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Elena-Kareneva-ResumeOur Firm’s Founder and lead immigration attorney ELENA MARIA LEIALANI KARENEVA is a Member of the National American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. ELENA MARIA LEIALANI KARENEVA received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1992 and Master’s degree in History in 1994 from Midwestern State University in Texas and in 1997 she graduated cum laude from Texas Tech School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. She is fluent in Bulgarian, Spanish, Russian, French and Italian.

Ms. ELENA MARIA LEIALANI KARENEVA began her immigration legal practice in 1997 when she joined the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in Dallas, Texas.  Later she became part of the business immigration law practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP in Dallas, Texas with an emphasis on corporate and business immigration transactions.  And last but not least, she continued her immigration experience with Jackson Walker in Dallas, Texas prior to opening her own law firm in 2003.  

EDUCATION:

Texas Tech School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1997, cum laude with emphasis on United States Immigration Law and Policies.
Midwestern State University, M.A. 1994, B.A. 1992, summa cum laude.
University of Sofia School of Law, L.L.M., Bulgaria, Europe, 1989, cum laude.    

RESPONSIBILITIES AND REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

Kareneva Law Firm, PLLC, Senior Attorney
1314 East Belt Line Road, Carrollton, Texas 08/2003-present    

KARENEVA LAW FIRM is a provider of immigration legal services in the Denton and Dallas areas of the State of Texas and has expertise to advice clients on a broad array of business immigration issues including:

- Labor certification, H-1B and H-2B temporary work visa processing
- Adjustment of status/permanent residence processing
- Business, professional, investor and religious worker visa processing
- Deportation and removal proceedings before Immigration Court,
- Employment and corporate immigration matters
- Family visa matters, including marriage and fiancé visas
- Overseas consular processing,
- U.S. naturalization proceedings and derivative US citizenship.

KARENEVA LAW FIRM can provide advice to employers regarding various issues confronting visa holders including hiring policies, corporate compliance, employer sanctions, on-site audits, and mentoring the client’s staff regarding employment verification forms.

KARENEVA LAW FIRM is currently offering services to nationals from over 36 countries from around the world, with the main emphasis on Latin America (Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Honduras, Argentina, and Brazil), Eastern and Western Europe (Germany, France, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania) and Asia (South Korea, China and Vietnam).  

A LITTLE ABOUT US…

  1. Our goal is to provide to our clients an efficient and responsive counsel throughout all steps in the process. In providing the highest quality representation in all U.S immigration related manners, our Firm strives to serve the clients with quality, attention and care, three of the most important qualities an immigration lawyer can possess.  
  2. Having counseled international clients in immigration-related matters for the past 8 (eight) years, our Firm’s Founder and Manager ELENA MARIA LEIALANI KARENEVA is attentive to the type of service an immigration law client needs and has the experience and insight to help clients achieve the result they are seeking.
  3. Carefully supervising the progress of clients’ cases and constantly appraising them of any important developments are keys to our immigration practice.  No case is small or of lesser importance to us:  all clients are treated with respect and their cases our our top priority.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY…

At our Firm we take pride of helping the less fortunate members of our Hispanic community as well as eighteen Hispanic churches in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Among the organizations we help with immigration advice are the Mexican Consulate in Dallas; the victims of domestic violence at the Collin County Child Abuse Center in Plano; the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise County (C.A.S.A.) in Decatur, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Parish in Ennis; Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Denton; St. James Catholic Parish in Dallas; Saint Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell; Holy Cross Catholic Parish in Dallas;  Nuestra Señora del Pilar Catholic Parish in Dallas; St. Stephen Catholic Parish in Weatherford; St. Edwards Catholic Parish in Dallas; Holy Cross Catholic Parish in the Colony and the Corpus Christi Catholic Parish in Ferris.

