Carmen Casado has been practicing U.S. immigration law since 2004. Over the years she has assisted numerous world renowned athletes, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and scientists to obtain immigration status based on their extraordinary abilities. She has also worked with many start-up technology companies to onboard staff, and has experience litigating before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Carmen graduated from California Western School of Law magna cum laude with a full-ride (100% tuition) scholarship. There she served as Associate Editor of the CWSL International Law Journal, and a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Team. She has authored and published several articles including one that was excerpted in International Law and World Order Thompson and West 4th Ed. Carmen is admitted to practice law in California and New York States. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and California Lawyers for the Arts. She has lived in the United States, Spain, the Dominican Republic and Chile, and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is the daughter of a Spanish immigrant and holds dual citizenship with Spain.
Education: B.A. Lewis and Clark College & J.D., magna cum laude, California Western School of Law
Brandon McNamee began his legal work with immigrants more than 10 years ago. Since that time his law practice has grown to include business law and attorney management. Brandon took his J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and completed his B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, after studying both there and at Oxford University. Brandon is admitted to practice law in Oregon and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has trained as a violinist, pianist, and vocalist, has written essays on a variety of topics at the intersection of social justice and international law, and worked in the legal technology sector for five years before joining Casado Law.
Education: B.A. Sarah Lawrence College & J.D. Lewis & Clark Law School
Carrie Lind has worked for Casado Law as a Legal Assistant and Case Manager since 2014. She has prior experience as a social worker, and brings the skills she developed in that field to Casado Law in working to help our clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has lived in the United States, Italy, and France, and traveled extensively throughout the rest of Europe.
Education: B.A. Lewis and Clark College
Melkamu Tolera began his law career as a professor teaching Human Rights Law and Refugee and Asylum Law at the School of Law of Bahir Dar University – Ethiopia from 2009 to 2017. He has also served as a Director of Bahir Dar University Free Legal Aid Center and as an Editorial Committee member of Bahir Dar University Journal of Law. Melkamu has authored a book on the Common African Defense and Security Policy and published an article on the Absence of Derogation Clause under the African Charter. In 2012 Melkamu won a full scholarship (Eric Bluemink Talent Grant) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he received his Master of Laws (LLM). Previously, he received his Bachelor of Laws from Bahir Dar University with distinction, and he also holds a Master of Arts in Peace and Security Studies from Addis Ababa University, with distinction. Melkamu has lived in Ethiopia and the Netherlands and traveled in Germany and Belgium. Melkamu is a recent immigrant to the United States and is fluent in English, Amharic, and Afan Oromo.
Education: LL.M. University of Groningen, M.A. Addis Ababa University, LL.B. Bahir Dar University School of Law