Rachael Petterson is an attorney and founding member of Zeman and Petterson, PLLC. Prior to forming Zeman and Petterson, Rachael was an attorney at Benach Ragland, LLP, and Yacub Law Offices, where she represented clients in family and humanitarian-based immigration cases. Her practice built on her experience as the Interim Director of the Immigration Clinic at George Washington University Law School, where she supervised students representing clients before the Arlington Immigration Court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Rachael previously worked as an Attorney and Graduate Assistant to Professor Alberto Benitez, the Director of the George Washington University Immigration Clinic. Rachael has spoken about immigration related topics in multiple forums, including the GW Law Symposium on Humanitarian Relief, CloseUp DC, and the Virginia Bar continuing legal education program. She is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and co-teaches Refugee and Asylum Law with Shira Zeman. Rachael served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala before entering law school and speaks fluent Spanish.
Rachael represents clients before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals. She also focuses on affirmative asylum claims, family and employment-based petitions and consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, and U-Visa, VAWA, and SIJS petitions. Rachael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and obtained her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in 2010. She is licensed in Virginia and Washington, D.C.