Brittany S. Bakken is an Associate Attorney with Wilson Law Group focusing on immigration and family law. Brittany earned her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude at the University of Minnesota Law School and was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2013. While in law school, she worked as a supervising student attorney in the Civil Practice Clinic representing clients in dissolution, custody, and other civil matters. She was also a student attorney in the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic where she represented minors in petty criminal matters and Guardians ad Litem in protective custody and termination of parental rights cases. In addition, Brittany was a judicial extern for the Hon. Joan Ericksen at the United States District Court in the District of Minnesota and served as an Articles Editor for the Minnesota Law Review.
Prior to law school, Brittany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College with a major in Fine Arts where she graduated magna cum laude and with distinction. While in college, she served as a volunteer and advocate for victims of sexual assault. She also studied abroad in the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Australia, focusing on aboriginal art and culture.
Gabriela Reyes-Noyola Brunner is an Associate Attorney with Wilson Law Group, LLC, focusing on Immigration and Nationality law. She is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota and the Federal District Court of Minnesota.
Ms. Brunner completed her Juris Doctor degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, in 2007. While in law school, she worked as a Public Interest Law Initiative intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic, Pilsen Office, where she focused primarily on immigration and consumer fraud matters. She was also the Managing Editor of the Journal of International Law and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property. At graduation, Ms. Brunner was one of twelve inductees into Chicago-Kent’s Bar and Gavel Society for her outstanding contributions to her school, community, and fellow classmates.
Before joining Wilson Law Group, Ms. Brunner worked as an immigration attorney at two prominent firms and as a business litigation associate at the law firm of Briggs & Morgan, P.A. While at Briggs, she focused on a variety of complex litigation areas, including subrogation, foreclosures, personal injury, evictions and student loans issues. As part of her commitment to pro bono, she worked on immigration cases with Centro Legal, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and SMRLS.
Ms. Brunner enjoys being active within the legal community. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.
Ms. Brunner studied at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she received a B.A. in Government and a minor in Studio Art. She grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and is fluent in Spanish.
Publications include: Objectively Unreasonable: The Seventh Circuit Limits Criminal Defendants’ Rights Under the Confrontation Clause (Seventh Circuit Review, Volume 2, Issue 2, Spring 2007)
Gabriela M. Reyes-Noyola and Valerie Jensen, A Law Students’ Guide To A Successful Interview Season, Minnesota Women Lawyers With Equal Right (April 2009).
Cassondre K. Buteyn is a Senior Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group and practices in the area of immigration law. Cassondre is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law (cum laude). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Spanish from Drake University. She has studied and lived in Sevilla, Spain and worked with foreign exchange students. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and co-chair of the USCIS liaison committee. Cassondre is a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Network’s Spanish Legal Services (“La Red”) project and serves on the advisory committee. In addition, Cassondre is an executive committee member of the New American Services collaboration. Cassondre hosts a weekly local radio show called “Conversaciones con Cassondre” to answer legal questions for the station’s listeners. Cassondre is the co-attorney of record in Pavlovich v. Gonzales, 476 F.3d 613 (8th Cir. 2007) and Flores Calderon v. Gonzales, 472 F.3d 1040 (8th Cir. 2007). Cassondre was awarded La Red’s Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and Minnesota Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorney for 2012.
Erica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as the President of the Federal Bar Association student chapter for two years and taught LL.M. legal writing. She was also an Articles Editor of the Journal of International Law. Her student note, The Rise of Gestational Surrogacy and the Pressing Need for International Regulation, was published in the Minnesota Journal of International Law Vol. 21-1, p. 120,Winter 2012. During law school she worked at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in the civil division, volunteered with the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. Erica is currently an adjunct instructor of legal writing at her alma mater. Prior to attending law school, Erica lived and worked in Hiroshima, Japan for four years.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College. While at Mount Holyoke, she studied abroad in Chile and the Dominican Republic. Erica was also the recipient of the Mildred L. Sanderson Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. Prior to college, she was an AFS exchange student in Dieppe, France for a year.
Erica is a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association where she serves on the Law School Outreach Committee. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.
Erica speaks fluent Spanish and French, and conversational Japanese. She volunteers with AFS Intercultural Programs and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities.
