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Attorney and Staff Profiles

Scott M. Borene - Senior Attorney and President
Jeanne Kildow - Attorney
George C. Maxwell - Attorney
Faye Oliver - Case Manager     
Claire Panton Sanga - Case Manager
Francesca M. Taddeini - Case Manager         
Penny A. Van Kampen - Director of Client Services



Scott M. Borene, Senior Attorney and President of the firm, was born in Minneapolis. He attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a National Merit Scholar. After his graduation from Harvard, he attended William Mitchell Law School in Minnesota. Since establishing his law practice in 1979, he has had more than 30 years of immigration law practice experience.

From 1997 to 2003, Scott Borene served as an elected Director and Member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA. From 2000 to 2002, he was National Chair of the INS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee. In 1999, he was appointed as the National Chair of AILA's INS Headquarters Adjudications Liaison Committee. In 2000, he was selected to receive a President's Commendation Award "For Setting a New Standard in INS Headquarters Liaison."

In 2002, and again in 2004, he was selected as Conference Chair of AILA's Global Immigration Summit, the world's largest conference of global immigration lawyers, in New York City. In 1995, Scott Borene was selected as the Chair of the AILA 1996 National Conference Program Committee, responsible for selecting the national expert speakers and topics for the AILA Annual Conference, the world’s largest immigration law conference. Scott Borene served two terms (1992-1994) as Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the Minnesota-Dakotas Region. He has also served as Chair of the F-1 Students/NAFSA National Liaison Committee, Chair of the INS Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, and as a Member of the USIA Liaison Committee.

Mr. Borene served as Co-Chair of the Immigration Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the world's largest global bar association, based in London, U.K. from 2004 - 2006. He is a past Chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and a current Member of the International Section Council of the MSBA. From 1995 to 1998, Scott Borene was Vice Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the American Bar Association International Law Section.

In 1981, he represented the petitioner in the successful appeal of the Crystal Shamrock employment-based immigration case, obtaining a very favorable decision for the U.S. employer and the international worker. Other leading immigration attorneys have described Crystal Shamrock as "the best decision" they have seen on the critical issue of "business necessity" in Labor Certification cases.

Mr. Borene taught Business Law and Economics at the Minnesota School of Business. He has also served as an Editor of appellate court cases for the leading legal publisher in America, the West Publishing Company, and he was Executive Editor of the Minnesota Law Journal.

He has written many articles on immigration law and frequently serves as a principal speaker on immigration law topics.  He is Editor-in-Chief of The Global Immigration Guide:  A Country by Country Survey (AILA, 2005), Global Immigration Guide: Crossing Borders for Business (AILA, 2002) and of Thinking Beyond Borders: 2004 Global Immigration Summit Handbook (AILA, 2004) and Editor of Going Global, Trends in Outbound Immigration (AILA, 2009).  He is also Editor-in-Chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2005), AILA’s leading Expert Occupational Handbook on immigration issues in higher education.  In 1999, he served as Editor of AILA's reference publication INS Forms for Applications and Petitions.  Scott Borene's article "Dr. Yes - Some Practical Strategies for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Immigrant Visa Cases of Health Care Professionals," was originally published in the 1993-1994 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook.

He was the principal immigration speaker for the American Law Institute – American Bar Association Course of Study: "Going International…? Fundamentals of International Business Transactions," at the Stanford University Law School in Palo Alto, California, in 1999. Internationally, Scott Borene was invited as the speaker on US Immigration Law at the International Bar Association's 1998 International Business Immigration Seminar in London, UK and the IBA’s World Congress in Melbourne, Australia in 1994. He was also the principal speaker on US Immigration Law at the First Global Payroll Management Conference in Toronto, Canada sponsored by the American Payroll Association. In 1996 and 2001, he was invited to contribute the lead article on United States Immigration Law to the first and third editions of An International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.

He has been invited as a speaker at all AILA National Conferences since 1993, chairing the sessions on Global Immigration in 2005 and 2004, on "Professors and Researchers" and "INS Service Centers" in 2002 in San Francisco,   "Consular Processing Practice Roundtable" in 1998 in Houston, speaking on "F-1 Students" in 1997 in Orlando and in 1999 in Seattle, "Going Global: Temporary Work Permit/Visa Options Around the World" in 1996 in Phoenix, "Nurses" in 1995 in Atlanta, "Extraordinary and Exceptional Ability and National Interest Waivers" in 1994 in San Francisco and "Medical Personnel - Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Occupations" in 1993 in Toronto, Canada. In May 2003, Scott Borene was an invited expert at the NAFSA National Conference speaking on "Advanced Issues in Permanent Residence."

Mr. Borene is authorized by federal law and regulation to represent clients before all US immigration courts and offices worldwide. He is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association (Business, International and Immigration Law Sections), NAFSA: the Association of International Educators, the International Bar Association, an Associate Individual Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and a charter member of the American Immigration Law Foundation. Scott Borene is also a member of the Council of the Global Employment Institute and the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He is a Director of the Norwegian American Oil Corporation and Leraas Resources, LLC.

Scott Borene concentrates his immigration practice primarily on employment-related and business immigration matters, particularly cases involving scientific, technical and health care professionals, educators, executives, investors and entrepreneurs.

