About Us

  • Steffanie J. Lewis, Senior Immigration Attorney
  • Albert Z Lewis Jr., Managing Attorney
  • Carolina León Sáinz, International and Immigration Law Specialist
  • Patricia Ying-yen Chang, Paralegal
  • Florencia Taborda Aguirre, Paralegal / Case Manager
  • Rosa Hernandez, Case Manager / Media Specialist

Steffanie J Lewis

Senior Immigration Attorney

E-mail: slewis @ iblf.com

Bar Admissions: Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Virginia, US District Court: Alaska, DC, Virginia, US Circuit Ct of Appeals: Eastern & Western District Virginia, US Supreme Court

Steffanie is IBLF’s primary immigration attorney, having specialized in the field for more than 35 years, filing both family-based and labor-based petitions, appearing in Immigration Court for Baltimore, Washington, Norfolk and New York on behalf of clients, as well as filing dozens of legal appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, the US District Courts and Courts of Appeal, and the US Supreme Court. She is an active member of both the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, and has represented numerous Pro Bono clients as well.

Special Expertise: Ms. Lewis has extensive experience in Asylum Litigation, Appeal and Mandamus Litigation, as well as as various aspects of regulatory law. She was General Counsel for a start-up airline and previously for a helicopter industry trade association, using her aviation and policy background, and establishing management practices for compliance with the requirements of the commercial aviation industry.

In her earlier life, Steffanie was a teacher in Connecticut, Washington state, and on the Aleutian chain in Alaska, later founding and developing a commercial air taxi business in Cordova Alaska, serving the commercial fishing industry and the transportation needs of government and private interests. Following law school, she successfully ran a commercial fishing boat in Alaska, while studying and receiving her Masters of Law in the area of Air and Space Law from the London School of Economics and London University system.

Albert Z Lewis Jr.

Managing Attorney

Email: azlewis @ iblf.com

Bar Admissions: Alaska, California, District of Columbia, US District Court: Alaska, DC, Maryland & Virginia, US Ct of Appeals: Virginia, US Supreme Court

Albert Z. Lewis is the managing attorney of the law firm, responsible for the administration, and service for the various technologies being used.

Mr. Lewis’s particular specialties are the electonic filing done with the US CIS, as well as through the ECF systems for the US District Courts, as well as EDGAR, the computer filing system for the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He also appears in Immigration Court, supervises all aspects of family-related immigration filings, and has written numerous appeal briefs for immigration and other appeals. He has represented children and adults under the Criminal Justice Act, through programs at the DC Superior Criminal Court as well as the DC Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect.

He speaks French, some Spanish and Bambara, and served as a volunteer in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of MALI, West Africa where he established and maintained an agricultural research program near the village of Dougourakoro on the Baguinda canal.


Rosa Hernandez

Case Manager / Media Specialist

Email: rhernandez @ iblf.com

Ms. Hernandez is an accomplished Communications Specialist from Venezuela who has joined IBLF as a Case Manager and Media Specialist, engaging with clients to develop the information needed to properly represent their interests.

Carolina Leon Sainz

Carolina León Sáinz

Senior Case Manager / International and Immigration Law Specialist

E-mail: carolina @ iblf.com

Bar Admissions: Spain Bar Association

Carolina León is a specialist in international and immigration law with an expertise in investment, transnational companies, high skilled employment, as all other categories of employment-based and family-based petitions. Additionally, Ms. Leon brings many years of experience working with U.S . consulates all over the world.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. León holds three master’s degrees in different areas of the law: International Business, International Commerce and Policy, and International Immigration. She joined the International Business Law Firm in April 2003, and currently represents the firm in Europe with an office set in the south of Spain, assisted by direct connections with the Washington office and the latest technology.


Florencia Taborda Aguirre

Paralegal / Case Manager

Email: ftaborda @ iblf.com

Bar Admission: Argentina

Mrs. Taborda Aguirre is a licensed Argentine attorney who is specializes in the primary immigration adjustment applications, researching evidence and preparing supporting briefs and analysis for complex legal questions. She brings her personal experience to an appreciation of the complexities and importance of immigration submissions.

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