who we are

Matthew Covey, 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.

Amanda concentrates on employment-based immigration for both individuals and business entities. In particular, she has in-depth experience within the Arts; she regularly works with clients in music, theater, tv/film, graphic arts, visual arts as well as fashion, among other industries to file O-1 and EB-1 petitions.

Amanda Gupta, Partner

Tafiya has broad experience in immigration matters including removals, intracompany transfers and family-based petitions. She has worked with clients on immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, provisional waivers and adjustment of status.

Tafiya Khan, Associate
Will Spitz, Associate

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.

David Amar, Associate

David Amar focuses his practice at CoveyLaw on preparing O and P visa petitions within the firm’s performing arts division. As a Canadian citizen, he has first-hand experience negotiating the U.S. immigration process. David has advised entities ranging from independent musicians, to a major publishing corporation, to an early-stage tech startup.

Brian Zabinski, Senior Case Manager

Brian has worked for Tamizdat and CoveyLaw since 2012. He graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a BA in Music Business and has been working in the music industry in some capacity since 2007, including stints at Capitol, EMI, Sire, Warner, and Ba Da Bing Records.

Julianne is a 2014 graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she worked at WNYU as a station manager and hosted a weekly new-music program. Her coursework centered around popular music history, philosophies of listening, mass media as tied to the classics.

Julianne Wagner, Senior Case Manager
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.

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.

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
Harlan Levine, Operations Manager

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.

Maria Cocchiara-Klein

Mars is an artist, writer and DJ from Brooklyn. Having recently lived and worked on a temporary visa in Germany, Mars is happy to be a part of the Covey team enabling artists to do the same in the United States.

Mars Dietz, Operations Assistant
Shayna Sehayik
Janis Shen, Of Counsel Attorney

Janis Shen brings to CoveyLaw eighteen years of experience in transactional music and media matters, working on many sides of the entertainment industry, including in-house at TVT Records and RCA, as well as privately representing leading artists, writers, producers, start-ups, indie labels and documentarians.

Monica Lee, Of Counsel

Monica Grace Lee has a strong background in both tax law and securities compliance, including implementation of compliance procedures, international tax, tax planning in the context of estate planning, real estate, corporate law, and general business planning. She ran her own legal practice and has worked with the FCM of Bank of China International and with Morgan Stanley.

Kayla Cohen holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Music from New York University, where she also worked as Music Director at WNYU. She manages the layout department at CoveyLaw, specializing in copyediting and coordinating our group of freelancers; with extensive experience in 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, Documents Manager