Attorneys of Cella & Associates, LLC 

Joseph G. Cella, Esq.- Cella and Associates, LLC - Immigration Attorneys Joseph G. Cella, Esq.

Joseph G. Cella, Esq., has been professionally involved in Immigration Law since 1989, practicing as an Immigration Attorney since 1993. Prior to that, Mr. Cella received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from William Paterson College. He was then awarded a merit-based scholarship from The New York Law School, from which he earned his Juris Doctor Degree in 1992. Mr. Cella’s Immigration Cases have been the subject of articles in many publications including The Herald News, and he has been published in the New Jersey Law Journal, and The National. Mr. Cella has given numerous lectures on different topics within the area of Immigration Law, and has taught various political and legal courses at New Jersey’s William Paterson University, including a Masters Degree Course in Political Asylum and International Human Rights Law.

IMG_2276Katarina Long, Esq.

Katarina Long, Esq., received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law with a concentration in immigration and international law. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in special education and psychology from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Katarina joined Cella & Associates, LLC, in early 2017 after practicing immigration and nationality law in the Boston area for five years. She has successfully represented hundreds of immigrants before immigration courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Board of Immigration Appeals, embassies and consulates abroad, and state and federal district courts. Katarina specializes in complex USCIS matters; waiver inadmissibility requests; humanitarian petitions such as affirmative asylum, VAWA, surrender, U visa and deferred action; removal defenses such as defensive asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status and prosecutorial discretion requests; post-removal remedies and motion practice. Being an immigrant herself, Katarina understands the agony of geographically dislocated family members and the challenges of starting a new life in the United States firsthand. This personal experience has made her a compassionate and dedicated lawyer who is willing to take the extra step in finding solutions for her clients’ problems. In her limited spare time, Katarina enjoys yoga and exploring new places and cultures with her husband, Nicholas.

IMG_8249Astrid Silvia E. Lopez, Esq..

Astrid Silvia E. Lopez, Esq., received her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law (STU) in Miami Gardens, cum laude and was also a Board member of the STU Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. Astrid holds a Master degree of Public Administration and Bachelor’s with concentration in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Astrid worked in the legal field first as a paralegal for many years before becoming admitted to practice State law in Florida and Federal Law through U.S. She has been exposed to a myriad of local state and and federal civil motion practice, real estate transactions, business formations, and immigration. Astrid relocated to New Jersey in 2016 after interning at The Legal Aid Society in New York where she assisted with servicing detained and non detained immigration clients.  Being a descendant of immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, Astrid intimately relates to and personally understands the socio-economic and cultural moral concerns for foreign people desiring to obtain legal status in the United States. Astrid looks for creative solutions to assure that clients understand their rights and unique circumstances through the U.S. immigration process. Astrid enjoys reading and gaining knowledge in the immigration field and navigating human right challenges on an international level. In late 2018, she joined Cella & Associates, LLC and is focused on resolving complex immigration matters.

Jai-Hong ParkJai-Hong Park, Esq.

Of counsel to Cella & Associates, Mr. Jai-Hong Park, is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Fluent in Korean and English, Mr. Park received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and then simultaneously pursued his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden while earning his Master of Business Administration with Accounting and Finance Concentrations from Carnegie Mellon University – The Tepper School of Business. From there, he went on to finish his Master of Laws in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Park has experience working in Business Immigration Law including Non-Immigrant cases (i.e., H-1B, H-3, E-2, L-1, O-1, B-1/B-2, etc.) and Immigrant, “Green Card”, cases (PERM, NIW, EB1) and has represented both professional individual and corporate clients. In addition, Mr. Park’s other experience includes general litigation, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, personal injury, taxation, wills and estate planning.

Yelena SverdlovaYelena Sverdlova, Esq.

Of counsel to Cella & Associates, Ms. Yelena Sverdlova, is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Florida. Yelena Sverdlova, Esq. has a true passion for the law and has obtained extensive experience in many facets of business law including, but not limited to: business start-ups, business agreements, purchase and sales, general business counsel, and asset protection. She provides legal representation in the areas of estate planning, business planning and transactions, probate administration, guardianship and real estate law. Ms. Sverdlova takes every effort to go above and beyond for her clients and provide legal services that her clients feel comfortable and satisfied with. Further, Ms. Sverdlova has been a professor of law at Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, Florida, since 2015 teaching courses in contract law and real estate law. She is also admitted into the United States Tax Court to compliment her legal experience.

Yulia Markova, Esq.- Legal AnalystIMG_4624

Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English, Yulia Markova, Esq., received her LL.M. in comparative law studies from Cornell Law School and her Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Markova is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. Prior to joining Cella & Associates, LLC, Ms. Markova worked on international and domestic transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, secured lending and provided general corporate advice. She also has experience in business immigration law. Ms. Markova, holds her Bachelor of Jurisprudence degree from Moscow State University of International Relations. At Cella & Associates Ms. Markova reviews and analyzes foreign corporate structures and transactional documents with regard to obtaining employment and investment based visas, such as EB-1C, E2, EB-5, O-1A, L-1 visas, to assure compliance with US immigration law. Additionally, Ms. Markova researches business law of Eastern European Civil Law Countries, comparing and contrasting them with US business law.

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