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About me

Originally from Salem, Virginia, I pursued both my undergraduate and graduate education in the cultural melting pot of Houston, Texas, where I first worked extensively with the immigrant community in domestic violence, health care and literacy initiatives.


I love the complexity and diversity of my clients’ matters, whether it's contesting an unfair orphan determination in an international adoption, defending a nuanced adjustment or naturalization application, or restoring the immigration status of battered women, abused children and victims of crime. In addition to defending individual aliens and families, I work closely with employers and the employment bar to protect businesses from civil and criminal liability during ICE audits and investigations.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 85%
    17 years
  2. Adoption: 10%
    17 years
  3. Asylum: 5%
    17 years

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  • Ross Cameron Hart

    Absolutely a wonderful, dedicated lawyer I'm proud to have as a colleague and a friend. She almost single-handedly filled a void in legal services in our area and built and manages a firm dedicated to helping people with immigration issues. Not only does she do good work for her clients, but she spends time trying to educate other lawyers and the courts on how other cases can affect immigration status. She is a star.


    Ross Hart Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Xavier Francois Racine

    Christine is an extremely knowledgeable and competent attorney who cares about her clients and will take every step to ensure they obtain the desired result. I highly recommend her.


    Xavier Racine Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Poarch Law Firm

203 S. College Ave.
Salem, VA, 24153


VAAuthorized to practice law200103/31/2016
TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Small Business of the YearRoanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce2013
Top AttorneyRoanoker Magazine2012
Small Business of the YearRoanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top AttorneyRoanoker Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Small Business of the YearRoanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce2010
Top 20 Under 40Blue Ridge Business Journal2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPoarch Law2003 - Present
AttorneyThe Becket Fund For Religious Liberty2002 - 2003
Board MemberJustice For Our Neighbors Immigration Law Clinic2001 - 2005
AttorneyGentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP2001 - 2002
AttorneyClore & Blakeney1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Roanoke Bar AssociationAssociate Member2010 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys AssociationMember2005 - Present
Salem/Roanoke County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2001 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of St. ThomasEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National ConferenceSpecial immigrant juveniles, drug crimes, and remedies in removal proceedings.2013
Rule of Law SymposiumLiving the DREAM: Deferred Action and Other Immigration Options for Children2012
National ConferenceSpecial immigrant juveniles, drug crimes, and remedies in removal proceedings.2012
Humanitarian Visas Seminar & CLEHumanitarian Visas2012
Roanoke Bar Association CLEImmigration Myths and FAQs2011
Roanoke Bar Association CLEImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Virginia2011
Virginia CLEImmigration Law for the Main Street Lawyer2010
Martinsville SHRM MeetingAn Employer’s Road Map: Myths and Methods of Immigration2009
Franklin County SHRMEmployer’s Guide to Immigration Compliance2009
Roanoke Valley Paralegal Association MeetingImmigration Law for the Main Street Lawyer2008
Roanoke City Public Defenders’ LuncheonImmigration Consequences of Criminal Offenses2008
Martinsville Society for Human Resource ManagementImmigration Law for Human Resources Professionals2008
Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, Spring Lunch MeetingImmigration Law for the Main Street Lawyer2007
International Public Management Association For Human Resources, Western Virginia Chapter MeetingImmigration Law for Human Resources Professionals2007
Roanoke Family Violence Coordinating Council MeetingVisas for Victims2006