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I am passionate about delivering extraordinary customer service, uniting families, and finding the best possible outcomes for those in deportation proceedings. Immigrants show great strength and courage as they make new lives in the United States, and it is my privilege and honor to be their advocate. I do my very best for each client, strategizing, researching, and investigating, to solve complicated immigration tangles.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Global Law Advocates

655 S. Orcas Street
Suite 210
Seattle, WA, 98108

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    31 years



Fixed (always)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert L Jaeggli

    Margaret is a great attorney. She is very knowledgeable and cares about her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend her for legal representation.


    Robert Jaeggli Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Karen L Gilbert

    Margaret O’Donnell is one of the best deportation defense lawyers in the Seattle area. Her years of experience, deep knowledge of the complex immigration laws and their history, allow her to lead clients with complicated cases and strong equities to successful outcomes. She is respected by other lawyers and immigration judges, and her clients.


    Karen Gilbert Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers WA Chapter2013
Elected Program ChairAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter2008
Continuing Legal Education CommitteeAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter2007
Employee of the YearAmerican Bar Association1989
Volunteer Lawyer Program HonorPhiladelphia Bar Association1987
Honor ScholarState of Illinois1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGlobal Law Advocates PLLC2009 - Present
PartnerGlobal Law Partners2007 - 2009
Anti-Corruption Project Director, BoliviaCasals and Associates2003 - 2006
N/AUnited States Agency on International Development2002 - 2003
N/AFulbright Scholar United States Department of State2000 - 2001
OwnerO'Donnell and Associates1997 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers GuildMember2012 - Present
ASISTA (Supports advocates and attorneys who are working with immigrant survivors of DV and sexual assault)Member2010 - Present
Washington Defense AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Lawyers GuildMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Member2007 - Present
One America/AILAVolunteer Attorney, Citizenship Day2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationSite Coordinator, Citizenship Day2010 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Co-chair of Immigration Court Committee2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Motion to Remand to Board of Immigration AppealsCase remanded to immigration judge for decision regarding new evidence.
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA Annual Conference MaterialsU Visa Practice Pointers2016
Global Gavel - Washington State Bar AssociationMid-Career Enhancement: Working Overseas2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Purdue University CalumetEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA Annual ConferenceU Visa Practice Pointers2016
Five Different Community Presentations at Churches in the Seattle Area in 2015Overview of Immigration Options in the U.S. with a Focus on President Obama’s Executive Actions2015
Community Presentation at Hawthorne Elementary SchoolOverview of Immigration Options in the U.S. with a Focus on President Obama’s Executive Actions2015
Towards a Comprehensive Immigration ReformImmigrant Stories: Why We Need Immigration Reform2013
Immigration Implications of Criminal ConvictionsQuick Tips for Defenders of Immigrants2013
International Work for Recent Law GraduatesHow Law Graduates Can Find Overseas Work2010
Immigration Law for Social Service ProvidersBasics of Family, VAWA, and U Visa Petitions2010
Day Workers ClassKnow Your Rights2009
Continuing Legal EducationImmigration Basics and Immigrant Rights2008
Western Washington Social Service ProvidersImmigration 1012007
Sanctuary CommitteeImmigrant Rights and Relief2007
Know Your Rights: Immigration 101Rights of Immigrants in the United States2007
Impact of Comprehensive Immigration ReformImmigration Reform2007
Immigration Law ClassDeportation Defense2007
Immigration ForumDeportation and Detention Overview2007
Deportation and Detention OverviewDefending Clients in Deportation Proceedings2007
Conozca Sus DerechosDerechos de Inmigrantes y Inmigracion 1012007