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           IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS

 

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Colleen Marie DiSanto earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she concentrated in  Immigration Law and participated in the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES).
Ms. DiSanto has been a Member of AILA since 2005, serving on various local and national committees, and served as the Chair and Past-Chair of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona from 2005 through 2008.


Ms. DiSanto exclusively practices Employment-Based Immigration Law, with extensive experience representing engineers and engineering firms.    

Ms. DiSanto has been awarded an AV Preeminent® rating by the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory, an authoritative resource on the worldwide legal profession for over 140 years. An AV Preeminent® certification mark is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards issued by Martindale-Hubbell® - a testament to the fact that Ms. DiSanto's peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence as an excellent rated attorney. DiSanto & DiSanto, PLC was selected for 2019 Best of Scottsdale Award in the field of Immigration and Naturalization Law, and selected as one of the Best Immigration Lawyers in Phoenix by Expertise: Best Immigration Lawyers in 2022 & 2023. DiSanto & DiSanto, PLC was also selected as one of the Best Immigration Law Firms in Ranking Arizona in 2021, 2022, and 2023, one of the largest business opinion polls in Arizona.

Admissions:
Arizona, 2001
U.S District Court, District of Arizona, 2001
 
Seminars/Articles:
“Employer/Employee & Family Conflicts of Interest”, Arizona State Bar, March 2006
“Models and Styles of Lawyering”, Arizona State Bar, June 2006;
“Alien Trafficking and Human Smuggling Offenses”, Arizona State Bar Convention, Seminar Co-Chair,
June 2006;
“Fundamentals of Immigration Law”, Arizona State Bar Convention, Seminar Co-Chair, June 2007;
“Immigration Update/Local Procedural Tricks of the Trade”, Arizona State Bar, June 2007;
“Office Start-Up and Business Development from an Immigration Perspective”, Arizona State Bar, May 2010;

"Fundamentals of Employment-Based Immigration Law", NMD of Arizona AILA Chapter, January 2021
"Overview of Employment-Based Immigration Law", Lawyers in Limine, March 2022
"HELP WANTED: Sensible Immigration Options for U.S. Employers", International In-House Counsel Journal, July 2022: https://www.iicj.net/library/searchresult?ptype=month&pval=july%202022

“Strategic Initiative for Migrants and Refugees: Immigration 101,” Villanova University, March 2023
 
Memberships:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2005-Present
AILA Arizona Chapter, Executive Council, Treasurer, 2023-Present
AILA Arizona Chapter, Executive Council, Secretary, 2022-2023
AILA National Committee, Member Engagement Committee (2021-Present)
AILA NMD Steering Committee, 2020-2021
AILA Arizona Chapter, Social Security Liaison, 2023-Present
AILA Arizona Chapter, MVD Liaison, 2019-Present
AILA Arizona Chapter, New Member Liaison, 2019-2022
State Bar of Arizona, Immigration Section, 2004-Present
State Bar of Arizona, Immigration Section Chair, 2006-2007
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Andrew J. DiSanto serves as Of Counsel at DiSanto & DiSanto. Mr. DiSanto earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and received the 2001 Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition Award.
 
Mr. DiSanto is a member of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona and served as the Secretary of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona from 2006 through 2008.Mr. DiSanto focuses his practice in Family-Based Immigration Law.

Admissions:
Arizona, 2001
U.S District Court, District of Arizona, 2001

Seminars/Articles/Appearances:
“Employment-Based Immigration”, Communities in Schools of Arizona, February 2006
“Employer/Employee & Family Conflicts of Interest”, Arizona State Bar, March 2006
“Fundamentals of Immigration Law”, Arizona State Bar Convention, June 2007
“Immigration Update/Local Procedural Tricks of the Trade”, Arizona State Bar, June 2007
“Navigating the Immigration Maze: Employment-Based Visa Options for Employers”, Phoenix
Construction Expo, April 2008
“Office Start-Up & Business Development from an Immigration Perspective”, Arizona State
Bar, May 2010
“In Spite of the Limited Immigration Options for Immigrant Investors and Entrepreneurs:
Promoting Economic Growth through Foreign Investment”, NALA, Facts & Findings Magazine,
July 2013
Appearance on Channel 12, KPNX, NBC-affiliated television station serving Phoenix, Arizona,
"Arizona woman's new driver's license revoked days after being issued", July 2018
“Immigration Law Basics for Non-Immigration Law Attorneys”, Scottsdale Bar Association,
July 2019

