Amber J. Seay, a native of Ooltewah, Tennessee, earned her law degree in 2010 from the University of Florida. While in law school, Amber clerked at the Orlando Immigration Court and helped found a law student association for future immigration lawyers. Amber’s passion for immigration law began early in life. After earning dual degrees at the University of Tennessee in Spanish and Psychology (summa cum laude), Amber spent a year teaching English in Costa Rica and continued on a volunteer basis after returning to the United States. Her experience in the Orlando Immigration Court, and her year as a Florida Bar Association fellow, led her to dedicate her career to protecting the rights of immigrants and ensuring that the U.S. immigration system treated immigrants with fairness and respect.
Upon graduation from law school, Amber was accepted to the Department of Justice Honors Program, serving for three years as a judicial clerk in the Memphis Immigration Court. In this position, Amber worked closely with the Immigration Judges in researching and drafting judicial decisions deciding whether immigrants could remain in the United States or would be removed to their home countries. Amber brought her commitment and focus on immigrant rights to private practice, first at Baker, Donelson (where she received a pro bono award in 2015), and now at Lester Law.
Amber’s practice focuses on defending immigrants in court, helping families stay together in the United States, and business immigration cases involving entrepreneurs (E-2, EB-2, National Interest Waiver), foreign managers and executives (L-1A), and religious workers (R-1). She is fluent in Spanish. Amber has spoken on birthright citizenship at the University of Tennessee College of Law and has taught continuing legal education (CLE) classes on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). She has served on the board of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division and the board of the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (SETLAW), an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering women in the legal field. Amber has also volunteered at citizenship clinics for TIRRC (Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), helping immigrants achieve their dream of United States citizenship.