Susan is an immigration lawyer with over fifteen years of experience assisting individuals, families, and employers in connection with assessing available U.S. immigration options.

Her practice includes preparing and filing individual, family-based, and employment-based petitions, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, and waivers of inadmissibility. She assists with complex consular processing issues, complicated citizenship and naturalization issues, petitions for humanitarian relief, and removal defense. She advises employers regarding worksite compliance, conducting internal I-9 audits and trainings, and negotiating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding employer sanctions. 

A former criminal defense attorney, Susan also advises individuals and employers regarding immigration consequences of criminal conduct. She represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review. 

Susan is frequently asked to speak at conferences and community events regarding immigration law.

Susan is fluent in Spanish. 

Presentations and Publications

Publications

  • Taxation and Family Immigration: When the Numbers Get Foggy, Co-Author for the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2019 Annual Conference, June 2019
  • My Visa Application Has Been Denied – Now What? Author, for the State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Course, February 2015
  • Immigration Case Backlog Swells in El Paso, Interview by El Paso, Inc., January 2014
  • The Permanent Resident Timeline Tightrope, Co-author, for the 35th (2011) and 36th (2012) Annual Immigration and Nationality Law Conference, University of Texas School of Law
  • I heard that SSA No Match Letters to Employers Are On the Way - Why Is That Relevant to Me? Ask the Legal Professional Q&A, US Immigration Nationality Law, El Paso, Inc., April 2011

Presentations

  • Taxation and Family Immigration: When the Numbers Get Foggy, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2019 Annual Conference, June 2019
  • Consequences of a DUI Conviction, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Audio Seminar, August 2016
  • Yemen Without a U.S. Embassy-Now What? Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Podcast, January 2016
  • Ports of Entry-Border Ahoy! Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Annual Conference, June 2015
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Open Forum, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association Spring CLE Conference, April 2015
  • IV and NIV Consular Processing Denials, Speaker, State Bar of Texas 13th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Course, February 2015
  • National Visa Center: Best Practices and Tips in IV Cases, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Podcast, May 2014
  • Family-Based Consular Processing: I Knew You Were Trouble, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Audio Seminar, November 2013
  • Habeas and Mandamus in Immigration Cases, Speaker, Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter, July 2013
  • Immigration Consequences of Crimes, Speaker, Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter, November 2012
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - What Attorneys Should Know About this New Program Benefitting Certain Undocumented Immigrant Children, Speaker, Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter, August 2012
  • Ethical Issues in Representing Foreign Nationals in Family-Based Immigration and Removal Proceedings, Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Carolinas Chapter CLE, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2009
  • Immigration Workshop for the Bench and Bar, Speaker, Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, NC, March 2009
  • Exposing the Dilemma, An Educational Forum on the Moral and Legal Complexities of Immigration, Speaker, St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC, October 2008
     

Professional Activities

  • Buncombe County Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Member, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee, 2018-present
    • Member, U.S. Department of State Liaison Committee, 2015-2016
    • Member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee, 2012-2015
    • Program Co-Chair, Texas Chapter Annual Fall Conference, 2011
    • Vice Chair, Carolinas Chapter, 2008-2009
    • Volunteer, Military Assistance Program
  • Federal Bar Association, El Paso Chapter
    • Board Member, 2012-2014
    • Education Committee, 2012-2014; Chair, 2013-2014
    • Practicing on the Border CLE Planning Committee, 2012-2014
  • El Paso Women’s Bar Association, 2012-2015

Honors and Awards

  • Chambers Global Recognized Business Immigration Practice Group, 2012-2014
  • Chambers USA Recognized Immigration Practice, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
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Bar admissions

2010, New Mexico (inactive)

2000, North Carolina

1999, Texas

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Education

  • J.D., 1999, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • B.A., 1993, Emory University, Psychology and Spanish
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