Biographies

Noemi Masliah

  • Noemi Masliah

Noemi E. Masliah is the principal at The Masliah Firm. Born in Havana, Cuba, as a child of Holocaust survivors, Noemi immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of ten. She later graduated from Queens College and Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School before beginning her career in immigration law in 1980. Noemi has practiced all aspects of immigration law and is a recognized expert in the field with frequent speaking engagements, articles, interviews, and panel discussions at legal conferences and law schools.

Noemi’s practice includes complex employment-based immigration cases for both permanent and temporary visas, including foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, those whose work is in the national interest, and those who possess special, hard-to-find talents and skills. Moreover, she is an expert in family-based immigration and has personally helped thousands of families reunite and remain together in the United States. Finally, Noemi frequently represents asylum seekers in their basic quest for safe haven. “Birds don’t need visas” is Noemi’s professional mantra.

Noemi has served on the board of several prominent, national organizations in the field of immigration law and policy, including the American Immigration Council. As a long-time activist in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, Noemi also co-founded Immigration Equality and The DOMA Project, two organizations dedicated to providing legal services to the LGBTQ immigrant community. Her pro bono services have been extensive.

Noemi’s Morkie, Yofi, is a beloved member of The Masliah Firm.

Vicki Yudenfriend

  • Vicki Yudenfriend

Vicki Yudenfriend heads The Masliah Firm’s eclectic corporate and business practice. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and has practiced immigration law for over twenty-five years.Vicki provides ongoing advice to corporate clients to ensure their compliance with immigration laws and regulations and to ensure that they are well-positioned to file the petitions necessary to employ a diverse group of foreign nationals. Vicki represents financial firms, universities, design firms, engineering firms, research institutions, hospitals, physical therapy offices and e-commerce firms.

Vicki represents employers and individuals in the preparation of non-immigrant petitions and applications including H-1Bs, L-1s, O-1s, E-1s, and E-2s. In the immigrant context, in addition to working on complex PERM applications, Vicki represents employers and individual artists in many fields, and scientific researchers in the preparation of EB-1 petitions. She also represents clients eligible for national interest waivers. Further, she works with foreign nationals being petitioned for by their employers advising them regarding the immigration process and regarding the preparation of the documentation required on their behalf.

Vicki is also a frequent resource to the other attorneys in the firm about family and other non-business immigration matters. She has spoken at AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) meetings and conferences and has served on several AILA committees. Vicki currently serves on the Distance Learning Committee of AILA and on New York AILA’s Labor Department Committee. She also is the Secretary of New York AILA’s Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee.

Vicki’s interest in immigration law grew out of her advocacy work in the 1970s and 1980s for people in the former Soviet Union who were denied permission to leave the country. After traveling to communist Russia on two occasions, she lectured frequently at universities and civic organizations. Even after many years working in the immigration field, Vicki continues to enjoy her work immensely because of the challenge and excitement of helping people start new lives.

Fran Berger

  • Fran Berger

Frances C. Berger (or Fran) has been engaged in the practice immigration and nationality law for more than thirty-five years, with a primary focus on corporate and business immigration. During her distinguished career, Fran has represented a wide range of employers, including academic institutions, hospitals, research facilities, financial organizations and firms, and information technology and software development companies, among many others.

Fran has assisted employers and individuals in obtaining a broad range of non-immigrant classifications through USCIS and the Department of State, such as visitors for business or pleasure, professionals in various fields, intra-company transferees, and treaty traders and investors. Her experience has included extraordinary and exceptional ability filings and national interest waiver petitions, including cases exempt from the testing of the US labor market, as well as labor certifications and Perm applications.

Over the course of her career, Fran has established a distinguished reputation in the field of immigration law, receiving numerous awards and accolades from various organizations, including Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, among others. She has been an active member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) for many years, serving on and chairing several liaison committees and planning committees for various conferences and other events. She previously chaired AILA’s Department of Labor Liaison Committees, at both the local and national levels, and remains an invaluable resource to those committees as a result of her extensive knowledge of and experience with labor certifications and Perm applications. Fran has also served on AILA’s Board of Governors and as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. She earned her law degree from the University of Buffalo School of Law.

Wayne S. Massey

  • Wayne S. Massey

Wayne S. Massey joined The Masliah Firm after earning an LL.M in International Law and Justice from the Fordham University School of Law in 2012.  His practice encompasses a broad range of immigration matters, including representation of clients seeking family and employment-based benefits, temporary visas, citizenship, asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief, and relief from removal or deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Wayne frequently represents clients facing complex immigration issues, including prior criminal charges or convictions, immigration fraud or unlawful entry, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, prior orders of removal or deportation, and relief from administrative deportation procedures, such as reinstatement of removal and removal as a visa waiver overstay.

Wayne is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the affiliated NYC Chapter.  He has served on the EOIR/OPLA/Asylum Liaison Committee for the NYC Chapter since 2014 and previously served on the Asylum and Refugee Liaison Committee for AILA National.

Prior to attending Fordham University School of Law, Wayne earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he served on the staff of the Public Contract Law Journal.  He also interned with the National Security Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, working closely with and training immigration officers responsible for disrupting and dismantling human trafficking networks.  Wayne also attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, where he double-majored in Mathematics and English.

Aaliya Zaveri

  • Aaliya Zaveri

Aaliya Zaveri was born in India, raised in Hong Kong, and has since lived in Edinburgh, Mumbai, and New York.  Prior to joining The Masliah Firm, Aaliya earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law and practiced securities litigation at a corporate law firm in New York, NY.  Aaliya also worked for a human rights commission and grassroots anti-violence organization in India before attending law school.

A recent immigrant to the United States herself, Aaliya is passionate about helping her clients become the architects of their own destinies.

Zoila Camargo

Zoila Camargo has been the office manager of The Masliah Firm since 2010, assisting attorneys with office accounting, case management, and client services in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the office.  Prior to joining The Masliah Firm, Zoila held positions as a paralegal at a large corporate immigration practice and an Immigration Program Advisor at the University of Arizona.  She graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.