Christopher A. Kerosky has practiced law since 1984 and has handled over 1000 immigration cases and over 500 civil and litigation matters. He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) Law School and was the former counsel of U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC. Since 2004 he has served as Honorary Consul for Poland and a member of the Consular Corps in San Francisco. For the last 8 years, “SuperLawyers” magazine named him one of the top lawyers in Northern California and one of the top corporate counsel for immigration matters (see www.superlawyers.com). He also serves as a Member of the Human Rights Commission for Sonoma County, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Christopher speaks English, Spanish and Polish fluently and conversational Russian and French.
Susanna Bogue has been practicing law in California since 1988 exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law. She has extensive experience in both work and family visas, including many temporary visas for Conductors and 100s of marriage adjustment cases. Susanna is very active in the Irish community and has been a member of many Irish community organizations over the last 20 years. Her article on immigration news is published monthly in the Irish Herald/New Irish Gael. She is Of Counsel to our firm.
Wilson Purves graduated with honors at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, in Argentina. He is admitted to practice law in California and the Federal District of Buenos Aires, Argentina.. During law school, Wilson externed for College of Lawyers Legal Clinic providing assistance to victims of domestic violence. He previously worked as an in-house counsel for Metropolitan Transport Company in Buenos Aires as well. Most recently he has practiced law in the areas of business and immigration law. He started working at Kerosky Purves & Bogue in 2008 and became a partner in 2011. Since 2009, Wilson Purves is an attorney advisor for the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco. Wilson is fluent in Spanish and English.
Candela Nogueira is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP. She was born and raised in Argentina, where she graduated with honors at Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Law. Before moving to the United States, she worked at two boutique law firms specializing in family law and torts, and she was an in-house counsel for a multinational corporation in Argentina, advising in labor issues and contracts law. Candela moved to Chicago in 2010, where she volunteered at the Chicago Legal Clinic providing low-cost legal services to the community. She became interested in Immigration Law while pursuing her Paralegal Studies at San Francisco State University. She interned for the International Institute of the Bay Area and became the DACA program coordinator. She also volunteered for the Refugee and Immigrant services at Catholic Charities CYO. Candela is admitted to practice law in California and in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and has a knowledge of French.
Liliana Gallelli, has been practicing law since 2004. Her experience includes immigration law, estate planning, closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. Before joining Kerosky Purves & Bogue, Ms. Gallelli practiced transactional law at Toews Law in San Luis Obispo, CA and later joined her brother at the Gallelli & Gallelli, Inc., law firm in Beverly Hills, CA. She interned at the City of Burbank City Attorney's Office and with the Brazilian international law firm, Noronha-Advogados. Ms. Gallelli earned a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from California State University Northridge and a Juris Doctor degree from University of La Verne Law School. Affiliations include membership in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the advisory council of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission, and for the Sonoma County Latino Service Providers, Board Member of My American Dreams Foundation, and past Board Member of Help A Life Foundation, Inc. Ms. Gallelli speaks fluent Spanish and French and speaks conversational Italian, Portuguese and Lithuanian.
Priscilla Higuera is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP. She graduated from California Western School of Law. During law school, Ms. Salgado was one of only twelve students selected to work as a clinical intern for the California Innocence Project, a non-profit organization which investigates claims of innocence and works to exonerate those who are wrongfully convicted. Her interest in immigration law began when she interned for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program working in their Special Immigrant Juvenile Status program. Prior to joining Kerosky, Purves & Bogue, Ms. Salgado practiced law for a non-profit organization specializing in providing representation to San Francisco residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or mental illness. Ms. Salgado is admitted to practice law in California and is fluent in English and Spanish.
David Melik Telfer has been practicing law since 2008 and is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky Purves & Bogue LLP. He lives in Los Angeles and practices in the Beverly Hills office. Mr. Telfer graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Romance Languages and from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law with his Juris Doctorate. At UCLA, Mr. Telfer focused on international law and spent a semester studying law in Florianopolis, Brazil at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Mr. Telfer has also lived and/or studied in many cities and countries across the globe including Sao Paulo, Brazil; Florianopolis, Brazil; Seville, Spain; and Panama City, Panama. Upon graduating from UCLA School of Law, Mr. Telfer worked at a large Los Angeles based law firm in Century City. Subsequently, Mr. Telfer worked on a series of entrepreneurial and consulting projects including founding and operating one of Los Angeles’s largest Mixed Martial Art (MMA) gyms and consulting for import/export companies in Latin America. He also founded a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clothing brand that provides underprivileged children in Latin America with equipment and funds for training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts. Mr. Telfer truly enjoys working directly with clients to resolve family and business immigration matters as well as legal issues facing entrepreneurs and small businesses. Mr. Telfer speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese and conversational French.
