Heather is a paralegal in the Immigration practice group, and assists with all aspects of immigration law, including:
- Applications for non-immigrant visas
- Immigrant visa consular processing
- Employment-based and family-based immigrant petitions
- Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) used to process labor certifications
- Applications for change of status and extension of stay
- Applications for adjustment of status and U.S. Citizenship
She also provides I-9 audit support for employers, and is a Notary Public in the State of Florida.
Before joining Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in 2013, Heather worked at a respected immigration and personal injury firm in the Tampa Bay area for over 13 years as a legal assistant, and now has more than 16 years of litigation experience in a broad range of practice areas, including immigration, personal injury, and medical malpractice.
Shortly after starting with Shumaker, Heather had the opportunity to assist the Immigration Law practice group, and instantly knew it was what she wanted to do. She grew up with her grandfather and grandmother (Abuelo y Abuela) who migrated to the United States from Cuba. They would describe how proud they were to be in the U.S., and contributed to this country in many ways. Her grandfather served in the U.S. military (Army and Air Force), and both grandparents were teachers and extremely passionate about their students. They invested their time and attention in troubled communities, motivating dropouts to go back and complete school by providing tutoring to underprivileged children so they could successfully complete High School or their General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Heather’s grandparents’ passion inspired and motivated her to want to help others through her immigration work.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, working out, fishing, and watching lacrosse, football, and wrestling.