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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.

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Immigration: 20%
    5 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Karla Marie Campbell

    Raquel is an incredible lawyer. She has experience assisting clients in a wide variety of immigration matters, from deportation defense to affirmative petitions. What sets her apart is her dedication to her clients. She is a true advocate for her clients, and dedicates the time and resources to finding novel solutions for her clients' issues.

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    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

511 Union Street
Suite 1600
NASHVILLE, TN, 37219

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive201107/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Black Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member/AttorneyBone McAllester Norton, PLLC2016 - Present
AssociateBranstetter, Stranch, and Jennings, PLLC2014 - 2016
ExternVolunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts2011 - 2011
Law ClerkFrager Law Firm2011 - 2011
FellowCommunity Legal Center2011 - 2012
Founding AttorneyBellamy Law Group2011 - 2014
Summer AssociateRose Immigration Law Firm2010 - 2010
Summer AssociateLeitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan2010 - 2010
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lawyers' Association for WomenMember2015 - Present
Napier-Looby Bar AssociationLegislative/Judicial Affairs Committee; Current Treasurer2014 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationDiversity Committee Chair2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum (Class of 2015-2016)Member2015 - 2016
Tennessee Bar AssociationImmigration Law Section member2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
EB-2 with NIWGranted!
Political AsylumGranted!
I-601A WaiverGranted!
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Nashville Bar Journal2016 Diversity Summit in Review2016
Tennessee Bar Association publicationUSCIS Offers Field Guidance on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers2014
Nashville PrideLocal "Ask the Lawyer" contributor2014
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Oakwood CollegeFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science2007
Oakwood CollegeSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BLSA Women's EmpowermentLegal Profession Panel Discussion2016
Women's Empowerment BreakfastLegal Profession Panel Discussion2015
Juvenile Court Magistrate Judge MeetingSpecial Immigrant Juvenile Status2015
Biennial Convention, TN AFL-CIOUndocumented Workers and Organized Labor2015
Women's Empowerment BreakfastLegal Profession Panel Discussion2014