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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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Colin Abbott

Colin Abbott

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Carolyn Killea

Carolyn Killea

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Ananya Mallavarapu

Ananya Mallavarapu

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Staff/Legal Assistants

Colleen Torralba

Colleen Torralba

Finance Manager

Back row, left to right: Carolyn Killea, Rosie N., Colin Abbott, --, Cindy Maza Front row, left to right: Colleen Torralba, Danielle Beach-Oswald, Reajoy Tamon

Sarah Metzel

Sarah Metzel

Junior Paralegal

Danielle Beach-Oswald

Danielle Beach-Oswald

Managing Partner

Ms. Danielle Beach-Oswald, JD is President and Managing Partner at Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates. She has used her 25 years of experience in immigration law to help individuals immigrate to the United States for humanitarian reasons. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Ms. Beach-Oswald has lived in England, Belgium, Italy and Ivory Coast and has traveled extensively to many countries. She is fluent in French with limited expertise. She advocates for clients from around the world who seek freedom from torture in their country, or who are victims of domestic violence and trafficking. Ms. Beach-Oswald has litigated for family reunification and presenting employment-based petitions for professionals who qualify as having an extraordinary ability and whose work in the U.S. is considered to be in the national interest. 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-Oswald has represented clients from over eighty countries. With her extensive experience in family-based and employment-based immigration law, she 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. As such, Ms. Beach-Oswald handles many complex naturalization issues and numerous waivers for non-immigrant and immigrant visas.

Ms. Beach-Oswald 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 1,000 humanitarian cases in the United States.  Ms. Beach-Oswald is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Maryland, and five of the U.S. Circuit Courts.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association (1992-Present)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (1992-Present)
  • Sustaining Member, DC Women’s Bar Association (WBA) (2011-Present)
  • Section Counsel At-Large for Maryland State Bar Association (2016-2019)
  • AILA Washington Executive Office of Immigration Review Chair (2012-2013 and 2015-2016)
  • AILA State Legislation Co-Chair– MD (2011-Present)
  • Co-Chair and Editor of Raising the Bar for DC Women’s Bar Association ( 2011-2012)
  • Expert Immigration Witness at Trial for Kalbian Hagerty, LLP (2011)
  • 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)
  • 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 (2007-2014)
  • Chair, AILA Liaison for Washington DC area to: Office of Chief Counsel; Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( OI and DRO); Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) (2007-2008)
  • Legal Clerk with Maryland State Bar Teacher’s Association, Baltimore, MD (1991-1992)
  • Legal Internship with Governor Schaefer’s Office in Baltimore, MD (1991-1992)
  • Judicial Internship with Circuit Court Judge Leonard Ruben, Rockville, MD (1990)
  • Adjunct Professor of writing and literature classes California State University, San Bernardino, CA; Riverside Community College, CA

Community Involvement

  • Vice-Chair, Alexandria Human Rights Commission (2014-Present)
  • Commissioner, Alexandria Human Rights Commission (2011-Present)
  • Member, Daughters of the American Revolution (2001-Present)
  • Co-President, Alexandria Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) (2013-2018)
  • Member, American Association of University Women (1999-Present)
  • Mentor, University of Baltimore Law Student Mentor Programs (2010-2011)
  • Mentor, International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Washington, DC area (2009-2011)
  • Mentor on Immigration for Bread for the City (2008-2009)
  • Legal advisor volunteer for Homeless Women Shelters in Maryland (1991-1992)

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 in English, Loma Linda University, California
  • 1971-73 – Newbold College, Berkshire, England


  • Nominated as Superlawyer in Washington Post and DC Magazine (Top 5% of lawyers) for 2012 through 2016
  • AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated, 5.0 out of 5.0 on client reviews
  • Certificate of Recognition, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Avvo rates her 10 out of 10. View her listing at

Areas of Concentration

  • Humanitarian-based immigration (Asylum)
  • Waivers of inadmissibility
  • Family-based immigration
  • Employment-based Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Removal proceedings
  • Federal litigation
  • Consular processing
Colin Abbott

Colin Abbott

Managing Attorney

Colin Abbott is currently the managing attorney with Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates  PC., located in Washington DC. Mr. Abbott has been an immigration lawyer for over 30 years. Mr. Abbott earned law degrees from both Canada and the United States where he has concentrated his practice on removal defense, asylum, and other forms of immigration relief for those seeking justice. These areas of practice include: SIJS, VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas, and discretionary relief before USCIS.

Mr. Abbott first joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in July 2001 and has actively advocated for the rights of immigrants in the United States from the first day he immigrated himself from Canada to the United States.

Mr. Abbott has practiced before immigration courts throughout the United States, including and during the past year appeared before all judges in both the Baltimore and Hyattsville Immigration Courts.  Prior to working as an associate at Beach-Oswald, he practiced with a federally funded Legal Services law firm in Florida where he served as a staff attorney, statewide managing attorney, litigation director, and as the interim executive director. During this time, he served as the EOIR-31 designated supervising immigration attorney for all Florida branch offices including training of immigration attorneys, review of all legal work undertaken by advocates, and maintaining a caseload of humanitarian immigration cases. He has also worked as a sole practitioner and as a State Public Defender representing immigrants who had both criminal and immigration legal issues.

In the past ten years, Mr. Abbott has presented at both the local, state and national levels on topics related to immigration law and practice and has volunteered as a trainer with immigration law school clinics throughout Florida. He has also served as a speaker on unauthorized practice of law and assistance to human trafficking victims to churches, community groups and bar associations throughout the United States.  This work resulted in the Florida Bar appointing him to the Standing Committee of Unauthorized Practice of Law where he served for two terms including the final two years as Vice Chair and then as Chair leading the statewide UPL prosecution.  He then served for two terms as an attorney member of the Florida Bar Professional Ethic Standing Committee with the mandate to guide attorneys in interpreting and applying ethics rules. During this time, Mr. Abbott was able to successfully advocate to have the Florida Bar Ethics Hotline provide guidance to non-Florida licensed immigration attorneys practicing within Florida. He has received trauma training from the United States Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime and trained as a Florida Supreme Court Circuit-Civil certified Mediator.

Carolyn Killea

Carolyn Killea

Senior Attorney

Carolyn Ann Killea has practiced immigration law since 1988.  For twenty-one years she practiced at Deutsch, Killea and Eapen in Washington, D.C., and is highly rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  She is experienced in all areas of immigration practice, including employment, family, consular processing, VAWA, and asylum.  Ms. Killea received a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, a M.A. in Latin-American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Latin-American Studies from Smith College.

Ananya Mallavarapu

Ananya Mallavarapu

Associate Attorney

Ananya Mallavarapu is a licensed North Carolina attorney who practices Immigration Law. Ananya attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies (concentrating in Western European Politics) and Rhetoric Studies with a minor in French. She completed her legal education at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio where she was a member of the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) and published a paper for the Henry T. King Jr. War Crimes Research Lab for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). During law school, she also worked on a legal note researching migrant travel across the Mediterranean and the intersection between migration and refugee law, an area she wishes to further research. Ananya has an extensive background in immigration law having worked for various law firms as a clerk and lawyer and participated in an Immigration Clinic during law school. Ananya is fluent in English, Telugu, and French. She is also conversational in Hindi and is learning Spanish.