Our team is led by Jennifer Cory, an immigration attorney with more than 20 years of experience and a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Jennifer manages a team of dedicated paralegals, all extremely familiar with the immigration process.

Our services include:

  • Temporary visa applications for tourism, business, employment, study, and exchanges
  • Permanent residency and citizenship applications
  • Strategic planning and worksite compliance advice
  • Counsel for inbound investors
  • Personalized, customizable immigration assistance for key individuals
Jennifer Cory

Partner, Immigration Solutions

t: +1 704.350.6337
e: jennifer.cory@wbd-us.com
Charlotte, NC, US
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As the leader of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Immigration Solutions practice group, Jennifer Cory uses her vast experience of over two (2) decades to navigate the complexities of United States immigration law. Jennifer designs efficient, effective visa strategies for her clients, who include educators, entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, and investors in key industry sectors such as academia, automotive, financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and technology. Her comprehensive guidance ensures that companies and individuals alike understand and comply with the web of multiple and often confusing regulations that govern the authorized employment and status of non-citizens.

Jennifer’s clients contribute to all aspects of everyday life. They develop and manufacture versatile and cutting-edge products used in our homes, vehicles, and work environments, conduct research and development that ensures the safety of the prescriptions that keep us healthy and train the minds of the next generation of globally-oriented citizens.

Certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar, included in Best Lawyers in America in the field of Immigration Law, and listed in Who’s Who Legal for Corporate Immigration, Jennifer is a locally, nationally, and globally recognized expert. Jennifer graduated from Hollins College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French. She completed her Juris Doctor at Stetson University College of Law.

Susan Ramos

Senior Counsel, Immigration Solutions

t: +1 704.350.6312
e: susan.ramos@wbd-us.com
Charlotte, NC, US
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Susan Ramos is an immigration lawyer with over fifteen (15) years of experience assisting individuals, families, and employers in connection with assessing available United States immigration options.

Her practice includes preparing and filing individual, family-based, and employment-based petitions, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, and waivers of inadmissibility. She assists with complex consular processing issues, complicated citizenship and naturalization issues, petitions for humanitarian relief, and removal defense. She advises employers regarding worksite compliance, conducting internal I-9 audits and trainings, and negotiating with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding employer sanctions.

A former criminal defense attorney, Susan also advises individuals and employers regarding immigration consequences of criminal conduct. She represents clients before Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States Department of State, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Department of Labor, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

Susan is frequently asked to speak at conferences and community events regarding immigration law and is fluent in Spanish. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Psychology and Spanish and completed her Juris Doctor at St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Jeff Widdison

Counsel, Immigration Solutions

t: +1 704.444.2950
e: jeff.widdison@wbd-us.com
Charlotte, NC, US
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Jeff Widdison is an immigration attorney that represents clients in employment-based permanent residency cases, consular processing, nonimmigrant visa applications, naturalizations, family-based filings, administrative appeals to the AAO and BIA, employer sanctions, petitions for review with U.S. Circuit Courts, mandamus and APA causes of action filings with U.S. District Courts, and has a wealth of experience in representing clients with removal defense. He has been recognized as a Board Certified Immigration Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar since 2012.

He previously worked for the US Department of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review. In that role he assisted Immigration Judges of the Denver, Salt Lake City, and Newark Immigration Courts in adjudicating removal proceedings and deciding the merits of claims of relief from removal such as asylum and adjustment of status.

Jeff frequently speaks both nationally and at local events on subjects of immigration law.

Margaret “Carr” Hughes

Director of Operations/Immigration Team Lead

t: +1 704.350.6390
e: carr.hughes@wbd-us.com

Carr Hughes graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Carr possesses over twenty (20) years of immigration law experience and for over a decade managed the immigration program for a large financial institution. Currently, Carr coordinates and implements the team’s operating systems and processes.

Sherry Fuertes

Immigration Team Lead

t: +1 704.444.2947
e: sherry.fuertes@wbd-us.com

Sherry Fuertes attended Gaston Community College before beginning a career in the field of immigration law in 2010. Over the span of her career, she’s worked with a variety of applications including naturalization and citizenship, humanitarian relief, family-based petitions, and removal defense. Although born in the U.S., Sherry spent her formative years in her parent’s home country of Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hand-lettering, and traveling.

Courtney Haynes

Senior Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.444.2937
e: courtney.haynes@wbd-us.com

Courtney Haynes graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History Education. While there, she spent a semester at the University of Limerick in Ireland, studying European History. She completed the Paralegal Certificate Program at the Charlotte School of Law in 2014 and received the designation of North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal in 2015. Courtney has worked in the immigration field since 2014. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen, exercising, anything motorsports, and spending time outside with her husband.

Trisha Bogar Gaunya

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.350.6367
e: trisha.bogar@wbd-us.com

Trisha Gaunya graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Trisha began working in the field of immigration law in 2018 and has used her fluency in Spanish in a range of family, humanitarian, and employment-based cases. She enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time outdoors hiking with her husband and two dogs.

Sheila Emami

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.350.6342
e: sheila.emami@wbd-us.com

Sheila Emami, a North Carolina Certified Paralegal, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Public Relations sequence, and a certificate in International Public Relations. She also earned a post-baccalaureate diploma in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College and began working in the field of immigration law in 2019. Sheila enjoys yoga, group fitness classes, traveling and sharing custody of her golden retriever with her brother and twin sister.

Kelly Frias

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.444.2946
e: kelly.frias@wbd-us.com

Kelly Frias graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She also completed the Paralegal Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received the designation of North Carolina Certified Paralegal in 2017. Kelly has worked in the immigration field since 2018. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their dog.

Joy Hart

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.444.2901
e: joy.hart@wbd-us.com

Joy Hart graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Youth and Social Innovation from the Curry School of Education and Human Development. After graduation, she worked as an AmeriCorps construction crew leader at Sea Island Habitat for Humanity in Charleston, South Carolina. Joy coordinates the administrative tasks for the immigration team. She enjoys exploring local Charlotte restaurants, working out, and spending time with her family and friends.

Anne Winfrey

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.350.6363
e: anne.winfrey@wbd-us.com

Anne Winfrey graduated from Wake Forest University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and International Affairs, and a minor in English. While enrolled in school, Anne completed a legal internship with a focus on immigration law. Anne enjoys reading, exploring new restaurants, and travelling.

Macaulay Etheridge

Legal Practice Assistant

t: +1 704.444.2990
e: macaulay.etheridge@wbd-us.com

Macaulay Etheridge graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, he completed the Paralegal Certification Program at Duke University. Macaulay coordinates the administrative tasks for the immigration team. He enjoys cooking, swimming, and spending time with his family.

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