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Margaret O’Donnell

Owner/Attorney at Law  |  Abogada

modonnell@globallawadvocates.com

 

Margaret, the firm’s principal, established Global Law Advocates in 2009 in order to live out her principles of compassionate service and legal excellence.  She has focused her law practice exclusively in immigration since 1985, and practiced in several law firms and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project before establishing her own in 2007. She is the author of the 2016 play UNDOCUMENTED, where “in the hush-hush world of the undocumented, a brush with police spins out of control…”  UNDOCUMENTED made its debut at the Burien Actors Theater in August 2016, followed by two October performances at St. Mark’s Cathedral and at The Conservatory in Seattle.

She has had many years of successful outcomes for clients, including in complex removal defense cases involving criminal convictions, motions to reopen prior deportation orders, allegations of marriage fraud, and proving eligibility for citizenship, as well winning U visas for crime victims, and obtaining waivers of grounds of inadmissibility.

She has served and continues to serve on various American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington State chapter committees, including most recently as chair and co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee and the DREAM (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) committee.  She speaks throughout western Washington to community and church groups on immigration law topics, and frequently volunteers her legal services at free legal clinics.  She is a long-time volunteer for Citizenship Days in Washington State, including most recently as chair of the Citizenship Day subcommittee.

Margaret graduated from Purdue University in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree, and from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.  She is admitted to the Illinois bar, and has been a licensed attorney since 1985. She spent the years from 2000-2006 living and working in Latin America in US-funded programs to help improve administration of justice.  She is fluent in Spanish.