Seeing a need for compassionate and skilled immigration attorneys, Kristie L. Bowerman decided that she wanted to both provide personal legal representation and assist younger attorneys in doing the same. She worked toward that goal by earning a JD from Tulane University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from GVSU in 1995, and by becoming admitted to practice in the state of Louisiana. Now, Ms. Bowerman is living out her dreams as the founder and senior attorney of the Immigration & Nationality Law Group. She opened the firm in 2004, and focuses on the benefits side of immigration and employment-based immigration. One of her main responsibilities is filing proactive applications for people who want to come to the U.S. legally.
Ms. Bowerman first became involved in her profession after she was awarded a Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation grant to work for Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services in Atlanta, Ga., during her first summer in law school. Her work inspired her to continue to providing immigration legal representation in private practice once she graduated. Since then, Ms. Bowerman’s entire career has been devoted to helping individuals, families, and employers navigate the U.S. immigration system. She considers the highlight of her career to be attending naturalization ceremonies for clients. Seeing the happiness and pride on their faces makes all of her hard work worth it.
In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Bowerman was selected as an honoree of Avvo Client’s Choice from 2013 to 2017, and a Louisiana Rising Star by Super Lawyers and a Top Lawyer in New Orleans Magazine in 2012. Additionally, the Louisiana Section of Acquisition International named the Immigration & Nationality Law Group the Best Immigration & Nationality Firm. She attributes her achievements to her parents, who instilled in her a curiosity about the world, a sense of responsibility to others, and a strong work ethic.
When Ms. Bowerman isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, tennis, swimming, reading, and studying languages. She is also involved with prominent organizations like the New Orleans Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, ABA, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.