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Meadowlark Immigration PC is a full service immigration law firm based in Portland, OR with a client centered approach that includes trauma informed care.




Alexandra Schneider, Co-Founder & Immigration Attorney

Ali Schneider has been serving immigrant communities through legal services and trauma-informed care since 2008. Since passing the Oregon Bar in 2010, she worked with Catholic Charities Oregon - Immigration Legal Services (ILS) as an attorney and legal volunteer coordinator. At ILS she served low income clients in family based and humanitarian cases. Her expertise is in working with survivors of trauma, especially domestic violence and sexual assault.

Ms. Schneider has developed and given trainings to attorneys, law students and advocates on Immigration Law and Trauma Informed Care. Ms. Schneider is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and she served as the New Member Division liaison for AILA for 2 terms, from 2012-2014. In 2012 she completed a 40 hour domestic violence training through the YWCA and Raphael House. She received an AILA pro bono attorney award in 2015 for her work at the Artesia Detention Facility, where she represented women and children from central america fleeing persecution.  She graduated from New York Law School in 2010, and speaks Spanish fluently. 

Jessie Freer-Walters, Immigration Attorney

Bio coming soon…


Melissa Stocking, Legal Assistant

Melissa Stocking joined the Meadowlark Team as a legal assistant in 2017. She previously worked at El Programa Hispano Católico for 4 years providing resource referrals and navigation to Spanish-speakers in East Multnomah County. Melissa is bilingual in English and Spanish, and lived and worked in Ensenada, Mexico for four years prior to relocating to Portland. As part of the Meadowlark team, Melissa provides support to the attorneys and their clients at every step of the immigration process.

Jeizi Magaña-Lopes, Receptionist

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Michael J. Cowgill, Co-Founder

Michael Cowgill is a co-founder of Meadowlark Immigration PC. He is passionate about removal defense and humanitarian aid and is a native Spanish speaker. He began serving immigrant communities through his work as a legal assistant in 2012. Michael graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in May 2015. During his time in law school, Michael worked with Catholic Charities Oregon - Immigration Legal Services (ILS), the Portland Immigration Court (EOIR), and Bailey Immigration as a law clerk. Michael passed the Oregon State Bar in 2015 and co-founded Meadowlark with Ali Schneider. He has completed the Oregon 40-hour training domestic violence advocacy training and is well versed in trauma informed care. During his time at Meadowlark, Michael specialized in removal defense and asylum. He has worked with the Oregon Congress on U visa certification legislation to support survivors of crimes. Michael passed the Florida State Bar in 2018 and relocated to Florida. Though he has moved across the country, his contributions to help found this firm and advocating for immigrant communities remain present in our day to day work.