OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

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Katia Teirstein   |   Attorney at Law, Partner    

Originally from Seattle, Katia graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2010 and has made New York City her home ever since. Katia is a member of the New York State Bar since 2011, as well as an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), the New York State Bar Association, and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the highly selective New York Metro “Super Lawyers” and was named Rising Star within the practice area of Immigration. 

 

Katia attended high school in North-Eastern France, where she learned to speak French. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and cheering on her beloved New York Yankees. An avid runner, most mornings you’ll find her running with her two dogs in Central Park or on the trails of Westchester County. She has run the New York City, Chicago, and Boston marathons. She lives in New York with her husband and their two children.

Katia has many tattoos, including a half-sleeve by Daniela Pusateri of Stefano's Tattoo Studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

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Jasmine Leiselsen   |   Paralegal    

 

If it wasn't obvious from her photo, Jasmine is the identical twin sister of attorney Katia Teirstein. After a career in the snowboarding industry, Jasmine joined her sister at the firm in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative History from the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

Jasmine divides her time between New York City, Seattle, and the Cascade mountains, where she enjoys snowboarding and hiking. She enjoys traveling and adventure (she has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, as well as a six-week snowboarding road trip throughout the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains). Jasmine loves spending time in New York City and (much to her sister’s dismay) rooting on the Seattle Mariners when they play the Yankees in the Bronx.

 

Jasmine has a full tattoo sleeve done by artist Kyle Stacher at Tiger Clue in Portland, Oregon.

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Amilla Sather   |   Case Manager       

 

Amilla became good friends with Jasmine through their love of snowboarding together. She was born and raised in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Amilla attended Bellevue College where she studied Applied Sciences. She has had an extensive career in the service industry which inspired her deep passion for food. Her first trip to New York was completely focused on eating! Fun fact: Amilla has two cats who are identical brothers named Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. Twins are a common theme around here!

 

Amilla sought out her first tattoo on her 18th birthday. She’s continued to collect pieces from multiple various artists and counting. Amilla's fiancé, Justin Norman, an artist at Supergenius Tattoo of Seattle, has graciously gifted her with many beautiful, nature-inspired custom pieces. 

 

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Amanda Leslie   |   Case Manager        

 

Amanda and Amilla became fast friends many years ago, as they bonded over their shared love of reading and music. She was born in the suburbs of Seattle where she spent much of her childhood camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

 

Amanda is married to Seattle based artist Nate Leslie (Neotraditional-MOPOP Featured Artist- ‘Body of Work-Tattoo Culture’) and artist at Supergenius Tattoo in Seattle, Washington. Together they are the proud parents of a future tattooer. Having a partner in the industry has given Amanda a unique perspective and appreciation for the tattoo culture.  She is an ardent collector of tattoos and passionate consumer of poetry.

 

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Annie Cahill   |   Content Writer        

 

The eldest sister of the twins here at Tattoo Visa, Annie has an undergraduate degree in history from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Education. She spent twenty years working in public education, and is now working towards an additional degree in wildlife biology. She is an avid wildlife enthusiast and volunteers in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic in her spare time.  As a nature lover, all of Annie’s tattoos feature birds or plants of some kind. Her favorite is a great blue heron arm piece tattooed by Moge Silva, at Empire Tattoos in Boston. She is also a published author who will be working with Tattoo Visa on projects that require written communications and content.  

Like Katia, Annie is a distance runner who tries to get outside for at least a few miles as many days a week as she can. Annie and Katia ran the New York City Half Marathon together in 2014. She is also a knitter, a gardener, and a voracious reader of some of the nerdiest, most niche non-fiction books around. Annie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their "his and hers" collection of four kids, ages 10 to 17. 

 

10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT US 

 

  1. Katia and Jasmine are identical twins. Katia is two minutes older.

  2. Katia is fluent in French and lived in France as a teenager.

  3. Jasmine has a phobia of hummingbirds.

  4. Katia completed the “Phall Challenge” (a spicy curry eating competition) at the Brick Lane Curry House in New York City. She received a certificate and one free beer. Indian food is both Katia and Jasmine’s favorite food.

  5. Both Katia and Jasmine love dogs. Katia has two and Jasmine has one.

  6. They love to snowboard and have matching tattoos paying homage to their home in the Cascade Mountains.

  7. Jasmine is a “true crime” junkie.

  8. Katia had green hair and Jasmine had blue hair in high school (they were grunge kids in Seattle in the 1990s.)

  9. “Bucket List” Stuff: Katia – to run all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (she’s already halfway there!). Jasmine – to travel to Nepal and hike to Everest basecamp.

  10. Katia and Jasmine both love spinning and are featured in a “Great Big Story” about the law firm and their Peloton bikes.

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