Rebecca Desnoyers is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group where she focuses on immigration law. Her practice within immigration law includes family and employment-based immigration, asylum, consular processing, removal defense, and naturalization.
Rebecca earned her JD from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in January 2009 and has an undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was admitted to the Minnesota bar in May 2009. She is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Rebecca is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
In law school, Rebecca was active in the immigration clinic and served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Judge Gregg E. Johnson at the Minnesota Second Judicial District. She is co-author of the publication, Case Note: Orozco v. Mukasey: When an Entry May Not Be an “Admission” and the Fundamental Problems with the Ninth Circuit’s Analysis, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 68 (2008).
Before law school, Rebecca worked as a paralegal at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, a full-service immigration law firm in San Francisco, CA. Rebecca has studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys traveling, skiing, and attending local art events.
Lucy Egberg is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group, where she practices immigration law. She has experience representing clients in immigration and criminal court. She received her JD from William Mitchel College of Law, where she was a member of the Latin Law Student Association. Lucy’s undergraduate degree was in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and dual minors in Political Science and Leadership. While in law school, she participated in the Immigration Law Clinic. Representative cases included U visas, family visa petitions, and master calendar hearings. Prior to joining Wilson Law Group, Lucy was a law clerk and a certified student attorney at the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office. She represented clients on record before the court during first appearance and arraignments and negotiated plea deals for misdemeanors and bail conditions in felony court. In addition, Lucy was a legal intern at the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Lucy has international travel experience throughout Asia, South America, and Europe. Throughout her life, Lucy has spent a substantial amount of time in Bolivia, studying, volunteering, and visiting family. Lucy is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish.
Michael D. Gavigan is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group. Michael is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Federal District Court and the State Courts of New York and Minnesota. Michael provides services in the following areas: Business & Commercial Law; Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Law; Construction Law; Business Formation and Organization; Employment and Civil Rights; Family Law; and general civil litigation and appeals (MN & NY).
Michael graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. There he was a director for the National Moot Court and a supervising student attorney for the Civil Practice Clinic. While attending the University of Minnesota, Michael spoke at the ABA Young Lawyers Division teleconference entitled “Lessons in Public Education: A Community’s Challenge to Property Tax Assessments.”
Michael was also one of two founding student attorneys on the case of Odunlade et al. v. City of Minneapolis et al., 27-CV-10-26849. After admission to the bar, Michael successfully argued this case in front of the Supreme Court of Minnesota in 2012 on behalf of disaffected homeowners in Minneapolis. As a result of the advocacy of Michael and other colleagues at Wilson Law Group and the University of Minnesota Civil Practice Clinic, Minnesota homeowners can now band together to bring forth a joint tax petition to contest shared property tax issues.
Michael was also recently recognized as a North Star Lawyer. This award signifies a commitment to serving his community by providing legal services to low-income Minnesotans. Michael and other North Star Lawyers combine to deliver over 87,000 hours of pro bono service over the course of a single year. Michael is also an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Michael received bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and Psychology and also received a certificate (minor) in Integrated Liberal Studies. While attending school at Wisconsin, Michael was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, where he engaged in various volunteer activities for the Madison community.
Yun (Wendi) Kao is a Senior Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group, where she practices immigration law. Wendi focuses on employment-based immigration petitions and strategic visa planning for professionals, including business entrepreneurs. She represents individuals and businesses in obtaining and renewing work authorization, receiving permanent residency, and complying with all immigration regulations. Wendi has significant experience working with companies operating in and out of the United States, including developing business and immigration strategies to assist with their sustained growth. Wendi also has extensive experience in successfully handling complex visa and permanent residency issues for professionals of various occupations, particularly in the IT industry. In addition to employment-based filings, Wendi represents clients in family-based immigration petitions, consular processing, and naturalization filings. She assists clients in removal proceedings as well.
Wendi is a graduate from the West Virginia University College of Law, and she has also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University. In addition, she is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Public Administration at American University, in Washington, D.C. Wendi completed her undergraduate degree at National Taiwan University, in Taipei, Taiwan, majoring in languages and linguistics. Wendi is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Wendi is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Japanese.
