SARA B. LEVIN, Esquire has been practicing immigration law for 15 years. She co-founded Levin Santalone LLP in 2007 and is head of the firm’s immigration division.
Sara represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and their executives to independent artists, television producers and fashion designers. Her areas of expertise include transferring employees to the United States with L and E visas; assisting employers with hiring and retaining foreign employees with H-1B, E-3, O-1 and other nonimmigrant petitions; preparing successful extraordinary ability petitions and PERM applications; succeeding in nonimmigrant petitions for domestic staff, including trained nannies and private chefs; and strategizing and preparing family-based immediate relative petitions. In addition, Sara provides a full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant services, including I-9 audit representation, for small to medium size technology, finance, retail and banking service companies.
Sara earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1995, graduating as a Public Interest Law Scholar. Sara also externed with Justice Kennard of the California Supreme Court in 1994. She lived and studied abroad in the Netherlands and in India. Sara is admitted to practice law in New York and California and in various federal courts. Complimenting her law practice, Sara has written and published articles for the Michigan Journal of International Affairs, has been interviewed and provided commentary for newspaper articles and television news programs on hot immigration topics, and has been a speaker for various immigration organizations, including the national American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – of which she is a longtime member.
JOHN SANTALONE, Esquire has been practicing intellectual property law for 25 years. He co-founded Levin Santalone LLP in 2007 and is head of the firm’s intellectual property division.
John has experience in all aspects of U.S. and international patent enforcement, litigation and prosecution, where his areas of expertise include protecting, enforcing and licensing intellectual property rights in the biotechnology, chemical and mechanical sectors. He has successfully litigated patent cases involving oligonucleotides synthesis, genetic antisense, mechanical devices and chemical coatings and pigments. John also has substantial experience in providing both formal and informal patent validity and infringement opinions and portfolio analyses, and in negotiating patent licenses. He also has extensive experience in prosecuting trademarks and copyrights and creating and implementing strategies to maximize returns on intellectual property assets. John has represented clients ranging from multi-national corporations to independent inventors and start-up companies.
John earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1978 and his J.D. from Pace University in 1985, where he was an editor of the Environmental Law Review. John has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1987. Prior to beginning his career in law, John was employed by Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. and Union Carbide Corporation in a variety of engineering positions.
MICHELLE K. LEVIN, Esquire has worked of counsel for Levin Santalone LLP since 2002. Michelle’s areas of expertise include preparing petitions for people with extraordinary ability (both immigrant and nonimmigrant); preparing petitions based on company-sponsored training programs; and preparing nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions to temporarily or permanently hire or transfer aliens to the United States, including petitions based on religious worker classification. Michelle earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, with honors, and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School Law in 2001. She lived abroad in Chile and in Japan and speaks Spanish and some Japanese. Michelle is admitted to practice law in California and in various federal courts.