Catherine Magennis is committed to providing advice and advocacy within the complicated immigration system. As the wife of an Irish immigrant and granddaughter of an Italian immigrant, she personally understands the stress of immigration issues on families and businesses.

Catherine firmly believes in open communication, and she works closely with clients to shape the best legal strategies. She has successfully represented a broad range of clients in naturalization and citizenship cases, waivers, adjustment of status (permanent residence/green cards), consular process, temporary protection status (TPS), deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), special visas for juvenile immigrants (SIJS), U visas, VAWAs and deportation defenses.

Fluent in Spanish, Catherine enthusiastically represents her clients to help them achieve the American Dream.

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for the Mecklenburg County Bar, Feb 2019
  • Speaker for Immigration Issues in Family Law (CLE) presented at Mecklenburg County Courthouse

Honors and Awards

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Bar – Immigration Section, Co-chair, 2018 – Present

Published Works

  • An in-depth analysis of the naturalization process, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, March 2020

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2011
  • Connecticut, 2014

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (J.D. - 2011, Honors: With Honors)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Honors: Phi Beta Kappa)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AILA Member, 2011 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Refugee Support Services
  • Contributor and Columnist, La Noticia
  • Mecklenburg County Bar

Areas of Practice