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Elizabeth Heetderks received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and spent her third year at the Georgetown University Law Center as a visiting student in Washington, D.C. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pennsylvania State University. She began her legal career under the U.S. Attorney General Honor Program as a trial attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Atlanta, Georgia. She later gained experience in business and family immigration while working part time in private practice in San Antonio, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Heetderks represented clients before the Immigration Court while working at the N.C. Justice Center.  Ms. Heetderks speaks French and is learning Spanish.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBrenman Law Firm2010 - Present
AttorneyN.C. Justice Center2009 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Offices of Dayna Kelly2008 - 2009
AttorneyOgletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart2007 - 2008
AttorneyShivers & Shivers, Immigration & Nationality Law (San Antonio, TX)1998 - 2001
Assistant AttorneyU.S. Department Of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service (Atlanta, GA)1996 - 1998
Legal InternU.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service, Office of the General Counsel (Washington, D.C.)1995 - 1996
Legal InternU.S. Department Of Justice, Executive Office For Immigration Review (Miami, FL)1994 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Individual Merits Hearing-601/AdjustmentGranted
Individual Merits HearingWithholding granted
Individual Merits HearingAsylum/Withholding Granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (Cum Laude)1996
Pennsylvania State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science (Phi Beta Kappa)1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iglesia Cristiana RenacerFamily Immigration2015
Compass Center for Women and ChildrenImmigration Options for Survivors of Domestic Violence2014