Allen & Pinnix P.A. Marks its 40th Anniversary

Allen & Pinnix P.A was founded in 1977. As the firm celebrates its 40th anniversary, John L. Pinnix, a founding member, reflects on the fact that the firm is the oldest immigration practice in North Carolina. As Pinnix recalls, within two years of the firm’s founding, Noel Allen, who Pinnix calls a “visionary,” spearheaded the launch of an immigration practice and convinced Pinnix to be the point person.

The partners committed resources from the outset. In the days before electronic libraries they were believed to have the largest immigration library between Washington, DC and Atlanta. “We knew we were in it for the long haul. To us it soon became a calling,” said Pinnix. “Even though this is a nation of immigrants, when we started, immigration wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Now it’s in front of everyone, 24/7.”