Attorney Profile

US Immigration Attorneys – Our Team

Shilpa Malik, Esq. – Managing Attorney

Shilpa Malik, Esq.

Prior to founding her own law firm, Shilpa Malik worked as a Senior Attorney at prominent New York City based law firms where she practiced Immigration Law exclusively. She has handled a myriad of Immigration cases and issues including Family-Based cases, Employment Based cases, Consular Processing, CSPA, Removal Representation and Defense. Attorney Malik has participated in several community outreach programs and was an Advocate with the Immigrants Rights Clinic at the New York University School of Law.

Attorney Malik has extensive experience in Immigration Court, Federal Immigration Court, and Federal Criminal Court Litigation proceedings in Miami, including court appearances for Master and Individual Hearings for cases involving Criminal and Overstay Waivers, CIMT Defense and petitions for review in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

In addition to her experience in removal/deportation defense cases, she has prepared and filed non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions including, but not limited to:

  • H-1B, E, L, O, P, H-3, J, K and U Visas, as well as I-130 and I-140 Immigrant Petitions with Accompanying Adjustment of Status (I-485)
  • EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Petition
  • PERM Labor Certification with the Department of Labor
  • EB-2 and EB-3 Employment based Green Cards
  • Investment Based and Treaty Trader Visas and EB-5 Green Card
  • Affirmative Political Asylum
  • Marriage Cases
  • Naturalization/Citizenship, 245(I), CSS/Lulac, LIFE Act, Removal of Conditions etc.

Attorney Malik has built a great reputation as one of the top attorneys in the South Florida area in deportation defense, employment immigration, PERM Labor Certification, investment based immigration, family and marriage based immigration cases. She works extremely hard to deliver the best outcome in immigration cases for every client of the firm.

Attorney Malik attended the New York University (NYU) School of Law where she distinguished herself by receiving the Deans Graduate Award. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), American Bar Association (ABA), New York State Bar Association and New York City Lawyers Association (NYCLA). Shilpa was born in India and is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Ashley Gruber – Attorney

Immigration Attorney Ashley GruberAttorney Ashley E. Gruber is based out of our Fort Lauderdale office. She is originally from a small town west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.  She received her law degree from Florida International University College of Law in Miami, Florida.

Prior to joining SGM Law Group, she practiced at immigration law firms in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and in Naples, Florida.  During law school, Ms. Gruber worked as a law clerk at several small immigration firms and non-profit organizations, and volunteered at a number of pro-bono community immigration events.
Ms. Gruber’s passion for immigration law originally stems from her grandparents.  Her maternal lineage is from Sparta and Crete, Greece.  Her paternal lineage is from Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria.  Her grandparents experienced the lasting effects of the immigration system and often shared their stories with her.  Despite being homeless, misunderstood, and shunned by society, her grandparents worked tirelessly to ensure their children had a better life. Through the conversations with her grandparents, she learned the importance of sacrifice, handwork, family, and heritage.
When Ms. Gruber lived in Costa Rica as an undergraduate student, she was able to speak with people firsthand about their immigration struggles and about how difficult it can be to start life in the United States.  It was apparent to her that the same struggles her grandparents experienced because of the immigration system remained.  Immediately upon returning to the United States, she joined a law firm in Myrtle Beach as a legal assistant and began her journey towards becoming an immigration attorney.
Ms. Gruber represents individuals, families, and U.S. employers with family and employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters.   She has experience filing non-immigrant visas, including H-1B, L-1, B-2, F, P-3, TN, and K-1, and immigrant visas, including I-130, I-140 (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3).  She also has experience handling cases, including: marriage, consular processing, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal of conditions on residency, affirmative asylum, work permits, advance parole applications, and applications for temporary protected status.
She is conversant in Spanish and licensed to practice law in Florida.

Cecilia Rodriguez – Of Counsel

Cecilia Rodriguez - NYC Immigration LawyerAttorney Cecilia Rodriguez is based out of our New York City office. Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law in New York. Additionally, she has a certification in Spanish received by the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science, granted in June 2006. She has been admitted to practice law in the state of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She has worked in both the non-profit and private sectors practicing immigration law for the past seven years as well as participating in her law school’s immigration law clinic. She is still active in the non-profit sector and works as of counsel for Centro Comunitario – CEUS in Union City, NJ. She has been a panel speaker for CLE trainings in the context of domestic violence and immigration law. She was also a panelist at an Immigration Law Symposium (2010) at Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Rodriguez has also participated as a community outreach speaker at a forum titled, “Understanding the Laws that Protect Women & Children,” in April 2006 in Port Chester, NY and was a panelist for a CLE training seminar titled, “Immigration Remedies for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence,” in March 2007 in White Plains, NY. She is an active member of AILA (the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association). Cecilia was born in Colombia and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Ardian Gjoka – Of Counsel

Ardian Gjoka Immigration Lawyer Jacksonville FL

Attorney Ardian Gjoka is based out of Jacksonville, FL. Mr. Gjoka received his J.D. from Tirana University School of Law, Albania, in 1995. He worked as an attorney in Albania until he immigrated to the United States in 1999. Upon arriving in Jacksonville, Florida, he volunteered at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, helping immigrants who had arrived in the US as refugees.

In 2003, Mr. Gjoka received the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in United States Legal Studies (with honors), from Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California. He is now admitted to the New York State Bar Association. From 2002 until 2012, Mr. Gjoka worked for various law firms in Jacksonville, Florida.

Native of Albania, Mr.Gjoka has been a passionate and dedicated advocate of the Albanian community for many years by assisting members of this community to find the best legal representation for all of their legal issues. He is a member of San Jose Refugee Ministry which provides support to individuals who have had to flee their countries of origin due to the tragedies of persecution and war.

Vilmarie Mere – Sr. Immigration Paralegal

Vilmarie-Mere-Senior-Immigration-ParalegalVilmarie Mere is a seasoned corporate Senior Immigration Paralegal with 16+ years of experience, exclusively in the area of immigration law. She specializes in employment-based immigration matters and works closely with our client’s HR/Managers while assisting them with the execution of their specific immigration programs, particularly visa processing, immigration strategies, green card sponsorship, recruitment management, and compliance inquiries.

Ms. Mere manages an extensive corporate caseload and is responsible for preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas including E-2/E- 3, H, L, O, TN, PERM, Adjustment of Status, Advance Parole, Employment Authorization Documents, to name a few. Ms. Mere possess superior organizational and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of attorneys, staff, and clients.

She is adept at managing records and confidential information and assists attorneys and clients in the proper filing of legal cases while maintaining compliance with federal regulations. Vilmarie is fluent in English and Spanish.

Stephen Valencia – Immigration Paralegal

Stephen Valencia - Immigration PatalegalStephen Valencia is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and dedicated professional with a track record of holding positions with increasing responsibility. He possesses proven organization, analytical, research and administrative management skills. Stephen is particularly known for his commitment to quality and passion for delivering results while exceeding expectations. Steve is naturally detail-oriented and known for being responsible, trustworthy, hard-working, and eager to learn and grow. He also possesses proven relationship-building talents and problem-solving abilities.