Carla D. Vestal

Carla D. Vestal

Hickory, North Carolina

Ms. Vestal is a native of Coalwood, West Virginia, located deep in the coal-mining region of the Appalachian Mountains. She has made North Carolina her home for decades and is proud to serve individuals and businesses from around the world while staying true to her mountain roots by being based in the foothills of Western North Carolina. 

Her Mission is Her Passion
Ms. Vestal's passion is being of service to people who often feel they do not have a voice in the legal system. As a third generation immigrant whose family helped build the country during the industrial revolution by working in the coal and steel industries, she has witnessed firsthand the unjust manner in which minorities and working class families can be mistreated by others.

Before joining the firm Ms. Vestal owned her own law office, Vestal Immigration Law, where she experienced the struggles that businesses face making sure they have a reliable and qualified workforce. Ms. Vestal knows that immigrant and foreign national workers are essential to maintain and grow the United States' place in a globalized economy.

As a working mother who put herself through law school, Ms. Vestal understands the time and commitment that is required to fight for her clients. Ms. Vestal has successfully leveraged her passion for social justice into her mission of fighting for what is right for those who need it the most and what is right for United States businesses.

Her Beliefs
A client should not question where their hard-earned money is going. Ms. Vestal offers a reasonable hourly rate, transparent billing, and an estimated cost of your case during your consultation. Limited payment plans are available based on individual needs.

Ms. Vestal believes you should have access to your immigration attorney to ask questions, address concerns, and to feel you are important. She attempts to return all communications within 24 hours. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than to know you have trusted her with your case.

For that, she commits to treat you with respect and dignity, listen to you, not pass a personal judgment on your unique situation, and advise you on all of your legal options with integrity and honesty at all times.

Her Bar Membership, Associations, and Practice Areas
Ms. Vestal is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.

She is fully registered with the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, and is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Ms. Vestal represents citizens, intending immigrants, foreign nationals, and businesses before the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), Department of Homeland Security, The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Boarder Patrol (CBP), United States embassies and consulates located around the world, and other federal administrative agencies.

Her Education
Ms. Vestal earned her law degree from Charlotte School of Law with pro bono honors for her dedicated commitment to helping communities in need. While in law school, she served in the Immigration and Criminal Defense Clinic, Advanced Civil Rights Clinic, Advanced Externship with the Mecklenburg County Public Defenders Office, and focused her studies on social justice issues such as immigration, education, poverty, and worker rights.

Her undergrad is from Lenoir Rhyne University where she graduated magnum cum laude. She majored in political science with a minor in sociology earning memberships to Pi Sigma Alpha, the nation’s only honor society for political science majors, and Pi Gamma Mu, an international honor society for social sciences.

Her honors thesis “Racial and Social Class Disparity in the Application of the Death Penalty” focused on the constitutional issues inherent in the death penalty related to national origin, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors, while earning her the distinction of graduating with departmental honors in political science.

Other Experience
In addition to the above, Ms. Vestal has owned her own solo law practice, served the state of North Carolina as a Guardian ad Litem advocating for abused and neglected children, worked on national and local political campaigns, has over ten years experience in business management and business strategy execution, and  presents seminars and other educational opportunities to the public and private groups about a variety of topics related to civil rights, community organizing, immigration, and politics. 

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration and Nationality Law 
  • Family Immigration
    • VAWA
    • Waivers
    • Consular Processing
    • Adjustment of Status
  • Removal Defense
    • VAWA
    • Asylum, Withholding, and CAT
    • LPR and Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • I-9 Audits, Worksite Compliance, and Human Resource Consulting
    • I-9 Audits, ICE Audits and Fine Negotiation
    • Compliance Program Development and Training  - tailored to the company’s culture and needs
  • Employment Visas
    • Industry specific
  • Non-immigrant Visas
    • Extraordinary Ability in sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or achievement in the motion picture or television industry
    • Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2016


  • Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Dean's List, Pro Bono Honors
    • Law Review: Civil Rights Blog, Contributing Writer, 2014 - 2015
  • Lenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2012
    • Major: Political Science and Sociology *Departmental Honors in Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Intending Immigrants, Foreign Nationals, United States Citizens
  • Businesses, Non-Profits, Colleges and Universities, Religious Institutions

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Honors - Law School
  • Pi Gamma Mu and Pi Simga Alpha - Undergrad

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Washington State Bar, Attorney Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyer Association - AILA, Attorney Member, 2016 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Vestal Immigration Law, Owner, Immigration Attorney, 2016 - 2017
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Public Defenders Office, legal externship, 2015