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 selection 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.
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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.
Linda 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.
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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.
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Sarah M.M. Duckham, Associate
Sarah is a Senior Attorney with Trow & Rahal. She has been practicing immigration law since 2000, with a focus on business immigration law and compliance. Sarah’s expertise focuses primarily on working with employers to obtain temporary work visas and green cards to employees and is a leader within the firm on matters concerning labor certification/PERM. She is also well versed in family immigration matters, visas for entrepreneurs and investors, and citizenship and naturalization. She is recognized by The International who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2014.
In addition, Sarah manages Trow & Rahal’s Compliance Practice, including counseling employers on I-9 and other compliance issues and providing guidance on immigration policies. She is a regular speaker on I-9 compliance good practices, including speaking for ILW on the topic of “I-9 and e-Verify for Experts,” and The Knowledge Group on “Immigration and Compliance in 2013.” Sarah has also spoken on topics relating to PERM adjudications including “How BALCA Impacted PERM in 2012” for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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 earned a BBA degree in Marketing from the University of Iowa in 1985.
A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Sarah has been active in the D.C. Chapter, working with legacy American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) to serve as the liaison between AILF and AILA. She also has served as AILA site coordinator in the D.C. Chapter’s annual naturalization day, a program that provides free services to individuals seeking naturalization. Sarah is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
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Clarissa Upadhyay, Associate
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.
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