McQueen Awad LLC

Firm Overview

We have an international focus and serve clients in the areas of Immigration Law, International Law, and Corporate Law. We advise such clients as (regardless of geographical location) small to mid-sized companies, "start-up" entities, entrepreneurs, foreign entrepreneurs, entertainers, immigrants, non-immigrants and employers of immigrants and non-immigrants.

After working at top law firms in the St. Louis area, we established McQueen Awad LLC in order to serve the area's businesses and individuals from around the world who need access to high-quality legal services at a reasonable price.

Example cases

In several cases, we have had the honor of representing clients from the beginning of their journey as a visa holder to citizen ship.

In numerous corporate cases, we have been involved with a company in various stages - from entity formation, to trademarks, to partnerships as the company grows, to multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions.

Main Office
10805 Sunset Office Drive
Saint Louis  MO  63127
  • (314) 238-1368
  • (314) 238-1250


Free Initial Consultation?
No, but at a severely reduced rate if accept representation
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We offer flat rates on all our services, but it is on a case-by-case basis.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Manager
James McQueen, Firm Administrator.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
We are fluent in English and Spanish.
Immigration Law
McQueen Awad LLC is committed to providing high-quality legal services that are reasonably priced and personalized to your unique circumstances.

Important to your bottom line, our flexible fee arrangements are tailored to your budget.
We are skilled and results-oriented Immigration Law Attorneys who know the complex and constantly changing field of Immigration Law.
Unless you are aware of the potential difficulties in this confusing area, dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can be detrimental to your status and those of your family while in the U.S. Applications can be denied for even minor errors. And in this heightened climate of terrorism, the chances for denials or difficulties have increased.
Our firm represents organizations, businesses, and individuals not only in the St. Louis region, Missouri and Illinois, but also from around the world on immigration matters and related issues. We use advanced communication technologies to facilitate fast and efficient case preparation and to provide feedback to our clients.

H-1B and other H visas; B1&2 Visas; E1 & E2 Visas; L Visas; O Visas; P Visas; R Visas; K3/4 Visas; F Student Visas; J Exchange Visitors; Green Card/Permanent Residency; Naturalization/ Citizenship; TN/TD Visas
At McQueen Awad LLC, total effort is concentrated on addressing legal issues. We solve legal issues in a timely and efficient manner. Our clients know they can call on us because we are committed to them.
Young and established companies have continuous legal needs, from drafting and negotiating agreements to setting up new companies. Entrepreneurs and emerging companies are vital to job creation and the growth of our economy, not only in the Midwest and St. Louis region, but globally.
McQueen Awad understands this need. Our firm provides a full range of corporate legal services to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small to large businesses.
Our experience working at some of the best and largest law firms in the region has prepared us to provide high-quality work combined with practical knowledge about how businesses grow.
Being entrepreneurs ourselves, we can further understand the risks and frustrations associated with starting and running a business. As a result, we can come up with "outside the box" solutions to assist you in running your business without legal obstacles.

What can we do for your business?

- Counseling for the most appropriate business formation (i.e. Limited Liability Company, Partnership, C Corporation, S Corporation, Sole Proprietorship, etc.)

- Counseling on the creation and maintenance of corporate records

- Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of different types of agreements/contracts regarding issues both inside and outside your business

- Providing counsel on corporate governance issues

- Conducting due diligence for transactions related to your business

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My focus is in international business. It fits my life experiences and my interest.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I always encourage clients to educate themselves on matters of interest buy I always warn them about inaccurate information on the internet and the difficulties in attempting to form their own legal analysis.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am always willing, but normally I need to rewrite a majority of the documents. It gives me a chance to show the client the value I bring to the table.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am normally not willing to put myself in the position of coach. This brings liability issues that can be detrimental to my practice.

Jalesia McQueen

Jalesia F. McQueen, an experienced attorney better known as Jasha, is owner and attorney of the St. Louis-based law firm, McQueen Awad LLC. A second generation immigrant fluent in Spanish, her practice areas focus on general corporate law, immigration law and international law. Jasha provides a full range of legal services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, globally minded business professionals, immigrants, foreigners, and businesses of various sizes and types. She has extensive experience from large and prestigious law firms in St. Louis. Now an established entrepreneur, she further understands the risks and frustrations associated with starting and growing a business. Prior to graduating cum laude with a law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law, she served as a captain in the U.S. Army. Jasha earned a master's degree in human resource management from Troy State University and an undergraduate degree in communications magna cum laude from the University of Tampa.

Jasha emphasizes a strong attorney-client relationship by offering flexible and flat fee arrangements and not basing fees through billing by the hour. Outside of her dedication to clients, she holds a federal appointment as one of 12 members to the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and holds an appointment by the Governor to the Missouri Hispanic Business Trade and Culture Commission. Jasha also volunteers her services one day a month to assist Hispanic business owners at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. Additionally, she educates aspiring business owners on the aspects of business law as a regular presenter on behalf of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and is an advisor and frequent contributor to KETC Channel 9's immigration documentary series Homeland. She also received the St. Louis Business Journal's 40 under 40
  • Bar Number: 54683
    Missouri , 2003
  • Bar Number: 6280605
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002
    Carbondale, IL
  • Troy University
    Master of Science , 1996
    Troy, AL
    Human Resource Management.
  • University of Tampa
    Bachelor of Arts , 1994
    Tampa, FL

Salim Awad

Salim E. Awad represents the interests of start-ups, entrepreneurs, globally minded business, immigrants, and businesses of various sizes and types. His legal practice concentrates on general business and corporate law, business immigration law, and international law. Salim has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of business and international matters.

Salim was born and raised in Colombia, South America, and is fluent in Spanish. He is an entrepreneur who understands the implications of starting and growing a business. Prior to graduating from Saint Louis University School of Law, Salim served as a Deep Sea Diver in the U.S. Army, serving in the Global War on Terrorism as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Further, Salim is passionate about working with small and mid-sized business clients and entrepreneurs. He is committed to learning the intricacies of your business in order to better serve as your legal counsel. Salim's commitment to entrepreneurship led him to serve as a member of the board of directors of the St. Louis Veterans Business Resource Center ("VBRC"). The VBRC is dedicated to helping men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of owning and successfully operating their own businesses. Salim has been recognized as a "40 under 40" by the St. Louis Business Journal. He was also included in the Regional Business Council's Young Professionals Network Leadership 100 in 2011 and 2012 for his professional achievements, leadership qualities, and community involvement.

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