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Emily Sumner is the founding member of Sumner Immigration Law. Ms. Sumner has practiced immigration law exclusively since beginning her practice. Her practice focuses on a wide range of employment-based and family-based visas and petitions, including overseeing the preparation of H-1B, L-1, O-1, P, TN, E-1/E-2 and other non-immigrant petitions. One of Ms. Sumner’s key strengths is identifying ways to further streamline the preparation of petitions to simplify the process for employers and employees while simultaneously ensuring both speed and quality. She also manages the permanent residence process, structuring high-volume labor certification filings for a wide range of professional and skilled positions to reduce duplication of effort for the employer. Ms. Sumner has set up blanket L filings to accommodate companies with high-volume L-1filings. She has also prepared J-1 waiver filings for physicians working in underserved areas, as well as other J-1 waiver types. She also specializes in preparing “fast track” green card petitions including Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Professors, and National Interest Waiver petitions for researchers and scientists.

As a seasoned immigration attorney, Ms. Sumner has spoken on employment-based immigration by invitation on several occasions including Continuing Legal Education seminars for Virginia attorneys on immigration law, and is also a regular contributor on immigration strategies for the global transfer of employees to many associations’ monthly publications. Ms Sumner is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Salamanca, Spain, and having directly served Spanish-speaking clients for many years including as a paralegal while in undergraduate studies. Ms. Sumner serves on the board of Virginia Latinos in Higher Education, which is a networking organization dedicated to supporting the success of Latinos in higher education. She also serves as pro bono immigration counsel for I Have a Dream, Richmond, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a select group of low-income students with long-term, high-quality, supportive supplementary education and enrichment programs, continuing mentor relationships, and guarantees of financial support for higher education. In light of the high proportion of Latino students participating in the South Richmond program, Ms. Sumner was selected for this position to lead the other board members in navigating the cultural, linguistic, and legal issues that arise in working with this population.

Ms. Sumner has also co-chaired the Immigrant Outreach Committee, a division of the Virginia State Bar, dedicated to educating other lawyers on legal issues relevant to the immigrant community, and to providing a framework of information and legal resources for the Commonwealth’s immigrant population.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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  1. Immigration: 100%
    11 years



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  • Matthew Stephen Reinaker

    I've referred a few clients to Emily and would not hesitate to do so again in the future. Both described their experience as very positive and Emily as extremely knowledgeable and professional.


    Matthew Reinaker Estate planning Attorney
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  • Ryan C. Young

    Emily is extremely knowledgeable in the area of immigration. When you meet with her, you realize quickly that she has her finger on the pulse of immigration laws and where these laws may be headed in the future. Immigration is such a highly technical area compared to other legal concentrations and Emily is a lawyer who is not going to overlook the various nuances. As someone who knows her personally, I can say that she is committed to her clients' success. An extremely dedicated and smart attorney.


    Ryan Young Litigation Attorney
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Sumner Immigration Law PLLC

1700 Bayberry Court
Suite 100A
Richmond, VA, 23226


VAAuthorized to practice law200503/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration AttorneyChalla Law Offices2005 - 2011
Immigration ParalegalThe MacKenzie Law Firm1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
I Have a Dream Foundation RichmondImmigration Counsel (pro bono)2007 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Virginia Latinos in Higher Education NetworkMembership Chair2009 - 2012
Immigrant Outreach Committee (Virginia State Bar)Co-Chair2009 - 2011
Virginia Hispanich Chamber of CommerceMembership Committee2005 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Wake Forest UniversitySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pitfalls, Obstacles, and Opportunities for PostdocsPathways to Permanent Residency2013
Deferred Action: Considerations for Conscientious Colleges & UniversitiesDeferred Action: Considerations for Conscientious Colleges & Universities2013