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Karol Dezwager Brown

also known as Karol Brown

About me

Karol Brown helps businesses, families and individuals with immigration and visa issues. She has graduate degrees from Yale Law and Harvard University. Karol Brown can answer your questions and provide extraordinary service for your immigration needs.


I truly love working with my clients in immigration law.  It is very satisfying to help people get the right to live and work in the United States.


I am a single mother and have been active on several boards, including the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project and One America: With Justice for All (previously called Hate Free Zone).  I currently serve as the Chair of my local Democratic party.  


I welcome your phone calls and emails!


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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    16 years



Hourly ($60-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michelle Hayden Bomberger

    Karol and I have collaborated to assist overseas companies in setting up their US operations and transferring employees to the US. I rely on her experience and knowledge in helping our clients to understand their options when visiting the US for business or seeking permanent residency. She is able to explain the issues clearly so that those unfamiliar with the system are able to make smart decisions. In addition, I have received very positive feedback from clients who have worked with Karol.


    Michelle Bomberger Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Roxanne Eberle

    For business and family based immigration, you can't do better than have Karol Brown as your lawyer. She is incredibly smart and knows the complex area of business and family immigration so well she taught it at the University of Washington School of Law.


    Roxanne Eberle Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Award - most impactful caseAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association of Washington2010
National Advocacy AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2010
Sword of Justice award for pro bono effortsAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter2003
Ambrose Gherini Prize for best international law paperYale Law School1998
Policy Analysis Award for best master's thesisHarvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKarol Brown, Attorney at Law, PLLC2012 - Present
OwnerGlobal Justice Law Group PLLC2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Washington School of Law2007 - 2008
PartnerGlobal Law Partners LLP2007 - 2009
PartnerKarol Brown, Attorney at Law2004 - 2007
Policy and Advocacy DirectorHate Free Zone Washington2004 - 2004
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Washington School of Law2004 - 2004
AssociatePerkins Coie2000 - 2003
Judicial ClerkWestern District Court of Washington1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, The Future of Immigration Law Task Force2015 - Present
41st District DemocratsChair2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMedia and Advocacy Committee2010 - Present
41st District DemocratsPrecinct Committee Person2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCLE Committee2014 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationPractice Management Committee2013 - 2014
King County Democrats41st District Representative2010 - 2011
Hands to Hearts InternationalBoard Chair2005 - 2007
OneAmericaBoard Member2005 - 2008
Immigrant Family Advocacy ProjectAdvisory Board (Board chair 2006 to 2007)2003 - 2009
Hate Free Zone WashingtonBoard Member2002 - 2004
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee, Washington Chapter2002 - 2004
Center for Human Rights and JusticeBoard Member1999 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ali v. AshcroftPrevented the deportation of 2,700 Somalis
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)50 Technology Tips & Tricks2014
AILA Practice Management NewsletterImmigration Case Management Software: In Review2013
AILA Leadership BlogKeep the DREAM Alive2010
Bender's Immigration BulletinOne DREAM Short2010
Global GavelNew Congress Should Reform the Immigration System2007
Puget Sound Business JournalMatchmaker Make Sure the Numbers Match2002
Washington Law ReviewTruce in the Salmon War: Alternatives for the Pacific Salmon Treaty1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolInternational Law and Human RightsJuris Degree1999
Harvard UniversityInternational Trade and FinanceMaster's Degree, Public Policy1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio Interview - BusanUnaccompanied Children and Illegal Immigration2014
AILA National ConferenceTechnology Tips and Tricks for Immigration Attorney2014
Practice Management PodcastSelecting the Right Case Management System for Your Practice2013
AILA Media CommitteeReporter's Roundtable on Immigration2013
Continuing Legal EducationFamily and Employment Based Immigration2012
Continuing Legal EducationImmigration Basics2011
National 2010 ConferenceAdvocacy Efforts by Immigration Attorney2010
Congressional Breakfast MeetingThe DREAM Act Legislation2010
CLEImmigration Law Fundamentals2010
Diversity ConferenceImmigration Law & Diversity2009
Sanctuary CommitteeSanctuary and the Rights of Immigrants2007
Know Your RightsImmigration Basics and Know Your Rights2007
Immigration Law for Social Service AgenciesImmigrant Rights and Comprehensive Immigration Reform2007
El Centro de la RazaImpact of Comprehensive Immigration Reform2007
Centro Latino Board MeetingKnow Your Rights and Immigration Basics2007
Cascade View Presbyterian ChurchKnow Your Rights and Immigration Basics2007
BizNik PresentationBusiness Immigration 1012007
Somali Community ForumImpact of Ali v. Ashcroft2003
Continuing Legal Education ProgramImmigration Relief for Detained Aliens2003
Continuing Legal Education ProgramSelf Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act2002