All of the attorneys at NELSON | SMITH, LLP are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the preeminent immigration lawyers association in the United States.  All of our attorneys are licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Oregon and have experience representing clients before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Our attorneys are also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Partner Philip Smith is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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Philip Smith
Philip SmithPartner
As an immigration attorney, Philip advises clients on all aspects of U.S. immigration and naturalization law, and he represents them in proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Immigration Courts and U.S. Embassies, abroad. In addition, Philip litigates complex immigration-related matters in federal court.
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Nicole Nelson
Nicole NelsonPartner
Nicole is a partner with NELSON | SMITH, LLP in Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawai’i. Nicole represents individuals and employers in all areas of immigration law, including family and business-based immigration and federal court litigation. Nicole’s practice also includes asylum, U visas (victims of crimes), citizenship and deportation defense.
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John Dooney
John DooneyAttorney
John has worked with clients on family and business immigration matters including family based petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status applications, fiancée visas, Naturalizations, DACA, VAWA, U-Visas as well as business visas. John is also excited to focus on post-DOMA immigration advocacy for same sex couples.
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Nicholas Costas
Nicholas CostasAttorney
Nicholas represents those individuals needing assistance with Family-Based petitions and applications for Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Fiancée Visas, Naturalization, U visas for victims of crime, VAWA, and Employment options, including: EB 5, Treaty Traders and Investors, H-1B visas, Entertainers (Television and Film), Artists and Athletes, E, O and P visas.
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Meghan Dooney
Meghan DooneyLegal Assistant
Meghan’s work with immigrants began when she was a high school student at St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland. After school, Meghan volunteered at Immigration Counseling Service. Later, her volunteer work turned into a full-time position as an office assistant.
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Jackie Alvarado
Jackie AlvaradoLegal Assistant
Jacqueline Alvarado began working for NELSON | SMITH, LLP in 2009 when she was a junior in high school at St. Mary’s Academy. Jackie is currently a student at Portland State University. She plans to go to law school and practice immigration law in the near future.
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