Jackson Walker, L.L.P. Dallas, Texas (02/11/2001-07/02) Business and Family Immigration Law Practice.  Technology Transactions. Small Business Development and Administration. Intellectual Property Contract Negotiation. Corporate  Mergers and Acquisitions Practice.  Drafting and Negotiations of Patent and License Agreements, Merger Agreements, Asset Purchase Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Oil and Gas Master Agreements and Operating Agreements.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP Dallas, Texas (06/99-02/11/2001) Business Law Practice.  Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Technology Transactions. Drafting and Negotiations of Confidentiality Agreements with Start-up Companies for Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, 21st Century Group, L.L.C, ClientLogic and for Wingate Partners.

Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, LLP Dallas, Texas (1997-1999) Small Business and Real Estate Corporate Finance Transactions Practice. Business Immigration Law Practice. Clients: Greyhound Bus, Newsbridge, Inc., TWG, Inc., Robert J. Wright, Jonathan Bailey Associates International, Coastal Transport Company, Inc., Smith Alarms Holdings, Tony & Guy USA, Inc.

FREE IMMIGRATION CONSULTATIONS FOR THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN THE DALLAS – FORT WORTH AREA:

- Participation with immigration sessions and pro bono consultations at Parent Conferences in the Carrollton/Farmers Branch I.S.D., frequent high school graduation speaker
- Collin County Child Abuse Center, Plano, Texas:  Immigration Legal Assistance with Victims of Trafficking and Domestic Violence  
- Frequent speaker on immigration topics at the Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex (SAM)
- Frequent speaker on immigration topics at the Concrete and Plaster Subcontractors’s Meeting
- Frequent speaker on immigration topics at the Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex (SAM)
- Speaker at the Annual 2009 Meeting of the Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association
- Immigration consultations offered at St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell, Texas every first Sunday of the month;
- Regular immigration consultations offered at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, St. Juan Diego Catholic Church, at St. Monica Catholic Church and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND ASSOCIATIONS:

Attorney and Counselor At Law, State Bar of Texas (1997).  
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2003).
Member of Texas Immigration Attorneys Chapter of AILA (2003)
Admitted to United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2004).
Member of Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006)
Member of International Business Committee with Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006)
Business and Family Mediation, Business Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Conflict, Advanced Communication & Mediation Ethics (1997).
State Bar of Texas (Business Law Section, Immigration NAFTA Law Section, Family Law Section); Denton County Bar Association (1997).

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

Appearances on Spanish T.V. channels of Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura and on Clear Channel 97.1 FM “La Preciosa”  Radio Station.

“Hot Immigration Topics for Small Business” presented before the Subcontractors Association of the Metroplex, June 2004 and February 2007.

“Child Status Protection Act and its Consequences to Minor Children of Illegal Aliens” Presentation before C.A.S.A. the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise County, Decatur, Texas, October 2004.

“Plea Bargains & Resident Aliens” Presentation before the Denton County Bar Association, Lewisville, Texas, May 2004.

“Employer Sanctions and Immigration Employment Issues” Presentation before the National Association of Women in Construction, Fort Worth, 2003

“Mail-Order Brides and Green Card Issues: When Immigration Law Meets Family Law” Presentation before the Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section, September 30, 2003

“Hot Immigration Topics for Business Owners” Presentation before the Subcontractors’ Metroplex Association, Dallas, August 2003.

Participation in the BCIS Workshop held by the Headquarters Adjudications and Immigration Services Divisions of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the BCIS Central Regional Adjudications Office, September 17, 2003, Grapevine, Texas

Immigration Seminars on New Immigration Policies and Laws at St. Ann Catholic Parish, August-September, 2003 and in the Brazilian Assembly of God Church, September 2003.

Master's Thesis "Repressive Policies Against Soviet Dissent in the Post-Stalin Era 19641972", 1994.

International Law Presentation "From the Gulags to the Psychiatric Clinics: Changes in the Pattern of Incarceration of Soviet Dissidents from the 1960s to the 1980s”, New Orleans 1993.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

University of North Texas, College of Business Administration, 2002/03
Adjunct Professor of Business Law.
Texas Woman’s University, Department of Business and Management, 2002/03 Adjunct Professor in the Executive MBA Program of Negotiations and Contracts, Family Law, History of Eastern Europe, World Civilization, and American History.
Midwestern State University, Department of History (since 1997) 
Visiting Professor on Politics of Eastern Europe; Constitutional Law; and Early American History