Katja Hedding, Attorney at Law

Katja Kallis Hedding practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Born in Finland and having lived, studied and worked in several different countries, the private practice of immigration law was a natural choice for her.

She enjoys living and working in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Katja will take great effort and care to help you through the complex US immigration system.

Education

Katja holds three law degrees. Her American law degree was earned at Vanderbilt University law school (LL.M). Her two other law degrees are from the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Uppsala University (Sweden), where she graduated with an LL.M. degree; the equivalent of an American J.D. She has also studied international law in Israel and Germany.

Katja has been admitted to practice law in Tennessee and in Finnish and Swedish courts.

Experience

Katja has worked as an attorney in the Finnish Parliament at the Ombudsman’s Office and as a law clerk in a Finnish District court. She has also worked as an attorney in New York and Nashville.

She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).

Skills

As a native Finn with excellent language skills, Katja is able to handle your case in English, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and German. With her unique international background and experience, Katja enjoys interacting with people from different cultures.

Being a U.S. immigrant herself, Katja has a good understanding of how hard it can be to go through the immigration/visa process.

Our Team

Katja Hedding

Attorney at Law

Katja is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She has law degrees from Sweden, Finland and the USA. Katja is fluent in English, Swedish and Finnish. She can also speak some Spanish and German.

Yerlyn Castro

Office Manager

Yerlyn grew up in Costa Rica and is fluent in Spanish and English. She graduated from MTSU with a B.S. in Political Science (minors in International Affairs and Criminal Justice). Yerlyn is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration on International Development and Globalization.

Nidia Jewett

Legal Assistant

Nidia grew up in Guatemala and speaks fluent Spanish and English. She has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Nidia has experience in International Cooperation and Development of Programs and Projects.

Debra Pennuto

Paralegal

Debra is a native New Englander who recently relocated to Tennessee. She is a graduate of the Morse School of Business where she received her degree in Paralegal Studies in 1995. While she has worked in almost every area of law, she has been utilizing her paralegal studies in the area of immigration law for the past 10 years. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian and understands the French and Portuguese languages.