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Thomas Roach

also known as Tom Roach

About me

Tom Roach was born in Pasco and graduated in 1967 from Pasco High School. He holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle University, a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a masters degree in international politics from Columbia University in New York City.


After law school, Tom worked in Washington D. C. where he served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska from 1977 through 1980. He is a member of the state and local bar associations, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association at both the state and national levels. Tom also has served as a board member of the Boy Scouts Blue Mountain Council, St. Patrick School and United Way. He has served as a Regent at Seattle University and as a director at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco.


Tom lives in Pasco with his wife, Nancy. They have four children: Anna, Eamonn, Sonja and Christian. Well-traveled and fluent in Spanish, Tom has practiced immigration law for 27 years and has visited 41 countries.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    33 years, 19 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Eamonn Patrick Sullivan Roach

    He's the best in the business and taught me everything I know. I continue to learn every day from his 30+ years of experience practicing Immigration Law.


    Eamonn Roach Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

  • Jeremy J Bishop

    Tom is one of the hardest working lawyers I have ever met. He is organized, knowledgable, and dedicated to his work. I have recommended Tom to many clients, friends, and family members and will continue to do so.


    Jeremy Bishop Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Latino Lifetime Achievement AwardTri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce2011
Al Yencopal AwardBenton-Franklin Legal Aid Society2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRoach Law Offices1983 - Present
AttorneyDahl & McQuiston1982 - 1983
Legislative AideSen. Mike Gravel1977 - 1980
AttorneyCampbell, Johnston & Roach1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seattle UniversityRegent Emeritus2009 - Present
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1994 - Present
AILA - Washington StateMember1994 - Present
AILA - OregonMember1994 - Present
Seattle UniversityRegent1987 - 2009
Our Lady of Lourdes Health CenterBoard of Directors1985 - 1997
St. Patrick's Catholic ChurchMember1983 - Present
Benton-Franklin County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Federal Bars of the Western and Eastern Districts of WashingtonAttorney1976 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney1976 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle TimesPresident Obama's DREAM Act Good For All Americans2012
Tri-City HeraldMyths Persist in Debate on Immigration2010
The OregonianMyths Muddle the Immigration Morass2010
Immigration DailyExploding Myths About Illegal Aliens2010
Tri-City HeraldNow is the Time For Immigration Reform2009
Wall Street JournalMore Employers Face Immigration Audits2009
Wall Street JournalUS Intensifies Audits of Employers2009
Seattle Post-Intelligencer11 Million Illegals? Thank the Economy.2006
Tri-City HeraldNation of Immigrants2003
Seattle Times'Illegal' Aliens: Separating Fact, Fiction1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia UniversityInternational Law and PoliticsM.I.A. - Masters of International Affairs1982
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Seattle UniversityHumanitiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WA State Farm Labor AssociationStatus of Immigration Reform from a Worker's Perspective2014
Tri-City DemocratsImmigration Reform2010
Tri-Cities Badger ClubDebate: Illegal Immigration2010
Immigration Works NW Summit 2010Immigration Reform2010
Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of CommerceImmigration Reform2010
Washington State UniversityImmigration Reform2009
Washington State Farm BureauEmployment and Immigration2009
Kennewick School DistrictImmigration and Education2009
Gonzaga University School of LawImmigration Reform2009
Washington Growers LeagueImmigration Reform2008
Washington Banker's AssociationImmigration Reform2008
Mainstream RepublicansComprehensive Immigration Reform2008
Hispanic Lobby DayLa Reforma de la Ley Inmigracion (in Spanish)2008
Washington State WorkSourceImmigration Reform2007
Spokane Bar AssociationImmigration Reform2007
Yakima Valley Farm Workers ClinicImmigration Reform (in Spanish)2006
St. Patrick's Catholic ChurchImmigration as a Moral Issue2006
Leadership Tri-CitiesImmigration Reform2006
Hispanic Law ForumImmigration (in Spanish)2006