Attorney Carla Vestal has called western North Carolina home for decades. Originally from West Virginia, Carla knows first hand how families often struggle to live a life of security. A third generation immigrant herself, she grew up in a working class family where she learned the value of hard work, overcoming adversity, and never giving up.
It is from her experiences as a child and through adulthood that Carla decided she would dedicate her life’s work to making sure all people will be treated equally and fairly while preserving all legal rights to do so. A fighter by nature, Carla is not afraid to challenge the government to prove its legal burden while protecting her clients’ interests.
Carla is licensed to practice law by the Washington Supreme Court. She is also a member of the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), The Federal Bar, the Catawba County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. As such, she is fully registered to represent clients in front all divisions of the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, ICE, CBP) and the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
Before entering private practice in immigration law, Carla worked for the Mecklenburg County Public Defenders Office. She also represented clients as a law student at the Charlotte School of Law Immigration & Criminal Defense Clinic.
Carla frequently speaks on immigration law topics at local events, such as:
Carla is also committed to civic engagement and informing the community on immigration and other issues. She participates in Naturalization Workshops as well as Know Your Rights events held at churches, restaurants, and other public spaces. She seeks to raise awareness and political participation through voter rights and voter registration events.