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Paralegal Profile: Christine Nienstedt, Immigration Paralegal, Fitness Wear Designer and Children’s Book Author

Paralegal Profile: Christine Nienstedt, Immigration Paralegal, Fitness Wear Designer and Children’s Book Author

Job Title: Senior Immigration Paralegal

Employer: Cowan Miller & Lederman, Seattle, WA

Years of Paralegal Experience: 11

Specialty Area: Immigration

Career Highlight: Working with truly astounding scientific researchers. One of the best parts of my job has been facilitating long-term employment for international researchers. The contributions to scientific and medical research made by some of these individuals has been of such an impressive and exciting caliber that I have felt very honored to work with them to obtain their U.S. permanent residency.

Paralegal Practice Tip: Bring compassion to your work. Every area of law revolves around people with valuable lives and concerns. The more we focus on that aspect, the better our work product and results become, not to mention that we have way more fun. Every time I utilize professional services in other areas (home refinance, etc.), I am so appreciative when my humanity and my anxieties are acknowledged!

Favorite Internet Resource: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service website at This is such an obvious resource for immigration, but I have consistently found that going straight to the source is the fastest way to answer questions.

Fun Facts: I speak German and Russian, and I have two fun businesses on the side – writing environmental children’s books and designing fitness dresses. I love having a rewarding and professional job that still allows for life after work.

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Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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