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Senior Litigation Associate

Immigration Litigation

Complex Immigration Matters


Marilia G. Richards is a Senior Immigration Litigation Associate at Jia Law Group. Her practice focuses on a wide array of complex immigration matters, including family-based immigration, naturalization, religious and political asylum, removal defense, and special immigrant juvenile visas. Marilia has successfully conducted immigration trials in US Immigration Courts. She has appeared before various Immigration Courts and Administrative agencies throughout the United States. She has also appeared before various Family Courts in the state of New York.  As an immigrant herself, Marilia knows the struggle immigrants face when trying to legalize their status, and deeply believes in fighting for immigrants and their rights. 

Prior to joining Jia Law Group, Marilia’s practice focused on housing law where she represented low income and undocumented tenants in Brooklyn, New York. Her anti-harassment litigation, coalition advocacy, and eviction defense helped longstanding residents remain in their homes. This work was extremely meaningful to her, especially with the enactment of the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (HSTPA) and the housing issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marilia graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2011. She obtained her J.D. from New York Law School in 2017 where she served on the executive board of the Latin American Law Student Association. Marilia is admitted to practice law in the State of New York; the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; and Immigration Courts nationwide. 



  • B.A., Columbia University

  • J.D. and Root-Tilden Scholar, New York University School of Law 

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, Connecticut

  • Supreme Court of the United States (Washington, DC)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (New York, NY)

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (New York, NY)

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, NY)

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (New Haven, CT)

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