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

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

Susan 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.

Melisa Boris

Immigration Team Lead

t: +1 704.331.4937
e: melisa.boris@wbd-us.com

Melisa Boris graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal by the North Carolina Bar Association. She has over twenty (20) years of experience administering immigration processes and procedures, managing relationships with corporate clients, and drafting a wide range of employment-based immigration petitions. Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Melisa spent 13 years as Immigration Practice Team Manager & Team Lead at Moore & Van Allen.

Margaret “Carr” Hughes

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.

Amy Schuler

Immigration Team Lead

t: +1 704.331.4945
e: amy.schuler@wbd-us.com

Amy Schuler graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in a dual degree program – Spanish Language and Literature and English Literature. Post-graduation, she qualified as a contract linguist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Amy has been solely dedicated to the field of immigration law since 1997, and excels at developing client relationships, executing complex case strategies, and managing large corporate accounts in a variety of industries. She enjoys reading, traveling, and outdoor activities with family and friends.

Elyssa Boger

Senior Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.444.2943
e: elyssa.boger@wbd-us.com

Elyssa Boger graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing in 2009. She spent two (2) semesters in Spain while in college. Elyssa began working in the field of immigration law in 2010 and has worked with a versatile group of clients including medical doctors, biochemists, lawyers, executives, and advertising professionals. She enjoys spending time with her family and being out in nature.

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.

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.

Sheila Emami

Immigration Paralegal

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

Sheila Emami 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.

Kevin Goodman

Immigration Paralegal

t: +1 704.444.2924
e: kevin.goodman@wbd-us.com

Kevin Goodman graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He also earned a Master of International Studies from North Carolina State University. Kevin began working in the field of immigration law in 2018. Kevin enjoys playing guitar, practicing yoga, and traveling.

Joy Hart

Legal Practice Assistant

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.