Our Team

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We help people move to or stay in the United States for work, family, or other personal reasons. 

Nadia Yakoob, our founding attorney, has been working on behalf of immigrants and refugees since 1994 and practicing U.S. immigration law since 2000.  She has extensive expertise in temporary and permanent employment-based visas, family-based immigration, asylum, removal relief, and citizenship.  

Each of us at NY&A has personally lived the immigrant experience. We understand how stressful and confusing the process can be. We bring this understanding and experience to how we work with our clients. We are responsive and sensitive to each and every request.

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Nadia Yakoob

Managing Attorney

Nadia has been practicing immigration law since 2000. She began her career as an associate at the world’s largest immigration law firm, where she spent eight years and worked in the firm’s New York, Brussels, and San Francisco offices.  She then joined the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco as a staff attorney in the Court's immigration group.  There, she reviewed challenges to final orders of removal and made recommendations to a panel of three federal judges each month on how these cases should be decided. After five years at the Court, Nadia returned to private practice, and has been working primarily with startups, emerging companies, investors and entrepreneurs.

Nadia is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (2000), where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  She received a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (1998), and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She also was a Fulbright scholar at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

In addition to her professional and educational background, Nadia’s personal experiences shape her approach to her work and her clients. She immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of ten after living in Singapore, Malaysia, the UK and France. As an adult, she studied, interned, and worked abroad on  different occasions and in different countries.  She understands the challenges of migration and enjoys helping others through it.





Leyla Mostafavi, Esq.

Client Services Manager

Leyla Mostafavi is a licensed attorney in Canada and California. She began her law career at a large litigation firm in Toronto. She has also worked as a communication director for a tech startup in Silicon Valley. Leyla received her J.D. from the University of Ottawa, her M.S.c. degree from the London School of Economics, and her LL.M. degree in International Law from the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion for immigration and refugee law stems from her own personal experience of being an immigrant having to navigate various legal systems while living in the Middle East, United Kingdom, Canada and now the United States. She brings her extensive experience in litigation and startups to advocate on behalf of clients.





Amrieka Takhar

Senior Paralegal

Amrieka is currently in her final year of law school at John F. Kennedy University. She has had a broad spectrum of professional experiences in the fine arts, entrepreneurial business development, and the legal field.   Amrieka has lived, worked, and studied in the UK, Europe, and India before returning to California to pursue her legal career.  

Amrieka has a deep appreciation for the cultural diversity that results from the immigration process, and her multi-cultural background has inspired her own international travels. 




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Charmaine Escober

Legal Assistant

Charmaine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in International Studies from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California. Prior to Nadia Yakoob & Associates, she was a Paralegal for a boutique immigration law firm where she worked on nonimmigrant and immigrant based cases. Charmaine developed an interest in immigration when she learned about refugee resettlement while interning at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and another non profit that provides English language, job, life, and academic services to refugees. 

Charmaine loves to travel and has lived in Japan, Colombia and Brazil. 



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Leonardo Zambrano

Legal Assistant

Leo is a recent UC Berkeley grad who earned a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology. As a student, Leo got involved with Berkeley Law School’s Human Rights Center as open-source investigative researcher. There, his passion for social justice work combined perfectly with his science background, inspiring him to shift his focus from medicine to law. Additionally, he was selected as a Haas Public Service Leader for his year as an intern for the Supervisor of San Francisco’s 9th District. Being a naturalized citizen himself, Leo’s interest in immigration law is largely shaped by his own trajectory as an immigrant and that of his family.

In his spare time, Leo loves reading, rock climbing, dancing, and cooking with friends.




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