Meet Our Staff

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Danielle Gotcher

Danielle H. Gotcher

Managing Partner

Danielle has been practicing law since 2005, representing corporate clients, professionals and employers.  A graduate of Boston University, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, both awarded Magna cum Laude.  Prior to law school, Danielle was selected to work in the White House, serving in the Office of Communications and Press for Vice President Gore.  She earned her law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles, and is admitted to practice law in the State of California as well as the Central District of California.  Before joining GIP, her practice focused on litigation, defending large retail chains, partnerships, insurance companies, employers and professionals against liability claims.  She joined GIP in 2012 and now focuses her advocacy experience and skills on the business immigration needs of her clients.  Danielle specializes in the Labor Certification (PERM) process, employment-based immigrant preference petitions and worksite enforcement (I-9) and compliance issues.  She enjoys and values the relationships she has created with her clients.

Jim Gotcher

James K. Gotcher

Senior Partner

James K. Gotcher has practiced law since 2006. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he initially worked in the front office of the Oakland A’s baseball club. Subsequently, he graduated from Southwestern University School of Law. Since 2001, he has worked in various positions with the Gotcher Law Group where he learned the fundamentals of business immigration law. In the years since, he has developed highly advanced skills in the area of non-immigrant visas for various professionals including engineers, doctors, nurses, professors and IT professionals and has successfully filed thousands of nonimmigrant petitions over the past 14+ years.

Richard A. Harding


Richard specializes in business immigration matters including H-1B (including third party placement), L-1, and related student visa issues (F-1, OPT, STEM extensions).  Previous business representations cover a wide variety of industries including information technology staffing companies, engineering services firms, physical therapy clinics, and financial services firms. Previous individual representations include changes of status between H-4 and F-1 statuses, applications for EAD (OPT and H-4), and responding to a variety of RFEs related to status issues arising from CPT and OPT.  Richard has successfully pursued matters under INA Section 204(L) on behalf of surviving family members to secure a priority date when an immigrant principal has died.


Richard received his law degree with a specialization in Business Law from UCLA School of Law in 2013 and was selected for the Order of the Coif. During law school, Richard was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. Richard is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in California. Before attending law school, Richard earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from CSU, Northridge and completed his master’s thesis on advancements in medical science related to the bubonic plague pandemic (1894-1910).

David Raft

David B. Raft

Senior Supervising Attorney

David has practiced law since 1989, with a focus on immigration and nationality law matters since 1991.  Mr. Raft has been certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law matters since 2000. Since 1991, he has worked in various positions where he learned the fundamentals of both business and family immigration law. In the years since, he has developed highly advanced skills in both nonimmigrant and immigrant case types, including E, H, L, O, P, R and TN  non-immigrant visas for various investors, specialty occupation workers, multinational transferees, etc. Mr. Raft specializes in representing companies, regardless of size, with respect to their immigration programs while also representing individuals with respect to their business or family-based immigration matters. Mr. Raft is the former Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Section as well as having written articles for industry publications and has spoken regularly at various Bar Association meetings.  Mr. Raft graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and obtained his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law (Los Angeles) in 1989.

Heather Goodfried


Heather has practiced law since 2006.  She represents corporate and individual clients on various employment-based matters with a specific focus on O-1 and EB-1 extraordinary ability petitions, P-3 entertainer visas, and EB-2 National Interest Waivers. Prior to joining Global Immigration Partners, she represented clients on a wide array of U.S. immigration matters, with a focus on employment-based visa applications.  In her years of practice, she has built a strong knowledge base in nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for scientific researchers, medical professionals, engineers, IT professionals, business entrepreneurs, designers, and entertainment industry workers, including musicians, actors, graphic artists, and virtual reality visionaries, among others.  Heather received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School, and is a licensed attorney in good standing in Washington.

