Attorney at Law

Brennan is a founding partner of the firm Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.. He is a member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar. Brennan focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law with special competence in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Brennan’s primary practice focuses on removal defense in both the detained and non-detained contexts, including deportation defense, litigation and appellate work at the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has successfully litigated cases before the Immigration Court (EOIR) in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Baltimore and Orlando. He also has won cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He handles various types of immigration litigation, including cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-permanent residents, adjustment of status, waivers of inadmissibility for both fraud and criminal activity, asylum, withholding of removal and requests for prosecutorial discretion. In the detained setting, he is experienced in obtaining bond and parole for clients. He also represents individuals in non-typical immigration litigation, using strategies such as Motions to Suppress in the Immigration Court context to challenge the aggressive enforcement policies of Immigration and Customs Enforcement that affect immigrant families throughout our community.

In addition to the litigation based removal practice, Brennan represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Some applications include family-based I-130 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions (SIJ), VAWA Petitions for Victims of Domestic Violence, U Visa Petitions for crime victims, Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship, Consular Processing, Fiancé Visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Brennan’s experience with the criminal justice system in Philadelphia and surrounding counties allows him to advise criminal law attorneys in obtaining pleas for clients in criminal cases that avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of the convictions. He has worked with defense counsel to prepare guilty plea colloquies, post conviction relief applications (PCRAs), and sentence modifications that avoid immigration consequences. He regularly provides opinion letters to criminal defense attorneys to be used for plea negotiations and/or sentencing in criminal court.

Brennan is a legal adviser to the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, providing consultations to detained and non-detained Mexican Nationals, as well as direct representation in removal proceedings and affirmative applications. He has been a featured speaker at immigration CLEs on matters relating to crimmigration and waivers of inadmissibility.

Brennan obtained his Juris Doctorate at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, in May 2006. He also holds a M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He received his B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2000.

Brennan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is active in AILA’s local Philadelphia Chapter, where he serves as Secretary of the chapter’s Executive Committee, and was a Chair of AILA from 2018-2019. Brennan is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Courtney and his children, Iris, Isaiah, and Ivan.

Attorney at Law

Kimberly is a founding partner of Gian-Grasso & Tomczak Immigration Law Group.

Kimberly is a legal adviser to the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, providing consultations to detained and non-detained Mexican Nationals, as well as direct representation in removal proceedings and affirmative applications. She has taught Asylum & Refugee Law as an Adjunct Professor at Widener University, Delaware Law School from 2020-2021.

Her primary practice focuses on removal defense. She litigates cases before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and Federal Circuit Courts. Some common reliefs from removal that Kimberly litigates are Cancellation of Removal for both Permanent Residents and Nonpermanent Residents, 212(c) Waivers for those Permanent Residents with old criminal convictions, Waivers of Inadmissibility for criminal or fraud grounds, Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

In addition to her removal practice, Kimberly represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Some applications include family-based I-130 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions (SIJ), VAWA Petitions for Victims of Domestic Violence, U Visa Petitions for crime victims, Naturalization and Certificates of Citizenship, Consular Processing, Fiancé Visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Kimberly obtained her Juris Doctorate at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in January 2011. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from LaSalle University in 2007. While attending LaSalle University, Kimberly participated in an exchange program which allowed her to spend a semester studying at LaSalle’s Mexico City campus. This experience allowed her to travel through much of Mexico and enhance her Spanish language fluency.

The immigrant experience is personal to Kimberly, as her mother was born in Scotland and she witnessed first-hand a loved one navigate the U.S. immigration system on their own. Her personal experience drives her to be a dedicated and compassionate advocate for her clients.

Kimberly is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The Independence Business Alliance (IBA), and the Philadelphia Bar Association, where she is on the LGBT Rights Committee. Kimberly is fluent in Spanish.

Associate Attorney

Alina is an Associate Attorney at Gian-Grasso & Tomczak Immigration Law Group. Alina began working at GTILG as a law clerk in May 2019, while she was attending law school. Alina focuses her practice on removal defense before the Immigration Court (EOIR) and appellate work at the Board of Immigration Appeals. Alina additionally represents individuals and families applying for affirmative benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Alina obtained her Juris Doctorate at Drexel University Kline School of Law in May 2021. In law school, Alina was a Student Attorney with the Federal Litigation and Appeals Clinic where she represented immigration clients with cases in the federal and appellate courts. She received her B.A. in Journalism, Media Studies, and Political Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2017. At Rutgers, Alina studied abroad at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea.

Alina was born and raised in New Jersey and is a child of a Korean-American immigrant and a British and Vietnamese immigrant. Alina holds dual citizenship in the United States and the United Kingdom. Alina’s personal upbringing makes her passionate about immigration law and bringing together different cultures in the U.S.

Alina is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA).

Paralegal

Chin was born in Malaysia and has been living in the U.S. since 1998. After arriving in the United States, Chin worked in restaurants for 10 years, where she had the opportunity to interact with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. Those interactions turned into her motivation for a career change, and she enrolled at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Chin graduated and earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Social and Behavioral Science Option with Highest Honor in 2011 and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, APA Approved, with Highest Honor in 2012 consecutively.

