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Nicholas Berning has practiced immigration law since January 2007.  Before co-founding Boundary Bay Law, he served as the Practice Manager at T.D. Knowles & Associations, PLLC from 2008 to 2015.  Nick has represented over 200 EB-5 immigrant investors and E-2 non-immigrant investors.  He also has extensive experience with both immigrant and temporary work visas and with family sponsorship visas. 
From 2009 to 2015 Nick served on the Washington State Practice of Law Board, which is responsible for investigating the unlawful practice of law in Washington State. The Washington State Supreme Court appointed Nick to serve as the Practice of Law Board’s Chair in 2012 while the Board finalized the controversial Limited License Legal Technician Rule. The Court also appointed Nick to serve two terms as the Board’s Vice Chair. 
Since 2009 Mr. Berning has taught paralegals at Whatcom Community College, including courses on Legal Research and Writing, Law Office Technology, and Interviewing and Investigating.  
Nick currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s Washington Chapter Consular Processing Committee.  He previously served two terms as the Chair of the Washington Chapter’s Limited License Legal Technician Committee. 


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • W. Scott Railton

    Nick and I have worked successfully together on investment visa issues, including E-2 visas. Nick has a great deal of experience with EB-5 work. I always enjoy discussing legal matters with Nick, and have found him to be friendly and trustworthy. I particularly appreciate the hard work he had put in with the Practice of Law Board, which is a service to the community.


    W. Railton Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Dallan Bunce

    A client can count on Nick for honest and thoughtful advice. Nick is very good at keeping his eye on the big picture while still paying careful attention to the timelines that matter to the client and the details that matter to adjudicators.


    Robert Bunce Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Boundary Bay Law Corp.

1015 Railroad Ave Suite 101
Bellingham, WA, 98225


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBoundary Bay Law Corp2015 - Present
Adjunct Professor - Paralegal StudiesWhatcom Community College2009 - 2015
Practice ManagerT.D. Knowles & Associates, PLLC2008 - 2015
AttorneyLaw Office of Nicholas Berning2006 - 2008
InternLaw Office of Richard Schneider2005 - 2005
InternWater Watch Of Oregon2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Associationmember2007 - Present
Washington State Practice of Law BoardBoard Member, Chair 2012-2013, 20152009 - 2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Whitman CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Help Your Business Clients Navigate the U.S. Tax SystemU.S. Visas for Canadian Professionals2011