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Amy helps companies of all sizes bring in workers to the United States on a temporary and permanent basis. Amy assists clients with a broad range of immigration matters, and has successfully prepared nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for professionals, treaty traders and investors, multinational managers, researchers, entertainers and skilled workers. She has particular experience applying for temporary and permanent visas for artists, entertainers, and musicians.


Amy also assists individuals in sponsoring their family members to come to the United States. In addition, she has successfully represented clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to her legal career, Amy worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide to a U.S. Congressman and as the Development Director for a non-profit refugee advocacy organization.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%

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Contact info

Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

1201 3rd Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer in Immigration LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer in Immigration LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer in Immigration LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Best lawyer in Immigration LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyer in Immigration LawBest Laywers in America2011
Pro Bono ServiceWashington State Bar Association2006
Hardy Cross Dillard FellowUniversity of Virginia School of Law1999
Rotary International Ambassadorial ScholarshipN/A1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberRyan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerMacDonald Hoague & Bayless2011 - Present
Associate AttorneyMacDonald Hoague & Bayless2006 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Carol L. Edward & Associates, P.S.2004 - 2006
AssociateCowan Miller & Lederman2003 - 2004
AssociateHillis Clark Martin & Peterson2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationVolunteer Attorney2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Phi Beta KappaMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationVice-Chair, Department of Labor Liaison Committee2006 - 2007
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Executive Committee2005 - 2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of South Carolina, ColumbiaInternational Studies, FrenchBA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
17th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceImmigration Law Update2014
AILA Northwest Immigration Law ConferenceSelected Issues Affecting H-1Bs2012
Immigration Law and Employer Compliance in WashingtonI-9 Compliance2008
American Civil Liberties UnionKnow Your Rights and Immigration Law Basics2007