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Sonal R. Shah

Associate Attorney

Sonal R. Shah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she obtained her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and international studies. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Florida and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). In addition, she currently serves on the AILA United States and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Liaison Committee.

Several experiences contributed to Sonal’s passion for serving underprivileged communities. She has worked abroad in remote and rural areas throughout the world, including Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, and India. In addition, her internship with the Immigrant Women’s Program at Legal Momentum in Washington, D.C., and the North Carolina Justice Center furthered her eagerness to advocate for immigrant rights.

Sonal has practiced solely immigration law since obtaining her license representing clients in a variety of immigration matters, including family-based petitions, removal defense, and humanitarian remedies. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.

Married and with two young children, Sonal enjoys spending time with her family and traveling the world together.  

Education

  • JD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • BA in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
  • BA in International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

Speaking Presentations 

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia Alabama Conference, 2018–2019
  • South Asian Bar Association of Georgia 

Selected Awards, Honors, & Publications

  • UNC-CH School of Law Dean’s Advisory Committee, 2009–2010
  • UNC-CH School of Law James E. & Carolyn B. Davis Society Member, 2010
  • Symposium Editor: North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 2008-2010
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