Joseph P. Curran, Esq.
Joseph Curran has been exclusively involved in the practice of immigration and nationality law since 1985, with experience representing clients in all aspects of this area of law. He has served as counsel to numerous individuals, major corporations, universities, and research institutions, specializing in immigration issues impacting on business and family-based sponsorship in the New England area. Mr. Curran currently serves on the Massachusetts Bar Association Bar's Immigration Law Section, as well as chairing the MBA's Immigration Essentials Program. Mr. Curran is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Labor and Employment Substantive Law Committee, and AILA’s Healthcare Committee.
He has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1985, and frequently lectures on immigration law to business groups, health care facilities, and academic institutions in the New England area. As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Health Care Professional / Physician Committee, Attorney Curran works closely with U.S. Congressmen and US Senators regarding legislative and regulatory policy, and works to address the needs of international healthcare workers. Mr. Curran recently edited the “Nurse Immigration Book”, the comprehensive authority on nurse immigration.
In addition, Mr. Curran regularly volunteers his time to support the immigration assistance programs of charitable organizations in the community. He has been featured in major newspapers in the Western Massachusetts area for his efforts in the field of immigration law.
After graduating from the State University of New York, Mr. Curran completed his Juris Doctor at Western New England School of Law. Prior to entering the field of immigration, he worked on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, writing speeches, drafting legislation and conducting research on Constitutional Law and Civil Rights legislation.
Dan H. Berger, Esq.
Dan Berger is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and nonprofits on immigration issues. He won the 1995 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual writing competition for an article on INS policies toward international adoptions. Mr. Berger has also been a Senior Editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook since 2000, was an Author/Editor of the revised National Association of Foreign Student Advisers' Manual (2000), Editor-in-Chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researcher (2005 and now the new edition 2011), and the Editor of the International Adoption Sourcebook. He currently is Vice Chair of the AILA Healthcare Committee and a member of the AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, having previously served in many liaison positions. Mr. Berger developed his interest in immigration in college, where he studied immigration history and taught English as a Second Language for adult refugees. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School.
Megan E. Kludt, Esq.
Megan Kludt specializes in complex immigration cases in the areas of business, academia, scientific research, and the arts. She also is an expert in client representation at USCIS interveiws and in the Immigration Courts in Boston and Hartford. She has given presentations at academic institutions and spoken at local panels, and has co-authored an article on federal litigation in the context of DOL labor certification. Ms. Kludt manages Curran & Berger's satellite location in Cambridge, MA.
Ms. Kludt holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of International Relations from Boston University, and a JD with an international concentration from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the state bars of Massachusetts, Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the state of Massachusetts. Ms. Kludt is fluent in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
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Thao Pho, Senior Paralegal
Thao Pho graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in American Studies and a specialization in Race Relations and Immigration. She received several scholarships to attend Smith including the NYNEX Diversity Scholarship based on her desire to utilize her liberal arts degree to assist with family reunification. Thao herself has experienced the challenges of resettlement, language and culture acquisition first-hand, having entered the U.S. at the age of two as a refugee from Vietnam after living in Hong Kong. She brings her unique perspective to her work helping others navigate through the complex immigration system. She has helped hundreds of immigrants obtain permanent residence and become citizens of the U.S. She now specializes in PERM labor certification, Conrad waivers and National Interest Waiver applications for physicians.
Emily Hindle, Senior Paralegal
Emily Hindle is a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, MA, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in English. She has also completed the Paralegal Program at Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies in Boston, MA. At Curran & Berger LLP, Emily specializes in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and has a strong background in investment visas. A native of New England, Emily relocated to Northampton to join our law office.
Kelsey Camire, Senior Paralegal
Kelsey Camire has a MA in Medieval Spanish Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in Contemporary Spanish Literature from Smith College. She spent a year studying and living in Cordoba, Spain, where she worked on translating poetry and fiction. In addition to her work at Curran & Berger LLP, where she specializes in family cases and visas for scientists and researchers, Kelsey teaches classes in Spanish language.
Massiell Tercero-Parker, Senior Paralegal
Massiell Tercero-Parker graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in History with a concentration in Latin American, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Massiell spent a year abroad studying in Cordoba, Spain. Massiell was born in Managua, Nicaragua and moved to the East Coast in 1998. As a paralegal, Massiell specializes in permanent resident applications for families.
Heather Teed, Paralegal
Heather Teed has a M.M. in Clarinet Performance from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University. She is an active clarinet instructor in the Northampton area. As a paralegal, Heather specializes in permanent residence applications for artists and scholars.
Jen Larese, Paralegal
Jen Larese graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Spanish, having also studied Latin American and Middle Eastern politics. She spent a brief time in Turkey where she researched religion and politics, and spent her junior year abroad in Córdoba, Spain. As a paralegal, Jen specializes in asylum and permanent resident applications for artists, athletes, and researchers.
Jamie Manning, Paralegal
Jamie Manning graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. She joined our firm in 2009. Jamie specializes in permanent resident applications for families.
Corinna Lopez, Paralegal
Corinna Lopez graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies. A native of Western Massachusetts, she has experience working with minority communities in the Greater Springfield Area, as well as outreach to the Navajo reservation in the Southwestern United States. As a paralegal, Corinna specializes in permanent residence applications for families.
Sarah Walden, Paralegal
Sarah Walden graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B. A. in Ancient Studies and a minor in Philosophy. She is pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and hopes to complete the Archives Concentration. As a paralegal, Sarah specializes in PERM labor certification.
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Meaghan Hall, Paralegal
Meaghan graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor's in Biology. She specializes in PERM labor certification and permanent residence applications for scientists and scholars.
Hannah Oldenburg, Paralegal
Hannah Oldenburg graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology. Hannah specializes in PERM labor certifications and employment-based nonimmigrant visas.
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Emily Ferron, Immigration Specialist
Emily Ferron graduated from UMass-Amherst with a degree in English in 2008. She joined Curran & Berger LLP in October of 2009. She specializes in waiver applications, international adoptions, removal defense, and criminal analysis.
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Michelle Dunleavy, Billing Administrator
Originally from Queens, NY, Michelle Dunleavy moved to Western Massachusetts in 1998. She has an Associate's degree in Art from Greenfield Community College and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Accounting.
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Ivan Grail, Immigration Specialist
Ivan Grail received a Master's degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where he studied poetry, literature, and historical documents. Ivan occasionally instructs an undergraduate class on Reading Japanese at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. As a paralegal, Ivan specializes in PERM labor certifications, as well as nonimmigrant visas and waivers for foreign medical graduates.
Nic Kuchyt, Immigration Specialist
Nic Kuchyt graduated from Yale University with a M.S. in Nursing and Smith College with a B.A. in Biochemistry. She specializes in visa applications for scientists, researchers and investors. Nic recently coauthored the article “EB1-2 Outstanding Researcher Cases for Academic Physicians” in the AILA Guidebook, Immigration Options for Physicians. She is available to meet with clients in the New Haven, CT area.
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Becky Schapiro, Immigration Specialist
Becky Schapiro graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science. She is currently pursuing a J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Becky specializes in permanent residence applications for families and for scientists and scholars. She is available to meet with clients in the Boston, MA area.
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Jennie Riley, Immigration Specialist
Jennie graduated from Smith College with a B.S. in Biology, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Law & Diplomacy at The Fletcher School. She specializes in permanent residence applications for scientists and scholars. Jennie has published in the fields of molecular/microbial evolution and immigration law, including co-authoring the recent article "Business Visas for Nonprofits" in the journal Immigration Law Today.