Steve Trow, Attorney / Shareholder / Chief Executive Officer

Steve Trow has been the CEO of Trow & Rahal since the law firm was founded in 1993. He has practiced U.S. immigration and citizenship law since 1980, focusing his practice exclusively on this field since 1989. From 1978 to 1989 he worked in the Washington, DC office of a major New York law firm handling corporate finance and federal regulatory matters.

Steve’s reputation within the legal community has led to selecshowlogotion by his peers for inclusion in several prestigious publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyers,” the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Corporate Immigration), the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and the Chambers USA directory.

Steve is a frequent speaker on U.S. immigration and citizenship issues, particularly as they intersect with U.S. tax law. His speaking engagements include presentations on inbound immigration planning and outbound expatriation planning for the American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Law Institute, Bloomberg BNA, District of Columbia Bar, Heckerling Institute, New York State Bar Association, Practising Law Institute, and Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners.

Steve received his J.D. degree, with honors, in 1978 from Cornell Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review. He earned his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado in 1975.

Steve is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the District of Columbia Bar.

Contact Steve: Send Steve an email. 

Linda Rahal, Attorney / Shareholder / Chief Operating Officer

Linda is the Managing Shareholder at Trow & Rahal and has been with the firm since it was founded in 1993.  Trow & Rahal focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law, and Linda oversees the firm’s business immigration practice with an emphasis on visas and corporate immigration services for employers; I-9 and compliance; global visas; visas for athletes and persons of extraordinary ability; EB-5 and other visa options for investors and entrepreneurs; and citizenship and naturalization.

Linda’s reputation within the legal community has led to repeated selection by her peers for inclusion in prestigious publications including Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, the Legal Elite Readers Poll of SmartCEO magazine, Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyers,” the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Corporate Immigration), where Trow & Rahal is referred to as a “very good, very creative firm.”

Linda has a reputation for being a lawyer who goes the distance to get the best possible outcome for clients and deliver “winning immigration strategies”.  An avid athlete, Linda has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons.  As part of the CEO Ironman Challenge, she competed in the World Championship Ironman Competition in Kona, Hawaii — and she went the distance.  Linda has combined this passion with her work to assist professional triathletes and other athletes to obtain visas to live, train, and race in the United States.

showlogo1Linda received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law.  She earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, in International Relations from Tufts University.  She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland Bar, and American Bar Associations. Linda is also a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Linda serves on the steering committee for the Law Practice Management Section of the D.C. Bar (2012-present).  She is an active member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF) and the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Linda: Send Linda an email.

Cynthia Hemphill, Attorney / Shareholder / Vice President

Cynthia is a Shareholder, Vice President, and Legal Team Manager at Trow & Rahal.  She has practiced immigration and nationality law since 1996 and specializes in immigration for businesses, athletes, performing artists (individuals and groups), as well as family related matters.

In the role of Vice President, Cynthia works with Trow & Rahal’s management to further the firm’s mission. As Legal Team Manager, she is responsible for overseeing the training, mentoring, and guidance of the firm’s legal support staff and attorneys.

Cynthia serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA), and was a co-chair/editor (2008-2015) of Raising the Bar, WBA’s monthly newsletter. A long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), she volunteers for AILA’s Military Assistance Program and served as a panelist at AILA National Conferences. She is also an active member of the D.C. Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF).

Cynthia’s reputation within the legal community has led to the repeated selection by her peers for inclusion in prestigious publications including: The Best Lawyers in America, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Corporate Immigration) and Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration: 2015.

She has co-authored articles on family immigration matters, participated in the D.C. Bar Association’s Lunch With A Lawyer program for attorneys interested in pursuing immigration law and served as a panelist at the D.C. Bar Association seminar “What You Never Learned in Law School: The Mechanics of Running a Law Practice”.

She received her J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Yale University.  She is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bar Associations.

Contact Cynthia: Send Cynthia an email.

Sarah M.M. Duckham, Attorney / Shareholder

Sarah M. M. Duckham is a Shareholder with Trow & Rahal in Washington, DC.  She has been practicing immigration law since 2000, with a focus on business immigration and citizenship law.  She is a leader within the firm on matters concerning labor certification/PERM, and manages the firm’s Compliance Practice. In addition to her work with employers to obtain temporary work visas and green cards for its foreign workforce, she focuses her practice heavily on citizenship and naturalization matters.  Sarah works with high net worth clients and their professional advisors on integrating immigration planning with tax planning and surrendering U.S. green cards and citizenship where appropriate and desired.

Sarah graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland in 1991, where she graduated with honors and was Awarded the Order of the Coif.  She is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars.  Prior to her immigration work, she was a member of the Tax Division at the U.S. Department of Justice where she prosecuted tax evasion and other tax-related financial crimes from 1992 until 1996 through their Honors Program.  She earned a BBA degree from the University of Iowa in 1985.

Sarah is recognized by The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.  She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  She has served as site coordinator and volunteer as part of AILA’s annual naturalization day, a program providing free services to individuals seeking naturalization.

Contact Sarah: Send Sarah an email.

Clarissa Upadhyay, Associate Attorney

Clarissa Upadhyay joined Trow and Rahal as an associate attorney in 2010. She has been practicing immigration and nationality law for over seven years. Clarissa has extensive experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based cases, marriage and family-based cases, and permanent residence status applications based upon the PERM system, and citizenship and naturalization applications. Clarissa is also well versed in visas for investors and entrepreneurs, including the EB-5 investor visa program for individuals investing in a newly commercial enterprise or regional center-run project. She assists investors and their families through all stages of the EB-5 immigration process. In 2005, she received her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore where she served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2001. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ( AILA), the Association of Nepalis in Americas (ANA), the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Bars.

Contact Clarissa: Send Clarissa an email.

Erin Corber, Associate Attorney

Erin is an Associate Attorney at Trow & Rahal and has been working in the field of immigration law since 2010.  Her work primarily focuses on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters, with particular emphasis on immigration solutions for entrepreneurs and investors. Erin has extensive experience with business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions for employees of companies ranging from boutique family-owned businesses to large tech and construction companies. Erin has also worked closely with individuals who possess highly specialized skills or training in preparing National Interest Waivers and green card applications.

In addition, Erin has been a devoted advocate in providing immigration solutions to victims of oppression, violence, and human trafficking. Her work has included large scale representation of workers who have been exploited in the United States and foreign victims of domestic violence in pursuing applications for U and T visas, and immigrant visa petitions filed under the Violence Against Women Act. Erin is particularly well-versed in the immigration options available to victims of labor trafficking and other employment-related abuses.

Erin earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Tulane University in 2012.  During law school, she helped found and coached the ICC International Moot Court Team.  She also served as the Vice President of the Human Rights Law Society.  Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in History from George Mason University.

Erin is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Virginia State Bar.

Contact Erin: Send Erin an email. 

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