Christine Lockhart Poarch

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Salem, VA

Poarch Thompson Law
 | 201 S College Ave, Salem, VA 24153
Phone: 540-387-1005
Fax: 540-444-0323
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (40%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (50%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Representing clients throughout the state of Virginia, Christine Poarch is an attorney at law with Poarch Law and handles cases of business immigration, consumer immigration and adoption. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is a Virginia Law Foundation Fellow and has almost 20 years of experience in immigration law. At adoption and immigration conferences, she is a frequent speaker.

    Ms. Poarch is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia, the State Bar of Texas and the Virginia State Bar. DePaul Family Services named her as one of their Women of Achievement for Law, The Roanoker Magazine named her a Top Attorney for Immigration Law, and Blue Ridge Business Journal listed her as a Top 20 Under 40. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

    At the University of St. Thomas, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in philosophy, theology and Spanish in 1994. She then attended South Texas College of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1999. Ms. Poarch is currently a member of many professional organizations, including the Federal Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Roanoke Bar Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the National Immigration Project.

    Ms. Poarch has published written pieces for Federal Lawyer, Virginia Lawyer and the American Bar Association. The Roanoke Chamber of Commerce nominated her firm as the Small Business of the Year for three years.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Immigration: Business
    • 50%Immigration: Consumer
    • 10%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship, Adoption

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010, 2012

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    About Christine Lockhart Poarch

    Admitted: 2001, Virginia

    Professional Webpage: http://poarchlaw.com/en_US/christine-lockhart-poarch/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers 2017
    • Top Attorney for Immigration Law, Roanoker Magazine, 2011 – 2012
    • "The Fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation are recognized as leaders in the profession, not just in their practices but in their communities. They comprise a group of nearly 500 of the best and brightest legal practitioners, committed to the highest ideals of the law and to the concept of citizen lawyer. Fellows are nominated confidentially by their peers." (Virginia Law Foundation), Virginia Law Foundation Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation, 2015
    • Woman of Achievement for Law, DePaul Family Services, 2014; Nominee, 2013
    • Top 20 Under 40, by Blue Ridge Business Journal, 2010
    • "AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." (Lawyers.com), AV Preeminent peer-review rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
    • Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2010 – 2012
    • Small Business of the Year, Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, Nominee, 2010, 2012, and 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, Member, 2008 – 2014
    • Roanoke Bar Association, 2006 – Present
    • Virginia State Bar, 2001
    • Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, Associate, 2007 – 2011
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2015 – Present
    • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, Chair, 2012 – 2014
    • Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Government Liaison Committee, 2014 – 2015
    • Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, 2004 – Present
    • Western District of Virginia
    • Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Board of Governors, 2012 – Present
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2003 – Present
    • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, Vice Chair, 2011 – 2012
    • Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Program Chair, 2014 – 2015
    • Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2001 – Present
    • State Bar of Texas, 1999
    • Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Member, 2009 – Present
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States District Courts

