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Nelly Allen Gabueva pretended to be an attorney
Years ago, she was kicked out of the San Francisco asylum office where she attended interviews as an interpreter. However, it did not not stop her. Nelly Allen Gabueva began appearing at asylum interviews as an attorney with a fake license.
After our complaint to the California Bar Association, her case was sent to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Investigation has been completed. We notified the San Francisco Asylum Office. They conducted an internal investigation. The City Attorney of San Francisco also became interested in this case. As a result, San Francisco Superior Court judge granted petition of the California Bar Association. Gabueva’s illegal practice got seized by the State Bar. Clients’ files are now being returned to them.
Nelly Allen Gabueva got an LLM but never passed a Bar exam
Nelly Allen Gabueva and Marina Nazarova completed a one-year master’s program at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 2006. Their names can be found in this university document. Judging by the fact that none of them have an attorney license in the United States, they have not passed the Bar exam.
Nelly Allen Gabueva and Marina Nazarova did not despair. They decided that they didn’t need a license at all to practice immigration law in the United States. In 2014, the two of them registered an organization, which Nelly Allen Gabueva calls Alien Assistance Association, PBC.
The founder was Nelly Allen Gabueva herself. Marina Nazarova became the agent for service of process. On corporate documents that Nelly Allen Gabueva submits to the Secretary of the State of California, she calls herself a JD and a master of law.
The office is at 388 Market, Office 1300, San Francisco, California 94111. At the same time, on their website http://www.ilgsf.com they use the name of another organization – International Law Group. In short, they call it iLawGroup, LLP.
Nelly Allen Gabueva illegally used corporate entities to practice law without license
Nelly Allen Gabueva puts the seal of this organization on her contracts with clients. The seal reads that iLawGroup, LLP was registered in Tbilisi, in Georgia, in 2014. What this seal and organization is doing in California is not clear. It is also not clear why the seal is in English, and not in Georgian.
When I presented copies of receipt and the contract to Nelly Allen Gabueva, she said that my client had stolen the seal with her file, forged the signature, and did not pay any money to her at all. Moreover, Nelly Allen Gabueva claims that her organization is a nonprofit and does not take money for its work.
This lady is such a liar that she began to contradict herself. At first, she claimed that my client had come to her office to make a payment. Allegedly, my client took advantage of the lack of employees in the office, stole her file folder and ran away.
Further, her story changed. Nelly Allen Gabueva began to argue that she always receives payments through bank deposits. Allegedly, she did not accept cash in the office. Then she began to deny that her supposedly “non-profit” organization was taking money from clients.
The client showed me her correspondence with Nelly Allen Gabueva, where the latter asked her for money.
In her contracts with clients, Nelly Allen Gabueva states that she is an attorney.
Under the asterisk below, in a contract with my client, Nelly Allen Gabueva writes that she has the right to practice law in Russia and has applied to seat for New York Bar exam. In the US, one can not practice law without a license.
It is not enough to be a lawyer in another country, for example, Russia, or to apply for a Bar exam. Before signing a contract with a client, one needs to pass a licensing exam and obtain an attorney’s license in at least one of the fifty US states. Obviously, Nelly Allen Gabueva does not have a license and never had one.
Here is the contract Nelly Allen Gabueva signs with her customers. Click on the image to view full size. I removed all personal client information from these documents to maintain confidentiality.
Nelly Allen Gabueva used a fake license to represent immigrants
When I asked Nelly Allen Gabueva in an e-mail about her license in the USA, she gave me the number 1031567. She said that it was her membership number in the New York City Bar. New York City Bar Association is a club for law students and legal practitioners. In itself, this membership in no way allows to engage in the practice of law in the United States. The Secretary of the New York City Bar Association confirmed this fact by telephone.
However, Nelly Allen writes this number on the G-28 form and submits it to USCIS in order to represent clients at asylum interviews. For a while she succeeded, until San Francisco Asylum Office revealed her fraud at an interview. Nelly Allen was expelled from the interview, and the client was asked for a long time about how he found her. Obviously, the San Francisco Asylum Office will no reopen other asylum cases that this crook submitted to USCIS.