Immigration Law Associates, PC

Meet the Attorneys & Legal Staff of Beach-Oswald Immigration Associates

Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates is a multilingual law firm located in Washington, DC. We handle all types of immigration and visa needs and we genuinely care to achieve success for each and every client. Our clients win legal status and we will walk you through every step of the way.

Meet our highly experienced staff members, pictured below. Click on the individual’s name to read a detailed bio. We look forward to working with you!

Attorneys at Beach-Oswald

Danielle Beach-Oswald

Danielle Beach-Oswald

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Patricia A. Wonder

Patricia A. Wonder

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Holly Klein

Holly Klein

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Staff/Legal Assistants

Helena Coric

Helena Coric

Legal Assistant

Monique Cherry

Monique Cherry

Legal Assistant

Colleen Torralba

Colleen Torralba

Legal Assistant

Murielle Bontemps

Murielle Bontemps

Office Assistant

Danielle Beach-Oswald

Danielle Beach-Oswald

Managing Partner

Areas of Concentration:

  • Humanitarian-based immigration (Asylum)
  • Family-based immigration
  • Employment Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Deportation and Removal Proceedings
  • Federal litigation
  • Counselor Processing


Danielle Beach utilizes her 19 years of experience in immigration law to help individuals immigrate to the United States for humanitarian reasons. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Beach has lived in England, Belgium, Italy and Ivory Coast and has traveled extensively to many countries. Ms. Beach advocates for clients from around the world who seek freedom from torture in their country, or who are victims of domestic violence and trafficking. She has facilitated and litigated for family reunification and promoted employment for professionals, creating jobs for the economy. She has worked with numerous expert witnesses who have testified on her cases for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), forced marriage, illegal organ transplants, female genital mutilation, and political country experts for various countries all over the world.

Ms. Beach is President and Managing Partner at Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates. She represents clients who suffer persecution and abuse in their native countries and focuses on helping them obtain a better quality of life in the United States. Ms. Beach actively advocates for her clients and assists them as they integrate into United States culture. She has also represented her clients at U.S. Consulates in Romania, China, Canada, Mexico, and several African countries. With her extensive experience in family-based and employment-based immigration law, Ms. Beach not only assists her clients in obtaining a better standard of living in the United States, she also helps employers obtain professional visas and petition for family members. She also handles many complex naturalization issues.

Ms. Beach has unique expertise representing clients in immigration matters pending before the Federal District Courts, Circuit Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Courts. She has won over 400 humanitarian cases in the United States.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Co-Chair Editor of Raising the Bar for DC Women’s Bar Association ( 2011-2012)
  • Expert Immigration Witness at Trial for Kalbian Hagerty, LLP (2011)
  • Member, DC Women’s Bar Association (WBA) (2011)
  • AILA State Legislation Co Chair– MD (2011-Present)
  • Legislative Chair for Immigration: Maryland State Bar Association to Maryland General Assembly (2010-Present); 2011 Maryland Dream Act
  • Committee member for American Immigration Lawyers Association to Maryland Motor Vehicles Association (2010-Present)
  • Member, U.S. Supreme Court Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • Member, Maryland and District of Columbia Bar
  • President: Home Owners Association, Kings Rowe, Alexandria, VA (2009-2012)
  • Judge: National ABA Moot Court on White Collar Crime; Georgetown Law Center Moot Court Trials (2007-2010)
  • Member, U.S. Circuit Courts: 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th
  • Chair Liaison American Immigration Lawyer&#8217s Association for Washington DC area to: Office of Chief Counsel; Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( OI and DRO); Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) (2007-Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association (1992-Present)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1992-Present)
  • Judicial Internship with Circuit Court Judge Ruben, Rockville, MD (1990)
  • Legal Clerk with Maryland State Bar Teacher’s Association, Baltimore, MD (1991-92)
  • Legal Internship with Governor Schaefer&#8217s Office in Baltimore, MD (1991-92)
  • Adjunct Professor of writing and literature classes California State University, San Bernardino, CA; Riverside Community College, CA

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Maryland and District of Columbia
  • U.S. Circuit Courts: 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th

Community Involvement

  • Commissioner, Human Rights Commission, City of Alexandria,VA (2011-2014) Appointed by City Council
  • Chairman of the Americanism Committee: Daughters of the American Revolution; Historian
  • Amnesty International (2005-Present)
  • American Association of University Women (1999-Present)
  • Mentor: University of Baltimore Law Student Mentor Program (2010-2011)
  • Mentor: International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Washington, DC area (2009-2011)
  • Mentor on Immigration for Bread for the City
  • Legal advisor volunteer for Homeless Women Shelters in Maryland
  • Summer abroad work/travel in Sweden and Quebec, Canada
  • Volunteer work with autistic children in college


