Fox Rothschild’s Pittsburgh Office Expands With Immigration Law Duo

December 18, 2017 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Kristen Schneck and Mark Harley have joined the firm as partners in the Immigration Practice.

“We are delighted to welcome Kristen and Mark to our thriving Pittsburgh office,” said Jay D. Marinstein, Fox’s Pittsburgh office managing partner. “Immigration remains a contentious and rapidly changing area of the law, and we are thrilled to add two experienced immigration attorneys to our well established team of immigration lawyers, who can lend their broad experience to the benefit of clients in Western Pennsylvania.”

With more than a decade in practice, Schneck represents individuals and businesses in all facets of immigration law, including family, employment, asylum and deportation matters. She has a comprehensive and empathetic understanding of the complexities of the immigration system that she brings to bear for her clients, having personally managed the naturalization process of her spouse.

Schneck is a recognized authority on immigration law topics and is frequently sought by the media for her commentary. She also lectures to and advises general practice and criminal defense attorneys on immigration-related issues.

Active in the community, Schneck has volunteered at Pittsburgh Public Schools events presenting “Know Your Rights” seminars to students and their families, co-led an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Pittsburgh initiative to assist/advise immigrant travelers at the Pittsburgh International Airport on the Muslim Travel Ban and recently trained volunteer lawyers in a pro bono Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinic organized by multiple community groups. She is on the board of two nonprofits, including Casa San Jose, Pittsburgh, a community resource center that links Latino neighbors in need with service providers and other resources to advance their welcome and integration, and Thrive International Programs, a Williamsport, PA-based nonprofit that equips people from diverse cultures to integrate and recently became BIA accredited to offer immigration legal services to qualifying low income clients from that region. She is the immediate past chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AILA serves as a member of the City of Pittsburgh’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Steering Committee.

Schneck earned her J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, she also completed an International and Comparative Law Certificate Program and earned a Hungarian Nationality Room Fellowship.

Harley also has more than a decade of experience representing clients in immigration matters on both the employment and family law spectrums. He handles citizenship, asylum and deportation issues as well as I-9 audit and specialty occupation work. A former constituent service representative for a member of Congress, he has an in-depth understanding of how to manage complex immigration problems.

Heavily involved in community issues, Harley has trained pro bono lawyers to represent foreign nationals, volunteered to provide pro bono advice as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Citizenship Day efforts and served as a judge for high school mock trial competitions. He is also an adviser to the board of Lan Vwa, a nonprofit organization providing students in Haiti and Guatemala access to free education via cyber classrooms.

Harley serves as the Local United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison and is the former chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Pittsburgh chapter. He is also a former member of the organization’s board of governors.

Harley earned his J.D. from University of Akron School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Geneva College.

Prior to joining Fox, Schneck and Harley owned the boutique Pittsburgh law firm, Schneck & Harley Immigration Law Group LLP.