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Laura Deddish Burton

Laura Deddish Burton


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Ms. Burton is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in immigration law.  Her practice focuses predominantly on immigration and international law.  She counsels a variety of companies and individuals regarding all aspects of their business immigration needs, including inbound and outbound employee transfer, employment- and family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas, consular contacts, ICE worksite enforcement, and I-9 issues.  She also engages in workers' compensation defense, civil litigation, and international dispute resolution.  Ms. Burton is knowledgeable in immigration counseling, as well as obtaining visas for foreign healthcare professionals. She has also done work surrounding workers compensation and defense of workers compensation claims in the health care industry. Ms. Burton regularly speaks and writes on a variety of topics relating to immigration and employment law.

Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA
  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year (2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Employment (2016, 2017)
  • Selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition, Immigration, 2009-2010
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Immigration (2018)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.),  Immigration Law, more than 10 years
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Thought Leadership


January 17, 2017
Coming Soon: Mandatory New I-9 Form, The Inside Perspective
May 1, 2013
May 23, 2011
September 17, 2009
March 2009
November 2007
July 2007
March 2005
May 2004
Campus Counsel Spring 2004, Higher Education Newsletter
March 2004

Published Works

  • I-9 Employer Handbook, February 2010 (rev.)
  • "Red Tape Has Employers Confused Over 'Safe Harbor' Regulations", Triad Business Journal, January 2008
  • "The New No-Match Rules:  'Safe Harbor' or Perfect Storm?", North Carolina Bar Association International Law & Practice Section Newsletter, October 2007
  • "Deluge of New Immigration Laws Worries Employers", Triad Business Journal, August 2007
  • "Immigration Law vs. Employers:  An Imperfect Match", Raleigh News & Observer, August 2007
  • "Specialization Focus:  Immigration Law", North Carolina State Bar Journal, June 2007
  • "I-9 Employment Verification: Pointers & Pitfalls", North Carolina Bar Association, International Law & Practice Section Newsletter, January 2006
  • "A No-Match Letter Can Keep You Out of Legal Trouble" – Bizlife Magazine, July 2004
  • "Spring 2004 Campus Counsel", May 2004


  • "Employment Law from A to Z in North Carolina" Lorman, September 2010
  • "Immigration Issues in North Carolina" YWCA Speakers Series, April 2010
  • "International Legal Issues in North Carolina" Elon School of Law, April 2010
  • "International Law Practice in North Carolina" Durham, NC March 2010
  • "Workers' Compensation Hot Topics" Women in Law for Women in Business Conference, October 2009
  • "Immigration Issues for Health Care Professionals" Webinar, September 2009
  • "Hot Topics in Business Immigration" Greensboro, NC July 2009
  • "International Law for Law Students" various NC law schools, 2009 & 2010
  • "Hot Topics in the Hospitality Industry" Durham, NC February 2009
  • "Immigration Issues for Health Care Professionals" Greensboro, NC February 2009
  • "Immigration Issues for Human Resources Personnel" Raleigh, NC January 2009
  • Panelist: "Immigration, Law and Ethics", Meredith College, April 2008
  • "Employment Law from A to Z in North Carolina", Lorman, April 2008
  • "Immigration Issues for the Real Estate Professional", Triangle International Council of Realtors, January 2008
  • "Immigration 101", North Carolina Superior Court Judges Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, October 2007
  • "Immigration Issues in North Carolina", McGladrey, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 2007
  • "Immigration Issues in North Carolina",  N.C. Roofing & Sheet Metal Association, September 2007
  • "Immigration Issues for the HR Professional", SHRM, Burlington, North Carolina, September 2007
  • "Business Immigration Law", Lorman, August 2007
  • "Immigration Issues for the Business Professional", Women in Law for Women in Business, May 2007
  • "Immigration 101"  Elon University School of Law, April 2007
  • "Employment Law A to Z—Immigration Issues", Lorman, April 2007
  • "Immigration Issues for the HR Professional", HRMAG, March 2007
  • "Immigration 101", Greensboro Bar Association, February 2007


  • Duke University, A.B., cum laude, 1991
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1998
  • North Carolina, 1997
  • Chair, North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization of the NC State Bar 
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Founding Director of the National Board of Immigration Lawyers
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • International Law & Practice Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Section, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Immigration Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Women’s Professional Forum Foundation
  • Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Canterbury School
  • Chair, Finance Committee, NCBA Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Board of Directors, French-American Chamber of Commerce of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Past President, Women's Professional Forum
  • Board of Directors, School of HES Foundation, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • French

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