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Immigrants First, PLLC, was founded in 2004 by its Principal, Attorney Lisa Johnson-Firth, who brings top international law firm experience and passion to her representation to her immigrant clients and their families.  Alexandra Bernshteyn, a Russian by birth, a U.S. citizen and fluent in Spanish and Russian, makes up the other half of this dedicated team of lawyers with a total of over 15 years of immigration experience.

Immigrants First offers zealous and holistic representation of immigration matters such as removal defense, family-based petitions, VAWA, asylum, DACA and naturalization, to name a few practice specialties.  Each case starts with thorough consultation and is expertly prepared to such an extent that some cases are agreed to by the government to win before the court date.

We treat each case as if it were our own family member going through an immigration proceeding.  We remain available to our clients and offer access to support services beyond representing the legal issues.  Even though every case is different and outcomes are never guaranteed, we have a high rate of success for the cases that we represent because of the time, dedication and expertise that we invest into our representation.

Contact Immigrants First Law Firm today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Removal Defense
  • Bond Motions and Requests for Release with ICE
  • Prosecutorial Discretion Requests
  • Asylum and humanitarian relief
  • Family-based adjustment
  • Waivers
  • Naturalization
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Adjustment
  • U and T visas for victims of crime and trafficking
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Call Attorney Lisa Johnson-Firth today at 571-762-1652 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Serving clients from offices in Manassas, VA and Winchester, VA. While most of our clients are from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, we represent clients across the United States.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney Lisa Johnson-Firth


  •  District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • England
  • Wales

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1996


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. (1996)
  • University of Sheffield (England) School of Law, LL.B. (1992)
  • Allegheny College, B.A. (1990)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Georgetown Law Center (current)
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at George Mason University (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor of International Law at Randolph Macon (2005)
  • Member of American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
  • Virginia Women Attorney Association
  • Prince William Bar Association
  • Board Member the following organizations: 
    • ACTS/Turning Points Domestic Violence Services
    • BEACON ESL Program
    • Unity in the Community
    • Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Regional Board, who granted  Special Recognition for Work in Immigration Advocacy in 2012
    • Amnesty International Representative on Stop Violence Against Women Campaign between 2004-2008
    • Participant in Leadership Prince William
    • Frequent speaker and trainer on immigration and human rights issues, including more than 60 presentations to more than 6,000 immigrants. 

Attorney Alexander Bernshteyn


  • Colorado

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 2011


  • Bucknell University, B.A., 2007

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • AILA

Foreign Languages Spoken:

  • Russian
  • Spanish

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