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or attorney and associate Helen Parsonage, of Elliot Pishko Morgan PA, the journey to practicing law involved several stops along the way, but her passion for the law kept her pursuing what she believes in: fair and just representation. Helen Parsonage was born and raised in London, England, the second of four children. “My father was a college drop-out who went on to become a film cameraman and later a lecturer in film and the administrator of the London International Film School. My mother was a homemaker and later a librarian with a passion for books and reading. I went to university in Birmingham, UK, where I met and married my husband of 30 years, Derek Parsonage,” recalled Parsonage. In 1991 the Parsonage family moved to Winston-Salem, NC after Derek took a position at Wake Forest University. “After spending a number of years as a stay at home mom, partly due to the fact that my visa status didn’t come with a work permit, I went to work as a paralegal in an immigration law firm in 1998 and started evening classes at Forsyth Technical Community College to obtain my AAS in Paralegal Studies. In 2002 I was accepted into the evening program at North Carolina Central University School of Law and spent the next four years driving to Durham three evenings a week, while still working full time and doing all the domestic/mum stuff. I

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estimate I drove 65,000 miles to get my law degree. I graduated in 2006, second in my class,” Parsonage said. Since earning her law degree, Parsonage has practiced criminal defense, immigration, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law. “Immigration law is still my first love. What all my areas of practice have in common is that each one involves individuals who have to deal with the government, many times in an adversarial setting. Everyone has the right to have someone who will see they are treated fairly and with respect and that the best possible outcome is obtained for them,” commented Parsonage. At the end of the day when the court room doors close, Parsonage goes home to her family, husband Derek, the one son still living at home, Jacob, and four cats. Her eldest son, Ben, graduates from UNCG in May, and middle son, Zach, is now a freshman at Appalachian State. “My sons have seen me along my path to becoming an attorney; from studying for law school, to taking the bar exam, to researching the law and preparing for hearings. It is important for me to share with them my professional life and for them to see and understand the life that I have away from home,” Parsonage stated.

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