. She advised private corporations, local and international human rights organizations, governmental agencies, the Colombian Army, and grassroots community 

organizations regarding the Colombian political situation, human rights violations, counter-terrorism activities based on civil affairs initiatives, improving Colombia’s image and implementing innovative strategies to reduce the impact of the internal conflict on civilians. Further, Mrs. Kelley prepared human rights claims to file before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, Organization of American State (OAS). 

In November 2013, Mrs. Kelley founded a non-profit organization aimed to protect and promote immigrant rights and social justice based on a master project that she conceived as fellow grad student at Duke University School of Public Policy.  

In July 2016, Mrs. Kelley left the non-profit sector to serve in the government. She started working for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) as a Supervisor. It was a beautiful and tremendous experience working at USCIS because of the opportunity of ensuring the integrity of US's immigration system, providing immigration benefits and supporting our National Security.

In November 2017, Mrs. Kelley decided to leave the government to start her law firm. 

Particular Areas of Experience:

• U.S. Immigration law,

• International law,

• Latin American politics and security affairs,

• International development in conflict areas,

• Non-profit operations, and

• Project Management 

Education


DUKE UNIVERSITY
Master of Laws, LL.M, 2013, Duke Law School

Master of International Development Policy, MIDP, 2012, Sanford School of Public Policy

UNIVERSIDAD SANTO TOMAS
Jurist Doctor, 2001
 

Activities & Affiliation

• New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Member

• American Bar Association (ABA), Member

• American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member

Bar Admissions

• State of New York, U.S.A.

• Colombia, South America

 

OFFICE MANAGER

Marisol McGuigan

Marisol McGuigan was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. At age 20, she moved to Juarez, Mexico, attended UACJ and worked to support her studies. While working and studying she met her husband and moved to El Paso, Texas where she worked for the City of El Paso at the Consolidated Tax Office and at the Municipal Court. Mrs. McGuigan has spent all her working years expanding her knowledge and skills in various fields but her love for customer service excellence has always been her passion. Her Hispanic roots are a very important part of her life and have always played a big role in everything she gets involved in. She has a deep love for Mexico and the Hispanic community.  

Mrs. McGuigan is the Office Manager at J Kelley Law Group and knows this is one of the most important jobs she’s ever had because she has the great pleasure to inform, serve, and help the Hispanic community.  She recently became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. She's a wife and a mother of two teenagers.

 

PARALEGAL

Leigh Jones

Leigh Jones graduated from The University of North Carolina with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Hebrew. Then, she went to law school at Buffalo Law School where she graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2013. She has a passion for International and Immigration Law, and she greatly enjoy working with global business and multicultural individuals. Mss. Jones loves immigrant families who have braved the transition of moving from their country of origin to making America their home. She is excited to be of service in this ever expanding area of law. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 

Nuslid Tarifa

"Nuslid (Nus-lee)Tarifa was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her family is from El Salvador and her husband is from Venezuela. Her past experiences include working at a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia as a bi-lingual interpreter (Spanish & English) and being a bi-lingual worship leader in church. She feels fortunate to be part of the Hispanic community and loves learning about different cultures. Both of her parents, now U.S. Citizens, came to America to give their children a better future. With past administrative experience in various fields, she is always ready to assist others with their needs. 
Mrs. Tarifa is a Legal Assistant at J Kelley Law Group and enjoys helping the community by providing excellent customer service. She looks forward to learning more about immigration law, and being part of the process in helping foreigners reach their dreams and goals. She is a wife and mother of two children."

 

Attorney Johanna Kelley is Licensed in New York

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J Kelley Law Group Pllc is a boutique consulting, and immigration and International law practice that provides legal advice and representation to individuals and companies seeking immigration benefits and relief, and human rights protection.

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