Lawyers & Staff

Brian Aust, Attorney

Brian Aust has been a practicing attorney for almost 20 years. He graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul in May 2000 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 >

Mars Smith, Paralegal

Mars Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language & Literature. She has always been fascinated and curious about people of different nationalities and various walks of life. Read More >

Taylor Claman, Paralegal

Taylor Claman graduated from the University of Iowa in 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts (Hons) and Spanish (Hons), University Honors, and a certificate in Writing. While attending the University of Iowa, Taylor was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Iowa Honors Program.Read More >

Alexander Ramírez Rios, Legal Assistant

Alexander Ramírez Rios graduated from Saint John’s University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications. Alexander spent his time as a student gaining experience in non-profit and political work. Such experience includes: grassroots fundraising, political strategics, phone/field canvassing, translating, voter mobilization, public affairs, and event planning.Read More >