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Amna Shirazi

Amna Shirazi

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Top Atlanta immigration attorney, Amna Shirazi grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and studied for her undergraduate degree at American University in Washington, DC. In 2000, she received a Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also received her LLM with a focus on Democratic Governance from the Emory University School of Law. She was selected as outstanding alumna of Georgia State University, one of 2 people who are selected each year who are mid-career professionals who have trailblazed a prominent career. Ms. Shirazi was selected for this prestigious honor in 2017.

As a well-known community educator, Ms. Shirazi is a constant and reliable source to Atlanta area newspapers who frequently publish her remarks about current immigrant issues and immigration policy. Ms. Shirazi also teaches seminars, writes op-ed pieces on immigration issues and has appeared in televised interviews in both Atlanta and Charlotte. An active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2001, she has been on panels and done work to assist within her local chapter. Further, Ms. Shirazi was selected to accompany President Carter as an election monitor in Sudan with the Carter Center. She served in Khartoum. She has worked and continues to work with our US Military actively assisting Afghans who were left behind in the wake of the United States withdrawal after the fall of Kabul.

Ms. Shirazi has a successful immigration practice focusing on deportation defense, detention, asylum/human rights, family immigration, domestic violence and consular issues, and handles all manners of appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as litigation in the federal courts. Amna Shirazi has been admitted to the State bar of Georgia; Supreme Court of Georgia; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Ms. Shirazi is an active member of her community and is on the Steering Committee of the International Rescue Committee, an Advisory Board member of the Department of Religion at Georgia State University and on the Board of Mental Health America. She commits her time to numerous local charitable organizations and political causes. Ms. Shirazi has been awarded several peer reviewed and prestigious awards for her outstanding work in immigration, the Fulton County Daily Report “Rising Star” award, Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40, Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend magazine’s legal elite. In 2023, she received an “AV ” rating from Martindale Hubbell for “Preeminent Peer Rated Recognition for the highest level of professional excellence”.  In addition, Amna was elected to Superlawyers for the eighth straight year and was featured in the annual editorial magazine with this article as one of the most prominent lawyers of the year. Last but not least, Ms. Shirazi has received recognition as a “Best Lawyer”, another very highly rated peer reviewed and nominated honor. This means Ms. Shirazi has been consistently recognized as being an elite lawyer in her field by not just her fellow attorneys, but by the community she serves as well. Ms. Shirazi is continually humbled by the support and recognition her work receives.

Ms. Shirazi was elected to be in the 2016 class of Leadership Georgia, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nominated leadership programs that focuses on selecting the most prominent future leaders across the state of Georgia. She also teaches immigration law and speaks on educational panels around the state about immigration, especially to other bar associations such as criminal defense bars around the state educating them about the immigration consequences of taking plea deals in a criminal setting.

Amna worked on an international pro bono project assisting former members of the US Army help evacuate Afghans who worked with the US Military after the fall of Kabul. They were successful in negotiating several rescue missions and flights to bring people to safety. Ms. Shirazi is the current liaison from the American Immigration Lawyers Association ( AILA) to the US Customs and Border Protection office (CBP) at the Atlanta airport (the busiest airport in the world).

In addition to having a passion for helping lawful immigrants, Ms. Shirazi is married to an immigrant from Hamburg, Germany. Her husband is also a lawyer and is a partner in the corporate practice group at Smith, Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta. They share two children. Amna has a passionate interest in world politics, international relations, the culinary world in all of its aspects, current events and world travel. Amna is also a huge US Soccer fan, and to that end she is proud to say she has become an official sponsor of the Chattanooga FC Women’s team.

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