Attorneys

Robert A. RemesRobert A. Remes

Robert A. Remes began his career in immigration and nationality law in 1977 and has limited his practice to that area ever since. A mentor to other immigration lawyers, he is called upon frequently to solve problems resulting from the mistakes of less-skilled attorneys or the frequently harsh and unforgiving decisions of CIS. A graduate of Cornell University and Boston University Law School, a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts, and admitted to practice in the 4th Circuit and the US District Court of Maryland, Mr. Remes appears before immigration courts and CIS offices throughout the United States.

Mr. Remes has prepared successful asylum applications from scores of countries, pursuing claims based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, and genital mutilation. He has successfully helped clients defeat removal proceeding, overcome the use of secret evidence, and secured approval of applications for cancellation of removal from immigration judges.  He is especially well-known for the care and time he spends on preparing submissions to courts and CIS and painstakingly readying clients for their interviews or hearings.

He has prepared and supervised the preparation of many hundreds of labor certifications, employment and family based petitions and applications for permanent residence.  Mr. Remes and the firm have also obtained approval of Section 13 applications for former diplomats.

Natalia SegermeisterNatalia Segermeister

Natalia Segermeister has dedicated her career to assisting the immigrant community in the United States. She has successfully represented clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration Courts in the Washington, DC area. She has also assisted clients in securing a wide array of immigration benefits including asylum, lawful permanent residency, citizenship, and waivers for unlawful presence, among others.

Ms. Segermeister is a graduate of the University of Florida and Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, she focused her coursework on immigration issues and was awarded a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. She was an advocate with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), where she aided in the organization’s advocacy efforts by drafting legal analyses of anti-immigrant legislation, writing comments to proposed rules, answering specific case queries by contacting the CIS Ombudsman’s Office, and assisting with a project to place immigration cases with pro bono counsel. In 2012, she worked as a Project Attorney for the CLINIC’s Legal Orientation Program for Custodians of Unaccompanied Alien Children where she supervised orientations given throughout the country to custodians of children who entered the United States as unaccompanied minors. Since 2013 Ms. Segermeister has been providing direct services to clients.

Ms. Segermeister speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Staff

Muhammad Aslam Muhammad Aslam

As Legal Assistant, Muhammad Aslam is a Certified Paralegal from George Mason University, provides an outstanding service to our clients regarding their immigrant and nonimmigrant concerns, and directly supports the work of the attorneys. As an immigrant himself, he is empathetic and dedicated to the clients he serves. He is careful and meticulous, and knows all there is to know about immigrant visa processing, CIS forms and immigration procedures.

Prior to working with Carliner and Remes, Mr. Aslam worked in various law firms in Fairfax and Reston.. Mr. Aslam has almost ten years of experience working with immigration, divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury and criminal defense attorneys.

Mr. Aslam speaks fluently Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Pashto.

Jessie ContrerasJessie Contreras

As the Office Manager, Jessie Contreras-Frazier will provide outstanding service to clients and be that warm, friendly voice greeting our clients over the telephone and the smiling face to greet them when they walk in to our office.

Mrs. Contreras is a Certified Paralegal from George Mason University. She will always be happy and eager to assist with any general questions or concerns you have. As an immigrant herself, she is empathetic and dedicated to the clients we serve. She is fluent in Spanish and a certified translator from Inlingua College.