Elektra B. Yao, Esq. is the founder and principal attorney at Yao Law Group a full service, comprehensive immigration law firm. Elektra is admitted to the New York Bar and she practices U.S. Immigration and Nationality law and Deportation Defense in all jurisdictions of the United States of America.
As a multicultural attorney, with immigrant parents from Italy and Cote D’Ivoire, Elektra is fully fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish. She has lived, studied, and worked internationally in the US, the EU, and Africa. Not only does she understand the language her clients speak, she understands the cultural landscape of where they come from.
Elektra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, one of the top art schools in the nation. During her undergraduate university career, Elektra wrote, directed, and produced two documentaries (N*gga What? and The Choking Game) which were screened in Texas and New York City. During college, she worked for MTV, the Style Network, and other distinguished production companies in the Film and TV industry.
Prior to becoming an attorney she performed in prominent theatre companies in New York City such La MaMa E.T.C, Theatre for the New City, The Roundabout Theatre Company, among many others.
Elektra earned her Juris Doctor from Lewis and Clark Law School, a nationally ranked, top-tier law school. As a dedicated international professional, Elektra studied in international contexts. She studied in London under Loukas Mistelis, the Professor and Director of the School of Arbitration at the prestigious UK law school Queen Mary University. She also studied at the Peking Law School, the leading Chinese law school, where she earned a Certificate in Chinese Business and Civil law; along with studying at the internationally renowned and prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France and in Florence, Italy where she earned Certificates in Comparative Law. Based on her excellent track record, Elektra was also invited to study Eastern European Law at Eotvos Lorand University, the #1 ranked law school in Hungary. She has also completed all of the coursework for a Master’s in Law in European and Spanish Law from the University of Salamanca. Additionally, she holds several Certificates in Italian and European Immigration Law and Policy.
Elektra spent several years working for leading boutique immigration law firms in New York City where she developed her expertise in employment based and family based immigration law. Throughout her tenure at boutique law firms, Elektra secured artists visas, business visas, and green cards for artists, professionals, and families. The foundation of Elektra’s excellent track record, is her belief in customized immigration legal services. Each client has unique needs and Elektra has always recognized that throughout her career.
Frustrated at how law firms did not personalize legal services for each client, Elektra founded Yao Law Group. The Yao Law Group offers concierge immigration legal services, in which every client is unique. At Yao Law Group, clients are recognized as people with their own unique story and profile. At Yao Law Group, we understand how delicate the immigration process is, which is why we work together with clients to craft strong, personalized legal petitions to create long lasting success.
Elektra is very active attorney and is a member of The American Immigration Lawyers Association and The New York City Bar Association, where is she is member of several committees