Sam Tiranno

NAFTA Paralegal

Samuel J. Tiranno began his immigration career in 1973 working in the Buffalo District Office of the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service (“INS”). In 1975, he was appointed as an Immigration Inspector, and he worked “on the front line” at the Peace Bridge until the U.S. and Canada entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) in 1989. At that time, Mr. Tiranno was promoted to Free Trade Officer. He has been recognized throughout North America for his expertise as a Free Trade Officer. Mr. Tiranno now brings those three decades of government experience and his unique insider’s perspective to our work on NAFTA category employment-based visa cases. He also is available to accompany clients to the Peace Bridge for the presentation of their cases to the government.

Mary Thompson


Ms. Thompson has worked as a paralegal for Kaplan & Trombi since 2001.

She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.  

She is experienced in all aspects of O-1 petition and EB-1 green card petitions, and emerging trends and changes in the industry.

Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy


Samantha Murphy holds a BA in Journalism and joined our firm in 2013 after receiving her Paralegal Certification from Canisius College. She is knowledgeable in all aspects of case preparation for family and employment-based immigration matters. Ms. Murphy prepares and files adjustments of status applications, waivers, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, naturalization applications, and work and travel authorization applications. She also handles a large portion of the firm’s Immigrant Visa Processing cases which requires a strong knowledge of Consular practices.

Mary Lamancuso

PERM Paralegal

Ms. Lamancuso began her immigration career in 1987 as a legal assistant. She gained extensive experience in preparing and submitting applications for labor certification to the Department of Labor. In 1999, she narrowed her practice to focus solely on the Permanent Labor Certification Application (PERM) process leading to permanent employment and permanent residency in the U.S. As a highly-specialized PERM Paralegal, Ms. Lamancuso joined our firm in 2013 and has served a wide variety of clientele and industries including higher education, healthcare, information technology, finance, and multinational businesses.