Our Staff

  • Nadezda (“Nadia”) Polukhin-Pratt, Esq.
  • Janet Barraza
  • Amanda Turek
  • Norma Ramirez
  • Yasmeen Saad
Nadezda (“Nadia”) Polukhin-Pratt, Esq.

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Nadia Polukhin-Pratt, Esq.
Pratt International Law Firm, LLC
8085 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 101A
Golden Valley, MN 55426
(952) 544-4544

Nadezda (“Nadia”) Polukhin-Pratt, Esq.

The life and career of Nadia Polukhin-Pratt spans cultures and continents. An immigrant herself, Nadia was born in Russia, raised in Israel and finished high school in Canada. Nadia earned a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she graduated with honors. She came to the United States in 2004 and attended law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul Minnesota. Nadia has actively practiced in the area of immigration law since 2007 and in the area of social security disability since 2009. As a consequence of her international life and education, Nadia speaks Russian, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and — with the help of her staff — Spanish.

Nadia is an experienced and tenacious advocate for her clients. She assertively represents immigrant and disabled clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, US Customs and Immigration Services, Board of Immigration Appeals and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Nadia’s practice has led her to be attentive to both physical and mental disabilities of her clients, either in immigration or disability disciplines. Nadia has co-written many Board of Immigration Appeals briefs as well as several Eight Circuit Court of Appeals briefs. When not working, Nadia enjoys spending her time running outdoors, keeping up with her son Isaac “Ike” Leo, and spending time with her husband, Chad Pratt.

Janet Barraza

Janet Barraza

Janet is a native of Mexico City, Mexico, who has lived in the United States since she was 9 years old. An immigrant herself, Janet understands and appreciates the hardships our clients face when confronted with complex immigration and medical issues. Janet is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish which allows her to help our attorneys effectively and efficiently communicate with our Spanish-speaking clients.

Janet’s own immigrant history gives her the unique ability to connect with clients in these difficult situations. Janet is a true “people person” who enjoys providing every client with the highest quality of service and professionalism. Janet’s passion for immigrant rights does not end when she leaves our office for the day as she is active in the Hispanic community and encourages community members to seek advice about possible immigration benefits. Janet is an active member at Iglesia Esperanza and enjoys spending time with her children, Joshua and Abigail, her husband, Albert, and their new kitten.

Amanda Turek

Amanda Turek

Amanda Elizabeth Turek was born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 2009. As a Minnesota native, and a proud American, she went on to serve 4 years in the Army Reserves as a Military Intelligence specialist. Amanda studied Intelligence Operations and Spanish while in the Army Reserves. This unique experience taught Amanda how to appreciate complex problems, how to efficiently solve them, and how to work under pressure. As a result of her cultural and military experience, Amanda is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Amanda understands and appreciates immigrant rights as her spouse is an immigrant native to Mexico. Amanda is passionate about representing individuals who are disadvantaged due to their alienage, disability, or financial constraints, and is happy to assist such individuals with great care and compassion.

Amanda is a very proud mother to Eleyna, age 2. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing and being outside.

Norma Ramirez

Norma Ramirez

Norma Ramirez is native of Mexico City, Mexico. She was born and raised in the State of Mexico and immigrated to the United States at an early age. Norma completed her studies in education assistance and has been devoted to serving the Latino community of Twin Cities in the last two decades.

Norma is attentive and conscientious of immigrant and Latino concerns. While working at a paralegal in numerous prominent Twin Cities law firm, Norma had the privilege of working with individuals from all walks of life, and help her clients navigate in the complex legal system. Prior to commencing her legal career, Norma was employed with Bailey Nurseries, where she served as a bilingual human resource specialist. Norma has served as a certified court interpreter in numerous depositions, arbitrations, and trials and regularly volunteers her time with numerous Latino churches, organizations and neighborhood functions.

During her spare time, Norma enjoys spending time with her son Ian, age 9, and her parents. Norma also runs a part-time catering business, and focuses much of her energy on her favorite hobby: acrylic nail design.

Yasmeen Saad

Yasmeen Saad

Yasmeen Sherif Saad is the daughter of Egyptian-born parents. As a first generation American, Yasmeen is fluent in both English and Arabic, and is expanding her language skills to include Spanish and French. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she is studying Environmental Science and Political Science. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science, Yasmeen hopes to continue her education and work towards a master’s degree in Public Administration and then on to law school. Yasmeen’s goal is to reach the United Nations and to apply her knowledge and skill set to truly, and meaningfully change the world.

Yasmeen volunteers with many non-profit organizations in hopes to impact and help her community as much as she can. Yasmeen has traveled to countries like Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Netherlands, and Kuwait to further her international experience. In her free time, Yasmeen enjoys running, being outside, playing sports, reading, and spending time with her family.