Ms. Schneck is a seasoned Immigration Attorney. She represents individuals and businesses in all facets of immigration law, including family, employment, asylum and deportation matters. Over the course of her career, Ms. Schneck has practiced immigration law in numerous settings varying from a Solo Practice, to a named Partner in a boutique partnership, and a Partner in a large national law firm. In 2019, she left the big law firm environment in order to relieve her clients of the heavy administrative side burdens of large law firm representation. Ms. Schneck proudly reactivated her woman-owned solo practice in order to be able to better service her clients in a cost-conscious manner while emphasizing personal service.
Ms. Schneck has a small town ethos which drives her motivation and passion in helping her immigration clients to achieve the American Dream. She is the great granddaughter of Portuguese immigrants who immigrated through the Ellis Island right before World War I on her maternal side while being the 10th generation direct descent of German immigrants known as "Pennsylvania Dutch" who settled north of Philadelphia, PA in the 1750s and carved out the town of Schnecksville, PA. Ms. Schneck has experienced cultural differences while living abroad in Ecuador, Mexico, and Hungary, and recognizes the hardships that immigrants uniquely face in the US today maneuvering the complex US immigration system.
Married to a former immigrant/recently naturalized U.S. citizen, she has personally sat in the position of the family members of her immigration clients. This has shaped her to be the type of honest, hardworking, compassionate Immigration Attorney that you would want to represent you. Ms. Schneck thoroughly enjoys representing her clients to help navigate the USCIS immigration process, so they can obtain non-immigrant visas and work authorization, legal permanent residency status and US Citizenship.
Ms. Schneck frequently lectures on immigration topics such as "Know Your Rights seminars and appears on media panels and local NPR-affiliated radio stations broadcasts as a knowledgeable source on immigration law. She also advises general practice and criminal defense attorneys on immigration issues. Recognized as a leader amongst her Western PA immigration attorney peers, Ms. Schneck is contacted daily by other immigration advocates and attorney colleagues for immigration problem-solving advice.
Ms. Schneck has a developed a reputation as a champion litigator, advocate and defender of human rights for her clients in the Immigration Court setting and well as with immigration-related Federal Court Litigation. This includes, but is not limited to, successful Immigration Bond Motions, successfully litigating both Affirmative and Defensive Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture claims, successfully defending marriage fraud charges, presenting court-based Adjustment of Status cases to obtain Legal Permanent Residency by building and presenting strong evidence of extreme hardship to US Citizen children and US Citizen spouses, successfully winning Cancellation of Removal cases stopping the parent’s deportation and getting the qualifying immigrant Legal Permanent Residency status. From 2018 – 2020, Ms. Schneck won a record 13 Asylum, Withholding of Removal and/or CAT cases for her clients. Please see the descriptions below.
Prior to her career in law, Ms. Schneck served as a consultant to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. working with Ambassadors and high-level Diplomats in Latin American politics. From 2017-2019, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Committee to the Office of the Mayor of Pittsburgh. She participated regularly in the Mayor's Office Press Conferences on topics including DACA, Muslim Travel Ban and changes to the Federal Public Charge Rule. These press conferences raised awareness of immigrant issues and obstacles during the Trump Administration. Since 2013, Ms. Schneck continues to serve on the Board of 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). She has served as the Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) from 2016-2017. From 2016-2018, she served as an original Board Member of Thrive International, a non-profit in Williamsport PA. She focused on advising and supporting their Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accreditation process and Immigration Legal Services Clinic during its first years of existence in offering immigration services to indigent and low-income immigrant populations locally.
International Coursework and Experience
resources to advance their welcome and integration. Casa San Jose strives to create a welcoming community for
Latino immigrants by providing opportunities for their civic and social engagement.
Past Secretary of the Pittsburgh Chapter of AILA