Michelle is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue, LLP. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she completed her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. While in law school, she studied abroad in Belgium at the University of Antwerp, where she earned a certificate in International and European Legal Studies. She also spent time as a legal intern at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she worked on a broad range of civil right issues, including voting rights, housing discrimination and employment discrimination. During law school, she interned at the Ricky Martin Foundation, where she conducted legal research on human trafficking as part of a multidisciplinary investigation and worked on public policy issues regarding human trafficking in Puerto Rico. She is also a member of the American Bar Association - Young Lawyer’s Division. Michelle is fluent in English and Spanish.
Pawel Trela is the Immigration Case Director at Kerosky Purves & Bogue as well as the Consular Associate for the Honorary Consulate of Poland. He has several years of experience in the legal profession in Poland and the U.S. Pawel earned his Masters in Law and Business Administration in Poland. He also received his diploma for Paralegal Studies. He has ample experience in family and business immigration law. Pawel is fluent in English and Polish.
Hisae is a legal technical writer working at Kerosky Purves and Bogue. Hisae spent her childhood and schooling both in the United States and Japan. Before she obtained a certificate from the Paralegal Studies Program at San Francisco State University, she studied at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and obtained a B.A. in Social Science/Legal Studies. She worked in the insurance and manufacturing industries for several years and now assists with a large variety of immigration law cases. Hisae is fluent in Japanese and English.
Patricia is the Supervising Case Manager in our Walnut Creek office. She has worked with Kerosky Purves & Bogue since 2011, and prior to joining our firm she worked as a Legal Assistant specializing in immigration. Patricia was born in Brazil and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University, East Bay and worked as a research assistant for the Abrazo Paz program, which teaches peace education to at-risk youth in Mexico. Patricia also volunteered at Centro Legal de la Raza's Youth Law Academy, where she helped inspire high school students in Oakland to seek a career in the legal field. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Violeta is a case manager with Kersoky Purves & Bogue, fluent in English, Spanish, and conversational Portuguese. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Latin American Studies. She specializes in deportation removal and asylum applications, family petitions as well as U visas, VAWA and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications.
Cristian is a case manager with Kerosky Purves went to University of California Riverside and received a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy with honors. While in school, Cristian was a member of the American Red Cross and the Latino Union clubs. Cristian interned as a researcher for the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County creating a hands-on guide on Cyberstalking and Internet Safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Cristian is fluent in Spanish and English.
During high school Gustavo interned with Kerosky, Purves & Bogue and was later hired as a case manager. Gustavo works on a wide variety of immigration cases. He graduated as an honor student from Elsie Allen High School and is on his last year at Sonoma State University aiming for a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Mathematics. After graduating from Sonoma State he plans to go onto law school and pass the bar exam to practice immigration law. Gustavo is fluent in English and Spanish.
Saul is a Case Manager with Kerosky, Purves & Bogue. He is currently finishing his last year at Sonoma State University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Prior to Sonoma State, Saul graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with honors, earning an Associate’s degree in Sociology and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to working with us, Saul volunteered at the Graton Day Labor Center, a non-profit organization aiding immigrants in both finding employment and informing them of their legal rights. Saul is fluent in English and Spanish
Rafael is a legal translator with Kerosky, Purves and Bogue. Rafael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in El Salvador. He worked for a Citibank branch specialized in Pension Funds for more than seven years. He has expertise in Banking Law, Land Law, Corporate Governance and Money Laundering. While living in his country he handled procedures with the Attorney General´s office, Ministry of Treasury, and Ministry of Labor. Rafael is fluent in Spanish and
Ana Milena Baulch
Ana is an accounting assistant with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. Ana also manages the Records Department for our San Francisco Office. She is originally from Colombia and moved to the United States in 2015. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from EAFIT University in Colombia. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Gabriel Viera is an Office Manager and Accountant at Kerosky Purves and Bogue. He is originally from Peru and moved to the United States in 2014. He has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance and was the top graduate in his class. Gabriel has been working in accounting for 10 years and has done accounting and business administration in business and university settings. He also previously worked as an English teacher and volunteered as an English tutor. Gabriel enjoys contributing towards the immigration work that KPB does for its clients as a recent immigrant himself.
