Melissa Phatharanavik

Associate Attorney

Melissa received her J.D. with a specialization in Critical Race Studies from UCLA School of Law. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from UCLA. Melissa is a member of the California State Bar.

Melissa has experience in both family-based and employment-based immigration. She has expertise on a variety of immigration matters, including adjustment of status, consular processing, naturalization, and inadmissibility/deportability waivers. Melissa also represents clients seeking deferred action and humanitarian forms of immigration relief, including asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U-visa, T-visa, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions. She also has experience with appeals filed with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Melissa’s employment-based immigration practice includes non-immigrant visa filings for H-1B, B-1, F-1, J, and E visas.

Prior to joining Becker & Lee LLP, Melissa worked at non-profit organizations, where she served immigrant survivors of domestic violence, victims of crime and human trafficking, families seeking reunification, and others in need of immigration relief. Melissa has worked and volunteered with immigrant rights advocacy groups for over 10 years. She is the daughter of Thai immigrants, and is fluent in Thai.