Hannah F. Little found her passion for immigration law while spending a semester abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico as an undergraduate at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

While doing volunteer work in Guadalajara, Hannah became interested in the human experience behind immigration and what prompts individuals and families to risk uprooting their lives to move somewhere entirely new.

Hannah graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and has practiced law since 2006. She is one of a limited number of attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar.

Hannah represents employers and employees in a variety of industries, including but not limited to, energy, manufacturing, information technology and specialty chemical and has extensive experience in the preparation of L-1 intracompany transfer petitions, H-1B specialty occupation petitions as well as other nonimmigrant work visa options.

She also assists companies and individuals with applications for permanent employment certification for advanced degree professionals and skilled workers and immigrant visa petitions for individuals of extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers and multinational executives and managers.

Hannah has been rated by her peers with an AV© Preeminent Peer Review Rating, listed in The Best Lawyers in America© as well as recognized by the prestigious Chambers USA. She is also committed to volunteer work, dedicating hours to pro bono representation, serving on the Mecklenburg County Bar Grievance Committee and chairing the Education Subcommittee for the AILA Innovation and Technology Committee.

Classes/Seminars

  • Panelist, "Eruption of Registrations: Long Term Creative Planning Around the H-1B Cap," AILA Fall Conference, September 2022
  • Discussion Leader, "Buried in Piles of Paper? Let’s Get Digital!”, AILA Annual Conference and Webcast, June 2022
  • Speaker, "Oh Cap! Alternatives and Strategies When Your H-1B Cap Registration Was Not Selected," AILA National Webinar, April 2022
  • Panelist, "Immigration implications of Remote Work," AILA Philadelphia Virtual Conference, April 2022
  • Panelist, "Remote, Hybrid, or Return to Office: Advanced Issues for Advising Nonimmigrant Clients in an Evolving Employment Landscape ," American Immigration Lawyers Association, December 2021
  • Speaker, "Navigating H-1B Cap Season in a Pandemic," American Immigration Lawyers Association RDC Distance Learning Committee, May 2021
  • Panelist, “Advanced Issues for L-1s,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 2020
  • Panelist/Speaker, "Advanced L Blanket Issues," American Immigration Lawyers Association, March 2018
  • Speaker, "What Employers Need to Know About the RAISE Act and Other Immigration Initiatives," Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, September 2017
  • Speaker, "The Global Employer: Strategies and Best Practices for an International Workforce," Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, September 2016
  • Speaker, "L-1B Specialized Knowledge - An Ever Changing Landscape,” Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, October 2015
  • Speaker, "Tips for the H-1B Employer,” Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, September 2014
  • Speaker, "Everything You Need to Know: I-9 Compliance and E-Verify,” Mecklenburg County Bar, April 2014
  • Speaker, "U Visas: Immigration Relief for Victims of Crime,” Immigration Workshop for the Bench and Bar, Mecklenburg County Bar CLE, March 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified Specialist, Immigration Law, North Carolina State Bar
  • Best Lawyers® Charlotte Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 – 22
  • Business North Carolina (BNC) Legal Elite, 2021-22
  • Chambers USA, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • NC Pro Bono Honor Society, NC Pro Bono Resource Center, 2017
  • NC Super Lawyers, 2021 - 22
  • North Carolina Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2014, 2018
  • Pro Bono Guardian, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Pro Bono Hero, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Who's Who Legal, Corporate Immigration Thought Leader, 2023
  • Who's Who Legal, Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2018 - 22

Published Works

  • Eruption of Registrations: Long Term Creative Planning Around the H-1B Cap, Practice Advisory, AILA Fall Conference, September 2022
  • Buried in Piles of Paper? Let’s Get Digital!, Practice Advisory, AILA Annual Conference and Webcast, June 2022
  • President Joe Biden’s immigration policies: First 100 days, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, April 2021
  • What Employers Need to Know about the RAISE Act and Other Immigration Initiatives under Trump, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, September 2017
  • There is Hope after the H-1B Cap: Alternatives to the H-1B Visa, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, April 2017
  • The Global Employer: Strategies and Best Practices for an International Workforce, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Global Employer: Strategies and Best Practices for an International Workforce, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, August 2016
  • L-1B Specialized Knowledge - An Ever-Changing Landscape, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, September 2015
  • President Obama’s Executive Action: What It Means for Businesses, Highly-Skilled Workers, and Entrepreneurs, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, April 2015
  • Tips for the H-1B Employer, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, September 2014
  • H-1B Issues and Trends, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, March 2014
  • Spotlight on Immigration Court, Mecklenburg County Bar Newsletter, February 2011
  • Trafficking Protocol for Victims' Legal Advocates, UNC Policy Clinic, published by American Bar Association, Spring 2006

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2006

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (J.D. - 2006, Honors: With Honors)
  • Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina (B.S. - 2000, Honors: With High Honors)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Bar Leadership Institute Graduate, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Immigration Law Specialty Committee, North Carolina State Bar, 2013 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Past Chair, Pro Bono and Legal Recruitment Committee, Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Technology and Innovation Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, 2011 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte