Lawyers & Staff

Brian Aust, Attorney

Brian Aust has been a practicing attorney for almost 15 years. In 2000, he graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul in and was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in October 2000. He is also admitted to practice before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court of Minnesota.

Brian works on all types of immigration cases. He represents individuals in family based immigration matters (marriage cases, fiancé(e) and other petitions), people applying for asylum, employment based immigration including H-1B and Labor Certifications, removal (deportation) defense and naturalization. Brian also has a special interest in representing GLBT clients. Read More >

 

Malinda Schmiechen, Attorney

For over twenty years, Malinda has been dedicated to improving the lives of people born outside the United States. Malinda understands the stress and strain of living outside your home country and traveling abroad. She has lived in the former Yugoslavia and Poland and has visited countries in Africa, Central America, Asia and Europe.

Prior to going into private practice, Malinda was a staff attorney with The Advocates for Human Rights in the Refugee and Immigrant Program. Read More >

 

Anna Van Sice, Paralegal

Paralegal Anna Van Sice assists both Brian Aust and Malinda Schmiechen with each step of case preparation and filing. In addition to her passion and experience with working with immigrant and refugee communities, Anna brings strong writing skills and a keen eye to detail that helps our clients’ cases. Read More >

 

 

Jenny Brooks, Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant Jenny Brooks graduated from Macalester College in 2016. With a degree in International Studies, and a history of travel in Europe, Asia, and Africa, she has a wide understanding of global issues affecting our clients and their lives. Similarly, her study of gender and sexuality-based issues makes Jenny a valuable asset for Aust Schmiechen’s LGBT clients. Read More >