Stephanie is a case manager at Kerosky, Purves, & Bogue. She graduated with honors from Saint Mary's College of California and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. She has observed and assisted children of addicts or victims of domestic abuse at an after-school program in Richmond. Aside from tutoring, Stephanie has designed and advertised her own fundraiser to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of Breast Cancer. She is a detail oriented researcher who plans to attend law school to further her knowledge about social justice and serve humanity. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Bulmaro is a case manager with Kerosky, Purves and Bogue. He attended San Francisco State University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Literature and Linguistics. He also has a minor in Latina/o studies, and while in school Bulmaro was involved in various community oriented activities focusing on the empowerment of the Latino community in San Francisco. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Claudia was born Yucatán, Mexico. At 3 months of age, she migrated to the U.S. with her family. For 17 years she lived in Fort Bragg, California and graduated from Fort Bragg High School in 2006. In May of 2011, Claudia graduated from Sonoma State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Chicano & Latino Studies with Minor in Psychology. Claudia has a history line of working in Customer Service, Child Welfare System (CWS), After School Program Coordinator, and Behavioral Assistant for children on the Autism and Asperger Spectrum, and was a Teaching Assistant that supported emotionally disturbed adolescents. Claudia is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Omar is a receptionist and Case Manager with Kerosky Purves and Bogue. He was born and raised in Mexico City, came to the US when he was 13 years old, and graduated from San Rafael High School in 2006. He then went back to Mexico when he was 18 to apply for permanent residency. He spent almost 4 years in Mexico until he received US residency, in the meantime he went to a private College in Mexico City and graduated in 2012 with a degree in International Commerce. Omar returned to the US when he was 22 years old and have been living here since then. In 2017, he became a US citizen. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Evelia is a receptionist at Kerosky Purves & Bogue. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University. Evelia plans to obtain a Master's Degree in Social Work and eventually attend law school to become a juvenile criminal defense attorney. Born and raised in Sonoma County, she plans on returning to her home town after completing her higher educational studies and serving the community. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Andrea has lived in Sonoma County for eight years. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College where she earned three Associate’s Degrees in Social Work, Humanities, and Spanish. In fall 2016, Andrea graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is an active member of the Sonoma State Seawolf Scholars program for former foster youth. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in English at Sonoma State and hopes to publish her own novel someday. Andrea is passionate about language, education, and communication. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Juan Carlos Orantes
Juan Carlos is originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. Moved to the US early on and settled in the Bay Area, moved again later on to the East Bay. Attended Heritage High School and Graduated with Honors, both Athletic and Academic. During High School he was the Public Relations Officer for the school's National Honor Society. After High School, decided to attend Sonoma State and double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a Pre-Law emphasis. Beyond College he hopes to attend Law School to practice International & Immigration Law and if not Environmental Law. Fluent in both English & Spanish.
Jorge is a case manager with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. He is a recent graduate of Sonoma State University completing a B.A in Philosophy with a concentration in Pre-Law and Applied Ethics and a B.S in Environmental Studies. During his last semester as an undergrad, Jorge was able to intern in our Santa Rosa office where he says he was opened to a growing passion of immigration policy and ethics. The proud son of two immigrants, Jorge has an ambition to help realize all the success that was intended for him from his family. Jorge hopes to continue his education in law school where he hopes to become a figure of influence to his community and to those whom he feels have been left out of it.
Cristian “Cris” Fertino began an internship with KPB in August of 2012. In February of 2013, he began work as a Case Manager after being granted DACA. He is a graduate of UC Riverside and is fluent in English and Spanish. Having immigrated to the U.S. in 1996, Cris understands the struggles the immigrant community faces and uses this, along with his education, to help those in need. Cris is studying for the LSAT and plans to apply to law school in the near future.
Lisvet is born and raised in the Roseland District. I am currently a student at Sonoma State University, expected graduation is Spring 2018 with a BA in Sociology and minor in Spanish. I spend a lot of time with my family, enjoy the outdoors and nature. I listen to a lot of classical piano music, like reading non-fiction books, baking, playing basketball, and hiking. I have volunteered at local elementary schools through a leadership program helping children develop new learning skills, comprehension and speaking skills. In the future I plan to use my sociology skills in a more defined and helpful way to provide information and guidance to those who need it.
