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Laura A. Edgerton

Immigration Attorney at Raleigh, NC

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 28 years
    Georgia - GA 30 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Edgerton Immigration Law is dedicated to providing high quality, personalized immigration legal services to business, individual and family clients throughout the United States and around the world.

    29 years

Laura Edgerton has practiced immigration law for more than twenty years. She brings a high level of corporate immigration experience to the firm along with a strong commitment to ethics and the desire and ability to help her clients achieve their goals. Ms. Edgerton is a Raleigh immigration lawyer who is well known in the business, legal and immigration communities for her ability to solve complex problems involving the employment of international personnel in the U.S as well as her persistence and creativity in finding workable solutions for her clients.
Ms. Edgerton has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008 in the area of immigration law. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers®has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States and is considered by The American Lawyer to be “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."  Ms. Edgerton was also selected as the “Raleigh Best Lawyers Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, 2015 and 2017, based on the particularly high ratings she received in a peer review survey for her abilities, professionalism, and integrity. 

In addition, Ms. Edgerton has been selected as a Super Lawyer® in the 2010,  2011 and 2017 editions of North Carolina Super Lawyers®magazine in the area of immigration law. According to the publishers of Super Lawyers (, only 5% of the lawyers per jurisdiction are selected for inclusion on this list each year.

Ms. Edgerton is frequently invited to speak at national and regional immigration conferences on such topics as permanent residence, H-1B and training (H-3/J-1) visas, and employment verification/I-9 issues. She has authored and edited numerous immigration articles in leading publications and has been interviewed extensively in the business and local press on immigration issues. She is a former Chair of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and, as such, a former member of AILA’s Board of Governors. She is a former member of AILA's Distance Learning Committee and has also previously served as the Vice Chair of the Ethics and Practice Management Committee for AILA National and as the National Chair of AILA's Young Lawyers Division.

Following a federal judicial clerkship, Ms. Edgerton started her career with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Winston-Salem.  In 1996, she joined Maupin Taylor, PA (now Williams Mullen), in Raleigh, North Carolina, to develop and manage the firm’s immigration practice. Most recently, Ms. Edgerton was a partner at another immigration law firm in Raleigh. Ms. Edgerton is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University and a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.


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Edgerton Immigration Law
3717 National Drive
Suite 217
Raleigh, NC, 27612


4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Simon | May 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Excellent service. Professional, efficient and affordable. No hesitation in recommending Laura Edgerton.
Posted by James | February 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focused on winning the case
Edgerton Immigration Law did an exceptional job to completion of my case. They kept me informed and most of all mitigated any possible issues that could arise in advance. I felt like a real counsel service that was more interested in getting the case done quickly and properly than billing hours. They are affable which is more than most attorneys and welcomed a call to ask questions.
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Posted by Jackie | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Laura helped me on L1 and green card. She has alway been timely, careful and considerate.
Posted by Nyankami Miroro Atandi | July 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Frank.
On the issue I consulted her about, she was indeed open and truthful, qualities that I respect in any person. Let her keep up the spirit.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2015
Great lawyer: at least do an initial consultation with her !
I ran into a tricky immigration situation as my work-permit under OPT expired. I was/am a researcher/professor in one of the in-demand disciplines of Business. Because of the tricky situation, I needed to be sure that I pursue the best option available to me including EB1 and NIW. Thus, I needed a competent immigration attorney who was affordable as well. My case is currently under processing. Irrespective of what happens, here is why I am writing this recommendation on behalf of Ms. Laura Edegerton. a) I did a paid initial consultation with three firms and a free consultation with three more - including big firms. Before every consultation I had visited their websites and looked at their review. In the initial consultation, I tried to assess whether the attorney is someone I can work as a team and whether she/he is knowledgeable/competent enough. If the two criteria were met, then I considered the affordability issue. One attorney based in Greensboro seemed outright incompetent even though his review online was very impressive. Obviously, I had done some research on my options and had known some nuances. He was unaware of the information what I could find online or on USCIS pages. Another was affordable and seemed competent but I did not connect well in initial consultation as he appeared pretty “assuming” type. For ethical reason, I cannot spell the names here. The others were otherwise Okay but costly - in one case, almost 2 and ½ times of Ms. Laura Edgerton’s fees. b) I was able to work with her as a team – as if I was working with my co-author researchers. She is very prompt in correspondence and forthcoming. She patiently listens your issues and sincerely provides you the answer/her take. She does not try to shadow or beat about the bush on issues if she does not have an instant answer. She says she will look into it, and she does. It would perhaps be an exaggeration on my part if I say something like she is “hands down the most competent lawyer” because I did the consultation with only 6 firms and chose her. That said, I can certainly endorse that she is highly competent. And I can, without any embellishment, say she definitely is the most sincere. c) I also found the staffs at Edgerton Law Firm as great people (friendly and prompt) to work with. In conclusion, if you live in the Research Triangle area of NC or the Piedmont Traid area and need an immigration attorney, at least, do an initial consultation with her before you settle with any other attorney. Chances are you will go back to her like I did. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Grant | July 22, 2014
Excellent Service and Staff
Laura and Jeanette were very helpful and knowledgable. They responded to all our questions promptly and helped me obtain my visa with as little trouble as possible. Excellent full service provided.
Posted by Kevin | February 28, 2013
Couldn't ask for a better immigration lawyer
I am writing this review to extent my gratitude to Ms. Edgerton and all her dedicated staff for their efforts, unwavering support, and kindness throughout the entire process of obtaining our permanent residency. Ms. Edgerton was always attentive and responsive, and took great care to ensure that our questions were answered promptly. Her work ethic, extensive knowledge and experience in this field, and her effective guidance made it possible for a smooth and speedy process. I highly recommend Ms. Edgerton to anyone who is seeking an immigration lawyer. Thank you very much for the job well done!!
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Posted by del.r | June 16, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
worse lawyer and money hungry
hello i was looking for an immigration lawyer for my case and I booked an appointment with her ,she did not like me asking her questions about my case, and honestly, she did not have direct answers, she used Google to search some of my questions answers and when I told her why she did not have answers right away she said, she has to search for answers and contact me later, my wife and I were disappointed and confused at the same time, she waisted our time and took our money and we did not have any answers for my case,
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  • University of Georgia
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • North Carolina State University
  • Other - Bachelors
  • 1990


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Vice Chair, Ethics & Practice Management Committee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Carolinas Chapter
  • 2006 - 2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2004 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2011
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America (immigration law)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2010
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America (immigration law)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyers in America (immigration law)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Training Visas (H-3 and B-1)
  • 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Ethics 101 (for Immigration Lawyers)
  • 2009
  • AILA Annual Conference
  • J-1 Training & Internship Programs
  • 2008

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