Our Staff

  • Nadezda (“Nadia”) Polukhin-Pratt, Esq.
  • Janet Barraza
  • Amanda Turek
  • Rachel Engebretson
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.

Rachel Engebretson

Rachel Engebretson

Rachel Engebretson began acquiring immigration law experience in 1996, as a legal intern, and now advises individuals and businesses on matters including removal proceedings, family immigration, self-petitions, national interest waivers, and employment-based immigration. She is an immigration practitioner driven by delight in practical and substantive complexities of immigration law including regulatory and policy issues. She is a strategic advisor of effective and efficient immigration solutions to clients seeking excellence in a global marketplace. Rachel has experience in federal circuit litigation and is a strategic adviser to many of her clients in complex immigration related matters. She obtained her Juris Doctorate cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in May 2008.

Rachel is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, the US District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was an AILA Regional CLE presenter and a panelist on Federal Court Immigration practices.

Rachel volunteers with discapacitados abriendose caminos, Augsburg Women Engaged Leadership Committee and Philanthropy Council, and the Mounds View High School Wrestling Boosters. She lives in Blaine, MN with her husband, Dan, and their two children: Maija (Age 19) and Mitchell (Age 16).