Norka M. Schell is a knowledgeable driven, dedicated, and conscientious attorney and advocate.
Ms. Schell focuses her practice in the areas of immigration, matrimonial, and family law. Ms. Schell has a significant experience in advising families and couples in a range of matters, including child custody and support, guardianship, divorce, legal separation, division of property, restraining orders and immigration. More specifically, Ms. Schell is one of the few attorneys who understands firsthand how to handle the complex matters of international family law.
Ms. Schell also has an extensive experience handling immigration. She handles asylum cases, detention and removal defenses, appeals and motions to reopen, family petitions, fiancée visas, consular processing applications, labor certifications, business and investment visas, citizenship and naturalization, and employment visas. In addition, Ms. Schell provides legal advice to international business owners and executives seeking entrance into the U.S. market on labor, employment, and contract law. She serves as counsel to small- and mid-sized companies in New York.
In 1997, Ms. Schell founded her own firm and built a strong relationship with immigrants. Thanks to Ms. Schell's dedication to her clients, she has earned their respect and has become a strong community advocate.
Ms. Schell is listed in International Who's Who of Professionals, Empire Who's Who and Who's Who in American Law.
She is licensed to practice in New York and Brazil. Ms. Schell is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
Michele Da Silva is of counsel in the Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC's New York office. She has an independent practice involving immigration and criminal law.
Ms. Silva earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Rutgers University / Douglass College in May of 2000. She earned her Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) after graduating from Massachusetts School of Law in December of 2011.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Da Silva was employed as an Executive Manager and Head Paralegal at the Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC where she worked from August of 2000 through December of 2008 exclusively with Immigration and Nationality Law. Specifically, Ms. Da Silva worked with a wide range of individuals and employer/companies with employment based legalization and family based legalization.
Today, Ms. Da Silva fights vigorously to defend her client’s causes both in the area of Immigration and Criminal Defense. She is known as aggressive attorney with high standards of professionalism and legal advocacy.
Bar Admissions: Massachusetts Bar.
Academic accomplishments includes:
Four times CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Criminal Practice - Bail to Jail (2010),
Consumer Protection (2010),
Real Estate Financing & Conveyancing (2010), and
Lawyers in Contemporary Society (2011)
Associations: Massachusetts Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Ms. Da Silva speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Law Offices of Norka M. Schell, LLC services New York City including Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, White Plains, and Massachusetts.