Christopher T. Musillo, Esq.

Managing Partner

(513) 744-4080

Biographical Overview

Chris is MU's Managing Partner. He has been an immigration attorney since graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law in 1998. He specializes in immigration for the healthcare, information technology, staffing, relocation, engineering, and financial industries. His client-base is wide-ranging and includes the largest healthcare companies in the US, as well as entrepreneurial-driven start-up ventures. Prior to starting MU, Chris was a partner at a large Midwestern immigration law firm.

Chris’ written work has been featured in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Annual Publication, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, the Cincinnati Bar Association Report, Worldwide ERC’s Mobility, and a variety of on-line publications.

Chris has been selected as a speaker at many national and international conferences for organizations such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), Health Careers Interaction, and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Association (ASHHRA).

In 2005, he co-created the Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing (CTIHS), an advocacy non-profit entity that successfully lobbied for a liberalization of healthcare visa quotas. Chris served as the CTIHS first President, a role he held from 2005-2008. The CTIHS has successfully evolved into a comprehensive trade association, which was renamed the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment in 2008. His business travels have taken him around the world, including the Philippines, Canada, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the United Kingdom.

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctorate 1998

Villanova University
Bachelors of Science – Business Administration 1992
Major: Finance
Minor: History

Selected Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment

Cindy J. Unkenholt, Esq.

Co-Founding Partner (Retired)

(513)381-8472

Biographical Overview

Cindy is one of the two Co-Founding Partners of Musillo Unkenholt. Cindy's practice is concentrated on business immigration matters, including healthcare and physician issues. She also works with a range of clients in engineering, information technology, and recruiting. Prior to starting MU, Cindy was a partner at a large Midwestern immigration law firm.

Cindy began her immigration law practice upon her graduation from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1997. Cindy has also worked as an attorney for immigration law firms and consultancies in Minneapolis, Connecticut, and New York City.

Cindy is a co-author of the firm’s nationally recognized blog. Her written work also has been featured in a number of journals and websites, including ILW.com. Cindy has spoken at many legal and professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

In 2005, she co-created the Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing (CTIHS), an advocacy non-profit entity that successfully lobbied for a liberalization of healthcare visa quotas in 2006. Because of her success with the CTIHS, she was named to CTIHS’ Transition Board. The Transition Board evolved the CTIHS into a comprehensive trade organization, which was renamed the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment in 2008. Her travels have taken her around the world, including the Philippines, Canada, and throughout Europe.

Education

University of Connecticut School of Law
Juris Doctorate 1997

University of Cincinnati
Bachelors of Arts 1994
Major: Criminal Justice

Selected Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment

Maria T. Schneider, Esq.

Associate Attorney
Musillo Unkenholt, LLC

(513) 744-4085

Biographical Overview

Maria has been an Associate Attorney of Musillo Unkenholt since 2011. Maria’s practice includes both business and family-based immigration. Prior to her work at MU, Maria was an International Services Advisor at the University of Cincinnati, where she advised students, scholars and faculty coming from abroad to study and work at UC.

Maria graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2009. While attending law school, Maria served as President of the Immigrant Community Legal Advocacy Project and edited the Immigration Nationality Law Review. Additionally during law school, Maria worked in Washington, DC, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.

Since joining MU, Maria has continued volunteering and working on immigration-related causes. Maria founded and chaired the Immigration Law Committee at the Cincinnati Bar Association and taught Practical Applications of Immigration Law at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. As an Associate Attorney with Musillo Unkenholt, Maria brings a demonstrated passion for and dedication to immigration law. Maria is licensed in State of Ohio.

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctorate 2009

Northern Kentucky University
Bachelor of Arts 2006
Major: English
Minor: Political Science
University Honors Scholar

Selected Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Immigration Committee (Founder and Past Chair)
    • VOICE (women’s mentoring initiative, Founder and Co-Chair)
    • Mid-Level Attorney Working Group
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Law – Adjunct Professor

Anshu Anand, Esq.

Associate Attorney

(513) 744-4086

Biographical Overview

Anshu is joined MU as an Associate Attorney in 2011. Anshu’s practice is focused on business immigration matters, including healthcare, information technology, and staffing industries. Prior to her work at MU, Anshu was an International Student and Scholar Coordinator at the University of Louisville, where she ensured compliance surrounding the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for the F and J nonimmigrant populations. In addition, she served on various University committees representing and advocating the rights of the international population.

Anshu graduated from the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, in 2008. While attending law school, Anshu interned at the Center for Women & Families: Division of Immigrant & Non-Immigrant Services. She assisted the lead attorney with the filing of both VAWA self-petitions and U-Visa petitions on behalf of victims of domestic violence. During law school, she was a key resource to students, scholars, faculty and staff members throughout the University as well as its affiliates regarding general visa matters.

As an Associate Attorney with Musillo Unkenholt, Anshu continues to serve the immigrant population. Being an immigrant herself, she understands the evolving immigration system and as a result, immigration law has been both a passion and focus of her career. Anshu is licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Education

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Juris Doctorate 2008

University of Louisville
Bachelor of Arts 2002
Major: Political Science

Selected Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association

Shabnam Allen, Esq.

Associate Attorney

(513)744-4090

Biographical Overview

Shabnam joined MU as full time Associate in 2015. Shabnam graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in May 2015 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 2015. Shabnam clerked at MU while attending law school and gained valuable experience in the area of employment-based immigration. Additionally, she interned with a local immigration attorney where she gained knowledge and experience in family-based immigration and other aspects of immigration law. Shabnam also served as a legal fellow with the Ohio Innocence Project while attending law school.

Shabnam is a first generation American and her passion for immigration stems from being the daughter of an immigrant. She knows first-hand how much a well-qualified immigration attorney can improve the life of foreign nationals since her mother is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Shabnam uses her research skills to keep abreast of any and all changes within our complex immigration system. She will utilize her prior professional and personal experience in immigration to assist and represent our clients in all aspects of employment and family based immigration.

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctorate 2015

Xavier University
Bachelor of Arts 2012
Major: International Studies - Business

Selected Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

John Dawson, Esq.

Associate Attorney

(513)744-4093

Biographical Overview

John joined MU as an Associate Attorney in 2016. John’s practice deals with all areas of business immigration, with a focus on the healthcare and information technology industries. Prior to joining MU, John worked at BCF in Montreal, where he advised a diverse client base ranging from large multinational corporations to small family-owned businesses on obtaining non-immigrant and permanent resident visas for their employees. He also worked in-house for four years with a healthcare staffing company, where he prepared work permit applications for the company’s international healthcare professionals.

John graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2010. He had the opportunity to intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he assisted the judges in drafting decisions and orders. In his final year, he interned at the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic, representing victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault in civil protection order hearings. In addition, he served as President of the Immigrant Community Legal Advocacy Project.

John immigrated to the United States at a young age with his family and has always been passionate about immigration law. He is dedicated to assisting foreign nationals in navigating the constantly-evolving immigration process so they can pursue their dreams in the U.S. John is licensed in the State of Ohio.

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctorate 2010

Miami University
Bachelor of Arts 2006
Major: History

Selected Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association