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Hi, my name is Greg McLawsen and I’m proud to be the founding attorney of Puget Sound Legal. My job is to work behind the scenes to ensure our clients have an outstanding experience at our firm. I’m passionate about reinventing the practice of law to make it work better for those we serve. We work hard to identify the best available technology to make our firm convenient for clients. We look to other industries, like real estate and the restaurant business, to learn about practice that will help serve our clients better.

The focus of my leadership is using technology and innovation to serve clients.  I chair the 1,000-member Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association, where I help attorneys learn about ways to help clients more effectively with technology tools.

I spend a lot of my time researching and writing about how we can use technology and innovation to improve the practice of law. Many of those articles are linked below. We work hard to ensure our firm offers the best tools available to make it easy for our clients to work with us.

I wake up in the morning and ask how we can reinvent the practice of law to make it work better for our clients.

Examples of Leadership

Chair, Executive Committee

Washington State Bar Association Small and Solo Practice Section

(06/15 – present)

Task Force Member

Washington State Bar Association Future of the Profession Work Group

(01/14 – present)

Secretary, Executive Committee

American Immigration Lawyers Association – Washington State Chapter
(5/14 – 6/15)

Secretary, Executive Committee

American Immigration Lawyers Association – Washington State Chapter
(5/14 – 6/15)

