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Janice Flynn

Principal Lawyer

In February 2012, Janice established Flynn Hodkinson, bringing with her expertise acquired over 20 years practising and working in the field of US visa and nationality law.

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Janice has been working in the field of US visa and nationality law for more than 20 years both in Chicago and the United Kingdom. In 2023 Who’s Who Legal recognised her as a Thought Leader in Corporate Immigration Law.

 

Janice regularly advises individuals and multinational companies on their overall U.S. immigration strategy. Her experience encompasses a wide range of US visa and nationality matters, including family and employment-based visas and US nationality issues including the acquisition and loss of US citizenship with focuses on consular processing and US entry issues at US ports of entry and pre-clearance locations across the globe.

 

Janice is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) holding positions of leadership and is currently the Chair of the Rome District-EMEA Chapter and a member of AILA’s National Customs and Border Protection Liaison committee. She is also a member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), a global alliance of business immigration lawyers.

 

She graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (formerly The John Marshall Law School) in 2003 and then was admitted to the Illinois state bar. Prior to earning her law degree, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and studied during her junior year of university at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

Janice is currently an Ambassador for icap (Immigrant Counselling & Psychotherapy) which is a registered British charity providing high-quality counselling and psychotherapy principally to Irish immigrants in the United Kingdom.

 

Janice is a native Chicagoan who is a dual US and Irish citizen living and has been working in the UK since 2005. She lives near London with her husband and their dogs, Daisy and Rosie, and enjoys going for long walks in the countryside.

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Kehrela Hodkinson

Of Counsel – Retired

Since 1994, Mrs. Hodkinson has exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law in London.

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Mrs. Hodkinson exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law in London from 1994 until her recent retirement on 30th June 2023. She represented a broad range of corporate and individual clients in connection with temporary (non-immigrant) visas and both employment and family-based permanent (immigrant) visa petitions.

She also provided advice relating to complex issues of waivers on grounds of inadmissibility, maintenance, and abandonment of permanent resident status, and renunciation (expatriation) of U.S. citizenship.

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Rikkilee “Rikki” Barrow

Senior Associate Lawyer

Rikki Barrow joined Flynn Hodkinson in April 2018. She primarily focuses on temporary (non-immigrant) employment-based visas such as the L-1 intra-company transfer, O-1 extraordinary ability, H-1B specialty occupation, and E treaty visas, as well as permanent (immigrant) employment-based and family-based matters. She also handles complex acquisition of citizenship and inadmissibility issues.

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Rikki joined Flynn Hodkinson in 2018 and handles a wide variety of cases for both corporate and private individual clients. She handles applications for family and employment based permanent residency, as well as a range of non-immigrant options such as E-1 traders, E-2 investors, H-1B specialty occupations, L-1 intra-company transferees, and O-1s of extraordinary ability. She also handles complex acquisition of citizenship matters and inadmissibility issues.

 

Rikki is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.

 

In 2017, Rikki was admitted to the New York bar after graduating summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law where she also received a Certificate in International Law. She then went on to earn her LLM (Master of Laws) in Human Rights from UCL in London. Prior to law school, she graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Rikki moved to the UK in 2016 and lives in South London with her wife, two children, and their rambunctious staffie-cross.

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Catherine Betancourt

Senior Associate Lawyer

Catherine Betancourt joined Flynn Hodkinson in September 2018. She focuses on a variety of cases, ranging from corporate visas, to family-based cases, to renunciation of US citizenship.

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Catherine is an enthusiastic lawyer, originally from Puerto Rico, who moved to the UK in the autumn of 2017 where she lives with her partner. She has lived all over the world, including in China, various states in the US, and now Europe. Catherine is an avid traveler, who also loves to bake and dance in her spare time.

Catherine has a wide range of experience in immigration law and assists a variety of clients from individual to corporate clients. She focuses primarily on employment-based visas for those who want to live and work in the United States, while also having a deep understanding of family-based cases, such as spousal green cards. She is also experienced with renunciation of US citizenship and its immigration consequences, among other immigration law issues such as waivers for criminal inadmissibility.

