Philip is a founding partner of NELSON | SMITH, LLP in Portland, Oregon. Philip represents individuals from around the world in all areas of U.S. immigration law, including family and employment-based immigration, E, L, H, PERM and National Interest Waiver applications. Philip regularly assists clients with asylum, removal defense and federal court litigation. Philip’s practice also includes U visas (victims of crimes), naturalization, citizenship and appeals of USCIS and Immigration Court decisions. Philip is regularly invited to speak at regional and national immigration conferences. Philip mentors newly licensed Oregon attorneys. He is the former Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Mr. Smith is a past recipient of the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Award.
Nicole is a founding partner with NELSON | SMITH, LLP in Portland, Oregon. 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. She also advises criminal defense attorneys about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Nicole is fluent in Spanish. Nicole has been invited to speak at regional and national immigration conferences. She is the former Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a mentor for AILA National on Temporary Protected Status and Expedited Removal issues. She is also the 2019 Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Award recipient.
Nicholas is a partner at NELSON | SMITH, LLP, in Portland, Oregon. Nicholas’ practice involves removal defense and 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: Investors, H-1B visas, Entertainers (Television and Film), Artists and Athletes, E, O and P visas. Nicholas speaks Spanish and is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Hawai’i. Nicholas is the current Chair of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) for the Oregon Chapter 2019/2020.
John has worked for NELSON | SMITH, LLP since 2006. John began practicing immigration law in 2010. Since then, 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. John is the current AILA Oregon Liaison for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
At NELSON | SMITH, we are happy to hear from you and to help you meet your immigration objectives. We normally begin the process with an initial consultation. The initial consultation gives you an opportunity to meet with one of our attorneys, explain your own personal circumstances and to ask any questions that you might have about the immigration process or what visa options might be available to you