Avima Upreti, Esq.

Avima Upreti, Esq., is an attorney at Chhetry and Associates. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in Immigration law, including Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, EB1/EB2, National Interest Waiver, H1B, PERM/Labor certification, F1 visa, VAWA, Adjustment of status, Consular process, Family law and guardianship proceedings.


She started her career as a foreign associate, handling immigration cases. She handles cases efficiently, hears her clients thoroughly, works with them to provide accurate legal solutions, and is determined to provide the best service. She has been working with the firm since 2014.


Ms. Upreti also has extensive experience working as a human right activist and feminist in Nepal and the United States. She worked as a news anchor and legal reporter for the National Television of Nepal. She is currently serving as the President of the Nepali Women’s Global Network (NWGN) (2018-2022), where she is focused on raising issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness. She also raises issue against violence and gender-based discrimination. She is a passionate public speaker.


Ms. Upreti is licensed to practice law before the New York State courts. She is also admitted to practice law as an advocate in Nepal. She received her LLM (recipient of cum laude) from Fordham Law School, New York, in international law and justice 2016-2017. She also has an LLM from Kathmandu School of law, Nepal, specializing in Human rights and Gender Justice in 2011-2013.  Ms. Upreti completed her law degree from Purbanchal University Kathmandu School of law in Nepal in 2011 on a full merit-based scholarship, receiving an award from the Nepal Bar council for getting the Second highest score all over Nepal on the Advocate license exam in 2012. She can be reached at

Uttam Pandey, Esq.

Uttam Pandey, Esq. is serving clients through Chhetry & Associates, as an Associate from March 2021. He is licensed to practice law in New York on April 2019. Prior to this, Attorney Pandey practiced law in Bhurtel Law Firm PLLC, Jackson Heights, New York since his entrance into the New York  State Bar. He is a member of New York State Bar Association.

Attorney Pandey completed LL.M. from St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, New York. He also completed LL.M. from Kathmandu School of Law, Purbanchal University, Nepal in which he bagged Gold Medal by being a top scorer in Examinations. He has also completed Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His basic Law Graduation was from Nepal Law Campus, Tribhuvan University after completion of the Degree of Bachelor of Laws (B.L.)

Mr. Pandey was also licensed as an Advocate from Supreme Court of Nepal. He then competed in Police Service Examinations for the position of Police Inspector, succeeded and was commissioned as a Senior Police Officer in Nepal Police where he served until June 2013, for 18+ years. Mr. Pandey has also served UN Peace Mission for more than two years in Timor-Leste as an UNPOL Officer. During his tenure, having legal background, he mostly worked in legal and investigations responsibilities. After coming into USA, he successfully pursued the legal education, passed NY Bar Exam and is licensed as an Attorney-at-Law.