Catherine graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2017 and was admitted to the D.C. bar in December of that same year. In 2018, she earned a master’s degree with Distinction in Immigration Law from Queen Mary University of London. Prior to law school, Catherine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Anthropology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”

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Laura Basse

Associate Lawyer

Laura Basse joined Flynn Hodkinson in May 2023. She provides legal representation to employers, foreign national employees, individuals, and family members across a full range of employment-based and family-based immigration matters including O-1, H-1B, L-1, TN, E treaty visas and various immigrant petitions.

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Originally from France and Vietnam, Laura joined Flynn Hodkinson as an Associate Lawyer in May 2023. Prior to moving to the UK, Laura handled a wide range of employment, family, and humanitarian-based immigration matters at a boutique immigration law firm based in her hometown of Washington, DC. She has also volunteered to assist individuals at the US-Mexico border in drafting their asylum applications and preparing for their hearings. Laura completed her Juris Doctor at The University of Sydney Law School in Sydney, Australia in 2019 and was admitted to the New York bar in 2020. She previously graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2016.

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Sharon L. Noble

Of Counsel

Sharon Noble has exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law since 1996.

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Sharon Noble has exclusively practiced U.S. immigration law since 1996, concentrating on business-related immigration matters with an emphasis on both non-immigrant visa petitions for corporate employees, individual investors and entrepreneurs as well as employment based immigrant petitions, extraordinary ability petitions and outstanding researcher petitions. Ms. Noble worked with Ms. Hodkinson in London for seven years before returning to the United States in 2003. Ms. Noble served as Of Counsel to Hodkinson Law Group until 2021 and is now Of Counsel to Flynn Hodkinson, working remotely from Washington. Prior to 1996, Ms. Noble practiced corporate real estate and health care law in Los Angeles. With Ms. Noble’s prior corporate experience, she possesses a strong business background and exceptional writing skills, both of which have proven invaluable to her immigration practice.

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Tasha N. Cripe

Of Counsel

Tasha Cripe continues to assist our clients in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications of waivers of grounds of inadmissibility.

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Tasha Cripe continues to assist our clients in the preparation and filing of non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions and applications of waivers of grounds of inadmissibility. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar and is actively involved in The American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program.

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Charlotte “Lottie” Armstrong

Senior Client Support Specialist

Charlotte joined Hodkinson Law Group in 2015 as Business Administrator, and became a Legal Assistant in 2020.

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Charlotte joined Hodkinson Law Group in 2015 as Business Administrator, and became a Legal Assistant in 2020. She graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA (Hons) Business Administration degree in 2011, as well as completing a course in Teeline Shorthand in 2014. Her main interests outside of the office are Geocaching, going to the theatre and sewing – she also made her own wedding dress…

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Rebekah Scott

Client Support Specialist

Rebekah has worked with Flynn Hodkinson since April 2017 initially as a Legal Assistant, then as a Junior Paralegal until being promoted to the position of US Visa and Nationality Law Paralegal. She began her career with our firm after completing her Legal Secretary Diploma in Kent.

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Rebekah has worked with Flynn Hodkinson since April 2017, initially for work experience, before joining the firm as a Legal Assistant in August 2017, then as a Junior Paralegal until being promoted to the position of US Visa and Nationality Law Paralegal. She began her career with our firm after completing her Legal Secretary Diploma in Kent.

As a Paralegal, Rebekah is a key part of our firm’s success as she ensures effective management of the office continuing to give our clients a personalized experience while our firm has grown. Over the last two years, she has specialized in her greatest area of interest – family-based immigration petitions. However, whether Rebekah is working with a large company or on a family-based petition, she skilfully drafts applications with great attention to detail. Rebekah is also responsible for scheduling Embassy appointments and communicating with the Embassy when necessary.

When she is not at work, Rebekah enjoys spending time with her son and her dogs. She is an enthusiastic equestrian, and regularly partakes in Show Jumping competitions at the weekends. She has a love of the great outdoors and spends as much time outside as possible.

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Alice Chandler

Office Manager

Alice joined Flynn Hodkinson in January 2022 as Office Manager.

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Alice joined Flynn Hodkinson in January 2022 as Office Manager. Alice began her professional career in 2012 as an accounting assistant and completed her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification in 2015. In 2016 she moved to the United Arab Emirates where she worked as an Executive Assistant. She moved back to London in 2018 and has since enjoyed working as an Office Manager within the Law sector. 

In her spare time, Alice enjoys bootcamp and Pilates, cooking for her family and travelling. 

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