Overview

Jennifer enjoys representing a range of corporate clients and advising on a various array of visa filing types through the permanent residency and naturalization processes. She has handled matters for large Fortune 500 clients in such industries as information technology and manufacturing along with matters for mid-size to small clients in varying areas of industry including healthcare, community centers and university systems. Jennifer compliments her business immigration work with pro bono service for Immigration Equality.

Advocating for her clients is her strength and she thrives in the fast-paced world this work creates. Before becoming an attorney, Jennifer was a social worker which is where her passion for advocacy originally grew. As an attorney, she is now able to make an impact on a much wider scale utilizing her unique years of experience dealing with complex matters in order to benefit clients.

Jennifer's personal philosophy is to strive not just to meet expectations set for a particular task but to go well beyond the bar!

Honors & Recognitions

  • Pro Bono Evening Student of the Year, Fall-Spring 2011-2012
  • Environmental Protection Agency Fellow, Summer 2010
  • Herman G. & Marian S. Moeller Fellowship Award, East Carolina University: Outstanding Student Researcher of the Year 2002 by American Assoc. of Education Researchers

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (June 2016 - Present)
  • Immigration Equality, New York City (June 2015 - Present)
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar (April 2013 – Present)
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association (June 2013 – Present)
  • Member, Tenth Judicial District Bar (June 2013 – Present)
  • Lawyer on the Line/Legal Aid of North Carolina (Sept. 2014 – August 2017)
  • Committee Member, NC Bar, YLD Pro Bono Committee (August 2014 – July 2016)
  • Cancer Pro Bono Project/Legal Aid of North Carolina with UNC Law (August 2014 - April 2016)
  • NC Disability Rights/Volunteer Attorney Program (July 2015 – Sept. 2015)
  • North Carolina Eugenics Law Program (September 2014)
  • Wills for Heroes, Raleigh, NC (Spring/Summer 2013)
  • Wills for Habitat, Durham, NC (Spring 2012)
  • Office of the Capital Defender, Durham, NC (Dec. 2011 – April 2012)
  • Center for Child and Family Health, Durham, NC (May 2011 – Aug. 2011)
  • District Attorney’s Office of Orange County, Hillsborough, NC (Summer 2011)
  • Class President, NCCU Law Evening Council (August 2008 - May 2010)
  • Board Member, National Association of Social Work/NC Chapter (July 2004 - June 2009)
  • Class President, East Carolina University, School of Social Work (August 2002 - May 2003)

About Me

When Jennifer is not in the office, you can find her with her wonderful spouse and family, which includes her beloved rescue greyhound. Jennifer and her family are avid travelers currently working their way around the globe with the goal of visiting all seven continents. They have had many fantastic adventures to date. The biggest exploration thus far has been completing the trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp in May/June of 2017.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • Mahatma Gandi

Practices

Practice Emphasis

  • Business Immigration

Education

North Carolina Central University, School of Law

  • J.D., 2012

East Carolina University

  • Masters of Social Work (Specialization in Healthcare), 2003

Rutgers University

  • B.A. in Psychology, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2013
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
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