At its core, immigration law is about the people. In practice, it’s also a lot – a lot – of paperwork. We are lucky to have a staff of dynamic, organized, and efficient legal analysts who help ensure the filing process goes smoothly for our clients. Our legal analysts are not just great at the paper side of visa applications, they are also caring and empathetic, bringing a focus on superior customer service in everything they do.
Rachel McCabe – Legal Analyst Managerrachel@fordmurraylaw.com
In the world of business immigration law, Rachel is a triple threat – with a keen intellect, proficiency in several languages, and a professional and educational pedigree spanning the globe. As a legal analyst, Rachel works with foreign born workers and their employers as they gather the necessary paperwork to apply for work visas in the United States, and sees them through the approval process.
Rachel’s experience living abroad – both in Japan and England – and her extensive travels around the world fuel her desire to help businesses build international, multicultural workforces. “We all have so much to learn from other people and other cultures,” she said. In addition to helping employers hire talented professionals, Rachel is also inspired by the qualifications she sees pass over her desk. “I really enjoy learning about all the amazing people, the jobs they do, the research they have performed, and significant contributions they have made to not only the US, but the world.”
Rachel’s passion for seeing the world started when her family hosted an exchange student in middle school. Filled with a desire to learn about other cultures, she studied abroad in high school and college, and pursued a Master’s in Education from International Development and Education at Newcastle University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. In her free time, Rachel volunteers as an English as a Second Language Instructor, and enjoys the outdoors of Maine while hiking, boating and skiing.
Rachel’s words to live by: “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Ian MacLaren
Jennifer Roberge – Legal Analyst Managerjennifer@fordmurraylaw.com
With a passion for helping people and a keen eye to detail, Jennifer Roberge comes to FordMurray with 7 years of experience in legal immigration services. Her empathetic disposition is an asset to our clients and team, as well as her calm demeanor under pressure.
Jennifer was drawn to the legal field in high school, after performing a job shadow in the District Attorney’s office in Alfred, Maine. While Jennifer could not envision a career in litigation, she likes working in immigration law because desired legal outcomes don’t come at the expense of someone else. “I most enjoy reuniting people with their loved ones, especially in cases that have had a long wait, or many hurdles,” Jennifer said. “When our clients get the phone call that their family just landed in the US the excitement and love is palpable. It is an incredible feeling to be a part of that.”
Jennifer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Assumption College in Worcester, MA with a degree in Political Science. When she wasn’t studying for class, Jennifer also learned how to fly airplanes. When away from FordMurray, Jennifer performs Broadway numbers in an amateur dance company, preserves perfect pickles, and knits.
Jennifer’s words to live by: “Find something good in every day.” – Unknown
Madeleine Saucier – Legal Analystmadeleine@fordmurraylaw.com
A Maine native with strong roots in France and the Middle East, Madeleine Saucier’s academic and professional pursuits have taken her to more than 40 countries, where she focused her attention on immigration and forced migration. At FordMurray, she looks forward to drawing on her broad international experience for her work as a legal analyst.
“I am excited about working towards making our communities more diverse and welcoming, and meeting clients from different backgrounds and learning about their incredible experiences and aspirations,” she said.
Madeleine’s professional accomplishments are expansive, both in the United States and abroad. Madeleine participated in assessment and execution of humanitarian relief operations in Lebanon and Turkey, provided research and strategic communications for The World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region, and helped immigrants in Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts transition to life in the United States through language and job training.
Madeleine holds a Master of Science in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures from Columbia University’s Barnard College. She is a native English and French speaker and has functional mastery of Arabic and Spanish. Madeleine has seen Bruce Springsteen in concert five times – her favorite song is “Drive All Night.”
Abigail Nolan – Legal Analystabigail@fordmurraylaw.com
A 2019 graduate of Bates College, Abigail Nolan looks forward to building on the impressive experience she gained as an undergrad, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration Criminology and Psychology.
As an Bates student, Abigail worked two semesters as a tutor for inmates at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, Maine. She sees the experience as valuable scaffolding for her paralegal work at FordMurray. “I am passionate about advocating for those who may not have an equal voice in society, or whose voices are not valued,” she said.
Abigail comes to her position with valuable experience managing data and handling casework details. She compiled a 140-page senior thesis that involved interviewing inmates of the Maine Correctional Center and transcribing, coding and analyzing data. She sees her position as a way to help others, and also as a launch pad for her future endeavors in law. “I am looking forward to learning the ins and outs of immigration processing in the United States and assisting clients navigate through the complexities of immigration law,” Abigail said. “This field is incredibly important especially in today’s sociopolitical climate.”
In her free time, Abigail enjoys being near the ocean, running and hiking. Once a lifeguard at the Cape Cod National Seashore in Truro, MA, Abigail performed ocean rescues, first aid, and watched great white sharks swim 10 feet from the shoreline.
Abigail’s words to live by. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength.” — George RR Martin
Ariana Solodar-Wincele – Legal Analystariana@fordmurraylaw.com
After living in Israel for almost two years, Ariana Solodar-Wincele comes to FordMurray with deep insight into what it means to be foreigner in an unfamiliar country.
“I understand how hard it can be to be in a new place and not feel entirely comfortable with the language or understand local mores, customs, or ways of being,” she said. “I also understand firsthand how complicated and long bureaucratic processes can be.” The experience helps Ariana exercise patience during bureaucratic processes – an asset in immigration proceedings.
During her time in Israel, Ariana had wide-ranging professional experiences, including work as a legal assistant and resource development worker at Tebeka, a pro-bono legal aid center for Ethiopian Israelis. During her time in Israel, Ariana became fluent in Hebrew. She is also fluent in Spanish, andspent a year at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, during her college years. Ariana graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
In addition to her extensive travel and language experience, Ariana is organized, empathetic, and driven by a strong desire to advocate for those in need. “I am looking forward to working in business immigration to help individuals access their dreams of coming to the USA and ensuring the continuity of our multicultural and diverse nation,” Ariana said.
Ariana looks forward to continued travels, and learning more languages. Outside of work, she is an acro yoga enthusiast, vegetable gardener and aerial silks performer. A native of Maine, Ariana enjoys hiking, kayaking and getting into Maine’s great outdoors.
Ariana’s words to live by: “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings.” – Unknown
Carolyn Fernald – Marketing Directorcarolyn@fordmurraylaw.com
At its heart, marketing is about telling a story, and that is something Carolyn has always done. Carolyn made the jump from freelance writer to marketing consultant five years ago, and since then has helped clients in a wide variety of industries, from hospitality and fine dining to non-profits and insurance agencies
Today, Carolyn works with FordMurray to help communicate their compelling vision – connecting businesses nationwide with the talented workforce they need to grow, and helping exceptional people start their lives in the United States. Carolyn sees her work at FordMurray as an important part of today’s national discourse. “Too often the conversation on immigration is in terms of walls and laws,” Carolyn said. “We are in a unique position to see the stories of the very talented people who should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and strengthen the fabric of our great country.”
Carolyn is a graduate of Rollins College, where she majored in English and developed a love for Florida crime novels. She worked at newspapers in Dublin, Ireland and Jackson, Wyoming, before planting roots in Maine. When not checking out Google Analytics or crafting content strategy, Carolyn enjoys playing guitar and songwriting, open water swimming and trail running with her shepherd dog.
Carolyn’s words to live by: “Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” -Zora Neale Hurston