Allison Chan is an immigration attorney at Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC. She is Managing Attorney at the law firm’s Raleigh, NC office. Her practice includes representing clients in all aspects of immigration, asylum, removal and deportation defense, complex family-based visa issues, motion practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal judicial review. She has successfully represented hundreds of clients at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices around the country for visa petition, adjustment of status and naturalization interviews. She is passionate about the rights of undocumented people and committed to helping individuals seeks and maintain lawful status and citizenship in the U.S.
Ms. Chan is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Carolinas Chapter, North Carolina Chinese Business Association, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Ms. Chan also serves on the Board of the Durham Jaycees. Prior to opening and managing the law firm’s Raleigh, NC office, she worked in the firm’s Cleveland, Ohio headquarters for several years and managed the law firm’s Chicago office.
Ms. Chan obtained her J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School, SUNY. She was awarded the Barbara and Thomas Wolfe Human Rights Fellowship in 2009, which sponsored her work at the Kenya Human Rights Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. She was a submissions editor on the Human Rights Law Review. Prior to joining Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, Ms. Chan clerked for Hon. Michael A. Telesca at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, and interned at the Federal Public Defender in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Chan worked as an assistant editor of “Criminal Law Slanguage of New York,” Glen Edward Murary and Gary Muldoon (5th Ed. 2012).
Ms. Chan is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers Association – Ohio, Chicago, Carolinas Chapters
- North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA)
- North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys – Durham/Orange Women Attorneys (DOWA) Chapter
- Durham Jaycees
- State of New Jersey Bar, 2012
- State of New York Bar, 2013
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2015
- University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY, Buffalo, NY J.D., 2011
- Boston University, Boston, MA B.A. 2007 International Relations