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.