Nam Douglass was drawn to the immigration law field because of both her family experience and her interest in policy work.

Nam’s parents met in West Africa while her mother was in the Peace Corps, and she was born in Dakar, Senegal as a U.S. citizen.

Before her career in law, Nam worked in policy and rural economic development with nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

Nam graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. She has practiced since 2011 and is one of a limited number of attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar, the highest level of accreditation available in North Carolina.

Nam has extensive employment-based immigration experience including the preparation of H, L, TN, P and O visa petitions as well as with green card applications, student visas and the PERM process.

Additionally, Nam has previously worked in the family-based and humanitarian immigration sectors, preparing visa petitions for individuals both inside and outside the U.S.; naturalization cases; certificates of citizenship; and U (victims of criminal activity) and T (victims of human trafficking) applications.

When she’s not working, Nam enjoys watching sports, spending time with her family , as well as participating in Taekwondo, where she holds a second-degree black belt.


  • Delegate, "AILA's National Day of Action," AILA Carolinas, March 2024
  • Co-Presenter, "The Intersection of Immigration and Employment Law," Mecklenburg County Bar CLE, February 2024
  • Presenter, "Form I-9: Alterations, Adjustments and Adaptations" Mecklenburg County Bar CLE, September 2023
  • Presenter, "Humanitarian Issues in Immigration," Law People USA, July 2023
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics and Policy Changes: USCIS, DOS, and DOL,” AILA Carolinas CLE, May 2023
  • Co-Presenter, USCIS Trends and Bright Spots, AILA Carolinas CLE, November 2019
  • Presenter, Hot Topics in Immigration for International Students, NC State University, April 2018
  • Co-Presenter, Navigating 2018: Human Resources, Immigration and Tax Law Changes, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce, March 2018

Honors and Awards

  • NC Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers®, 2021 - 24
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2022

Published Works

  • The Form I-9: What to know about the new edition, the virtual inspection process, and more, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, October 2022
  • Tips for international holiday travel, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, December 2021
  • Denials, Delays & Disfunction – The Year in Review, North Carolina Attorney at Law Magazine, January 2020
  • Winter Is Here: How ICE’s Worksite Enforcement Is Impacting Employers, North Carolina Attorney at Law Magazine, July 2019
  • Recognizing the Invisible Wall: Policy Changes to Restrict Legal Immigration, Saathee Magazine, May 2019
  • Beyond the H-1B Gamble: Alternatives for Securing Foreign Workers, North Carolina Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2019
  • Gardner Law on President Trump’s Immigration Policies, North Carolina Attorney at Law Magazine, February 2019 (interview/contributor)
  • Election 2016: Immigration Issues, Saathee Magazine, August 2016
  • Getting Naturalized: Taking the Big Step of Becoming a US Citizen, Saathee Magazine, July 2016
  • The ‘Special’ about L Visa’s Specialized Knowledge, Saathee Magazine, January 2016
  • Linking Childcare & Economic Development, Milestones, North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, Summer 2007
  • National study links quality childcare, economic development, County Lines, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, July 2006
  • Helping Local Gov’ts View Child Care as Economic Development, Popular Government, Fall 2006

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • NC Supreme Court


  • Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, Raleigh, NC (J.D., cum laude, 2011)
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (M.A., magna cum laude, 1998)
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (B.A, cum laude, 1995)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Law Student Engagement Committee, 2023
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee Member, Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Law Student Engagement Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute Committee, 2023 – 24
  • Board member, The Quiltmaker Café

Areas of Practice