Laura Edgerton has practiced immigration law for more than twenty years. She brings a high level of corporate immigration experience to the firm along with a strong commitment to ethics and the desire and ability to help her clients achieve their goals. Ms. Edgerton is a Raleigh immigration lawyer who is well known in the business, legal and immigration communities for her ability to solve complex problems involving the employment of international personnel in the U.S. as well as her persistence and creativity in finding workable solutions for her clients.
Ms. Edgerton has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008 in the area of immigration law. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers®has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States and is considered by The American Lawyer to be “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." Ms. Edgerton was also selected as the “Raleigh Best Lawyers Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019, based on the particularly high ratings she received in a peer review survey for her abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
In addition, Ms. Edgerton has been selected as a Super Lawyer® in numerous editions of North Carolina Super Lawyers®magazine in the area of immigration law. According to the publishers of Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com), only 5% of the lawyers per jurisdiction are selected for inclusion on this list each year.
Ms. Edgerton was also the first attorney in North Carolina to have received inclusion in the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame in the field of Immigration Law (2018). According to Business North Carolina, making the Legal Elite means a lawyer has been recognized by his or her peers as one of the state’s top practitioners. Even more elite are those who receive the most votes in each category. Since 2004, they have been elevated into the Hall of Fame and are no longer eligible for the annual list.
Ms. Edgerton is frequently invited to speak at national and regional immigration conferences on such topics as permanent residence, H-1B and training (H-3/J-1) visas, and employment verification/I-9 issues. She has authored and edited numerous immigration articles in leading publications and has been interviewed extensively in the business and local press on immigration issues. She is a former Chair of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and, as such, a former member of AILA’s Board of Governors. She is a former member of AILA's Distance Learning Committee and has also previously served as the Vice Chair of the Ethics and Practice Management Committee for AILA National and as the National Chair of AILA's Young Lawyers Division.
Following a federal judicial clerkship, Ms. Edgerton started her career with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Winston-Salem. In 1996, she joined Maupin Taylor, PA (now Williams Mullen), in Raleigh, North Carolina, to develop and manage the firm’s immigration practice. Most recently, Ms. Edgerton was a partner at another immigration law firm in Raleigh. Ms. Edgerton is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University and a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
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