Memberships:
State Bar of Arizona, Immigration Section
Mala Bajpai serves as Of Counsel at DiSanto & DiSanto is an experienced immigration lawyer practicing in Arizona and serving clients throughout the US assisting with employment and family-based immigration such as H1B visas, PERM, E-3 Australians, TN Visas, Adjustment of Status, Naturalizations and I-9 compliance.  She has experience doing employment based and family-based visas and interviews, as well as appearing in immigration court.

Ms. Bajpai was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.S. in International Business, B.A. in Political Science and a Juris Doctor of Law, studying abroad in London and Germany. She interned as a speechwriter at the United Nations in the Office of the Secretary General Kofi Annan, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl and did asylum work at the Human Rights Project. Following law school, she worked as an Associate Attorney and at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore in Los Angeles doing public sector employment law. She defended and advised California police departments, school districts and community colleges in litigation, administrative hearings, advisory opinions, trainings and immigration matters such as I-9 compliance and visa sponsorship.

Admissions:
California, 2003 (Practice Outside of California Limited to Immigration Law)

U.S. District Court- Central District of California

 

Memberships:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

AILA Wellness Committee, Co-Chair

South Asian Bar Association of North America- Immigration Co-Chair

South Asian Bar Association of Arizona- Board Member

Indian American Cultural and Religious Foundation of Arizona- Board of Directors

National Charity League, Assistant Grade Level Advisor, Class of 2026

Yalda Hajavi serves as Of Counsel at DiSanto & DiSanto and focuses her practice on obtaining employment-based immigrant visas for highly skilled individuals, including extraordinary ability visas (EB-1As), National Interest Waivers (NIWs), and extraordinary ability or achievement visas (O-1s). Ms. Hajavi also works on waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J visa holders, H-1B petitions, and works with individuals and employers applying for the Permanent Labor Certification Process (PERM).

Ms. Hajavi began her career in law working in the trial department of the Philadelphia Office of Duane Morris LLP, where she also conducted substantial pro bono asylum work. She has also served as an associate attorney at Haynes Novick Kohn Immigration, where she worked substantially on employment-based immigration matters, and as an associate immigration attorney at Taghavi Immigration Law.  

Ms. Hajavi has extensive experience working with individuals and employers applying for the Permanent Labor Certification Process (PERM), as well as working with individuals in obtaining waivers of the two-year home residency requirement for J visa holders, naturalization and citizenship, family-and marriage-based green cards and affirmative asylum.

Ms. Hajavi migrated to the United States from Iran with her family when she was eight years old. Her experience as an immigrant allows her to connect with clients and better serve each client’s needs because she not only understands the law, but she also understands what it means to be an immigrant.

Ms. Hajavi received her law degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (2019) and her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University (2016).

Admissions:

Pennsylvania, 2020

District of Columbia, 2022

Memberships:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Philadelphia Chapter, Chair

Villanova Law Women’s Network, Board member

Iranian American Bar Association

Languages:

English (fluent)

Farsi (fluent)

Italian (conversational)

 Presentations/Speaking Engagements:

“Strategic Initiative for Migrants and Refugees: Immigration 101,” Villanova University (2023).

“Asylum Law: Applications, Current Trends, and Best Practices,” TRT CLE (2023). 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

Bonnie J. O'Day earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maryland and possesses over 30 years of experience in case/project management, marketing and communications. She serves as DiSanto & DiSanto, PLC's Office Manager.

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