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   Jeanne Kildow, Attorney, a native of Minnesota graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelors degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, where she was a George Moscone Scholar and served on staff of the Hastings Law Journal. Ms. Kildow is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Since 1991, Ms. Kildow has represented clients and advised employers, physicians, academia, health care facilities, small and large businesses, and families on immigration-related matters. She has been with the Borene Law Firm continuously since 1995 with the exception of a couple of years at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic as Mayo Clinic's first in-house Immigration Attorney and Director of its International Personnel Office. While at the Mayo Clinic, she advised clinical and research staff and allied health personnel on immigration-related legal matters. Prior to joining the Borene Law Firm, Ms. Kildow was an attorney with the law firm of Maun & Simon in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In addition to immigration law, Ms. Kildow has a background in business law, litigation, employment law and health care law. Prior to law school, she was a paraprofessional in the medical field, and she maintains a life-long interest in healthcare-related matters

Ms. Kildow has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association for over 20 years. She is a past Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court and is authorized by federal law and regulation to represent clients before all U.S. immigration courts and offices worldwide.   

She assists individuals, employers, and families located throughout the U.S. and around the world with U.S. (inbound) and global (outbound) immigration matters.


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   George C. Maxwell, Attorney, graduated with High Distinction from the University of Iowa Law School in May 2001.  He was a member of and a Note and Comment Editor for the Iowa Law School’s Transnational and Contemporary Problems Journal.  He also holds a bachelors of the arts from the University of Northern Iowa, and upon graduation received the Purple and Old Gold Award for Meritorious Scholarship in Russian.  In connection with his bachelors, he studied Russian language at Moscow State Linguistics University in Moscow, Russia in the Fall of 1996 and Spring of 1997, and at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia in the Summer of 1998.  He speaks both English and Russian.

While in law school, Mr. Maxwell worked in the law school’s clinic on asylee, family, and deportee immigration cases, obtaining asylum before an immigration judge for one client, and convincing the District Director to exercise discretion to not deport another client.  One of Mr. Maxwell’s first immigration clients was his wife, whom he met while studying at Moscow State University.  In late 2000, he petitioned for her fiancé visa.  After the wedding, he assisted her in filing her adjustment of status for her lawful permanent residence, and in filing her petition to remove the conditions.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Maxwell worked for ExxonMobil Corporation, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP.  He has background experience in international human rights litigation, business litigation, corporate internal investigations, and white collar enforcement and compliance.   He has represented clients in matters associated with alleged human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute, and with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He also was a member of a team that represented a major U.S. company under investigation for alleged violations of immigration laws. His prior work has taken him to  Russia, Central Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.    

Mr. Maxwell speaks and writes about immigration law topics.  In 2009, he was co-presenter at the Hennepin County Bar Association - Employment Law Section meeting on “Immigration for Employment Lawyers.”  Also, in 2009, he was the author of “Temporary Professional Workers,” in the Bench and Bar, published by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

George Maxwell concentrates his immigration practice primarily on employment-related and business immigration matters.  Mr. Maxwell is authorized by federal law and regulation to represent clients before all US immigration courts and offices. He is admitted to practice before the Minnesota Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the District of Columbia, in Washington D.C.  He is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association.  He served as Secretary of the Immigration Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association for 2009-2010 and Treasurer for 2010-2011, and Vice Chair for 2011-2012.  In June, 2012 he was elected Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

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Faye Oliver, Case Manager, graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a double major in Government/International Affairs and French.  While at Augustana, she was honored as a member of Pi Delta Phi.

Ms. Oliver joined the firm in 1999 and has extensive experience with employment-based immigration cases, including Labor Certifications, Hs, and Ls, family-based cases and many other categories of immigration projects.

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Claire Panton Sanga, Case Manager, is from Minneapolis. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, with majors in Anthropology and French, and minors in International Studies and Psychology. She was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa for her academic achievement at Luther College.

In 1996, Ms. Sanga lived in Cameroon, where she studied and conducted research on raising children in a rural village. She has also traveled to Nepal and Thailand where she explored economic development issues. She is conversant in French.

In 2006, Claire Sanga and her husband helped to establish a secondary school in the rural village of Magulilwa, Tanzania.  In a country where most children do not have the opportunity to continue their education beyond primary school, Magulilwa Area Secondary School fosters lifelong skills, challenges students to learn, explore, and to grow as responsible community members, and provides hope to the community. They continue to help manage the school from their home in Minneapolis.

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Francesca M. Taddeini, Case Manager, is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a degree in International Relations and Intercultural Communications. While at the University of Minnesota, she was honored as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Ms. Taddeini is a graduate of the Minnesota Paralegal Institute. She has twenty years of experience as a paralegal, including an internship at the Hennepin County Attorney's office. Ms. Taddeini joined the firm in 1992.

She has more than 20 years of high-level immigration law experience, including Labor Certifications, Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researcher petitions, Hs, Os, Es and Ls, family-based cases and many other categories of immigration projects.

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Penny A. Van Kampen, Director of Client Services, has a background in customer service and computer support. She came to the Twin Cities from Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Van Kampen spent ten years in hospitality management and five years in the computer software industry in quality control and customer service before joining Borene Law Firm in 1991.

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Borene Law Firm, P. A.
Global Immigration Group
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