  • “Vitruvian Man-Good Moral Character-Flawed or Perfect Human Personality,” Immigration Bulletin, 2011 (pending)
  • “Where Have all the Children Gone?” Maryland Journal 2011 (pending)
  • “Waivers of Inadmissibility: Off the Beaten Path,” Immigration Briefings, 2011
  • “What Do Clients Expect From Their Attorneys,” Interpreter Releases, 2010
  • “Naturalization: Trips and Traps for the Unwary,” Immigration Briefings, 2010
  • “’Twas the Season to be Jolly – The Immigration Consequences of Excessive Libations,” Interpreter Releases, 2010.
  • “Material Support Upheld as Terrorism in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project,” Maryland Bar Bulletin, 2010
  • “Raising the Bar – Arizona Debacle Between Federal and State Authority,” Maryland Bar Bulletin, 2010.
  • “Pecadillos of Persecution – Dire Immigration Consequences of Violence,” Immigration Briefings, 2010.
  • “Gender-Based Discrimination for U.S. Citizenship for Foreign-Born Children?” Maryland Bar Bulletin, 2010.
  • “Immigration’s Definition of Felony” Not Adopted by the Supreme Court in Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder,” Maryland Bar Bulletin, 2010.
  • “Battlefield of Gendercide: Forced Marriages and Gender-Based Grounds for Asylum Benefits and Related Relief,” Immigration Briefings, 2009.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist Speaker on Amnesty Human Rights, Washington Adventist University, 2011
  • Interviewed by CNN Politico and The Associated Press, 2010, 2011
  • Panelist Speaker on “Entrepreneurs” for National Convention SWESA-USA, 2011
  • Speaker for the International Rescue Committee, 2007-2011
  • Guest Speaker on Immigration Law, Rotary Club, 2008
  • Immigration Mentor, Bread for the City 2005-2008
  • Panelist Speaker on Asylum Law, ILW Panel, 2005
  • Presenter and Guest Speaker, Immigration TV Panel in Dallas, TX 2002

Federal Cases Remanded with Oral Argument

  • Tassi v. Holder (4th Circuit 2011) Published
  • Djadjou v. Holder (4th Circuit 2011)
  • Itoe v. Gonzales (4th Circuit remanded)
  • Mbah v. Holder (4th Circuit remanded)
  • Barry v. Gonzalez (4th Circuit)
  • Ngengwe v. Mukasey (8th Circuit remanded)

Educational Background

  • 1991 – Juris Doctor, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 1981 – Master’s of Art in Comparative Literature, University of California, Riverside
  • 1975 – Bachelor of Arts, Loma Linda University, California
  • 1971-73 – Newbold College, Berkshire, England


  • Nominated as Superlawyer in Washington Post and DC Magazine (top 5% of lawyers) 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated, 5.0 out of 5.0 on client reviews – Martindale Hubbell
  • Certificateof Recognition, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Avvo rated 10 out of 10 Superb lawyer. Click here for listing.

Language Capabilities

  • Fluent in French; limited German and Italian.
Patricia A. Wonder

Patricia A. Wonder


Patricia A. Wonder, Esq. has been in the immigration field for more than eighteen years. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.  She has been employed with BOILA since January 2014 specializing in employment immigration law.  She represents clients with complex immigration cases, including those in removal proceedings.  She also works with clients with waiver applications and motions to reopen/appeals.

She graduated from The College of NJ, Trenton, NJ in 1995. In 1996, she began working for the former INS as a District Adjudications Officer in Newark, NJ where she determined the eligibility of green card applicants. In 1997, she began employment with Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy as a paralegal. She attended Rutgers University Newark Law School and graduated in 2002. During law school she volunteered with American Friends Service Committee in their Immigrant Rights Program, served as a Teaching Assistant for Dean of the law school, was a member of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic working on immigration cases, as well as the Race and Law Review journal. In 2002, upon graduation from law school, she was accepted into the Attorney General’s Honor Program and began a judicial clerkship with EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review) Immigration Court. She was employed as a Judicial Law Clerk for immigration court in Newark, NJ and then as an Attorney Advisor for immigration court in New York, NY. From 2004 to 2009, she was employed as an Associate with Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy in New York City.

Ms. Wonder teaches Immigration Law online at CUNY SPS since 2005. She lives in DC and is a mom to a curious and adventurous four year old boy.  Ms. Wonder loves to go to the beach any chance she gets as well as travel internationally.

Holly Klein

Holly Klein


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