Attorney

Brennan is a founding partner of the firm Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.. He is a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar. Brennan focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law with special competence in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Brennan’s primary practice focuses on removal defense in both the detained and non-detained contexts, including deportation defense, litigation and appellate work at the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has successfully litigated cases before the Immigration Court (EOIR) in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Baltimore and Orlando. He also has won cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He handles various types of immigration litigation, including cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-permanent residents, adjustment of status, waivers of inadmissibility for both fraud and criminal activity, asylum, withholding of removal and requests for prosecutorial discretion. In the detained setting, he is experienced in obtaining bond and parole for clients. He also represents individuals in non-typical immigration litigation, using strategies such as Motions to Suppress in the Immigration Court context to challenge the aggressive enforcement policies of Immigration and Customs Enforcement that affect immigrant families throughout our community.
In addition to the litigation based removal practice, Brennan represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Some applications include family-based I-130 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions (SIJ), VAWA Petitions for Victims of Domestic Violence, U Visa Petitions for crime victims, Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship, Consular Processing, Fiancé Visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Brennan’s experience with the criminal justice system in Philadelphia and surrounding counties allows him to advise criminal law attorneys in obtaining pleas for clients in criminal cases that avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of the convictions. He has worked with defense counsel to prepare guilty plea colloquies, post conviction relief applications (PCRAs), and sentence modifications that avoid immigration consequences. He regularly provides opinion letters to criminal defense attorneys to be used for plea negotiations and/or sentencing in criminal court.

Brennan is a legal adviser to the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, providing consultations to detained and non-detained Mexican Nationals, as well as direct representation in removal proceedings and affirmative applications. He has been a featured speaker at immigration CLEs on matters relating to crimmigration and waivers of inadmissibility.

Brennan obtained his Juris Doctorate at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, in May 2006. He also holds a M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He received his B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2000.

Brennan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is active in AILA’s local Philadelphia Chapter, where he serves as Secretary of the chapter’s Executive Committee. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Courtney and his children, Iris and Isaiah.

Attorney at Law

Kimberly is a founding partner of Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C. She is a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar. Kimberly focuses her practice on immigration law, but has experience in criminal law as well.

Her primary practice focuses on removal defense in the detained and non-detained settings. She has successfully litigated cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), as well as the Immigration Courts in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas. She has successfully obtained bond for her clients, challenged mandatory detention findings, obtained parole and stays of removal. Some common reliefs from removal that Kimberly has successfully pursued for her clients, both detained and non-detained, are Cancellation of Removal for both Permanent Residents and Nonpermanent Residents, 212(c) Waivers for those Permanent Residents with old criminal convictions, Waivers of Inadmissibility for criminal or fraud grounds, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

In addition to her removal practice, Kimberly represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Some applications include family-based I-130 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions (SIJ), VAWA Petitions for Victims of Domestic Violence, U Visa Petitions for crime victims, Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship, Consular Processing, Fiancé Visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Utilizing her knowledge of the criminal justice system in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, Kimberly is able to advise criminal law attorneys in obtaining safe haven pleas for clients to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of certain criminal convictions. She has assisted many attorneys in preparing guilty plea colloquies, post conviction relief applications (PCRAs), and sentence modifications. She regularly provides opinion letters to be used for plea negotiations and/or sentencing.

Kimberly is a legal adviser to the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, providing consultations to detained and non-detained Mexican Nationals, as well as direct representation in removal proceedings and affirmative applications. She has also served as a speaker at Drexel University School of Law

Kimberly obtained her Juris Doctorate at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in January 2011. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from LaSalle University in 2007. While attending LaSalle University, Kimberly participated in an exchange program which allowed her to spend a semester studying at LaSalle’s Mexico City campus. This experience allowed her to travel through much of Mexico and enhance her Spanish language fluency.

The immigrant experience is personal to Kimberly, as her mother was born in Scotland and she witnessed first-hand a loved one navigate the U.S. immigration system on their own. Her personal experience drives her to be a dedicated and compassionate advocate for her clients.

Kimberly is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Kimberly is fluent in Spanish.

Attorney at Law

Katelyn joined Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C. as a partner in June 2015. She is a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar and the New Jersey Bar. She is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Katelyn focuses her practice exclusively on immigration law but also has experience in the area of family law.

Katelyn focuses a significant portion of her practice on deportation defense, litigation, appeals, and protecting clients with final orders of removal. She focuses largely on complex litigation cases. She has successfully litigated cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She has experience successfully representing clients in Immigration Court in Philadelphia, Newark, New York City, Minnesota, Buffalo, and Arlington. Katelyn handles various types of litigation cases including asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, waivers, motions to reopen and motions to suppress evidence. In the detained setting, she has successfully obtained bond, parole, and stays of removal for clients. She has succeeded in reopening final orders of deportation before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Courts.

Katelyn has also brought to GTH Law her knowledge and experience in the business immigration sector. She helps companies with various types of business immigration petitions such as L-1 visas for intra-company transferees, E-2 investor visas, E-1 trade visas, H-1B visas, and national interest waivers. Katelyn is an active member of the Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and has a particular interest in working with start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Katelyn also has extensive experience with humanitarian-based relief. She has experience assisting victims of crimes and victims of domestic violence to obtain legal status through the U-visa program. She also has experience advocating for domestic violence victims through applications under the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”). She has represented clients at marriage interviews, asylum interviews, and naturalization interviews and has experience with various other immigration applications including fiancé visas, F-1 student visas, B1/B2 visitor visas, applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”).