Andrew Greenwood

Andrew A Greenwood


Andrew is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Andrew received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Following law school, Andrew joined the Disney Global Mobility team where he helped procure Chinese work visas for Disney cast members building the Shanghai Disney park.  He also worked with Disney Legal as they prepared US nonimmigrant visa applications for Disney cast members.   Following this role, Andrew joined a small firm in Encino specializing in O-1 visas and EB-1 green cards.  Andrew now brings this experience with him to Global Immigration Partners where he specializes in H-1B matters, particularly third-party placement filings.

Katie W. Wu


Katie is an Associate with Global Immigration Partners. She has experience advising individuals and companies on a wide range of immigration matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based visa cases, and investor visa cases. She provides immigration counsel to clients across different industries to ensure comprehension of and compliance with each respective immigration process and procedure. Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Prior to joining Global Immigration Partners, Katie was an attorney for one of the world’s largest immigration law firms. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.


Andrea Fountaine


Andrea is from Richmond, Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Virginia.  She is also a graduate of Arizona State University where she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Andrea has a diverse and extensive legal background and twenty plus years of experience in both the public and private sectors.  Before joining the firm, Andrea worked with the Department of Labor (DOL) for more than 6 years in their Audit and Appeals units in the Office of Foreign Labor Certification, Division of Operations in the Atlanta National Processing Center. In this role, Andrea provided oversight and technical guidance as a subject matter expert and advisor on programmatic and policy matters related to the administration of immigration services.  From her years with the Department of Labor, Andrea brings a unique set of skills and experience to Global Immigration Partners where she specializes in PERM-related, green card matters.

Brandon Neuman

Brandon Neuman


Brandon has multi-faceted experience in immigration, business, political, administrative, non-profit, and national security legal issues. His practice focuses on treaty-based visas and complex business immigration matters for executives, managers, and people with specialized knowledge or extraordinary abilities (also known as TN, E-1/2, L-1, O-1, and EB-1 green cards). He is also a principal member of the firm’s litigation team, and has won lawsuits against USCIS and the Department of State.

He received his Juris Doctor with a Graduate Certificate in Business Law from the University of Southern California. During law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. Prior to law school, he graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University with a B.A. in history, political science, and philosophy. He is committed to helping the community and actively serves on the Council Committee for the Boy Scouts of America in Ventura County and volunteers as the General Counsel for the American Conservation Coalition.

Heidi Elliott

Office Manager

Heidi Elliott has been working in the Immigration field for over 28 years. She initially started in this field back in 1986 with Ron Gotcher, and worked for Ron for several years preparing employment-based applications before moving to a larger law firm where she worked for 20 years before returning to GIP. She has processed all types of immigrant and non-immigrant petitions and is experienced in all aspects of Immigration applications and procedures. She moved to Global Immigration Partners in February 2010 as the Lead NIV Paralegal, and as the firm grew, she was promoted to Office Manager/Senior Managing Paralegal of the firm, where she now oversees the training of all paralegals and staff.

Lupita S. Rynott

Sr. Managing Paralegal

Lupita S. Rynott joined Global Immigration Partners as a Sr. Paralegal in August of 2014. She has been working in the Immigration field for over 30 years. Lupita initially started in this field back in 1986, and has worked for several law firms on a variety of family and employment-based applications. She was promoted to Sr. Supervising Paralegal in the IV department with our firm in November 2015, where she applies her extensive knowledge and experience in this area to assist clients and the training of paralegals. Her number one commitment is to ensure that the clients are provided with the upmost professional service and to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Socorro Ocampo

Sr. Managing Paralegal

Socorro joined Global Immigration Partners as a Sr. Managing Paralegal in 2018. Ms. Ocampo graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She entered the field of immigration law in 2006 and has worked for several law firms and solo practitioners in the Southern California area. Her experience includes handling immigration cases in the fields of NIV, IV, asylum, and deportation. As a fluent Spanish speaker and from an immigrant family, she is committed to helping others achieve the American dream.