Judge Pamela Peynado is a Partner at Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group in Alpharetta, Georgia. At the age of 29, Pamela became the youngest and only female partner in the history of the firm. Pamela handles a variety of immigration issues with a focus on deportation, removal, and family-based immigration cases. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Pamela migrated to New York City and later moved to Georgia. Her life experience as an immigrant and her passion to help others made working in the field of immigration law the perfect fit. In 2006, while a student at Georgia State University, Pamela began working as a receptionist for attorney George E. Lee. It was under his supervision that she developed a passion for immigration law. In the fifteen years that she has worked in this field, she has successfully represented fortune 500 companies, hospitals, cities, banks, churches and aggressively defended adults and children in deportation and removal proceedings all over the United States.
Pamela is a symbol that hard work pays off as she now owns the firm where she was previously employed as a receptionist. Pamela has been recognized for her leadership, community service, and achievement in the field. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on immigration-related topics and on women's empowerment. She has also received several awards and recognitions. Most recently, she was selected as Rising Star for the State of Georgia by the Super Lawyer and was featured on CNN’s Great Big Story documentary “The Defenders”. She was awarded the One to Watch Award by the State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession and was also named one of the most powerful women in law by the Latino Leaders Magazine. She was also named the Daily Report’s Attorney on the Rise.
Pamela has held leadership positions in various organizations, such as the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Multi Bar Leadership Council, Latin American Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project. She served on Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s immigrant detention advisory council. In addition, Pamela was the only immigration attorney appointed to Senators Warnock & Ossoff Federal Nominations Advisory Commission which reviewed candidates for the presidential appointments of U.S. District Court Justice, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Marshals. As a true humanitarian, Pamela has dedicated countless of pro-Bono hours to assist her community. She is also the founder of 501(c)(3) nonprofit, The Love Project (TLP) 404. Under her leadership, TLP has posted $300,000 in bail for those who could not afford it, gave $15,000 in scholarships, paid local families rents and bills, and mentors 30 young minority students. When she is not at the office, Pamela finds great joy mentoring and motivating young women, speaking to the community, and making a difference.
Pamela was recently appointed to the City of Atlanta Municipal Court and is the only Latina Judge in the City of Atlanta.