A dedicated advocate, Raquel represents clients in a variety of litigation and administrative law matters. Raquel is purposeful and driven. She is a lifelong traveler and student of language and culture.
Raquel L. Bellamy is an expert problem solver who focuses her practice on civil litigation. Raquel genuinely enjoys being a fierce advocate for both individual and corporate clients. A native New Yorker, Raquel learned to speak and write Spanish fluently through study abroad in Spain and Argentina. In high school, Raquel decided to become a lawyer because she believed her calling was to speak up for others. She graduated from Oakwood University with a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Spanish. She earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Prior to joining this firm, Raquel dedicated a great deal of her time to defending and advancing immigrant rights, representing individuals from over 40 different countries. Raquel was previously an Associate at one of Nashville’s preeminent law firms where she actively worked on cases involving immigration and nationality law, labor and employment law, class action litigation, social security and disability law, and municipal utility law. She proudly represented unaccompanied minors in Juvenile Court seeking to obtain protection from abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Raquel was selected by the Nashville Bar Foundation to be in the 2015/2016 Class of the Leadership Forum. She was selected to join the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” and The National Black Lawyers “Top 40 under 40.” In gratitude for her awards and leadership opportunities, Raquel aims to continually give back through service in local organizations and her church.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Black Lawyers||2015|
|Member/Attorney||Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC||2016 - Present|
|Associate||Branstetter, Stranch, and Jennings, PLLC||2014 - 2016|
|Extern||Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts||2011 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Frager Law Firm||2011 - 2011|
|Fellow||Community Legal Center||2011 - 2012|
|Founding Attorney||Bellamy Law Group||2011 - 2014|
|Summer Associate||Rose Immigration Law Firm||2010 - 2010|
|Summer Associate||Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan||2010 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Lawyers' Association for Women||Member||2015 - Present|
|Napier-Looby Bar Association||Legislative/Judicial Affairs Committee; Current Treasurer||2014 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Association||Diversity Committee Chair||2014 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum (Class of 2015-2016)||Member||2015 - 2016|
|Tennessee Bar Association||Immigration Law Section member||2012 - 2013|
|EB-2 with NIW||Granted!|
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|Nashville Bar Journal||2016 Diversity Summit in Review||2016|
|Tennessee Bar Association publication||USCIS Offers Field Guidance on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers||2014|
|Nashville Pride||Local "Ask the Lawyer" contributor||2014|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Oakwood College||Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||2007|
|Oakwood College||Spanish||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|BLSA Women's Empowerment||Legal Profession Panel Discussion||2016|
|Women's Empowerment Breakfast||Legal Profession Panel Discussion||2015|
|Juvenile Court Magistrate Judge Meeting||Special Immigrant Juvenile Status||2015|
|Biennial Convention, TN AFL-CIO||Undocumented Workers and Organized Labor||2015|
|Women's Empowerment Breakfast||Legal Profession Panel Discussion||2014|