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 paralegals who help ensure the filing process goes smoothly for our clients. Our paralegals 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.
Sarah Cross – Senior Paralegal
As our senior paralegal, Sarah provides the FordMurray team with vast institutional knowledge and nearly 10 years of immigration experience in paralegal work. Sarah was the first employee when FordMurray was founded in 2015, and can be counted on for her diligence, thoroughness and aptitude in all matters of immigration law.
Sarah found her way to immigration law in 2008. After working on the litigation side of law, she relished the opportunity to move away from cases that seemingly revolved around money. Working with immigration brought Sarah closer to one of her great passions – genealogy. After spending significant time tracing her own family lines to those who immigrated in the 1600s and 1700s, and as recently as the 1900s, Sarah sees her work in immigration as a continuation of her own family’s American Dream.
“It is fulfilling to see our clients granted lawful permanent resident status or become US Citizens,” Sarah said. “They have made the decision to become part of the collective history I was fortunate enough to be born in to.”
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Communication and Media Studies, and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Andover College. In Sarah’s free time, she continues to expand her knowledge of her own family history through her extensive genealogy. Sarah also enjoys creative writing and collecting family photos.
Sarah’s words to live by: “Whatever will be, will be.” – Doris Day
Rachel McCabe – Paralegal
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 paralegal, 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
Alexandra O’Brien – Paralegal
Alexandra has a love of deadlines and a preoccupation with details – two very important qualities for a paralegal. Her flair for organization is evident as she assists FordMurray attorneys process the forms and paperwork necessary to help our foreign national clients attain or maintain their status in the United States.
Working on the finer points of visa applications, Alexandra learns about the applicants, their diverse skill sets, and the qualities that make them uniquely qualified for their positions. It is that knowledge Alexandra finds most rewarding about her work at FordMurray. “I’m helping my country become more culturally diverse and intellectually stimulated through the introduction of foreign nationals,” she said. “Our clients go on to become leaders in their fields and valuable members of their communities.”
Before working at FordMurray, Alexandra was a study abroad advisor and enrollment coordinator. In addition to being an accomplished event planner, Alex is a proud Air Force wife who credits her flexibility and drive to her experience with the US Military. She is a graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in Social and Personality psychology and a minor in government. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, live music, and fostering rescue dogs.
Alexandra’s words to live by: “A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd
Carolyn Fernald – Marketing Coordinator
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