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Lynn Calder

Lynn Calder

  • Immigration Attorney


Lynn Calder joined Allen & Pinnix, P.A. in 1984 and has practiced immigration and nationality law for nearly 40 years. Ms. Calder had counseled and represented clients in virtually every area in the immigration field. Born in Germany and raised in North Carolina, Ms. Calder is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Throughout her career, Lynn Calder has held leadership positions in the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Council (formerly the American Immigration Law Foundation), and the North Carolina Bar Association. She has frequently spoken and written about immigration law for continuing legal education conferences, law school classes and community organizations. She was first listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Immigration Law category in 1991. She is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell®** and is included in Who’s Who Legal, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (corporate immigration). Ms. Calder has been a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Immigration Specialist since 1997, the first year the Immigration Specialization became available.

Ms. Calder has received commendations by the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her work with Afghan refugees (2022) and her leadership in AILA's Lawyers Wellness Campaign (2023).


  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • For many years she served as an Editor of AILA’s annual Immigration Law Handbook.

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Law Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees, 1998 to 2004
  • Former Chapter Chair, AILA Carolinas Chapter
  • North Carolina Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, Former Chair
  • American Bar Association

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Immigration Law, North Carolina State Bar, 1997

Practice Areas

  • Immigration & Naturalization


  • First recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the Immigration Law category in 1991
  • Rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell®.*
  • Included in Who’s Who Legal, and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (corporate immigration).

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

Classes & Seminars

  • Various, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Various, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law, Elon University School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Coord/Volunteer, Criminal Alien Project for Incarcerated Non-Citizens
  • Afghan Refugee Assistance