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.