Our Associates

The attorneys at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP offer professional immigration law services, drawing on a diverse variety of professional and personal backgrounds.  Our associates include:


Eric Lorenzo

Eric LorenzoMr. Lorenzo was born and raised in Bayside, New York.  He went on to earn his B.S. in Business Management from State University of New York at Stony Brook.  After receiving his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law in Delaware, Mr.Lorenzo was admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.  He is a member of AILA and the New York County Lawyers’ Association, and is fluent in Tagalog and Spanish.  Mr. Lorenzo is also a member of the NYSBA and the ABA.  Mr. Lorenzospecializes in deportation defense, family based immigration, employment based immigration and has represented numerous start up tech companies in the New York City area.

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Samuel Newbold

Sam-1Mr. Newbold is a critical member of the firm’s EB5 Department and has developed an immigration practice that is centered on investors and entrepreneurs. Mr. Newbold works closely with foreign nationals seeking nonimmigrant or immigrant status through E-2 or EB5 investments and is experienced in all of the nuances of the immigration process. He also represents developers looking to establish and administrate Regional Center projects under the EB-5 program.

In addition to business and investment based immigration matters, Mr. Newbold is experienced in all aspects of U.S. Consular law and family based immigration, as well as defending clients against deportation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review where he has successfully litigated cases before Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Mr. Newbold frequently speaks at events throughout the New York City area on immigration issues and he works closely with the local Start-Up and Technology communities, representing cutting edge companies and talented individuals who comprise the City’s rapidly growing Silicon Alley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Safe Passage Project, which is a non-profit that provides pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors in the immigration process.

Mr. Newbold is a graduate of New York Law School and received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Elon University. He hails from the Outer Banks region of North Carolina and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and New York State Bar Association.


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Bahadir Ekiz

Bahadir EkizMr. Ekiz received his B.S. in History from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ.  While in law school, Mr. Ekiz worked as a research fellow for the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research, where he researched and wrote reports on topics including national security and government policy.  Mr. Ekiz is also a former member of the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic for The Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice.  After receiving his J.D., Mr. Ekiz was admitted to practice law in New Jersey and New York.  He is a member of AILA, New York State Bar Association, and New Jersey State Bar Association.


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Carissa Tyler

Carissa TylerOriginally from Seattle, WA, Ms. Tyler is experienced in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, and removal defense. She represents clients in matters concerning nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, permanent residence, naturalization, and removal proceedings. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA), and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALANY). She has served on several AILA New York Chapter Committees, including the CLE Committee, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Committee, and the Social Committee.

Ms. Tyler graduated cum laude from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science. She completed immigration-related internships during law school with the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (CAIR), The Legal Aid Society of New York – Immigration Law Unit, the Asian American Justice Center, and the Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). After earning her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, Ms. Tyler was admitted to practice in New York.


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Maria Mihaylova

Maria MihaylovaOriginally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Ms. Mihaylova joined our team in 2012.  She received her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Seton Hall Circuit Review. She also received a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University.   Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Ms. Mihaylova has gained substantial experience working with both corporate and individual clients on a wide range of immigration matters.


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Troy D. Palmer

Troy D. PalmerMr. Palmer graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2004 and earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2015. With over a decade of experience with the firm, Mr. Palmer counsels private employers and individuals in the areas of permanent labor certification, appellate review with the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, and the full array of employment based petitions. Admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Troy is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Troy currently serves on the Department of Labor committee of AILA’s New York chapter.


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Colleen Herzog

Colleen HerzogMs. Herzog graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, History, and Sociology, and a Certificate in European Studies. She later earned her Master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a specialization in Foreign Policy Analysis from Seton Hall University, and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Herzog served as a Delegate for Seton Hall’s Haiti Rule of Law Program, a Student Attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights/ International Human Rights Clinic for Seton Hall Law’s Center for Social Justice, and a Summer Fellow with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Human Trafficking Protection and Prosecution Project. Ms. Herzog also completed internships with the International Rescue Committee, Manatt Jones Global Strategies, and the Domestic Violence Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Upon graduation from Seton Hall Law, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Donna Gallucio in the Superior Court of New Jersey (Law Division – Criminal Part). She is currently practicing all areas of immigration law, including family-based immigration, employment-based nonimmigrant petitions (e.g. H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, E-1, E-2), and employment-based permanent visa petitions. Admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, Ms. Herzog is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and New Jersey State Bar Association.


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Catherine D. Kirk

Catherine D. KirkMs. Kirk received a B.A. in English from Vassar College in 2007 and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2015. During law school, she served as a Legal Intern with both Fordham’s Immigrant Rights Clinic and Immigration Equality, as well as a staff member of the Fordham International Law Journal. Having first joined BMK as a paralegal in 2010 and continuing on as a Law Clerk during much of law school, Ms. Kirk has gained broad experience in employment- and family-based immigration law matters, with a particular focus on specialty occupation and “right to control” issues for H-1B petitions; new office L-1 petitions for tech startups; and establishing and renewing Blanket L-1 programs for large multinational organizations.


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Shou Ping Wang

As Foreign Legal Counsel for BMK LLP, Mr. Wang is admitted to practice in Shanghai, China, is a member of the China Bar Association, and speaks Mandarin.  He received his M.A. from the East China Institute of Politics and Law and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.


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