Samuel Christensen Law Firm PLLC enables opportunities for top performers and emerging talents in the fields of fine art, advertising, fashion, entertainment, and more. We devote all of our energy to assisting international artists in presenting their strengths and unique assets, beautifully, to the USCIS. We are an extraordinary legal team in New York, and our extensive experience in the creative fields ensures that our product reflects a savvy understanding of our clients' professions and narrows in on the particulars that make them choice candidates for the visas they desire.

Meet Our Team


Samuel Christensen / Attorney and Owner

Samuel W Christensen is a graduate of the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law. He is both a member of the New York bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He received his undergraduate degree in music from the University of Michigan, where he focused on Musicology and was a member of the Javanese Gamelan ensemble. Since graduation from law school, Mr. Christensen has practiced immigration law and represented artists of all varieties, from traditional fine artists to creative technologists. He is the owner of the Samuel Christensen Law Firm PLLC.
samuel@sclawnyc.com


Amanda Gillespie / Manager of Extraordinary Ability Cases

Amanda Gillespie has been hunting wild visas and domesticating them for over ten years now, providing extraordinary individuals with useful and interesting visa pets that behave well in airports. Amanda has been featured for her work in immigration in a variety of international publications, including Flair, Foto Magazin, Time Out London, Director Magazine, France-Amerique, and more. In 2013, Amanda and her terrific O-1 team were very pleased to become part of Samuel Christensen Law PLLC. There, she continues to work with truly extraordinary people, helping them to get to where they want to go, all the better to become who they want to be.
— amanda@sclawnyc.com



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Justin Muschong / Legal Writer

Justin Muschong is a writer with over seven years of experience in the legal field. After graduating from Michigan State University, he taught English in Japan and wrote for Michael Morse PC in Metro Detroit. He then moved to New York City, where he worked for the Greater New York Hospital Association and Amanda Gillespie, Inc. before joining Samuel Christensen Law Firm. Outside of the firm, Justin is a screenwriter (and occasional producer, director, and actor) with credits on short and feature films that have earned distinction at international festivals. He has also contributed articles to Resource Magazine.
— justin@sclawnyc.com


Mary Kate Hegarty

Mary Kate Hegarty is a writer whose words have appeared in national advertising campaigns, entertainment broadcasts, a major reality show or two, a handful of blogs, and a whole lot of handwritten letters. Before joining the team at Samuel Christensen Law Firm, she earned degrees in English and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.


Kallana Rampersad

Kallana Rampersad graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters in Liberal Arts from St. John's University. She began her career in the tourism industry, where she gained invaluable experience assisting both national and international customers, and became a master hand at calming people down using nothing but her wits and a telephone receiver. Here at Samuel Christensen Law Firm, she is a true pillar of support to staff and clients alike. She loves reading and traveling the world, dislikes pickles, and gives final approval on all purchasing of toys and humorous clothing items for Jerry, our resident Lawcat.


Julia Porter Howe

Julia Porter Howe is a writer, actress, and musician originally from Long Island, but a happy city dweller for well over a decade. She was the first place recipient of the Sidney Harman Fiction Writing Award in 2013 and has dabbled in screen writing for films Carter and Louise and her Lover, in which she also starred. She has degrees in English and Journalism from Baruch College.  One day she will open a café by the sea. 



Jerry Gillespie / Director of Client Services

jerry is cat. jerry has been cat long as jerry can remember. long time. jerry likes meeting new humans who come to office. jerry provides new humans with jerry. jerry makes new humans safe and warm. jerry is strong for new humans. if you need strong cat or best cat, see jerry.jerry is best strong cat. in jerry's free time, jerry likes jerry and food. feed jerry.