Lana Elliott is a native of Russia. She was born in the Baltic Region of Russia, and spent part of her life there and part of her life in the Crimea Region of Ukraine. In adulthood, recognizing a personal passion for helping others, especially children, Lana attended medical college where she received a nursing degree with honors. She enjoyed working as a nurse, but Lana began to realize an interest in the field of Law. For her, Law represented the ability to make a difference, and to help in the struggle to protect an individual’s rights and liberties. Lana pursued her career in law by attending and graduating from the Ukrainian National Academy of Law in Kharkov. Having an interest in the law of other countries and especially the United States, she chose to begin a new and exciting life in America, studying its legal system. She was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law. She received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2004.
Lana recognizes on a personal level the steps, challenges, rewards and frequent obstacles found in the post-9/11 immigration process. With her law degrees, and being an immigrant herself, Lana has become well educated in American Immigration Law. Recognizing her unique insight into an often complex legal process, Lana has devoted her law career specifically to Immigration Law.
Lana practices family, business, asylum, removal, and other areas of Immigration Law and works with clients in all fifty states and world wide. She is a member of the ABA (American Bar Association) and AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).
Because of her personal experiences with the Immigration Law system, Lana has worked to develop a dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals and assistants that share the same passion for Immigration Law, so that every client’s case gets the individual attention it deserves.
Vicki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California, Chico. She had always had a passion for helping people, so she then decided to become a police officer. She attended the Butte Police Academy. Upon graduation from the police academy, Vicki was hired by the Mt. Shasta Police Department. As a police officer, she worked with people from all walks of life and began to realize that she could help people more as an attorney. She was accepted to the University of Idaho School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 2004. Vicki ran her own practice for several years, in 2014, Vicki joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC to help immigrant families. Vicki assists clients with Waivers and other immigration matters.
Katie Merrill joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC in 2016. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She had an early passion for learning about the law and for helping people through the legal system. Katie graduated Cum Laude from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She then attended Gonzaga University School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate Degree. Katie enjoys helping clients from all over the world obtain U.S. citizenship and waivers.
Joanna Couch first joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC in 2012, as an intern through the Spokane Community College ABA-approved paralegal program. Excelling in her studies and graduating with honors, Joanna received an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and was awarded one of two Outstanding Paralegal Awards.
Since 2012, Joanna has helped countless families reunite here in the U.S. and assisted numerous immigrants in obtaining legal status and U.S. citizenship.
Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Yakima, Washington, Joanna is fluent in both Spanish and English. She was raised in a very close Hispanic family and community. Being brought up by her first-generation Mexican immigrant parents, and growing up in an extremely productive agricultural region, Joanna knows first-hand how difficult life can be for the immigrant community in the United States. She is grateful for being able to utilize her education and language skills to help the immigrant community with acquiring legal assistance and effective counsel in pursuing various immigration statuses. Joanna takes great pride in her work and thoroughly enjoys the ability to be able to positively impact people’s lives in such a big way.
Nelli is a native of Latvia. It was in Latvia that she received her master’s degree in accounting and economics. Nelli and her family immigrated to the United States in 1995 as religious refugees and quickly established their new lives here in the Spokane area.
Nelli went on to accomplish her life’s dream; a medical education and a nursing degree, as well as an AA degree in social services. She worked as a case manager for Refugee and Immigration Services at Catholic Charities of Spokane from 2000 until 2015. While there, she assisted refugees from countries worldwide.
She joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC, in October of 2015 and is the firm’s Senior Paralegal, assisting attorneys with Social Security and Disability, Labor and Industry Wills, Power of attorney cases, and also immigration matters.
As a valued member of Elliott Law Group, PLLC Nelli’s broad life experience now gives her the opportunity and privilege to serve Spokane’s diverse and growing community.
Kate first came to the Elliott Law Group as an intern through the Spokane Community College ABA approved Paralegal program. She is currently in school working on her Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. Kate has been at Elliott Law Group since 2015. The desire to help people reunify with their families and assisting immigrants in passing through immigration process brought her to our office.
Kate came from Belarus to the United States in 2014 through the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and she knows first-hand how the immigration process is hard and long. She graduated from Law School of Belarussian State University and worked as a lawyer for six years. She came to the USA with husband and two wonderful kids. Being a part of the immigrant community, she understands how it is difficult to start a new life.
Being Russian and English speaking, Kate helps non-English speakers to feel more confident in their situations and understand the complicated immigration process. Kate has assisted many people with reuniting with family members and bringing loved ones to the U.S.
Nadiya Casiadi a native from Moldova who joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC in the beginning of September 2016 as a legal secretary. She attended Spokane Community College becoming a Certified National Pharmacy Technician.
Nadiya was born in Moldova and immigrated to Spokane, Washington with her family in 2003 with hopes of new opportunities for school and a career that she wasn’t offered back in her hometown. She joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC because of the passion she has for helping and assisting people coming from the same background. Nadiya is dedicated to helping individuals pursue their dreams and achieve their goals for a better life. Nadiya helps clients pursue their U.S. Citizenship.
Virsaviya Sidorenko first stepped into the legal field as an intern at the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office through the Legal Administrative Assistant program. Shortly after graduating from Spokane Community College with a Legal Administrative Assistant degree and a Front Office Professional certificate, Virsaviya joined Elliott Law Group, PLLC, in September of 2016.
Virsaviya is very proud to be part of a legal team that is extremely passionate about helping people resolve immigration issues. Every day, Virsaviya is learning new ways she is able to better serve her community by playing her role as a legal assistant at the firm.
Virsaviya was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. When she was three years old, her family immigrated to the United States, and her family lived in Sacramento, California, for about 8 years. In the year of 2005, she moved with her family to Spokane, Washington. Virsaviya, a Russian and English speaker, seeing her Russian-speaking parents struggle to speak English helped her parents by translating for them whenever she was able to. Now, Virsaviya enjoys helping resolve immigration issues for people in her community for whom English is a second language. She assists clients on all types of immigration issues.
Marisol Garcia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University. Marisol has a passion for helping others and she is really interested in Immigration Law and helping people through the process. Marisol plans to attend law school to become an attorney. Marisol is fluent both in Spanish and English. She was raised in Sunnyside, WA and has firsthand experience on how difficult life is as an immigrant. She is extremely grateful to be part of Elliott Law Group, PLLC., and enjoys having the opportunity to help the immigrant community. Marisol assists clients through all types of immigration cases.
Elena Calderon started with Elliott Law Group, PLLC in January of 2016 as a legal secretary, who is fluent in English and Spanish. Raised in Mattawa, Washington, Elena grew up harvesting cherries and asparagus alongside her family members. It was then that Elena recognized the need for support for families of immigrant backgrounds. The lack of educational resources specifically caught her interest and it is in this area that she now focuses on.
Elena is a current student at Eastern Washington University, pursuing her master’s degree in communication studies. Her passions include working with underrepresented communities and also advocating for social justice. Being a DACA student herself, Elena has personally experienced the strong impact of the immigration system on her life. She strives to help the immigrant community overcome their many legal obstacles and challenges. Her leadership and work experiences include currently working as a graduate instructor for the Communication Studies department at EWU, previous work with the Department of Housing and Residential Life at EWU, serving as a Lideres Summit Staff member in 2014 with the National Council of La Raza, serving as an ambassador with the Latino/an Educational Achievement Project, and sitting on the College Success Foundation Alumni Board.