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Carla Vestal

Phone: 828-962-2444

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.

Speaking

Carla frequently speaks on immigration law topics at local events, such as:

  • Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) and Lenoir Rhyne University Department of Religious Studies: film screening of Santuario and discussion on immigration law.
  • Lenoir Rhyne University: multiple legal and immigration convocations on topics including "Why Law School?" and "Everything You Need to Know about DACA and TPS."
  • "Families Belong Together": event held at the Catawba County Historical Museum to discuss the situation at the southern border.
  • Catawba Valley Community College, Lenoir Rhyne University, and BB&T: Community Forum on Deferred Action Programs.

Community Service

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.

Education

  • Charlotte School of Law, J.D., dean’s list honors (2015)
  • Lenoir Rhyne University, B.A., magna cum laude (2012)
    Departmental honors, Political Science and Sociology
    Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society of Social Sciences
    Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society

Professional Associations

  • Washington Bar
  • The Federal Bar
  • America Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice

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