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 and began his law career as an in-house counsel for metropolitan transport company in Buenos Aires in the ares of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Purves has practiced immigration law since 2007 and joined the practice of his now partner Christopher Kerosky soon after. In 2011, Wilson became a partner at Kerosky Purves & Bogue LLP and currently co-manages our San Francisco, Napa, Sacramento, Walnut Creek and San Jose offices. Since 2009, Wilson Purves is an attorney advisor for the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco. Most recently, Wilson Purves has been appointed by the Government of El Salvador to organize weekly legal clinics at their San Francisco Consulate. Wilson is fluent in Spanish and is a regular contributor to Univision, AM1010, AM990, and AM1370.
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 is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP and 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. Higuera 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. Higuera practiced law for a non-profit organization specializing in providing representation to San Francisco residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or mental illness. Ms. Higuera is admitted to practice law in California and is fluent in English and Spanish.
David Melik Telfer is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP. and 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.
Ney Montenegro is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP. He was born in Ecuador and migrated to the United States at a young age. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School of San Jose. During law school, Mr. Montenegro received Academic Excellence Awards in Criminal Law and Moot Court (Best Oral Argument). After his first year in law school, the Dean invited him to participate in the Lincoln Law Review as an Assistant Editor and he later became the Assistant Editor-in-Chief. He also participated in the Lincoln Intellectual Property Clinic and received limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in Trademark matters. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Montenegro served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Socrates Manoukian, a law clerk in the felony team at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office, and 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 around the Bay Area. Mr. Montenegro is admitted to practice law in California and he is fluent in English and Spanish.
Livia Santoro is an Associate Attorney at Kerosky, Purves & Bogue LLP. She was born and raised in Italy, where she received her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Rome. Before moving to the United States, Livia worked many years in Rome as an attorney at a law firm specializing in asylum and immigration law, as legal consultant of the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) and as legal trainer for the non-profit organization Save the Children. Livia also interned at the Italian Embassy in Honduras, and obtained the recognition of her J.D. from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Livia obtained her Master degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, with specialization in International Law and Human Rights. During her master, she participated in the Refugee & Human Rights Clinic and volunteered at Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), and at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining KPB, Livia was an attorney project with the NGO European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL), providing pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers in Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece. She is admitted to practice law in New York, Italy and Spain. She is a native Italian speaker, fluent in English and Spanish and has a good knowledge of Portuguese.
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.
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 Quintanar is a Legal Translator/Interpreter with Kerosky, Purves and Bogue at our Santa Rosa and Ukiah offices. Rafael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in El Salvador. Before moving to the United States he worked for a Citibank branch specialized in Pension/Retirement 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 a native Spanish speaker and fluent in 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.
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.
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.
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.
Rafaela Costa Candia
Rafaela Costa Candia is a Legal Translator/Interpreter with Kerosky Purves & Bogue at our Walnut Creek Office. She is an accredited attorney of Brazil’s Bar Association. She graduated with highest honors and earned a Paralegal Certificate from ABA-approved San Francisco State University Paralegal Studies program. Recently, she earned an LL.M. degree with a certificate of specialization in International Law from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. During her time at Berkeley Law, Rafaela joined two Immigration related Student-Initiated Legal Services Projects, where she performed pro bono duties as a legal translator/interpreter. Rafaela wishes to pursue a career as an Immigration/International Law attorney. She is a native Portuguese speaker, fluent in English and conversant Spanish.