skip to Main Content

About Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP

Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP is an AV-rated law firm dedicated to providing comprehensive immigration assistance for employment-based and family-based immigrants. We are committed to providing quality legal assistance at competitive rates. For the past 35 years, we have represented international corporations in the transfer of personnel, as well as assisting individuals seeking to immigrate to United States. Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP represents individuals in removal proceedings and provides advice regarding post-conviction relief.

Attorneys

ABBE ALLEN KINGSTON

Partner

Abbe Kingston is the senior attorney in charge of overseeing all immigration matters for Kingston, Martinez & Hogan. He is a founding partner of the firm and has practiced immigration law in Santa Barbara for over 35 years. He has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist since 1988. He was appointed as a Commissioner on the California State Bar Commission on Legal Specialization for a period of three years. Abbe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Abbe has published several law review articles, as well as appeared on local and national news as an immigration expert. He is a lecturer on immigration related matters at national and international conferences, including the annual conference for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Abbe is admitted to practice law in the State of California. He has a number of published decisions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Bar Association.

TANYA A. AHLMAN

Partner

Tanya Ahlman is a Partner at Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP. She has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist. Tanya specializes in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern Maine. Tanya practiced law for the Office of the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County for two years prior to joining Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP. She is admitted to practice law in California, New Jersey, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tanya is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association.

Primary Areas: Immigrant Visa Petitions (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing Immigrant Visa Petitions, Treaty Investors (E-2), Intracompany Transfer Visas (L), Extraordinary Ability Visas (O), Professional Athlete Visas (P), Naturalization, Post-Conviction Relief

HELENE M. GRADOW

Senior Attorney

Helene Gradow is an attorney at Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP currently specializing in Special Juvenile Immigrant Visas and I-9 Compliance and Inspections. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Helene attended Southwestern University School of Law where she earned her law degree in 1983. Prior to joining Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP, Helene practiced corporate law for a large law firm in Los Angeles. She has over 20 years of experience specializing in international business transactions and immigration compliance for employers. She is licensed by the State Bar of California and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association.

Primary Areas: Special Juvenile Immigrant Visas, Treaty Investors (E-2), Treaty Traders (E-1), Immigration Compliance for Employers, I-9 Inspections

ANDREA M. ANAYA

Junior Partner

Andrea Anaya is a Junior Partner with Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP. She practices immigration law, specializing in family-based immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), deportation/removal defense, crimmigration and federal immigration litigation. Andrea received her B.A in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned her J.D. from the Santa Barbara College of Law where she was awarded the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law. She is licensed by the State Bar of California and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Mexican American Bar Association.

Primary Areas: Deportation/Removal Defense, Waivers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

ALEXANDER NEDER

Immigration Specialist

Alexander Neder earned his Bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin. Alexander has over 10 years of experience with immigration law, including employment with large international law firms.

Primary Areas: Specialty Occupation Visas (H-1B/E-3/H-1B1), NAFTA Visas (TN), Student Visas (F-1)

Staff

CARMELA SARAGOSA

Paralegal & Office Manager

Carmela Saragosa has over thirty years of experience with family-based immigration petitions. She first joined Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP in 1987. Prior to rejoining Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP in 1995, Carmela was a legal secretary for DeWitt Ross & Stevens (formerly Ross & Stevens) in Wisconsin. Carmela is a native Spanish speaker. She is a long-time resident of Carpinteria and is active in local community and church activities.

Primary Areas: Marriage and Family-Based Immigrant Visa Petitions (I-130), Consular Processing, Adjustment of Status, Fiancé Visa Petition (K-1); Applications to Remove Conditional Status, Naturalization, Applications to Replace Permanent Resident Cards

RACHEL YODER

Paralegal

Rachel Yoder received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Paralegal Certificate from Tacoma Community College. While earning her certificate, Rachel completed an internship at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Tacoma. She joined Kingston, Martinez & Hogan in 2009 as a paralegal. She has 9 years of experience with specialty occupation visas and 8 years of experience with Permanent Labor Certifications (PERM). Rachel resides in Santa Barbara, with her husband, Josiah, and young son, Leo.

Primary Areas: Permanent Labor Certifications, Specialty Occupation Visas (H-1B/E-3/H-1B1), NAFTA Visas (TN)

EVA MAYA

Paralegal

Eva Maya is a Paralegal at Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP, specializing in provisional unlawful presence waivers (I-601A waivers). Eva received her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara Extension in 2014. She first joined Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP in March 2011 as a receptionist. She has prior experience with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and employment-based specialty occupation non-immigrant visas (H-1B/TN/H-1B1/E-3). Eva is a native Spanish speaker. She resides in Lompoc with her husband, Luis, and three children, Arturo, Luis, and Nathalia.

Primary Areas: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (I-601A), Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissibility (I-601), and Waivers for Permission to Reapply for Admission (I-212)

JULIA PILKINGTON

Legal Assistant

Julia Pilkington received her bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Olaf College. Prior to joining Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP, she volunteered as an Immigration Legal Assistant with World Relief’s Baltimore Immigration Legal Clinic. Julia joined Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP in 2018 as an Immigration Legal Assistant for Tanya Ahlman. She assists with employment-based immigration cases.

Primary Areas: Employment/Travel Authorization Renewals, Outstanding Researcher Immigrant Visa Petitions (EB-1), Intracompany Transfer Visas (L), Extraordinary Ability Visas (O)

ALEJANDRO SANTANA

Receptionist

Alejandro Santana joined Kingston, Martinez & Hogan LLP as receptionist in 2015. He studied Kinesiology at California Lutheran University (CLU). Alejandro is a native Spanish speaker. He coordinates appointments for the office, translates civil documents and declarations, maintains the caseload database, assists in financial documentation, and tracking files. He provides administrative and client support.

Back To Top