NYC Immigration Attorneys
The associate attorneys at Bretz & Coven work hard to uphold the rights of immigrants who want to live and work in the United States:
Our goal is to help you find ways to remain in this country lawfully.
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Disha Chandiramani is an associate attorney with Bretz & Coven, LLP and is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars. Disha has represented clients before the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Ms. Chandiramani completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State University, receiving a B.A. in the Administration of Justice and Psychology with a minor in the Spanish language, which she completed at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
Disha received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law where she took part in the well-recognized Immigration and Refugee Rights Clinic and successfully litigated a VAWA Cancellation of Removal case before the Executive Office of Immigration Review in New York. Disha also conducted a five-week training session for Latina survivors of domestic violence at SEPA Mujer, an organization for the advancement of Immigrant women. She has working knowledge of both Hindi and Spanish.
Prior to working at Bretz & Coven, LLP, Disha worked at CONNECT, a nonprofit organization in New York dedicated to the prevention and elimination of gender violence. There, she worked on numerous immigration applications helping survivors of domestic violence obtain legal status in the U.S. Disha also acted as a liaison for CONNECT by being an active member of the VAWA advocates group in NYC. She attended quarterly meetings at the New York Bar Association, keeping up-to-date on changing immigration laws and practices in NY.
Ms. Chandiramani's dedication to her clients and the practice of Immigration law is evident. She hopes to continue to provide exceptional services to her clients as an associate with Bretz & Coven, LLP.
Tiffany A. Javier is an associate attorney with Bretz & Coven, LLP. Ms. Javier was born in the Dominican Republic. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old. Ms. Javier graduated from California Western Law School in 2008. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from New York University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Binghamton University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
While in law school, Ms. Javier studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, where she worked at the public defenders office representing juveniles in criminal court proceedings. Also during law school, she did volunteer work at Catholic Charities where she helped victims of domestic violence who needed immigration services. Specifically, she helped them with VAWA applications
Ms. Javier clerked at the San Diego Public Defenders Office for two years and did a post-bar clerkship there representing minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings. After law school, she practiced immigration law as a solo practitioner in San Diego, California. Her practice focused on representing individuals in deportation proceedings, assisting individuals in obtaining legal immigration status, and representing victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. In addition, she provided pro-bono services at the Immigration Justice Project in San Diego, California.
Ms. Javier was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2009. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, national and local chapters.
Meredith Kalman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Connecticut State University (Southern) in 2004, where she graduated from the Honors College and attended on a full merit scholarship. In 2007, Ms. Kalman completed her Master of Arts degree in English at the University of Vermont, which she attended on a teaching fellowship. Through a Fulbright research grant for Comparative (English-, French-, and Spanish-language) Literature, Ms. Kalman spent her final year of graduate school researching Caribbean women's literature at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill in Barbados. After several years teaching English as an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, in 2013 she graduated from the FIU College of Law. While a law student, Ms. Kalman worked as a student attorney through the college's Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, representing detained clients at Miami's Krome Detention Center and Immigration Court. She completed her last two semesters of law school at the University of Paris X, studying international refugee and human rights law. Ms. Kalman has studied international law at the University of Sevilla in Spain, the Asser Institute in the Hague, Netherlands, and the Hague Academy of International Law, earning the Hague Certificate of Public International Law in 2011. In 2013, she earned the Goethe Institute's B2 certificate, certifying proficiency in professional-level German. Ms. Kalman joined Bretz & Coven, LLP in March 2016, where she now litigates cases before the New York and New Jersey Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court, before which she has presented two oral arguments. Ms. Kalman also represents clients before United States Customs and Immigration Services.
Michele Wolgel, Of-Counsel
Michele Coven Wolgel has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1984, and is also admitted to practice law in Israel. She has been practicing Immigration and Naturalization Law for over 20 years, commencing with the law firm of Lebenkoff & Coven and continuing in Israel when she relocated there.
Mrs. Wolgel works regularly with the Consular Offices in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel. She has resolved difficult cases involving complex legal issues not only for her own clients in Israel, but also for the clients of Bretz & Coven and of other immigration law offices in the United States.
She has a very high success rate in all of her dealings with everyday applications to the Consulate. When dealing with cases filed in the United States, Mrs. Wolgel works closely with Bretz & Coven.