Chin’s personal experiences as an immigrant to the United States and her interactions with people from diverse backgrounds give her the motivation to help those who are navigating the immigration process. She started as legal intern in 2012 at Nationalities Service Center and secured a permanent job at Gian-Grasso & Tomczak, P.C. in 2013 as paralegal. Currently, Chin is a full-time paralegal with Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C.

Chin works closely with the firm’s attorneys on casework. She has experience preparing litigation cases and assisting with filings at USCIS. Chin has outstanding organizational and planning skills. Her attention to detail, focus and neatness are her strengths. Besides speaking English, Chin speaks Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and several other Chinese language/dialect.

Areas of work:

  • FBI/FOIA Records Requests
  • I-130 Family-Based Petition (spouse, parent-child, child-parent
  • I-485 Adjustments with I-485 Supp. A, under section 245(i)
  • I-601 and I-601A Waivers of Inadmissibility
  • I-589 Applications for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture
  • Unaccompanied Minor I-589
  • I-751Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence
  • I-821D Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)
  • I-821Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”)
  • I-918 U-Visa and certification
  • I-360 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status with Adjustment of Status
  • N-400 Naturalizations including cases involving criminal issues
  • Immigration Bond Refund Requests
  • Consular Processing
  • Various types of I-765 Applications for Work Authorization
  • EOIR-42A/EOIR-42B Applications for Cancellation of Removal
  • Immigration Court Motions
  • Evidentiary Filings
Paralegal

Paola joined the Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, and Hufe team in January 2019 as a Paralegal. Paola received her Bachelor of Law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2010. In 2012, she graduated with a Masters in Legal Practice from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and the Pellerano & Herrera Foundation.

For over 8 years, Paola worked as junior attorney for the law firm, Pellerano & Herrera, in the Dominican Republic, focusing her practice in corporate transactions and in the regulatory sector.

Prior to her work at Pellerano & Herrera, Paola worked as a paralegal in the criminal public defense national office of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In this position, Paola assisted the attorneys with criminal cases and worked closely with individual clients.

Paola’s legal experience and specialization in legal practice, as well as her personal experience as an immigrant, allows her to understand the needs of the firm’s clients. Paola was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in December 2018. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Paralegal

Katie joined Gian-Grasso & Tomczak Immigration Law Group as a paralegal in 2021. She has an interest in immigration law as both her parents immigrated from Portugal. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish and is attentive to each client’s needs. She works very closely with the supervising attorneys on each immigration case ranging from defensive or affirmative asylum, to withholding of removal, detained immigration work and more. She drafts and files court motions and submissions and also completes USCIS affirmative immigration applications.

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies with a double minor in History and Spanish from Arcadia University in 2013. Before joining GT Immigration Law Group, she worked in the financial sector, obtained her paralegal certificate, and was employed as an Estate Administration Paralegal.

In 2021, Katie graduated from Widener University Delaware School of Law with her Juris Doctorate Degree. While attending law school she was the President of Youth Court Club, a program that embodies a restorative justice approach to the juvenile justice system, as opposed to a punitive one. In Youth Court, when a student gets in trouble, a jury of the student’s peers determines the outcome for the student’s minor offense at school. During the course of Youth Court teaching sessions, each student takes a turn in playing the role of judge, Respondent, Attorney for the Respondent, Bailiff or jury member. With the success of this program, many juvenile courts around the country are looking to implement similar restorative justice approaches. Youth Court is an organization that Katie greatly enjoyed her role in as a teacher and mentor.
As a law student, Katie also gained experience as an immigration paralegal in a small firm. Furthermore, she interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There, she expanded her legal research and writing skills and broadened her legal network.

In her free time, Katie enjoys listening to music, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. Katie is hoping to become licensed this year so that she too may represent clients with their immigration needs.

Paralegal

Daniel joined Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, P.C. as a paralegal in 2019 where he works directly with the attorneys in preparing various immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions. Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Political Science and Spanish in 2016.

While attending Haverford, Daniel’s senior thesis focused on the public opinion of immigration reform among Latinx and Hispanic communities. A significant portion of his coursework focused on American politics and foreign relations with Latin American countries.

Prior to joining Gian-Grasso, Tomczak, & Hufe, Daniel worked as an intern with a New York City council-member where he provided an array of constituent services regarding issues of immigration, housing, education, and transportation.

Daniel has experience working as a Housing Paralegal at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. Daniel was responsible for helping low-income tenants secure repairs in their apartments and buildings and for hosting Know Your Rights workshops to ensure tenants were not subject to exploitation.

Daniel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Dominican parents and is fluent in Spanish. Through his experiences in his studies and previous work, Daniel is dedicated to helping individuals and families with their immigration issues.

Account Specialist

Tiesha is an Account Specialist at Gian-Grasso & Tomczak Immigration Law Group.

Tiesha was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School 2006. Tiesha received a Business Office Operations certificate in 2007 from DPT Business School. In 2018, Tiesha received her Associates in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University. Due to her first-hand knowledge of injustice in the criminal justice system, Tiesha knew she wanted to help people access justice and fight for themselves and their families.

Tiesha has extensive experience in her field and has been working in administrative and bookkeeping roles since 2007. Tiesha is additionally a Notary and became a Notary Public in 2020.

Tiesha is fluent in English and Spanish.