People

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

QUALIFICATIONS

BA/LLB/MA

Registered Migration Agent 741735

Ryan is a member of our Migration Law Practice Group.

Ryan has expertise in all areas of migration law and policy. He advises multinational and local corporations in applying for temporary and permanent employer sponsored visas.

Ryan also advises and assists individuals in successfully obtaining all types of visas including spouse/de facto visas, general skilled migration visas, business visas, family visas, visitor visas and student visas.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Ryan worked in a large commercial law firm where he also provided advice on all aspects of migration law. He has appeared in the Federal Courts, the Migration Review Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in relation to various migration law appeal matters.

In addition to his migration law experience, Ryan previously worked as commercial in-house lawyer at the Department of Defence providing commercial law advice in relation to the negotiation and acquisition of complex defence equipment and sustainment contracts. Ryan has also practiced as a criminal lawyer.

Ryan is currently completing a Masters degree (International Relations) majoring in International Law and Policy.

Areas of Expertise

Migration Law

Professional Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria

Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)

Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)

David Stratton

QUALIFICATIONS

B.Ec, LLB (Monash University)

Registered Migration Agent 9358007

David is a Director practising at our Melbourne Office. He is an accredited specialist in Migration Law and a registered Migration Agent.

David’s reputation and experience has seen him rated as one of the top six immigration lawyers in Australia. Testimony to his skill and experience is his membership of various committees of the Law Institute of Victoria.

He has written extensively and frequently lectures on his area of expertise.

He and his team focus on all visa areas and in particular general skilled migration, business migration, student visas and family reunions.

He has been instrumental in preparation and presentation of submissions to the Commonwealth Government on immigration law and policy.

Area of Expertise

Migration Law

Professional Membership

Law Institute of Victoria

Helen Zheng

QUALIFICATIONS

B.Eng, M.Eng (China)

LLB (Monash University)

Registered Migration Agent 0003327

Helen is a practising lawyer at our Melbourne Office.

Helen has extensive experience in advising employers and individuals on skilled visas, family visas, sponsorship and business skills visas and in representing clients in relation to appeals.

She also has a strong interest in Commercial Law and representing small to medium enterprises in relation to property and commercial transactions.

Area of Expertise

Migration Law

Professional Memberships

Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)

Migration Institute of Australia

Law Institute of Victoria

Annalisa Symons

QUALIFICATIONS

Laurea in Giurisprudenza (Italian Law Degree),

Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice(Hons),

Admitted to practice in Italy and Australia

Australian Registered Migration Agent 1277734

Annalisa is a senior member of our Immigration Law Practice Group and provides specialist immigration advice to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all matters related to Australian migration in addition to appeals to the Migration Review Tribunal.

Annalisa is a Registered Migration Agent and a fully qualified lawyer in Australia and in Italy.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Annalisa practised commercial law in Milan, Italy and continued her practice of commercial and corporate law for two highly regarded firms in Melbourne in relation to corporate governance and competition law.

Area of Expertise

Australian Immigration Law

Professional Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria

Migration Institute of Australia

Migration Agents Registration Authority

James Wang

QUALIFICATIONS

LL.M, J.D., B.Eng, M.Eng, Dip.Mgt.

Australian Registered Migration Agent 0702094

James is a member of the Property Law Practice Group and an authorised legal representative in Beijing.

His focus is to provide legal advice for our Chinese corporate clients and individual private clients in all aspects of commercial and property matters in addition to Australian migration.

Before joining Nevett Ford, James held directorships in a number of multi-national corporations that focused on large scale commodity trading in China, Singapore and Australia.

James has extensive commercial, industrial and legal experience in China and Australia which provides further benefit for our clients.

Area of Expertise

Property Law

Australian Immigration Law

Professional Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria

Melissa Vincenty

QUALIFICATIONS

Juris Doctorate, William S. Richardson School of Law, Hawaii University at Manoa Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate, University of Hawaii at Manoa Bachelors of Arts, International Service and Development and Chinese Studies, World College West

Melissa is a senior member of the Immigration Law Practice Group and head of the U.S. Immigration Practice Group for the firm.

Melissa provides specialist US immigration advice and visa assistance to our corporate clients and individual private clients in all aspects of US Immigration Law.

In addition, Melissa has extensive experience advising entrepreneurs and start-up companies with a special focus on the IT, manufacturing, engineering and educational industries.

Prior to joining Nevett Ford, Melissa was a senior associate in a leading global immigration law firm in Sydney and prior to that was owner of a private immigration law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Area of Expertise

US Immigration Law

Professional Memberships

Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer

Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Former Secretary Hawaii Chapter

AILA Bangkok District Chapter Treasurer &,Executive Committee (Current)

Former Chair of Membership and USCIS Liaison Committees

American Chamber of Commerce

American Bar Association (ABA)

National Lawyers Guild