About Us

Overview

First Class Immigration Company, formerly Smallbone Law, opened its doors in 2009 and offers exceptional legal guidance concerning immigration processes to make your transition as smooth as possible. The company was founded by Michael Smallbone, a remarkable professional and a licensed immigration lawyer, whose achievements have made him a force in the industry and a pacesetter with significant contributions.

We use our extensive experience in all matters immigration law, including permanent residency applications for both family-based petitions and employment, in representing individuals and corporations. Our ability to offer same-day consultations, online booking and flexible payment options sets us apart from those around us. From visa to citizenship, First Class immigration is always at your service. We find value in technological advances and resources, always being prepared and ensuring expedient and accurate collection of documents and client information.

With total understanding of the technical hustles and bustles that come with immigration, our company works with people wishing to relocate to the United States either for work related opportunities or by marriage to a US citizen. Driven by the desire to link what immigrants achieve and what they believe they deserve, First Class Immigration takes pride in offering fast and thorough service.

 

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Navigating the ever-changing world of immigration law can often feel hopeless. First Class Immigration provides comprehensive guidance throughout the process. We know what you’re going through, and you can trust that we have the experience, training, and knowledge to guide you through the process.

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Our Team

 
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Michael Smallbone, Attorney at Law

Michael Smallbone is a licensed attorney with over a decade of experience in all aspects of immigration law. As a naturalized US citizen, Michael personally understands the frustration and anxiety associated with immigrating to the United States, and has years of first-hand experience jumping through the hoops. Born and raised in the Gold Coast region of Australia, Michael came to the United States to work in talent management. He served as Vice President at Premiere Speakers Bureau while navigating his own immigration maze, and recognized a desperate need for honest, reliable representation for Middle Tennessee’s immigrant community. He’s dedicated his career to the field of immigration law, bringing to his practice the strength, knowledge, and experience that makes a difference in his client’s cases.

Michael is an Adjunct Professor at Nashville School of Law, where he teaches Immigration Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Griffith University in Southeast Queensland, Australia in 2000. Before and during law school, Michael worked as a Paralegal for an immigration firm in Nashville, learning the ropes from the ground up.

 

Education

NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2008

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
B.A., Marketing & Management, 2000

Affiliations

• Tennessee Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• American Immigration Lawyers Association

Staff

Natalie Hensley, Paralegal

Tessa Morgan, Paralegal

Tessa Morgan is a paralegal with the unique ability to balance detailed legal work with superior client services. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s Econometrics program, Tessa spent her early career working with children and medical patients allowing her to hone her ability to communicate with a variety of people while
relaying complicated information in an understandable manner. As a paralegal at First Class Immigration, Tessa
handles research, legal preparations, billing, and client communication for over thirty cases simultaneously. She
routinely works with government representatives to solve case-related issues for the firm and ensures that every
client is continuously informed of their progress. When she is not working, Tessa enjoys playing guitar and writing.
She also regularly volunteers for the Williamson County Democratic Party.

Kristy List, Paralegal

Kristy is a skilled Paralegal whose unique qualifications make her an expert at entertainment visas. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Kristy graduated from Swinburne University in 2014 with a double degree in Law and Marketing and received the Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence for outstanding commitment to her studies. An EB-1 visa holder herself since 2016, Kristy understands the process from the inside out and offers a valuable perspective to clients and coworkers alike. Performing under her maiden name, Kristy Cox, she is a two-time Golden Guitar Award-winning bluegrass musician whose most recent album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. Her musical talent has taken her to some of the most iconic stages in the world, including Nashville’s CMA Fest and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. When not compiling cases or writing hit songs, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Adelaide and Ryman.

Rose Sam, Paralegal

Rose is a Paralegal with more than 10 years of experience working with attorneys since 2008. Prior to her current role, she worked as an Office Manager at a small firm in Philadelphia which specialized in legal auditing for multiple insurance companies. She left the firm in 2010 to work for a large publicly traded company in Marlton, NJ as an Account Administrator and oversaw thousands of law firm’s hourly rates. Addition to her role as the Account Administrator, she single-handedly assisted in two acquisitions at the company and took on the project to move several attorneys to a new space. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to Murfreesboro with her family in 2014. She attended Philadelphia Community College and then graduated from Kaplan College in 2016 where she obtained her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. Shortly after graduating at the top of her class, she landed a job at a civil litigation firm where she worked directly under the Senior Managing Attorney as well as the Associate. Rose is planning on going back to school to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in the fall of 2020. She is recently married and is a mother of two girls ages 7 and 9. On her free time she enjoys hosting dinner parties and binge watching Netflix shows.

Kylie Dailey, Billing Manager

Kylie oversees and streamlines billing and bookkeeping for First Class Immigration. With a 9-year background in administrative roles, Kylie has a wealth of experience in billing, contracting, and client management. In
addition to her role at First Class Immigration, she also serves as Vice President of Operations for Westfall
Speakers and Managing Director for First Class Talent. Kylie has a passion for music and enjoys writing and
singing in her free time. She lives in Nashville with her husband and two kids.