Katelyn is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and has attended the annual conference in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She served as the Conference Committee Co-Chair in 2014, planning the Philadelphia AILA Annual Conference. Currently, Katelyn in serving as the Philadelphia Ambassador for the American Immigration Council (“AIC”). She is also a member of AILA’s Pro Bono Committee, the Berks County Pro Bono Collaborative Committee, and has mentored non-immigration attorneys in pro bono asylum cases.

Katelyn is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and serves as the Immigration Law Liaison for the Young Lawyers Division. Katelyn has served as a speaker at Temple University and Villanova University School of Law. She has also presented on a Waivers Panel at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

Katelyn received her BA from the University of Delaware’s Honors Program, and graduated cum laude from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University in 2011. During her time at Drexel, she focused her coursework in areas such as Immigration Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, and Immigration Litigation. After majoring in Foreign Languages & Literature and completing study abroad programs in Spain and Italy, she is proficient in Spanish and Italian. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2007, Katelyn worked as a bilingual paralegal at Doroshow, Pasquale, Krawitz, and Bhaya in Wilmington, Delaware. She worked with Spanish-speaking clients in the Workers Compensation and Personal Injury departments.

Throughout her final year at Drexel, Katelyn interned for the Executive Office for Immigration Review at Philadelphia Immigration Court. She drafted decisions for the immigration judges on topics such as asylum, fraud, I-601 waivers, crimes involving moral turpitude and adjustment of status. She had the opportunity to work with each immigration judge and the Court’s judicial law clerk.

After graduating from Drexel, Katelyn was accepted into the 2011-2012 Law Clerk Program at Berner, Klaw, and Watson, LLP in Philadelphia. She worked primarily on family law cases involving divorce, support, custody, and protection from abuse orders. She presented on the subject of the applicability of the I-864 Affidavit of Support in spousal support cases at a joint meeting of the Family Law Section and the Immigration Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar. Following her time at Berner, Klaw, and Watson, Katelyn practiced immigration law for three years prior to joining Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.

Paralegal

Chin was born in Malaysia and has been living in the U.S. since 1998. After arriving in the United States, Chin worked in restaurants for 10 years, where she had the opportunity to interact with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. Those interactions turned into her motivation for a career change, and she enrolled at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Chin graduated and earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Science Option with Highest Honor in 2011 and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, APA Approved, with Highest Honor in 2012 consecutively.

Chin’s personal experiences as an immigrant to the United States and her interactions with people from diverse backgrounds give her the motivation to help those who are navigating the immigration process. She started as legal intern in 2012 at Nationalities Service Center and secured a permanent job at Gian-Grasso & Tomczak, P.C. in 2013 as paralegal. Currently, Chin is a full-time paralegal with Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.

Chin works closely with the firm’s attorneys on casework. She has experience preparing litigation cases and assisting with filings at USCIS. Chin has outstanding organizational and planning skills. Her attention to detail, focus and neatness are her strengths. Besides speaking English, Chin speaks Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and several other Chinese language/dialect.

Areas of work:

  • FBI/FOIA Records Requests
  • I-130 Family-Based Petition (spouse, parent-child, child-parent
  • I-485 Adjustments with I-485 Supp. A, under section 245(i)
  • I-601 and I-601A Waivers of Inadmissibility
  • I-589 Applications for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture
  • Unaccompanied Minor I-589
  • I-751Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)
  • I-821Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”)
  • I-918 U-Visa and certification
  • I-360 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status with Adjustment of Status
  • N-400 Naturalizations including cases involving criminal issues
  • Immigration Bond Refund Requests
  • Consular Processing
  • Various types of I-765 Applications for Work Authorization
  • EOIR-42A/EOIR-42B Applications for Cancellation of Removal
  • Immigration Court Motions
  • Evidentiary Filings
Paralegal

Meredith has several years of immigration experience working both in the private sector and for non-profit organizations such as Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia and Ayuda in Washington D.C. Meredith is bilingual in English and Spanish and has studied abroad in Bolivia and El Salvador. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. Meredith has significant experience in the preparation of U-visa applications for victims of crime, helping victims of domestic violence with applications under the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), consular processing, adjustment of status, naturalizations, asylum applications, cancellation of removal, and waivers of unlawful presence.

Meredith also is conversant in French and has a basic understanding of Quechua and Hebrew. Meredith is passionate about human rights and gender and racial equality and participates in various activities advocating for these causes.

Secretary

Yadira is the secretary at Gian-Grasso, Tomczak & Hufe P.C. She was born in Sanchez Ramirez Cotui, Dominican Republic. Yadira came to the United States when she was just 4 years old to reunite with her parents. Since then, she has made Philadelphia her home, where she currently lives with her daughter.

After graduating with excellent marks from High School, Yadira, like many youth in the U.S., was faced with the harsh reality of not being able to continue on to college due to her legal status. Fortunately, Yadira did not let her legal situation hold her back. She continued to work hard and support her daughter, all the while hoping the law would one day change. In 2012, Yadira benefitted from DACA, but knows there is still much more work to be done to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

In addition, Yadira has experienced firsthand the injustice and family separation that plagues our U.S. immigration system. She uses her personal experience each day at GTH to assist those in similar situations. Yadira is fluent in English and Spanish. After 2yrs of working at GTH, Yadira has learned more about the hard work that goes into keeping families together and just how much more needs to be done until there is an immigration reform. By continuing to work on the diverse cases that come across the office it has been an eye opening experience to see the things that happen on the other side of the fence. Being able to have a hand in helping others achieve legal status and simply helping families stay together has been one of the best experiences in this field. This has simply cemented the will and drive, to continue to work hard and thrive for a better future not only for herself but also for her daughter and to be a positive influence to the community.