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Karen L Gilbert

Karen L Gilbert

Practice areas:

Immigration

About Me

Karen Gilbert represents individuals, families, businesses and multi-national corporations in successfully navigating the laws governing US immigration and naturalization. Our clients include individuals and companies world-wide, diplomats, executives and business people seeking intra-company transfers; people claiming asylum, families seeking to re-unite in the US; entrepreneurs and other investors, religious workers, hospitals, health care professionals, high tech workers, scientists, and individuals with exceptional talent and achievements. We assist clients at all stages of the immigration process before the agency and in the Federal Courts, in visa processing at US Consulates and Embassies. We consult in complex citizenship and naturalization cases, and when appropriate, obtain judicial relief. We advise corporations in compliance with the ever restrictive and increasingly enforced laws such as I-9 compliance and employer record-keeping  and LCA requirements under the labor, employment and immigration laws.


 

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Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Immigration: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Devin T Theriot-Orr

    I have known Karen to be a passionate advocate for her clients for many years. She is smart, creative, and compassionate, and would be a excellent advocate for your case.

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    Devin Theriot-Orr Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Siovhan Ann Sheridan

    Karen is one of the most experienced lawyers in Seattle. She has been doing this for years, and she is very thorough in her representation of clients. I endorse her work.

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    Siovhan Sheridan Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact Info

Law Office of Karen L. Gilbert

1191 2nd Avenue
Suite 1800
Seattle, WA, 98101

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive197805/05/2015
DCInactive 197507/19/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Pro Bono AwardSeattle Chapter AILA2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
Lifetime Achievement AwardNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Gilbert Law OfficePrincipal Attorney1981 - Present
Lecturer and Supervising AttorneyAmerican University School Of Law1976 - 1978
AttorneyUs Department Of Labor - Solicitor's Office1973 - 1975

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Pier at LeschiPresident2012 - Present
The PIer at LeschiVice President2005 - 2012
Northwest Immigrant Rights ProjectVice President Board of Directors1999 - 2000
Northwest Immigrant Rights ProjectChair Legal Committee1992 - 1996
Norhtwest Immigrant Rights ProjectBoard of Directors1991 - 2005
Joint Legal Task Force for Immmigrants and RefugesVolunteer Attorney1984 - 1991
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1980 - Present
National Immigration ProjectMemberN/A
Washington Immigration ProjectBoard of DirectorsN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Rivera v. Ashcroft, 394 F.3d 1129Won; Rivera was returned to US with US passport at government expense.
Scales v. INS, 232 F. 3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2000)won: client is a US citizen, not an LPR
Scales v. INS, 232 F. 3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2000)won: client is a US citizen, not an LPR

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
American UniversityInternational Relations and Foreign ServiceBA - Bachelor of Arts1968