About Us

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Heather Ziemba is the founder and managing attorney of Ziemba Law Firm, PLLC. Ms. Ziemba has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1998 and is certified by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in immigration law. She has been recognized by her peers for her expertise in immigration law and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2012. She is regarded by her peers and clients for her willingness to take on challenging and complicated immigration matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, as well as the U.S. federal courts. Ms. Ziemba has taught immigration law as an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law and developed the Charlotte School of Law’s immigration law clinic.

 

Ms. Ziemba began her career in immigration law as the founder and director of the Immigrant Justice Program of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization, where she developed a reputation for zealous advocacy on behalf of her immigrant clients. In this capacity, Ms. Ziemba became recognized for her experience in representing immigrant victims of crime and regularly speaks at legal conferences on U visas for victims of violent crimes and relief for victims of persecution and human trafficking.

 

As an associate attorney at one of the largest immigration law firms in the Southeast, she developed a successful and highly regarded removal defense practice where she became known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of foreign nationals facing removal from the United States. She has successfully represented immigrants in removal proceedings seeking cancellation of removal, adjustment of status to lawful permanent residency, and waivers of inadmissibility and deportability.

 

Ms. Ziemba is also highly regarded for her knowledge of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. She is often called upon by criminal defense attorneys to advise on the potential immigration consequences of criminal pleas and was a featured speaker at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention on this subject in 2010 and 2011. She regularly advises employers sponsoring foreign nationals for non-immigrant as well as immigrant visas on the impact prior immigration violations and criminal convictions may have on the foreign national’s eligibility for a visa.

 

Ms. Ziemba has traveled extensively throughout Central America and Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.

EDUCATION

 

  • J.D. Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1996
  • A.B. Duke University, cum laude, 1993

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

 

  • Best Lawyers in America® 2013
  • North Carolina Board-Certified Specialist in Immigration Law
  • Charlotte Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Charlotteans
  • El Pueblo Katie Pomerance Latino Advocacy Award
  • Charlotte Observer Heroes of Democracy
  • Cabarrus County Latino Advocacy Leadership Award

BAR ADMISSIONS

 

North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
  • Co-liaison to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2010-2012
  • National Lawyer’s Guild, National Immigration Project
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

 

  • “10 Ways Not to Get Your Client Deported”, 2010 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention, Criminal Masters in Advocacy Seminar, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • “Hot Topics in Immigration Issues”, 2011 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention, Criminal Masters in Advocacy Seminar, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • “Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions”, Cabarrus and Rowan County Bar Associations Continuing Legal Education Program, October 2010, Salisbury, North Carolina
  • “Political Asylum and VAWA Cancellation”, Mecklenburg County Bar Association CLE, February 2010, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • “Ethical Issues in Representing Foreign Nationals in Family-Based Immigration and Removal Proceedings”, American Immigration Lawyers’ Association Carolinas Chapter CLE, May 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina