Doug's practice focuses on immigration law. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations to families and individuals, in immigration law matters. His practice includes employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, investor visas, removal/deportation defense, and federal court litigation. Doug represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Board of Immigration Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office, and other federal agencies. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Doug frequently speaks with employers, schools, community organizations, and religious organizations on immigration issues.
Doug attended Wofford College for his undergraduate degree. He graduated magna cum laude with a major in Spanish, a minor in government, and a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Doug later attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and graduated with honors. He was a member of the Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic and served as an Articles Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation.
Doug is fluent in Spanish. While at Wofford College, Doug studied at Pontifica Universidad de la Catolica in Valparaiso, Chile. He has traveled extensively throughout South America, Mexico, and Spain. He works regularly with clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, and around the world.
Doug serves on the executive committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association Carolinas Chapter and the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool board of directors. He also volunteers regularly with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Immigration Assistance Project, which aids unrepresented immigrants in Charlotte’s Immigration Court. Doug lives in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Sarah Beth, and their dog, Penny. He spends his free time traveling, hiking, and watching Tar Heels basketball and football.
- Michigan, 2012
- North Carolina, 2015
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2016
- Wofford College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009
- University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2012
Honors and Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
- North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, Articles Editor, 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Carolinas Chapter, Executive Committee Member
- Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Board Member
- Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association
- North Carolina State Bar
- Everything the non-practitioner needs to know about Immigration Law, Mecklenburg County Bar, February 2019
- Faith and Immigration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, October 2018
- People Behind the Politics: Immigration and DACA, Wofford College, October 2017
- Inadmissibility (and other) Issues with Employment-Based Nonimmigrant Visas, AILA Carolinas CLE, September 2017
- Immigration Law Overview, Healthcare for Immigration Populations, Carolinas HealthCare System, July 2017
- Getting to the Promised Land: A Conversation on U.S. Immigration Law, NC State University Institute for Emerging Issues, May 2017
- Immigration Law Update: Know Your Rights, Spruce Pine UMC, May 2017
- Community Immigration Forum, Harris YMCA, April 2017
- Immigration Law Update: Know Your Rights, Public Schools of Robeson County, April 2017
- Examining the Civil Liberties and Rights of Immigrants, 2017 Immigration Law Symposium, Charleston Law Review and The Riley Institute, February 2017
- Getting to the Promised Land: Contemporary Challenges in U.S. Immigration Law, Central UMC, February 2017
- Immigration Law Overview, Teach for America Charlotte, June 2016
- Welcoming the Stranger: Is It Legal?, The Convocation on the Rural Church, The Duke Endowment, August 2015