Rachel L. D. Thompson

Top rated Immigration attorney in Salem, Virginia

Poarch Thompson Law
Rachel L. D. Thompson
Poarch Thompson Law

Practice Areas: Immigration, Family Law; view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 2013

Education: Liberty University School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2024

Poarch Thompson Law

201 S College Ave
Salem, VA 24153 Visit website


Rachel L. D. Thompson, an immigration and adoption attorney, is the owner and managing attorney at Poarch Thompson Law, in Salem, Virginia. She provides her legal services to clients in Southwest and Central Virginia. Her dedication to working with multiethnic populations to assist with their immigration needs is deeply rooted in her personal experiences and beliefs.

With a deep commitment to her field, Ms. Thompson has earned recognition for her contributions. She plays an active role on the Federal Bar Association's (FBA) governing board as programs chair and leads the Law School Committee as its chair. Her outstanding work was acknowledged when she received the FBA Immigration Law Section "Younger Lawyer of the Year Award" in 2018. Her dedication to her community and causes is further exemplified by her receipt of the Alison Parker Young Woman of Achievement award in 2016 from DePaul Community Resources, where she had served as a board member for six years.

In 2020, Ms. Thompson earned a place on The Roanoker Magazine's "40 Under 40" list and received a nomination for the Legal Elite title from Virginia Business. She holds an “Excellent” rating on Avvo and a 4.8/5 peer-review score on Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, she is the current president of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association.

Ms. Thompson's journey into the legal field began when she attended Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia, ultimately graduating in May 2012. Her upbringing in the diverse city of Philadelphia, along with her multicultural family background (her mother from South Africa and her father from Jamaica), instilled in her a profound appreciation for diverse cultures and a keen interest in immigration matters. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish business from Messiah University. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Apart from her legal accomplishments, Ms. Thompson is an engaging speaker on topics related to immigration and adoption law and is an adjunct professor at Liberty University School of Law, where she imparts her knowledge of adoption law to aspiring legal professionals.

Practice areas

Immigration: Consumer, Family Law

Focus areas

Adoption, Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

  • 90% Immigration: Consumer
  • 10% Family Law

First Admitted: 2013, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://poarchthompsonlaw.com/attorneys/rachel-thompson/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Poarch Law Public Service Initiative is a public education initiative. We do several Stakeholder meetings several times a year (see CV for more information on Stakeholder meetings). I have independently organized and taught over 60 presentations on a variety of subjects to a variety of people, 2013.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor - Adoption Law, Liberty University School of Law
  • Panelist, Consular Processing and Parole: Special Issues for U-Visa and VAWA Cases, 2018
  • Panelist, Special Immigrant Juveniles: Advanced Procedures and Hot Topics - Responding to RFEs and NOIDs, Revocations, Retrogression, 2018
  • Panelist, Introduction to Family and Humanitarian Immigration Law, 2017
  • Panelist, Visa Options for Certain Victims (U-Visas), 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Virginia, 2013
  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section - Law School Committee, Chair
  • Federal Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section Advisory Board
  • Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association, President
  • Blue Ridge Legal Services, Board Member
  • DePaul Community Resources, Board Member
  • Younger Lawyer of the Year, Federal Bar Association, 2018
  • Nominated by her peers as Legal Elite by Virginia Business
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Listed in Roanoker Magazine’s Class of 2020 for “40 Under 40”
  • Alison Parker Young Woman of Achievement Award, DePaul Community Resources, 2016
Educational Background:
  • B.A. Spanish Business, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, 2008

Office location for Rachel L. D. Thompson

201 S College Ave
Salem, VA 24153

Phone: 540-387-1005


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2024

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