Andrew W. Merrills


Andrew Merrills is the Practice Group Lead for the firm's immigration group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and worldwide business visas and employment-based immigration for multi-national corporations. He works with companies to obtain temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of graduates, new hires, and transferring employees. He also advises companies on employee documentation requirements, employer compliance and sanctions issues. Mr. Merrills performs investigations related to visa compliance related issues such as J-1, H-1B, and H-2B employer compliance. He possesses extensive experience in setting up appropriate employee hiring and permanent residency process strategies. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law topics before trade associations, industry groups and professional organizations. He has authored numerous immigration newsletters and various articles in professional publications.  Mr. Merrills was recognized as a Band 1, Leading Individual, Labor & Employment: Immigration in the Chambers USA*, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007 through 2013 editions of The Client’s Guide.

Top Ranked in Chambers

Education and Honors


J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, 1991
B.A., Political Science, Duke University, 1988

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Professional Activities

Professional Activities: 
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association

In The News

Media Quotes:
  • July 31, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "How the immigration Policy Stalemate is Hurting Businesses and the Economy"
  • July 31, 2012 - Inside Counsel - "Cheat Sheet: A Quick Guide To The American Stalemate On Immigration Policy"
  • June 25, 2012 - Law360 - "Ariz. Immigration Ruling May Save Cos. From State Law Hassles"
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