Maria is a Senior Partner and head of our Corporate Immigration department. She is a CAB member since 1993. After practicing immigration for a decade with a prestigious firm in California, she joined Bener as a partner in 2005. Maria has managed a team of dedicated immigration professionals handling all manner of immigration matters for many Fortune 500 companies located in Turkey.
Maria is listed with International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Employment Lawyers since 2010. She was Chair of the Global Migration Section 2011-2014, Past Chair of the Rome District Chapter and a past member of the International Operations and Ethics National Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA). She is the Turkey member for the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, a Past Chair of the Immigration International Practice Group for Ius Laboris and Work Permit Advisor American Business Forum Turkey (AmCham). She has authored a white paper and several articles regarding US and Turkish immigration law and speaks several times a year at international conferences.
BS and JD from Santa Clara University and Santa Clara Law School
CAB, ABIL, AILA, IBA
Admitted to practice before 9th Cir Ct of Appeals (US federal)