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Tia’s Place, Founder
    • Women’s Professional Leadership Network, 2010 – Present
    • Salem Educational Foundation & Alumni Association, Board, 2001 – 2008
    • First United Methodist Church, Small Group Leader, 2013 – Present
    • Justice for Our Neighbors, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Volunteer and Board Member, 2001 – 2006
    • Tia’s Place, Volunteer Attorney
    • National Immigration Project, 2006 – Present
    • West Salem Parent-Teacher Association, Board, 2011 – Present
    • Cohort for Change, Batten Leadership Institute, Hollins University, 2013
    • Tia’s Place, Board of Directors
    • Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, 2005 – Present
    • Salem Educational Foundation & Alumni Association, Media Chair, 2013 – Present
    • Virginia Latino Advisory Board, Governor’s Office, Commonwealth of Virginia, 2014 – 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “Worksite Enforcement: Hot Topics” Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Bright Services & Virginia Employment Commission, 2014 Shenandoah Valley Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management, 2014 Roanoke Valley Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management, 2014
    • “Employer’s Guide to Immigration Compliance” Virginia Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management, 2011 Various Virginia Local SHRM Chapters
    • “Beyond SEVIS: An Immigration Road Map for the Registrar or Admissions Professional” Virginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers 2010 & 2011
    • “U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review Hot Topics”
    • “E-42A Legal Permanent Resident Cancellation Before the Immigration Judge”
    • “E-42B Non-Legal Permanent Resident Cancellation Before the Immigration Judge”
    • “U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review Matters: Updates and Emerging Issues” Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2012 – 2014
    • Poarch, Christine L. “Immigration Court Reform: Congress, Heed the Call.” Federal Lawyer 1 Oct. 2016: 10-12, 19. Print.
    • “Protecting Victims: Immigration Resources for Vulnerable Populations” Immigration Stakeholder Meeting, Poarch Law Public Education Initiative, 2014
    • Poarch, Christine L. and J. McLane Layton. “Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls of Intercountry Adoption from Non-Hague Countries: Considerations for Agencies and Adoptive Parents Part II: Orphan Processing: Navigating Roadblocks and Delays.” Adoption Advocate National Council for Adoption., 1 March 2015. Web.
    • “The U Visa: An Overview for Prosecutors” Office of the U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia, 2014
    • Poarch, Christine L. and J. McLane Layton. “Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls of Intercountry Adoption from Non-Hague Countries: Considerations for Agencies and Adoptive Parents Part I: The Orphan Definition: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.” Adoption Advocate National Council for Adoption., 1 Feb. 2015. Web.
    • “Crimes of Violence: Is the Conviction an Aggravated Felony?”
    • Poarch, Christine L. “Immigration Options for Juveniles: From Technical Solutions to Adaptive Change.” Federal Lawyer 1 Oct 2014: 36-42, 61. Print,
    • “Drug Crimes: Immigration Consequences of Drug Offenses” Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2012 & 2013
    • Poarch, Christine L. “The Federal Bar Association’s Proposal for the Creation of a Federal Immigration Court.” Federal Lawyer 1 Apr. 2014: 10-12. Print.
    • “Changing Hearts and Minds: Informal Leadership in Principle and Practice”
    • Calderon, Ofelia L. and Christine L. Poarch, “Rights of Aliens in the United States.” What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law Ed. Hermansky, Jennifer, et al. Chicago: American Bar Association Book Publishing, 2015. 55-75. Print.
    • Poarch, Christine L. “When Federal Immigration Law is a State Issue: Special Immigrant Juveniles in Virginia.” Virginia Lawyer 1 Oct. 2014: 16-18. Print.
    • “Heart of Hospitality: A Christian Response to Immigration” Metropolitan Community Church, Richmond, Virginia, 2017 First United Methodist Church, Salem, Virginia, 2017
    • “Immigration Court” Chicago Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2017 “Theory to Practice: Leading Change on Immigration” Poarch Law Winter Stakeholder Event, 2017
    • “Basic Immigration Law” International Relations Senior Seminar, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, 2017 Board of Immigration Appeals Accreditation Training, Baptist General Association of Virginia, 2016
    • “Immigration Reform: Leading Adaptive Change” Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Batten Leadership Institute, Hollins University, 2016 Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2015 Virginia Tech Symposium, 2015
    • “Women and Immigration: History, Issues, and Experience” Global Studies Program, North Cross School, 2015
    • “Immigration Myths and Truths: Concepts, Enforcement, and Employer Liability” Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, Roanoke, Virginia, 2016 Virginia Tech School of Education, 2014 Roanoke Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2014
    • “Avoiding the Perils and Pitfalls of International Adoption: Advice for Agencies and Adoptive Families” Liberty University School of Law, 2015 & 2016 Christian Alliance for Orphans, 2015 Webinar, Christian Alliance for Orphans, 2014 Kampala, Uganda Family Law Attorneys Association, 2011 & 2012
    • “Update on Certificate of Citizenship” Webinar, National Council for Adoption, 2016
    • “The Intercountry Adoption Act and Family Petitions” Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2013 & 2014
    • “Updates in SIJS and U and T Visas” Washington, DC Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2016
    • “Representing the Special Immigrant Juvenile” Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2013 – Present Virginia State Bar, 2014 & 2015 Judicial Training, Executive Office of Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice, 2015 Ombudsman Conference, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2014 Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, 2013
    • “Immigration Options for Children” Virginia Tech School of Education, 2015 & 2016
    • “Fundamentals of Representing Unaccompanied Alien Children in Immigration Court” Texas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015 Webinar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015
    • “On the Run: Unaccompanied Alien Children, Family Detention, and Asylum Update” Colorado Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015
    • “Innovative Ways to Deliver Pro Bono Services to Children” Virginia State Bar, 2014
    • “Supporting the DREAM: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors” Region VIII, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 2015
    • “Immigration Law for the Adult Educator” Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education, 2011
    • “Immigration Law in the Service of Stronger Communities” CityWorks (X)po, 2015
    • “Hot Topics in Immigration” Labor & Employment Law Symposia, Gentry Locke, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, B.A. in English, Minors: Spanish, Philosophy, and Theology, 1994
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    201 S College Ave
    Salem, VA 24153

    Phone: 540-387-1005

    Fax: 540-444-0323

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