who we are

David Amar, Attorney, Associate

David Amar is an immigration and entertainment attorney focused on preparing O and P visa petitions as well as transactional entertainment/media matters. As a Canadian citizen, he has first-hand experience negotiating the U.S. immigration process. David has advised entities ranging from independent artists, to publishing and media corporations, to tech startups.

Anna Apostolidis, Case Assistant

Anna is a Case Assistant in the General Immigration department. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and German Studies from Wesleyan University. She has worked with clients in a variety of fields in the arts, and in her own life she is passionate about making music and visiting museums.

Maria Cocchiara-Klein, Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Covey, Attorney, Partner

Matthew has worked in music and arts immigration since 1996. As a member of the US/Slovak band Skulpey, as Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agent, and as the manager of the Klezmatics, his varied career has afforded him a comprehensive understanding of the entertainment industries. He is a founding director of Tamizdat, a non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange.

Olivia Galvez, Case Manager

Olivia has a Bachelor's degree in Literature from the State University of New York in Purchase where she was awarded The Bell Chevigny Prize for Feminist Studies. After some time in the literary world, she joined the Covey team where she has experience working with clients in the fields of music, theatre, dance, and comedy.

Amanda leads CoveyLaw’s general immigration division. Working with both individuals and business entities, Amanda regularly files O-1 and EB-1 petitions for individuals in music, theater, tv/film, graphic arts, visual arts as well as fashion, among other industries. Amanda also represents national and international corporate clients as well as start-up entities spanning a range of industries (arts, technology, education).

Amanda Gupta, Attorney, Partner
Kevin Hudson, Case Manager

Kevin has a Bachelor's degree in Literature, with a specialization in film studies, from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining CoveyLaw in 2018, Kevin worked in public policy research in Washington D.C. He is from Baltimore, Maryland.

Tafiya Khan is an immigration and entertainment lawyer focused primarily on employment-based visas and contract issues for the international artist community. Since joining CoveyLaw in 2015, Tafiya has helped helped thousands of performing artists with visa petitions and consular processing. Tafiya is also a volunteer attorney for CoveyLaw’s affiliated nonprofit, Tamizdat, Incorporated. 

Tafiya Khan, Attorney, Associate
Harlan Levine, Chief Operating Officer

Harlan has a decade of involvement in New York City cultural institutions. He has an undergraduate degree from Eugene Lang and a Masters of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. He has been involved in executing large scale events at MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Morgan Library.

Will Lulofs, Evidence Manager

Will has worked at Covey Law and Tamizdat since 2009. His interdepartmental work involves research and administrative projects. He graduated from Bennington College with a BA in literature and music composition.

Maluce Mahdavi, Attorney, Associate

Shelley Pinker holds a Bachelor's Degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo, where she worked as both a Radio DJ and Program Director at WGSU. She also earned a Grand Diploma in Classic Pastry Arts from The International Culinary Center. She is glad to be involved in helping artists showcase their work, and in bringing diverse talent to US audiences.

Shelley Pinker, Case Manager
Will Spitz, Attorney, Partner

Will Spitz leads CoveyLaw’s performing arts division, focusing primarily on preparing O and P visa petitions for artists entering the U.S. temporarily to perform. He also provides pro bono services to foreign artists and arts professionals as a volunteer attorney at Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange.

Davina Wells, Paralegal

Davina holds a Paralegal Certification from Pace University, a bachelor's degree in Theater Costume Construction and a minor in Political Science from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has costumed Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, as well as for national tours, cruises, and regional productions, and has worked closely with artists of all kinds.

Kim Xavier, Attorney, Associate

Kimberly Xavier is a Senior Associate within CoveyLaw’s general immigration division. Her focus is on creating short and long-term immigration strategies for individuals and organizations with foreign national employees.

Brian Zabinski, Senior Case Manager

Brian J Zabinski has been helping performing artists navigate the work visa process since 2012, and has been working in the music industry since 2007, with stints at Capitol, EMI, Sire, Warner, and Ba Da Bing Records.

Kayla Cohen holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Music from New York University, where she also worked as Music Director at WNYU. At CoveyLaw, she specializes in copyediting and coordinating our group of freelancers, as well as research and preparing documentation. She has been working with Tamizdat and CoveyLaw since September 2010. She is also a musician, playing folk guitar under the alias Itasca.

Kayla Cohen, Evidence Chief
Marla Guttman, Attorney Of Counsel

Marla’s practice focuses on contracts and transactional law in the entertainment space. She has extensive legal experience in entertainment and commercial law in Latin America, and brings that experience to CoveyLaw’s Arts & Entertainment practice. 

Janis Shen, Attorney Of Counsel

Janis Shen leads CoveyLaw’s Arts and Entertainment Practice, where she focuses on business affairs services, strategic guidance for brand longevity, and transactional legal services which include services for business development, performing arts institutions, musicians, producers, filmmakers, writers, composers, recording, publishing, production, licensing, touring, merchandising.

Michael Lawrence, Attorney Of Counsel

Michael Lawrence leads CoveyLaw’s Non-Profit & Business Practice, where he focuses on non-profit formation and maintenance, business start-up, compliance, and long-term planning. Michael has done corporate work for tech start-up companies, podcasts, music venues, a food and cultural festival and an app and card party-game. In addition, Michael has represented artists, musicians, record labels, artist managers and producers in entertainment law matters.

Scot Covey, Brand Strategist/Business Analyst

Scot is responsible for Tamizdat and CoveyLaw's brand identity and websites, and structure and design of the data foundation of the firm.

Monica Yi, Case Manager

Monica is a writer and programmer from New York. She holds a dual B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies and Film from Northwestern University, where she received a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media and managed operations at WNUR-FM. She contributed to cultural institutions like Beggars Group, Anthology Film Archives and MoMA Film prior to joining CoveyLaw.

Nicole Hemrick, Attorney Of Counsel

Nicole Abruzzo Hemrick provides professional and compassionate representation in all aspects of removal defense, family-based, and employment-based immigration matters.

Rebecca Lenetsky, Attorney Of Counsel