Growing up as the daughter of a state trooper taught Gigi Gardner the importance of law enforcement and the hard truth about abuses of power and authority. As early as elementary school, she knew she wanted to help others through the field of law. She started out wanting to be a judge, but realized she had to be a lawyer first. As she got older, she witnessed an increase of Hispanic migration in her community. She wanted to defend them. This inspired her to learn, study and become fluent in Spanish. Her spark for immigration came when she was 23 years old teaching English in Costa Rica. She has served her clients in this capacity as the Principal Attorney at her firm, Gardner Law, since 2013. Prior to his, she served as an associate attorney with Batch Poore & Williams, and at Nunley & Associates.
Dr. Gardner first earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in Spanish in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill She later received a JD from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2009. With many accolades to her name, she is most proud of being elected to the Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite Hall of Fame in Immigration Law thus far. She had won the most votes in order to become elected. In addition, she is honored by her inclusion among the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, the Super Lawyers North Carolina Rising Star in Immigration, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Dr. Gardner also holds a Woman Owned Small Business Certification and serves as the Vice Treasurer for the local nonprofit, One Blood Movement of Unity.
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