Stone & Grzegorek LLP was formed in 2005 by Lincoln Stone and Kathleen Grzegorek, two experienced immigration law practitioners who are certified as specialists in immigration law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Only a small percentage of immigration law attorneys have certified specialist standing, which is attained based on depth and breadth of immigration law experience, specialized legal education courses, rigorous examination, and professional references. We have more certified specialists in immigration law than any other law firm. In six years the law firm has grown to 15 immigration attorneys who are supported by a like number of support staff.
The law firm's expertise covers a broad range of matters, including investor, employment, and family-based immigration, as well as removal proceedings, federal court appeals, asylum and naturalization.
The law firm has a strong commitment to excellence and learning. Mr. Stone, Ms. Grzegorek, Helen Sklar, Victoria Duong, Elsie Hui Arias and Madhu Sharma are certified specialists in immigration law. Furthermore, attorneys in the law firm are sought after as speakers before lawyer and professional audiences and as authors on complex subjects in the immigration law field. We have established our law firm in a way that allows us to tackle the most challenging legal matters and to devote the skill, learning and effort required to achieve solutions for clients in complex matters.
At the same time, we enjoy the trust and confidence of many clients who have recurring needs for our legal assistance in preparing and filing petitions for immigration benefits. In this area of our practice, we stress communication and efficiency, and we constantly look for ways to enhance the level of our services.
Our attorneys are supported by a team of skilled multi-lingual staff who are passionate about client service. Our team speaks many languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Each client is important and unique, receiving our undivided attention and creativity. Our depth of experience, commitment to excellence, and creative approach to diverse matters set Stone & Grzegorek apart from other immigration law firms.
Michele Buchanan is admitted to the California Bar, and has approximately twenty-one years of experience in the field of immigration law. Ms. Buchanan’s immigration law experience began in 1986 with an immigration firm representing primarily clients from East Asia. She later worked with two of Southern California’s largest business immigration firms, representing a diverse client base, including multinational corporations, major universities, individual business investors, professionals, research scientists, academicians, actors, musicians and artists of various kinds. She also had the opportunity to represent clients applying for US visas at the American Embassies/Consulates in Juarez, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; Halifax, Canada; and Seoul, Korea. Currently Ms. Buchanan’s practice is focused on EB5 employment creation investor cases, and she has successfully represented dozens of investors. She also represents academicians, artists and entertainers seeking alien of extraordinary ability and national interest waiver benefits, as well as corporate clients.
Ms. Buchanan is a past-Chair of the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has lectured and published on various immigration topics. Her publications include: “Immigration Update,” PIHRA Scope, May 2002; “Spousal Work Authorization Bill signed by President Bush,” PIHRA Scope, March 2002; “An Overview of Recent Changes in Immigration Law Affecting Health Care Human Resource Administrators,” AHHRA News, 1996; “DV Lotteries – A Mad or Rational Way to Allocate Immigrant Visas in the Nineties,” Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 1996 and 1995 editions; “Non-Traditional H-1Bs and TNs, Emerging Issues in Immigration Law,” AILA California Conference 1994.
Ms. Buchanan graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies, concentrating in the study of Mandarin Chinese. She also completed first year Japanese language studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as well as coursework at the Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Training Center in Taipei. She received her law degree in 1991 from the University Of West Los Angeles School Of Law. Ms. Buchanan is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Board Member, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles
Moderator, “Focus on Investors from China,” AILA EB-5 Conference (2012)
Presenter, “To EB-5 Or Not To EB-5 — Determining Whether EB-5 (Or Something Else) Is The Best Immigration Strategy,” AILA EB-5 Conference (2011)
Presenter, “Visas For Entertainment Industry Workers,” California Lawyers for the Arts (2010)