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Greg McLawsen
Managing Attorney


  • Washington State Supreme Court.
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Federal District Court – Western District of Washington.
  • Federal District Court – Eastern District of Washington.
  • Federal District Court – District of Colombia (pending).

Hi, my name is Greg McLawsen and I’m proud to be the founder of Sound Immigration. My job is to work behind the scenes to ensure our clients have an outstanding experience at our firm. I’m passionate about reinventing the practice of law to make it work better for those we serve. I work hard to identify the best available technology to make our firm convenient for clients. I look to other industries, like real estate and the restaurant business, to learn about practice that will help serve our clients better.

The focus of my leadership in the broader legal community is using technology and innovation to serve clients.  I have chaired the 1,000-member Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association, where I help attorneys learn about ways to help clients more effectively with technology tools. For two years I served on the Washington State Bar Association’s Future of the Profession Workgroup, which explored the future of the legal industry. And I chair the Technology Committee of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Washington State Chapter, and formerly served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Chapter.


  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-Present).
  • Fellow, Washington Leadership Institute (Washington Bar Association) (2014-15).
  • Order of the Coif (2009).

Licensure and income. 

  • Licensed in Washington State.
  • Admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Federal District Court admissions: Western District Washington; Eastern District Washington; District of Columbia; Western District Wisconsin.

Published cases.

  • Khan v. Khan, 332 P.3d 1016 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) (holding that I-864 beneficiaries have the standing to enforce their private right of action for financial support).
  • Liu v. Kell, 299 F.Supp.3d 1128 (W.D. Wash. 2017 (granting partial summary judgment to Form I-864 beneficiary on as to defenses of res judicata, failure to mitigate and waiver).
  • Dorsaneo v. Dorsaneo, 261 F.Supp.3d 1052 (N.D. Cal. 2019) (granting partial judgment on the pleadings to Form I-864 plaintiff).


My publications generally fall into three categories. First, I write about how lawyers can use technology and innovation to improve the practice of law and make the system work better for clients. Second, I’ve published exhaustive research on how individuals can sue for immigration financial support under the Form I-864, Affidavit of Support. Finally, I publish articles covering psychological issues in the field of immigration law. A small sample of publications – those available freely online – is listed below. A comprehensive list is shown in my curriculum vitae.

  • USCIS Proposes New Public Charge Rules The Form I-864 Will Become Table Stakes as Scrutiny Shifts to the Applicant, 22 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 1173 (Nov. 2018).
  • Want to End Notario Fraud? Take the Law Into Your Own Hands, AILA Doc. No. 17112263, American Immigration Lawyers Association (Nov. 22, 2017).
  • Why Can’t These People Immigrate the Right Way, King Co. Bar Ass’n Newsletter (Oct. 2017).
  • The Back Office in Bangalore: Clarifying the Ethics of Legal Process Outsourcing, 22 Benders Imm. Bull. 705 (June 1, 2017).
  • Suing on the Form I-864, December 2016 Update, 22 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 137 (Feb. 2017).
  • Competence to Proceed In Immigration Court; The Insanity Continues, 21 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 1058 (Sep. 2016), with Dr. Julia McLawsen.
  • The Rules Have Changed Stop Drafting I-864s for Joint Sponsors, 20 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 1287 (Nov. 2015), with Gustavo Cueva.
  • Is There a Case for Bringing LLLTs Into a Fir; Does it Make Good Business Sense? Vol. 69, No. 8 NW Lawyer 20 (nov. 2015), with Jerry Moberg.
  • Redfin is Cheaper and Better than a Real Estate Agent; Will You Be thmy curriculum vitaee Redfin of Legal? Greg McLawsen, Vol. 69, No. 7 NWLawyer 20 (Oct. 2015).
  • Mental Health Inadmissibility: Helping Clients Who Engage in Self-Harm, Julia McLawsen and Greg McLawsen, 20 Bender’s Immigr. Bull. 973 (Sep. 1, 2015).
  • The I-864 Affidavit of Support: An Intro to the Immigration Form You Must Learn to Love/Hate, Greg McLawsen, Vo 48. No. 4 ABA Fam. L. Quarterly (Winter 2015).
  • Nine Mistaken Beliefs About Immigrants and the Law, King Co. Bar Bull. (Apr. 2015), with Gustavo Cueva.
  • Screening for Employee Immigration Status, TAcoma Pierce Co. Bar. Bull (Apr. 2015), with Mike Allen.
  • Canadian Indians, Inuit, Metis and metis; An Exploration of the Unparalleled Rights Enjoyed by American Indians Born in Canada to Freely Access the United States, Greg Boos, Greg McLawsen and Heather Fathali, 4 Seattle J. Envtl. L. 343 (2014).
  • Flat Fees: A Few Wrinkles, Greg McLawsen and Deborah Niedermeyer, Vol. 68, No. 4 NWLawyer 29 (June 2014).
  • Suing on the I-864 Affidavit of Support; March 2014 Update, 19 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 343 (Apr. 2014).
  • Attention, Solo Attorneys: Who’s Got Your Back? Vol. 4, Iss. 6 American Immigration Lawyers Ass. Voice 42 (Nov-Dec. 2013).
  • Suing on the I-864 Affidavit of Support, 17 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 1943 (Dec. 2012).
  • Demonstrating Psychological Hardship; A Statistical Study of Psychology Evaluation in Hardship Waivers of Inadmissibility, 16 Bender’s Imm. Bull. 10 (Jan. 2011).

Presentations and lectures

I speak regularly to attorneys about issues involving legal technology, and about immigration law.  You can find a full list of past speaking engagements in my curriculum vitae. I am happy to work with legal organizations in the State of Washington to offer free, CLE-accredited presentations. For out-of-state organizations, our firm has the ability to broadcast webinars to your membership at no cost to you. To learn more about speaking topics that I offer, please download the speaker sheet using the botton below.

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