Mr. Andrés López is the owner and founder of the Lopez Law Firm, PLLC. He practices in all areas of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Being an immigrant himself from Medellin, Colombia, Mr. López is passionate, committed, and an enthusiastic advocate for the immigrant community. He has grown up and lived in various places with different immigrant communities, including New York, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He believes in helping the diverse immigration community achieve their unique American dreams which collectively emphasize on maintaining family unity, creating businesses, obtaining education, and weaving their cultural heritages into the rich rubric of the American society. Attorney López understands and respects his client’s desire of having a direct relationship with their attorneys, and he prides himself on his accessibility and quality of work.
Mr. Lopez has extensive experience practicing removal defense for individuals who appear before the Charlotte Immigration Court, as well as other Immigration Courts, including the ones in Atlanta and in Lumpkin, Georgia (Stewart Detention Center). Mr. Lopez has represented an asylum seeker since 2015 in a case of national importance (Matter of A-B-). In 2018, the Attorney General of the United States reversed the order from the Board of Immigration Appeals that granted her asylum. Currently, Mr. Lopez has joined forces with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and others to push back against the current administration’s efforts to restrict asylum in the context of gender-based violence.
Mr. Lopez also assists individuals and families with family-based immigration strategies, whether it be adjustment of status, provisional waivers, U Visas, special juvenile immigrant visas, and more. He also enjoys assisting businesses with employment-based immigration needs.
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He graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, majoring in International Economics. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2007. He is admitted to the United States Western District of North Carolina and Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Federal Bar Association, providing him with a network of experience and resources to help his clients. He currently serves as the Secretary for the AILA Carolinas Chapter. He has also been the AILA liaison to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Charlotte, as well as the assistant AILA liaison to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Charlotte. He has served as the chair to the Mecklenburg County Bar Immigration Section. He frequently volunteers his time with the Immigrant Outreach Project for the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, as well as handles pro bono cases on behalf of other organizations such as CLINIC.
Shawna Elaine Howard
Shawna Elaine Howard is an attorney at The Lopez Law Firm, PLLC. She practices in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Ms. Howard represents individuals seeking asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, and in various cases before immigration judges. Ms. Howard also regularly represents clients on appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Ms. Howard focuses primarily on removal defense for individuals who appear before the Immigration Court in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009 with a degree in Psychology, attended law school in North Carolina and has been licensed to practice law since 2013.
She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the North Carolina State Bar.
Sandra Michaca is an attorney at The Lopez Law Firm, PLLC., since January 2019, where she practices immigration law. As a daughter of immigrants, she has chosen to help individuals and families who come to this country to accomplish their goals and dreams. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their life aspirations in the United States. Ms. Michaca was born and raised in New York City and is fluent in Spanish and English
Ms. Michaca exclusively practices federal law. She focuses on family-based petitions, adjustment of status, citizenship, waivers, U visas, special juvenile immigrant visas, humanitarian-based petitions and more.
Ms. Michaca graduated from The State University of New York at Oswego. She graduated with a double major in Public Justice and Spanish. Ms. Michaca attended the Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina and has been licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota since January 2018.
She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), providing her with a network of experience and resources to help our clients. She currently serves on the Advocacy Committee for the Carolinas Chapter for AILA.