staff, reviews, & media

We’d love to boast about our impressive and inspiring clients, but we respect their confidentiality too much for that. Instead, if you want to read what our clients think about our work, see what they write in our Google Reviews.

CoveyLaw and Tamizdat get a lot of attention in the media. You can see some of the press coverage of our work in our media archive.

It all comes back to our amazing staff. Below you can click on a photo, and you’ll find each person’s full biography and links to high resolution photos.

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.

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
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.

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.

Maria Cocchiara-Klein, Chief Financial Officer

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
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.

Kim Xavier, Attorney, Senior 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.

Maluce Mahdavi, Attorney, Associate (admission pending)

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.

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. Currently, she serves as a Radio DJ for WFMU, where she hosts the weekly program Maraschino Melodrama on the alt-stream channel Sheena’s Jungle Room. Through her involvement at CoveyLaw, Shelley is glad to be assisting artists in showcasing their work and diverse talent to US audiences.

Shelley Pinker, 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.

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.

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 a wide variety of companies and nonprofits, and he has represented artists, musicians, record labels, artist managers and producers in entertainment law matters.

Monica Lee, Attorney Of Counsel

Monica Lee, a member of CoveyLaw's Nonprofit & Business group, works in several practice areas, including tax law, art law, and HR and employment law, and trusts and estates.

Liz Moller, Attorney Of Counsel

Prior to joining Tamizdat and CoveyLaw, Liz worked as a tax attorney (Mayer Brown; Cadwalader; McDermott Will & Emery), advising clients on various tax matters, including withholding and international treaties. Liz holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.I.A. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.