Briana Carlson focuses her
practice on removal defense. Within that context, she handles a wide range of matters from humanitarian relief to waivers of inadmissibility. She has a passion for working with detained individuals whether in the context of bond or relief before the court. She has appeared in immigration courts across the country representing both detained and non-detained individuals. Briana advises individuals of the immigration consequences of potential criminal convictions when they are facing criminal charges before state and federal courts. Briana also practices before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to her removal defense practice, Briana represents individuals before state courts in Virginia for custody proceedings in the pursuit of special immigrant juvenile status and represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for their affirmative applications.
Briana has presented on immigration consequences of criminal convictions at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender Conference. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from American University – Washington College of Law. In law school her coursework focused on immigration law, she participated in the Women and the Law Clinic, interned for the Honorable Michael L. Rankin before the Superior District Court of the District of Columbia, and completed several internships with immigration non-profits and law firms in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Briana is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is a liaison to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the D.C. Chapter of AILA.