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The Ellis Porter Team




Our Attorneys



Marc A. Topoleski


Shaju J. Jacob


Lisa Tehlirian


Heather Garvock






Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  marc.topoleski@ellisporter.com

Marc is a Principal Attorney and Founder of Ellis Porter with over fifteen years of immigration law experience.  Prior to founding Ellis Porter, Marc served as in-house immigration counsel to a large information technology consulting firm and has also directed the immigration departments of two of the largest law firms in Michigan.  He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and also served as the Vice President of the Detroit Chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), an entrepreneurial networking and mentoring organization.  Marc speaks regularly to professional associations, companies and cultural interest groups on a variety of immigration issues.  He has also authored and contributed to numerous articles addressing a variety of business and individual immigration topics in publications including Michigan Lawyers Weekly, HR Magazine (a publication of the Society for Human Resource Management), Benderís Labor & Employment Bulletin, the Indus Business Journal, Miindia.com and USA Today.

Undergraduate Education:  Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan

Law School Education:  Vanderbilt University; Nashville, Tennessee






Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  shaju.jacob@ellisporter.com

Shaju is a Partner at Ellis Porter with over nine years experience practicing immigration law.  Prior to joining Ellis Porter, Shaju was a corporate immigration attorney with the largest law firm in Michigan.  He has also managed the employment-based green card department of a mid-size immigration boutique firm and served as in-house counsel to an information technology consulting company.  Shaju speaks regularly to professional associations, companies and cultural interest groups on a variety of immigration issues, and has served as a part-time instructor at Baker College.  Shaju is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and serves as a Board Member of the South Asian Bar Association of Michigan.

Undergraduate Education:  Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan

Law School Education:  Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan







Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  lisa.tehlirian@ellisporter.com   

Lisa is an attorney at Ellis Porter with over seven years of experience in immigration law.  After completing law school, Ms. Tehlirian was accepted into the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General's Honors Program where she worked as the Judicial Law Clerk/Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit, Michigan. In this capacity, she researched novel immigration issues and drafted legal memoranda and judicial opinions for the Immigration Judges. Prior to joining Ellis Porter, Lisa worked as an immigration attorney at a Metropolitan Detroit immigration law firm, where she had a lead role in managing the firm's individual and family immigration services group.  Lisa specializes in individual and family based immigration law, inadmissibility and removability issues, naturalization/citizenship, and employment based immigration law.

Lisa is a member of the
American Immigration Lawyers Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Women's Lawyers Association of Michigan.

   Undergraduate Education:  University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan
   Law School Education:
University of Detroit Mercy; Detroit, Michigan






Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  heather.garvock@ellisporter.com   

Heather is an attorney at Ellis Porter with over three years of experience.  After graduating in 2008, Heather spent time working with the Washtenaw County Public Defender Office.  Since then Heather has worked on her own and with other experienced immigration attorneys to assist foreign nationals with solving their immigration problems and reaching their immigration goals.  Heather focuses her practice on family-based immigration, removal defense, waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, temporary protected status (TPS), citizenship, naturalization, and criminal issues affecting immigration. 

Heather is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Washtenaw County Bar Association, and Oakland County Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

   Undergraduate Education:  Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, Michigan
   Law School Education:
Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan




Our Staff




VICKI ALGARRA - Case Manager


Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  vicki.algarra@ellisporter.com




CAMELIA DUSA - Case Manager


Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  camelia.dusa@ellisporter.com




JENA HENGSTEBECK - Office Manager/Accounting


Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  jena.hengstebeck@ellisporter.com






Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  lucia.hernandez@ellisporter.com




RUBY VARGHESE - Client Services Manager


Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  ruby.varghese@ellisporter.com






Phone:  248-519-9900


Email:  sherry.weimert@ellisporter.com