Originating from Taiwan, Wendi combines her unique background and formal legal training to form an advanced insight into immigration practice. Wendi is a talented practitioner with a strong dedication to serving clients. Her diligent representation and quality of work are highly praised by many clients and colleagues. Wendi is currently based in California, remotely working for WLG.
Susan A. Koberstein is a Senior Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group, where she practices immigration law. Susan leads the removal practice unit at Wilson Law Group, which focuses on defending the rights of non-citizens facing deportation. Susan also handles a variety of other immigration matters, including U visas, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, TPS, and asylum. Susan has significant experience representing clients before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the U.S. consulates abroad, and the field, service, and asylum offices of the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service.
Susan is a 1995 graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, from which she received an American Jurisprudence Award in 1993 and a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2007. She is a former Adjunct Clinical Professor at Hamline Law School, where she taught the Immigration Clinic from 2002-2006 and again in 2012.
Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Spanish, and Latin-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining Wilson Law Group, she practiced with the law firm of Centro Legal, Inc. from 1995-2006, and with the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition from 2006-2008. Susan supervised the Immigration Practice Unit at Centro Legal, where she also practiced in the areas of employment, consumer, housing, and government benefits law.
Susan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she holds the position of USCIS liaison for the Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter. She frequently trains other attorneys on issues of immigration law, particularly on the immigration consequences of criminal activity. Her volunteer commitments have included work with the Minnesota Detention Project, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), the Minnehaha United Walk-In Legal Clinic, the United Way, and the Immigrant Law Center. Susan is licensed to practice law in the State of Minnesota.
Brooke B. Mengel is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group who practices in all areas of immigration law and is a member of the WLG litigation immigration defense team. Brooke conducts representation of her clients in English and in Spanish before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Brooke earned her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law in January of 2010 and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in May of 2010. In 2013, Brooke was admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Brooke has attended the American Immigration Lawyers Association Litigation Institute in Leesburg, Virginia and has served as a council member for the local American Bar Association Immigration Division. Brooke has presented on various immigration topics including survivor benefits, family based petitions, and community based speaking engagements.
During law school, Brooke was an active member of the Latino Law Student Association, worked as a paralegal in private practice, and served as a bilingual clerk for Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Servicer Center as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse in seeking protective orders.
Committed to the immigrant community in both her professional and personal life, Brooke is a volunteer consulting attorney with the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and volunteer international exchange coordinator for high school students studying in the United States to ensure their compliance with the United States Department of State regulations governing student exchange. Brooke has studied and lived abroad in New Plymouth, New Zealand and Merida, Venezuela. Her career in immigration law was inspired by her work with Oregon migrant farm workers on issues surrounding immigration and by her own international family which includes family in the United States, Venezuela, Barbados, and Japan.
Anne Parsons is an Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group where she focuses on immigration law. Anne graduated from American University Washington College of Law (summa cum laude), where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
One reason Anne decided to become an immigration attorney was so that she could connect with African communities in the United States. Anne spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, where she worked to promote girls’ education. She has also studied abroad in South Africa, and traveled in Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Morocco.
As a law student, Anne held internships at the Advocates for Human Rights, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota. She also participated in the Immigrant Justice Clinic. After graduating and prior to joining WLG, she worked as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Bloomington, Minnesota, a two-year position she obtained through the Department of Justice Honors Program.
Anne is admitted to practice in Minnesota and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association. She currently volunteers with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. She speaks proficient French and conversational Spanish and Hausa.
Anna Scholl is a Senior Associate Attorney at Wilson Law Group. She practices in the areas of family, criminal, civil, and employment law, and has completed 30 hours of Certified Civil Mediation Skills Training. Anna previously practiced immigration law at Centro Legal, Inc. She is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Chicano Studies from the University of Minnesota, and studied abroad in Merida, Venezuela. While in law school, Anna was a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Brandt and became her Law Clerk upon graduation. During her last year of law school, she was also a Certified Student Attorney, representing clients of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, through the William Mitchell Immigration Law Clinic. Anna has worked as a Bilingual Senior Court Clerk in the Fourth Judicial District, where she helped provide Spanish speaking defendants and respondents access to the court system in the Criminal and Juvenile divisions. Anna is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Anna has co-presented on immigration consequences for criminal defendants for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and has assisted Wilson Law Group’s immigration attorneys in presenting on immigration topics in the Latino community. Anna has appeared on the Spanish radio stations La Invasora, La Picosa, and La Raza, discussing legal issues and answering questions from callers. In addition to defending criminal defendants, Anna is a valuable resource for Wilson Law Group’s immigration clients in need of representation for a variety of family and civil matters, including divorces, adoption, name changes, child support, and orders for protection.
