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Adrienne J. Vaughan

Founding Immigration Attorney Adrienne J. Vaughan worked for a decade as an associate immigration attorney at a respected downtown Boston immigration firm where her practice focused on employment and family immigration law.

She has worked with multi-national companies, small start-ups, premier hospitals and universities to retain talented professionals in the fields of computer science, business, research, teaching, and medicine, among many others.  She has also represented a wide range of individuals in family or marriage-based immigration (green card) matters.

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She has appeared frequently at hearings of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and has prepared a wide range of complex applications before that agency, as well as having extensive experience preparing applications for the United States Deptartment of Labor and United Stated Department of State.

Attorney Vaughan is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, having served for two years (2010  and 2011) as an Editor of the conference publication on recent immigration law changes, published by the New England chapter for their annual conference, as well as a member of the conference committee for the NE chapter conference in 2012.  She has also volunteered for several years at the monthly free clinics of the Irish International Immigration Center.

She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District (federal) Court.

Education and Background
Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and earned her law degree magna cum laude from Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her article on the Violence Against Women Act was published in 2000 in the Hamline Law Review. During law school she clerked for Judge Joseph Dierkes at the U.S. Immigration Court in Bloomington, MN, as well as a private immigration practitioner in St. Paul.

The child of immigrant parents, she has a fundamental understanding of the importance that every case has in the lives of her clients and treats each client with respect and appreciation.


Melissa Bordeaux

After completing her undergraduate degree in 2008, Melissa decided to combine her interests in politics, human rights, and the arts by embarking upon a career in immigration law.  Melissa has gone on to assist employers and foreign nationals in obtaining temporary work visas and permanent resident status in a range of industries, including the sciences, arts, business, education, and technology.  A classically-trained pianist, Melissa especially enjoys working with musicians and artists and is regularly invited to speak at local conservatories about visa options for musicians.

While in law school, Melissa completed over one hundred hours of volunteer work assisting clients with humanitarian and family-based immigration matters, and she was a Note Editor for the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice.  Melissa continues to be actively involved in pro bono work representing asylum seekers as a volunteer attorney with the PAIR Project.

Bar Admission:

Eastman School of Music (B.M.); Boston College Law School (J.D., cum laude)

Memberships/Professional Appointments:
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Co-Chair of the Family Committee for the BBA’s Immigration Law Section

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