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Mari Lise Matsumoto

Immigration Attorney at Seattle, WA

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Licensed for 15 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 03/19/2023

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Posted by Irving | April 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mari lise Matsumoto
I have been represented by Mari Matsumoto for over a year. She has handle my case diligently and vigorously, having me feel assured by always consulting me with addition approaches we may consider if needed. Mrs. Matsumoto thoroughly looks into every possible solutions. Not once was there a sign of inadequate. A rear immigration layer and a privilege to have been represented by Mari Matsumoto. A case that took 8 years to prevail with 3 other attorneys before her service and she did it in less than 2 years alone.
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Posted by kee | April 17, 2010
excellent lawyer
mrs. matsumoto and mr. gibbs both helped me a great deal when i had a immigration hold on me,i was in danger of getting kicked out of the country and things were looking gloomy in my future.upon hiring them they informed me of many different waYS to stop deportation,they worked closely with my family and me (from jail).they eventually got my hold cancelled and released,they also helped me with my passport and citizenship,i am very grateful to her and her firm. thanks mari
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Washington Immigration Defense Group
  • 2014 - Present
  • Detention Program Managing Attorney
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lichter Immigration
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney - limited term position
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gibbs Houston Pauw
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • M.A.
  • 2006
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Ibarra v. Holder, --- F.3d ----, 2013 WL 3490753 (10th Cir. 2013)
  • Petition GRANTED. Reversed the decision of the BIA and remanded.
  • Carrillo de Palacios v. Holder, --F.3d--, 09-72059 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Petition denied.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Colorado chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • New Members Division Co-Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mari Matsumoto is an excellent immigration lawyer and I strongly recommend her. Ms. Matsumoto did a wonderful job that we had collaborated on. For the years I have known her she has been hard-working, thorough, caring, and reliable."
Immigration Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mari and I worked together for several years at Gibbs Houston Pauw. She has a great legal mind and truly cares about her clients. A great lawyer to have on your side!"
Immigration Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mari Matsumoto is an attorney you want on your side - she is intelligent and tenacious. I highly recommend her for any family immigration or removal defense matter."

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Mari Lise Matsumoto
Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years