Anna donates blood at Memorial Blood Center, where she worked part-time during her first year of law practice, and is dedicated to sharing the gift of life with her fellow human beings. Anna has a strong background in social justice principles and enjoys her work as an attorney, helping people in difficult situations where they would otherwise feel lost, and ensuring that non-English speakers have equal access to the legal system.
Elizabeth M. Streefland is a Senior Attorney with Wilson Law Group who leads WLG’s global and employment-based immigration practice. Her practice emphasizes developing creative solutions and international resources to manage her clients’ international workforces. She has represented businesses within a range of industries including engineering, ranching, LED lighting, business and educational software, and nonprofits. Elizabeth has nearly twenty years of experience in immigration law, during which time she has experienced how the ebb and flow of trends in the United States and abroad affects her clients. Her deep practical experience coupled with her passion to push the law forward makes her a tireless and effective counselor and advocate. Elizabeth has a strong interest in the balance of privacy law which has sparked her to successfully litigate claims under the Freedom of Information Act on behalf of her clients. Elizabeth is a popular speaker and advocate for immigrants and immigration reform and is an active member of the Minnesota/Dakota’s chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Elizabeth graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. After teaching English for several years, Elizabeth graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1994 with her Juris Doctor. She founded and ran the Streefland Law Firm for nearly twenty years after successfully obtaining a visa for a member of her own family in 1994. Elizabeth is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
David L. Wilson is the Managing Attorney of Wilson Law Group. David is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota, U.S. District Court of Minnesota, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. David attended the University of St. Thomas and graduated cum laude in 1993. He then graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law with cum laude honors in 1997. David served as the Executive Editor to the William Mitchell Law Review and subsequently served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Roland J. Faricy (ret.) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
David is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Association. David is a Past Chair of the Minnesota / Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. David has also served as an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law where he co-taught immigration law. He also served an adjunct law professor for the William Mitchell College of Law, teaching Writing Research Advocacy and Presentation, Appellate Advocacy, and the William Mitchell College of Law’s Immigration Law Clinic.
David is a frequent guest speaker on many legal topics in Minnesota and nationally, and provides pro bono services to victims of domestic abuse and children in need. The Children’s Law Center of Minnesota recognized David for his pro bono work on behalf of immigrant children in foster care in 2012. David was also awarded the 360 Communities Caring Award for his pro bono work with the Lewis House Domestic Abuse Shelters in February 2013.
David litigates cases before the federal government, federal court system, Minnesota courts, and Minnesota agencies. David is the attorney of record in the published decisions of Odunlade v. City of Minneapolis, 823 N.W.2d 638 (Minn. 2012); Gaitan v. Holder, 683 F.3d 951 (8th Cir. 2012); Escoto-Castillo v. Napolitano, 658 F.3d 864 (8th Cir. 2011); Salheen v. Holder, 618 F.3d 957 (8th Cir. 2010) Nyari v. Mukasey, 562 F.3d 916 (8th Cir. 2009); Khilan v. Holder, 557 F.3d 583 (8th Cir. 2009); Nguyen v. Mukasey, 522 F.3d 853 (8th Cir. 2008); Llapa-Sinchi v. Mukasey, 520 F.3d 897 (8th Cir. 2008); Pavlovich v. Gonzales, 476 F.3d 613 (8th Cir. 2007), Flores Calderon v. Gonzales, 472 F.3d 1040 (8th Cir. 2007), Kanyi v. Gonzales, 406 F.3d 1087 (8th Cir. 2005), and Mohamed, et al. v. Ashcroft, 396 F.3d 999 (8th Cir. 2005). David is also the attorney of record in several unpublished federal and Minnesota Court of Appeal decisions.