Select publications
Book: Immigration Law for the Family Law Practitioner, Greg McLawsen (American Bar Association –Forthcoming 2015)
Article: The I-864 Affidavit of Support: An Intro to the Immigration Form You Must Learn to Love/Hate, Greg McLawsen, Vo 48. No. 4 American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly (Winter 2015)
Article: Nine Mistaken Beliefs about Immigrants and the Law, Greg McLawsen and Gustavo Cueva, King Country Bar Bulletin (Apr. 2015)
Article: Screening for Employee Immigration Status, Greg McLawsen and Mike Allen, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Bulletin (Apr. 2015)
Article: Canadian Indians, Inuit, Metis and metis; An Exploration of the Unparalleled Rights Enjoyed by American Indians Born in Canada to Freely Access the United States, Greg Boos, Greg McLawsen and Heather Fathali, 4 Seattle Journal of Environmental Law 343 (2014)
Article: Flat Fees: A Few Wrinkles, Greg McLawsen and Deborah Niedermeyer, Vol. 68, No. 4 Northwest Lawyer 29 (June 2014)
Article: Flat Fees: Know What’s Yours To Keep, Greg McLawsen and Deborah Niedermeyer, 19 American Immigration Lawyers Association New members Division E-News (May 2014)
Article: Suing on the I-864 Affidavit of Support; March 2014 Update , Greg McLawsen, 19 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 343 (Apr. 1, 2014)
Article: Attention, Solo Attorneys: Who’s Got Your Back? Greg McLawsen and Russell Mikow, Vol. 4, Iss. 6 American Immigration Lawyers Association, Voice 42 (Nov.-Dec. 2013)
Article: American Indians Born in Canada and the Right of Free Access to the United States, Greg Boos and Greg McLawsen, concurrently published in 18 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1103 (Oct. 1, 2013) and Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University, Research Report No. 20 (Oct. 2013)
Article: Solo Attorneys: Who’s Got Your Back? You Need Backup Counsel to Protect Your Clients and Yourself, Greg McLawsen and Russell Mikow, The Bar News (Journal of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association) (August 1, 2013)
Book Chapter: Model Practice Documents – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in Immigration Practice Toolkit (American Immigration Lawyers Association 4th Ed. (2013)
Article: Window Cleaning, Wine Tasting… and Wills? Ethics of Attorney Marketing on “Daily Deal” Websites, Vol. 67, No. 5 Northwest Lawyer 7 (Wash. St. Bar. Assn. July/Aug. 2013)
Article: Is Google Voice the Right (Free) Choice for Your Firm? Vol 4., Iss. 3 Immigration Practice News 2 (March 2013)
Article: Suing on the I-864 Affidavit of Support, 17 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 1943 (Dec. 15, 2012)
Article: The Contractual Duty to Support an Immigrant Spouse, Lisa Seifert and Greg McLawsen, Thurston Legal Brief (Sep. 2012), reprinted at the Bar News (Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association) (Jan. 2013)
Book Chapter: Guide to the Kitsap County Courthouse, Greg McLawsen, et al., Ch. 4-E in Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Theodore Angelis, ed.) (King Co. Bar Ass’n 2012) (1977)
Article: The Contractual Duty to Support an Immigrant Spouse, Lisa Seifert and Greg McLawsen, Thurston Legal Brief (Sep. 2012), reprinted at the Bar News (Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association) (Jan. 2013)
Article: Demonstrating Psychological Hardship; A Statistical Study of Psychology Evaluations in Hardship Waivers of Inadmissibility, Greg McLawsen, et al., 16 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin 10 (Jan. 1, 2011)
Chapter section: Waivers of Inadmissibility, (Greg McLawsen as research editor), § 63.12[1] in Immigration Law and Procedure, Stanley Mailman & Steven Yale-Loehr (Bender-Lexis 2009) (1988)
Presentations and lectures
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Insights for the Every-Lawyer, 10th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Spokane, WA, July 10, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, Creating Fee Agreements, 10th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Spokane, WA, July 9, 2014)
  • Invited panelist, Complicated Affidavit of Support Issues, American Immigration Lawyer’s Association National Conference (Washington D.C., June 20, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Law for Family Law Attorneys, Kitsap County Bar Association Family Law Section (Port Orchard, WA, April 10, 2015)
  • Invited speaker, Affidavit of Support; Advanced Topics, Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Seattle University School of Law (Seattle, WA, March 19, 2015)
  • Invited speaker, Psycholegal Standards in U.S. Immigration Law, Post-Doctoral Seminar Series, Western State Hospital (Steilacoom, WA, February 8, 2015)
  • Invited Speaker, Running a Paperless Law Office, Introduction to the Practice of Law in Pierce County – Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (Tacoma, WA, October 3, 2014)
  • Discussion Facilitator, Mission Possible Symposium, Washington State Bar Association, Future of the Profession Work Group (University Place, WA, October 1, 2014)
  • Invited Speaker, Not Your Grandma’s Law Practice, Social Justice Monday – Seattle University School of Law (Seattle, WA, September 29, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, Legal Ethics: Tips For Everyday Practice, National Business Institute (Seattle, WA, August 21, 2014)
  • Invited panelist, Cocktail Reception Law: Substantive Law Issues You May Face, 9th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 26, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, The Ethics of Flat Fee Billing, 9th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 24, 2014)
  • Invited panelist, Keynote Address: The Small Firm Advantage, 9th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 24, 2014)
  • Invited panelist, Branding Your Practice in a DIY World, 9th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 24, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, Psycholegal Standards in U.S. Immigration Law, Post-Doctoral Seminar Series, Western State Hospital (Steilacoom, WA, June 6, 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Technology for Starting an Immigration Practice, New Members Division Continuing Legal Education, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter (Seattle, Apr. 10, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, The Ethics of Using Social Media, Business Development 101: Tools and Techniques to Build a Successful Law Practice, Seattle University School of Law (Seattle, WA, Mar. 21, 2014)
  • Invited panelist, Rights of Access for American Indians and Inuit Born in Canada, Seattle University School of Law, Arctic Encounter Symposium (Seattle, WA, Feb. 8, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, I-864 Advanced Issues; Enforcement, 40 Quarters Rule and Joint Sponsor Ethics, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington Chapter, Monthly CLE (Seattle, WA, Jan. 6, 2014)
  • Invited speaker, Choosing Hardware and Software for a Law Practice, Seattle University School of Law (Seattle, WA, Dec. 10, 2013)
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Law Issues in Family Law, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association’s Annual Conference (Ocean Shores, WA, Sep. 28 2013)
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Law for the Non-Immigration Lawyer, Washington State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Practice Section, Continuing Legal Education Seminar (Tacoma, WA, Sep. 13, 2013)
  • Invited speaker, No Cost and Low Cost Technology to Manage Your Law Practice, Washington State Legal Institute (Tacoma, WA, Aug. 6, 2013)
  • Invited speaker, Staff Up or Staff Out?  Getting the Help You Need to Run Your Practice, 8th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 2013)
  • Panel moderator, Retirement and Succession Planning for the Solo and Small Firm, 8th Annual Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Conference (Vancouver, WA, July 2013)
  • Invited speaker, Free and Low-Cost Tech for Your Law Practice; Managing the Business Side of the Practice, National Business Institute (Seattle, WA, July 12, 2013)
  • Invited panelist, Solo Practice Panel, Washington State Bar Association Bi-Monthly Job Seeker Group (July 10, 2013)
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Law 101, Washington State Paralegal Association 2013 Spring Continuing Legal Education Program (Seattle, WA, Apr. 26, 2013)
  • Invited speaker, The I-864 Affidavit of Support; Why Your Client has to Pay Spousal Support Forever, Monthly Bar Lunch, Kitsap County Bar Association (Port Orchard, WA, Mar. 2013)
  • Invited speaker, House Bill 1079; the DREAM Act Forum, Panel Speaker, University of Washington – Tacoma (Tacoma, WA, Mar. 2013)
  • Invited speaker, The I-864 Affidavit of Support; Why Your Client has to Pay Spousal Support Forever, Family Law Section CLE, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (Tacoma, WA, Nov.  2012)
  • Invited speaker, The I-864 Affidavit of Support; Why Your Client has to Pay Spousal Support Forever, Immigration Law & Interpreter Services CLE, Kitsap Legal Services (Bremerton, WA, Nov. 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Immigration Law & Interpreter Services CLE, Kitsap Legal Services (Bremerton, WA, Nov. 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – What you need to know, South Seattle Community College (Seattle, WA, Nov. 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Immigration Law in 40 Minutes; Practicing Happy Law, Paralegal Program, Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA, Nov. 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Psychological Hardship Evaluations in Immigration Law, Post-Doctoral Seminar Series, Western State Hospital (Steilacoom, WA, June 2012)
  • Invited speaker, Psychology Testimony in Immigration Law: An Empirical Examination of Hardship Waiver Decisions, Greg McLawsen, et al., Paper Presentation at the American Psychology-Law Association international conference (Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 2010)
  • Invited speaker, Extreme Hardship Evaluations in Immigration Law: Translating Legal Standards into Clinical Practice, Julia McLawsen & Greg McLawsen, et al., Paper Presentation at the American Psychology-Law Association international conference (San Antonio, TX, Mar. 2009)