George Akst, Partner

George Akst received his B.A. in Economics from Boston University in 1972. He attended The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands in 1973 and received his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 1976 where he was a member of the Urban Law Journal. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1977 and is admitted to practice in the New York Federal Courts and US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

He has been a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1985, as well as the Consular Law Society. He is also on the referral list of the NYC Commission on the United Nations, Division of International Business. He is a member of the Union Des Avocats, the Paris based International Bar Association.

Mr. Akst is a former Adjunct Professor of Business and Real Estate Law, at both Long Island University and at the Borough of Manhattan Community College from1979-1981. He is also the Founder and President of the Real Estate Institute of Greater New York.    tel: 212.308.3999 x101 | fax: 212.317.2946

Leslie Akst, Partner

Leslie Akst earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from Wellesley College in 1973. She graduated from Princeton University with an M.A. in Psychology in 1975, and from Fordham Law School with a J.D. degree in 1978 where she was also on the Law Review. As a member of the Fordham Law Review she published an article on the New York Art Market. Mrs. Akst is admitted to the New York State and Federal Bars. Before joining Akst & Akst, she clerked for the Surrogate of New York County. Upon joining Akst & Akst, she acted as a closing counsel for Chemical Bank’s residential mortgage department for four years where she represented the bank in numerous mortgage closings.    tel: 212.308.3999 x103 | fax: 212.317.2946

Alisa Akst, Associate Attorney

Alisa Akst graduated from Union College in 2005 with a B.A. in Music and European History. She earned a M.A. in Social Studies from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2006. Ms. Akst earned her J.D. from New England School of Law in 2012 and is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to joining Akst & Akst, she worked in nonprofit at a private grant-making foundation and Legal Outreach, where she created legal education curricula for middle and high school students. She also worked at the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and clerked for magistrates at the Division of Administrative Law Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Akst specializes in temporary visas, citizenship, and waiver applications.   tel: 212.308.3999 x106 | fax: 212.317.2946

Alicia A. Arana, Associate Attorney

Alicia A. Arana was born in Lima, Peru and graduated from Hunter College in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Philosophy. She earned her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Prior to joining Akst & Akst, Ms. Arana was involved with The Safe Passage Immigration Project, a division of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, which works with volunteer attorneys and New York Law School students to provide representation of unaccompanied minors in the immigration process.

She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and conversant in French and Italian. Ms. Arana specializes in Family and Employment-Based Temporary Visas and Green Card Petitions.


Le doy la bienvenida a los inmigrantes de habla hispana! Bienvenus les immigrants francophone! Benvenuti gli immigrati che parlano italiano!  tel: 212.308.3999 x105 | fax: 212.317.2946

Gizella Lopusanszky, International Law Consultant

Gizella Lopusanszky graduated from Lviv National University in the Ukraine in 1992 with an M.A. Summa Cum Laude, in German Philology and Comparative Linguistics. In 1999 she received her First Law Degree from the same university. In 2000 she earned her LL.M. in International Business Law from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary where she was the recipient of the prestigious Soros Foundation Scholarship. Before moving to the US in 2001, Ms. Lopusanszky worked for law firms in both Budapest and Kiev using both her impressive language skills and knowledge of European commercial law to advise businesses throughout Eastern Europe. She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian, German and Polish. At Akst & Akst, Ms. Lopusanszky primarily focuses on athletes, artists and business professionals (O, E-2, L and EB-1).    tel: 212.308.3999 x107 | fax: 212.317.2946

Sandra P. Plaza, International Law Consultant

Sandra Plaza received her Law Degree from the Caldas University Law School in Colombia in 1993 and graduated in Public Law from the Externado University in Bogota Colombia in 1999. She is also certified as a Mediator by the Department of Justice in Colombia, the Cauca University and the Javeriana University. As an attorney, Mrs. Plaza worked for six years for the City of Popayan and two years as Regional Disciplinary Prosecutor of the Social Security Institute of Colombia before joining the law firm of Akst & Akst. She received her LL.M degree in International Business and Trade Law from Fordham Law School in February 2010.

She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

As an International Law Consultant, Mrs. Plaza specializes in H-1B visas for business professionals and is proficient in Employment and Family Based Temporary Visas and Green Card Petitions.  tel: 212.308.3999 x104 | fax: 212.317.2946

Sharon Powell, Legal Assistant

Sharon Powell holds a BSc. in Management from the University of Technology (Jamaica) and has worked extensively in this field before obtaining a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors from the University of London in 2008. Ms. Powell graduated from the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica where she was a member of the Criminal Law Review Committee, received the award for Conveyancing and Registration of Titles.  She was admitted to the Jamaican Bar in 2010. While preparing for the Jamaican Bar Ms. Powell tutored part time for the University of London’s Law Degree Program specializing in Law of Trusts and Law of the European Union. Before migrating to the United States, Ms. Powell worked for a law firm specializing in UK immigration inclusive of visiting and settling in the UK, administrative appeals and applications for revocation of deportation orders. Ms. Powell specializes in Family-Based visas, citizenship, and adjustment of status applications.   tel: 212.308.3999 x108 | fax: 212.317.2946


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