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Peta-Gaye Ricketts, Esq.

Contact Information

Name
Peta-Gaye Ricketts, Esq.
Position
Associate Attorney
Contact Phone
(212) 233-7473
Contact Email
petagaye@mshahlaw.com
Peta-Gaye Ricketts, Esq.

Peta-Gaye completed her undergraduate studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Washington College of Law (WCL) at the American University located in Washington, D.C. Peta-Gaye also holds a Master of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) in International Affairs (with a focus in Development) from American University. While at WCL, Peta-Gaye Ricketts served as a Student Attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic where she assisted new U.S. asylees in finalizing their paperwork, including filing derivative petitions and adjustment of status applications with USCIS.

Peta-Gaye previously worked at the highly-rated Murthy Law Firm in Owings Mills, Md, where she represented Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-sized companies, and individuals undergoing the U.S. immigration process. Prior to this, Peta-Gaye worked at several law firms in the Washington. DC. metropolitan area, where she handled a variety of immigration matters including family-based, adjustment of status, naturalization, and employment-based cases.

Peta-Gaye's interest in immigration law stems from her personal experience first as an F-1 studetnt visa applicant for school in the U.S and thereafter as an H-1B non immigration temporary worker. As a visa applicant from Kingston, Jamaica, she found the process somewhat intimidating and complex and hopes to offer as much guidance as possible to those who must encounter this process prior to studying in the U.S. Ms. Ricketts enjoys the practice of immigration law because the field serves as a platform to assist individuals and families realize their dreams of visiting, studying, and residing in the the U.S. She is fluent in Spanish.

Peta-Gaye was admitted to the Maryland Court of Appeals in December, 2006. She is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Peta-Gaye enjoys travel and has indeed traveled extensively throughout her life. In fact, she briefly resided in Santiago, Chile and Seville, Spain during college and law school. She credits these experiences to making her the open-minded, multicultural person she has become.