who we are

At the Law Office of Michele Contreras, we exclusively practice Immigration Law. As you may have experienced in the past season, H-2B laws are frequently changing, audits are increasing, and new hurdles are constantly placed in front of H-2B employers. In this political climate, you need a law firm to represent you who dedicates their practice to representing H-2 employers.

We are an immigration law firm that handles family and employment-based immigration matters, but over the years, we have developed a particular focus on H-2B visas and green cards for H-2B workers. Because the majority of our cases are H-2B related cases, we are able to constantly stay on top of the H-2B trends and regulations and provide excellent legal representation for a reasonable cost. We have clients all over the United States.

Our attorneys and paralegals are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA members across the country are constantly updated with current trends in the processing of H-2B cases by DOL and USCIS. 

Michele Contreras, Esq. has been practicing immigration law since 2007 and has been representing H-2B employers since 2009. Prior to becoming an attorney in 2007, she worked as a legal assistant in various immigration law offices since 2001. She is a Mentor in the area of H-2B Visas for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves on the Department of Labor Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Office, and also serves as the Co-Coordinator of the National H-2 Attorney Interest Group Listserve. She has spoken at Legal Education Conferences to other immigration attorneys educating them about H-2 visas.
Ms. Contreras worked both in private law firms and non-profit legal services prior to founding The Law Office of Michele Contreras, LLC. She is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Email: mcontreras@mcontreraslaw.com

Yelena Vilk, Esq.  is the firm's Associate Attorney and comes to the firm with years of diverse Immigration experience.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Communications graduating Magna Cum Laude from Drexel University. After graduation, she excelled in the Claude W. Pettit College of Law, at Ohio Northern University. Yelena has experience in a multitude of immigration issues ranging from family-based immigration and asylum to worker visas and Business Immigration Law, working diligently at both large firms and charitable, Pro Bono organizations. Her dedication to immigration issues and her meticulous attention to detail add to the excellence of The Law Office of Michele Contreras.
Yelena is a member of The American Immigration Lawyers Association and is fluent in Russian. 
Email: yvilk@h-2visas.com

Sara Giraldo is a paralegal at the Law Office. She joined the team in 2017 and has worked a paralegal in the Immigration field since 2014. Born and raised in Colombia, she is fluent in Spanish.  As an Immigrant, she is passionate about Immigration Law. 
Sara is an Attorney at Law in her home Country Colombia. She earned her JD Equivalent at the Rosario University in Bogota and a Bachelor's Degree from the same University. She has a Masters in Political Science from San Francisco State University. 

Email: sgiraldo@h-2visas.com