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 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.” Chambers USA has recognized Linda for seven years, and for 2019 (Band 2 – Immigration) Chambers USA indicates, market sources report that Linda Rahal is ‘highly respected’. She specializes in handling complex matters to corporations and individual clients including athletes. Peers report that she is ‘excellent’.
Linda received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law, and her B.A. degree, cum laude, in International Relations from Tufts University. She is a member of the District of Columbia (D.C.), Maryland, and American Bar Associations, and also served on the Steering Committee of the Law Practice Management section of the D.C. Bar. Linda is also a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Trow & Rahal is a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), the British-American Business Association, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
Linda has a reputation for being a lawyer who goes the distance to get the best possible outcome for clients and to deliver “winning immigration strategies”. An avid athlete, Linda has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons. As part of the CEO Ironman Challenge, she “went the distance” and competed in the World Championship Ironman Competition in Kona, Hawaii.
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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, Attorney / Shareholder
Sarah M. M. Duckham is a Shareholder with Trow & Rahal in Washington, DC. She has been practicing immigration law since 2000, with an emphasis on business immigration, naturalization, and citizenship law. Her practice focuses heavily on citizenship matters. She works with high net worth clients and their professional advisers in integrating immigration planning with tax planning and surrendering U.S. green cards and citizenship where appropriate and desired. In addition, she works with employers to obtain temporary work visas and green cards for its foreign workforce. She is a leader within the firm on matters concerning labor certification/PERM and manages the firm’s compliance practice.
Sarah graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey 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, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. 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) and has served as site coordinator and volunteer as part of AILA’s annual naturalization day, a program providing free services to individuals seeking naturalization. She is also an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), serving as a member of the Immigration Section Council. And, as a member of the Montgomery County’s Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (WBA), she chairs the Membership Committee.
Sarah’s expertise is recognized by invitations to speak at many conferences and seminars including:
- ALI-CLE International Trust and Estate Planning Conference (2019)
- Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA’s) Yearly Legal Summit (2018)
- ALI-CLE International Trust and Estate Planning Conference (2017)
- Knowledge Congress: Compliance Issues in the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (2015)
- Stafford Hiring International Workers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program (2014)
- Knowledge Congress: Immigration and Compliance in 2013: What You Need to Know (2013)
- ILW Seminar concerning I-9 compliance issue in an immigration setting (2013)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA): How BALCA Impacted PERM in 2012 (2013)
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Elizabeth Quinn, Shareholder
Elizabeth joined Trow & Rahal as a Shareholder in 2021 and has been working in the field of immigration law since 1993. Her work primarily focuses on employment and family-based immigration matters, with distinct expertise working with EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-2 National Interest Waiver, and O-1 Visa Petitions. She also works with global companies and individuals on international transfers to the U.S. on L and E Visas and provides expert counsel to J-1 visa holders.
Elizabeth received her J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School, and her B.A. degree in Government, with a minor in French, from the College of William & Mary. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) where she served on the AILA State Department Liaison Committee from 2009 – 2011, and she is now a member of AILA’s Rome District Chapter.
Elizabeth is highly regarded in the legal community and has been recognized for her achievements in many publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Who’s Who Legal (Corporate Immigration), and U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms (Tier 1). In addition to her recognition in these publications, she has authored numerous publications and given presentations at conferences around the United States and France. Her speaking engagements include having served as a lecturer in immigration law for the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Continuing Leal Education (CLE) program.
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Clarissa Upadhyay, Senior 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.
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Steve Hamrick, Associate Attorney
Steve Hamrick joined the firm after a 24-year career as a federal regulatory attorney and litigator. Steve has assisted our clients in obtaining employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas, with a focus on O-1 and EB-1a petitions based upon extraordinary ability, L-1 and multinational managers or executive immigration visa petitions, and complex responses to Requests for Evidence for all types of cases.
Steve sits on the French-American Chamber of Commerce’s (FACC) Board of Directors, and is their Board’s Assistant Secretary. He is also Co-Chair of the FACC’s International Committee.
Before joining our firm, Steve spent nearly a quarter of a century representing corporate clients before federal and state agencies, as well as in litigation. Prior to practicing immigration law, several organizations and publications recognized Steve as being among the top ten attorneys in Maryland in his field. In 2011, Maryland’s Governor and the Chief Judge of Maryland’s Court of Appeals honored Steve for his work in the Maryland Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project.
Steve earned his J.D. degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, and his B.A. degree from American University. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations.
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Stef Woods, Associate Attorney
Stef Woods joined Trow and Rahal as an associate attorney in 2021. She has over 7 years of experience practicing immigration and nationality law in the private and pro bono sectors as well as experience as a professor of undergraduate courses at American University in Washington D.C. She has prepared various visa petitions, appeals, and motions for clients ranging from H-1B workers to VAWA applicants. She has in-depth experience and knowledge with U.S. business immigration law with a focus on writing intensive projects including EB-1 petitions for immigrants of extraordinary ability, L-1 petitions for intracompany transfers, and responses to requests for evidence (RFEs) for H-1B and other types of petitions.
She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the American University Washington College of Law. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College with a double major in Political Science and English.
She is a prolific writer and has previous experience in academia as a faculty member at American University. Stef is a member of the Maryland State Bar.
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Steve Trow, Co-Founder (Retired)
Steve Trow was the CEO of Trow & Rahal from when the law firm was founded in 1993 through his retirement on December 31, 2019. He 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 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 was a frequent speaker on U.S. immigration and citizenship issues, particularly as they intersected with U.S. tax law. His speaking engagements included 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.
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