Abigail M. Peterson

Attorney & Partner

Abigail Peterson is a native of Sewanee, TN. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2004 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Abigail earned her J.D. from New England Law School in Boston, MA in 2008 where she was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and the International Law Student’s Association.

While in law school, Abigail worked for the United Nations on cases involving genocide and crimes against humanity.

Abigail moved to Mississippi in 2009 to work with the immigrant community and joined Elmore & Peterson Law Firm in 2010. She focuses her practice in immigration law, particularly complex matters concerning family immigration, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, and applications for victims of crime or persecution.

Year Joined Firm: 2010

Areas of Practice

  • Family Immigration
  • Waivers
  • Asylum & Humanitarian Immigration
  • Immigrant Visas
  • Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Citizenship & Nationality
  • Consular Processing
  • Defense in Removal and Detention

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi (2009)
  • Massachusetts (2008)


  • New England School of Law (2008)
  • Trinity University (2004)

Professional Associations and Memberships


  • English
  • Spanish

Select Publications, Presentations and News

  • MS Legal Professionals Association, Immigration Law and the Hot Topics, CLE presenter (1.5 hours) – 08/11/2018
  • Jones County Bar Assoc/PBLP, How Immigration Law Impacts Your Daily Practice, CLE presenter (1 hour) – 07/26/2018
  • FBI Mississippi, Civil Rights Working Group, guest speaker – 03/07/2018
  • MS Legal Professionals Association, The Changing Landscape of Immigration Law, CLE presenter (1 hour) – 07/31/2017
  • Jones County Bar Assoc/PBLP The Changing Landscape of Immigration Law, CLE presenter (1 hour) – 07/27/2017
  • National Public Radio, All Things Considered, radio guest – 03/14/2017
  • National Public Radio, All Things Considered, radio guest – 03/03/2017
  • Jones County Bar Assoc/PBLP, Immigration 101, CLE presenter (1 hour) – 07/28/2016
  • MS Legal Professionals Association, Basics of Immigration, CLE presenter (1 hour) – 09/27/2014
  • MS Public Broadcasting, In Legal Terms, featured radio guest – 08/26/2014
  • Dalton State Education Summit: Educational and Legal Rights of Immigrant Students, panelist – 10/28/2013
  • Catholic Charities of Jackson, In-Service: Immigration Changes in the Law, CES presenter (2 hours) – 05/21/2013
  • Poverty Law & Pro Bono Training Seminar, Overview of Immigration Law, CLE presenter (1.5 hours) – 05/17/2013
  • Millsaps College Constitution Day Forum, Immigration and the Constitution, featured speaker – 09/17/2010
  • MS Migrant Education Service Center, Know Your Rights presentations, presenter – 2009-2010
  • MS Immigrants Rights Alliance, Know Your Rights presentations, presenter – 2009-2010