Office Hours: Legal Help on Immigration in Life Science. Atessa Chehrazi & Robert Herreria, Jackson & Hertogs

Life science startups need talented employees with specialized skills--who are not necessarily US citizens or permanent residents. And US immigration law is continually in flux. If you're a Bay Area life scientist who needs legal advice on your status, or an employer seeking how to hire or retain a foreign scientist, these office hours are for you. Sign up for a 30-minute, one-on-one introductory session with lawyers Atessa Chehrazi and Robert Herreria of the San Francisco immigration firm Jackson & Hertogs. This session will be a pro bono consult, with the legal advice and relationship limited to the clinic and based on the limited information provided.

Our office hours are hosted by leading experts who have generously offered their services pro bono to our entrepreneurs.

To hold your slot for this session, we require a $100 credit card deposit. The deposit will be refunded the day after you attend. No-shows will not receive a refund. Please be punctual; arrivals late by more than 15 minutes will be considered no-shows.

If you find that you are unable to attend, you may request a refund up to 48 hours in advance. We regret that we cannot honor requests made at a later time.

Where and When

Suite 214, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th Street, San Francisco)
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Friday, May 4

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About the Experts

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Atessa Chehrazi has been a partner at Jackson & Hertogs since April 2013 and an associate/senior associate since July 2000. She was previously an associate at Maggio & Kattar in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000. She has held several volunteer roles within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) during her career. For AILA’s Northern California Chapter, she has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) liaison, and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) liaison. On a national level, Atessa served on AILA’s USCIS Headquarters and Benefits, Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Department of Labor (DOL) liaison committee. In addition, Atessa has served on AILA’s Business Immigration Advocacy, Issues, and Due Process & Civil Liberties committees, as well as several conference committees. She has authored articles published in AILA Handbooks and has presented at national and regional AILA conferences. Atessa has served as a board member of the Iranian American Bar Association Northern California chapter since 2009, served as President of the chapter 2014-2015, and was the chapter honoree at the Bar Association of San Francisco Minority Bar Council annual unity awards event in 2014. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and was the NLG Immigration Project’s honoree in 2013. Atessa has been highly reviewed in legal directories, including selection as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” (2010-2012, 2015-2017), and listing in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2011-2015).


Robert L. Herreria joined Jackson & Hertogs as an Associate in January 2016. He has over eight years of experience in U.S. immigration law as an attorney and case manager with business and employment immigration firms, as well as in internships with the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Robert has represented a wide range of small, medium, and large businesses, corporations, and organizations in identifying and executing efficient and effective immigration strategies for critical hires and valued employees. He has experience advising employers on nonimmigrant and permanent residence cases as well as immigration workplace compliance and related issues. He has also written articles on U.S. immigration topics including family and employment-based immigration and was previously a contributing editor for “Fiancé & Marriage Visas: A Couple’s Guide to U.S. Immigration”, published by Robert has been admitted to practice law in California since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and is an active AILA member.