Hali is a case manager with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. She is from Oaxaca, Mexico and moved to the U.S. as a child. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society. Prior to joining our firm, Hali Interned in Higbee & Associates Law Firm specializing in immigration. She also interned in COFEM, a non-profit organization assisting in citizenship workshops. She is fluent in Spanish and English
Bernice Rosas Belmonte
Bernice is a case manager intern with Kerosky, Purves & Bogue. She graduated from the University of California at Riverside with her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Currently, Bernice is pursuing her Master of Public Affairs at the University of San Francisco, focusing her research on governmental policies surrounding immigration and educational issues. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Ney is a case manager with KPB. He was born in Ecuador and graduated from Lincoln Law School. While in law school, the Dean invited him to participate in the Law Review as an Assistant Editor and later became the Assistant Editor-in-Chief. He received academic excellence awards in Criminal Law and in Moot Court (Best Oral Argument), and a limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in Trademark matters as a law student (LT-3,659), and participated as a pupil at The Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. Between work and family life, he volunteers at immigration clinics and citizenship workshops hosted by the Asian Law Alliance and other non-profits around the Bay Area.
Jonathan is a young professional who joined Kerosky, Purves & Bogue to make a positive impact on the immigrant community. Jonathan graduated from San Jose State University and is currently working on completing the Paralegal Program at De Anza College. In the future, Jonathan will be pursuing law school and he hopes to continue to make a difference for those whose voices go unheard. Jonathan is fluent in Spanish and English.
Consuelo is a receptionist at the San Francisco office. She is fluent in both English in Spanish. She was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and came to U.S when she was five years old. Her goal is to finish up community college and attend a four-year university to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Science.
Lizette is a case manager at Kerosky Purves & Bogue. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and a minor in Latin America and Latino Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Legal Assistant and Receptionist at an Immigration law firm for three years, where she became knowledgeable in all aspects of Immigration. She is passionate about her work, and helping the immigrant community. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Elisandro Mena Casanova
Elisandro, is originally from Acapulco, México. After graduating from High School in Acapulco, he moved to the U.S. 1996. In 2016, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Legal Studies. Also, he studied abroad one semester at the Law School at U.N.A.M. (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City. During the summer of 2016, he had the opportunity to live in Paris, France, while taking a language and culture program at ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). He has worked at the bank industry, as well as in the hospitality industry for four years. At some point while living in the Unites States, he was an undocumented student. He has firsthand experienced of the obstacles a person faces because of an undocumented status. During college, immigration law has become his passion and field of interest. He currently works at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLC as a Case Manager. He thrive to help others who are in the same situation in which once he was himself.
Kassandra is a case manager with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. She is an Oakland native and has traveled to numerous countries to study abroad. She earned a B.A. in Legal Studies and Chicano Studies with a minor in Education at University of California, Berkeley. Kassandra hopes to pursue her law degree in the near future with an emphasizes on immigration. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Johana Estrada is a case manager with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the United States at a young age. Currently, she is studying at San Francisco State University pursuing a double Bachelors in Communications and Ethnic Studies, with a minor in Race and Resistance. Prior to working with Kerosky Purves & Bogue, Johana worked at a civil rights law firm as a legal assistant and supervising intake personne, where she helped combat police excessive force and racial discrimination. She hopes to soon become a civil rights and immigration attorney to assist underrepresented and low-income communities. Johana is also fluent in Spanish and English.
Eleonora C. Mazza
Eleonora is a case manager with Kerosky Purves & Bogue. Eleonora has over 10 years of experience working as an immigration paralegal. Eleonora has a law degree from the Centro Universitario das Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas in São Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, English and conversant in Spanish.
Moises Soria was born in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, and immigrated to the US in 1970. He worked in the San Joaquin Valley for seven years and moved to Ukiah in 1978 where he and his wife raised a family of three children. Mr. Soria worked in various industries, as well as volunteering to work with the Latino community within the Catholic Church and School District of Ukiah. In 1995, he began working for the Department of Social Services and was out stationed at a Family Resource Center developing programs to serve the Latino Community in Mendocino County for fifteen years. He also worked part time for the Migrant Education Program as a Liaison between parents and the Ukiah School District. Mr. Soria was a founding member of the Board of Directors for CFRA (California Family Resource Association) from 2005 to 2009 and served on several boards in Mendocino County, including PCCY (Policy Council on Children and Youth), WIB (Workforce Investment Board), The Latino Coalition, PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and CAC (Children Action Committee) Mr. Soria is currently working for the Department of Social Services in Mendocino County at the Ukiah Family Center.