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.
James Frankie / Attorney
A graduate of New York Law School and a life-long New Yorker, James has worked in a spectrum of legal areas, such as immigration, civil rights, environmental, criminal, and even animal law. He has interned at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and was a contributor to The Non-Human Rights Project. He has also conducted extensive research in environmental and trade secret laws on behalf of President Barack Obama’s Open Government Initiative. In addition to his practice of law with Samuel Christensen Law Firm, he is also an attorney with Safe Passage Project, a non-profit that provides pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors in the immigration process. He is admitted to practice law in New York State and is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, The Environmental Law Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
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.
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.
Jenna McMaster came to Samuel Christensen Law Firm after earning a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington, where she specialized in Philosophy of Science and Ethics. Prior to graduate school, she received her Bachelors in Philosophy from Boston University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Jenna has held a deep appreciation for the arts from an early age, and attended the renowned performing arts boarding school Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in fine art with a focus on photography. When she isn’t helping extraordinary artists, Jenna works with a Brooklyn-based cat rescue group, Whiskers-a-GoGo. Besides art and cats, her interests include making candles, baking cupcakes, and ensuring her Halloween decorations are up by August.
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 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.
Liz Noble majored in English and Asian Studies at Skidmore College and got her Master's in International Journalism at City University London. She has grappled with many visas of her own, having studied abroad in Japan, crossed Eurasia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and worked in the UK as communications manager for a non-profit. Now back in her homeland, Liz is happy to be helping people with the US immigration process and enjoying what she missed most: driving and eating at Chili's.
Jerry Gillespie / Director of Client Services
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