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Ashley K. Kerr

Associate Columbia

Ashley Kerr grew up in Columbia and has been a lifelong resident of South Carolina. She is a 2010 graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. As a law student, she worked as an intern for the executive level of the South Carolina state government. Additionally, she was appointed to the Dean's Leadership Advisory Board and was awarded the title of the most outstanding editor for the Journal of Law and Education. She graduated early from the University of South Carolina School of Law in December 2012. After law school, she successfully passed the Bar examination and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in May 2013.

Ashley began her legal career in business, international, and immigration law, while she simultaneously used her entrepreneurial skills to help develop and expand the firm's legal practice. She joined the team at Ogletree Deakins in August 2014, where her primary practice areas are immigration and international law.

In addition to achieving success in her professional career, Ashley enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle by participating in a variety of athletic endeavors. She was a member of her high school's two-time state championship Varsity Tennis Team, where she was also named Captain and the Most Valuable Player. At Princeton, she continued to play on the tennis team in addition to rowing crew and becoming a cheerleader. She is a lifelong practitioner of martial arts. She has won multiple championships, including becoming a three-time World Karate Black Belt Champion and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) All-American, and she is an internationally recognized Master Instructor.


Experience

Ashley’s legal experience includes serving as general counsel for a startup technology company dealing in international and immigration matters, where she worked closely with company executives to develop strategies regarding the appropriate visa categories for potential employees, advised on timeline issues, prepared public access files and Department of Labor audit files according to regulations, guided employees through the visa application process at U.S. Embassies/Consulates abroad, and advised on international travel issues.  She has gained experience in the following non-immigrant and immigrant visa categories, including applications for applicable dependent visa categories for family members:

  • E-1, Treaty Traders
  • E-2, Treaty Investors
  • H-1B, Specialty Occupations
  • L-1, Intracompany Transferees:
    • L-1A, Multinational Executives or Managers
    • L-1B, Specialized Knowledge
  • TN, North American Free Trade Agreement Professionals
  • Employment-based immigration:
    • EB-1, Multinational Executives or Managers
    • EB-2, Advanced Degree
    • EB-3, Professionals, Skilled Workers, and Other Workers
  • Green cards based on marriage to a U.S. citizen

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (2013 to present)
  • American Bar Association (2013 to present)
  • South Carolina Bar (International Law Committee; Young Lawyers Division)
  • South Carolina Women Lawyers Association (2015)
  • Princeton University Alumni Association (2010 to present)

Speeches:

  • Employee Relations Law Certificate Series - ''Business Immigration'' - Columbia - June 11, 2015
  • University of South Carolina School of Law - ''Shaping Your Legal Career: The Next Step'' - Columbia - January 27, 2015
  • WCI - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Developments'' - Hickory - November 13, 2014
  • WCI - ''Business Immigration: Overview and Developments'' - Asheville - November 11, 2014
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