Sound Immigration

Sound Immigration

Sound Immigration offers Washington's most convenient client experience for immigration law. Our flexible practice model helps us to accommodate your busy schedule. Meet with your attorney in person or by webcam and communicate on our secure website.

Firm Overview

Sound Immigration is an immigration law firm devoted exclusively to immigration law, including:

~ Family-based immigration visas;

~ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;

~ Hardship waivers;

~ Immigration for military families;

~ Naturalization - becoming a U.S. citizen and

~ Green cards for family members.

Meet with your attorney in our convenient Tacoma office and stay in communication through our secure online client portal.
Main Office
Main Office
1201 Pacific Ave., Suite 629
Tacoma  WA  98402
  • (254) 251-2490


Free Initial Consultation?
Initial consultations are $150
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Most of our work is done for a flat fee. Because we are a full service law firm, the fee in your case will depend on your particular circumstances. The professional rules of ethics require that all fees be reasonable based on your particular case.
Hourly Rates
Most work is done for a flat fee

Office Information

Office Hours
By appointment only
Office Manager
Attorney Greg McLawsen
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Spanish, French
Immigration Law
Puget Sound Legal practices immigration law exclusively. We practice no other area of law.
We are a full service law firm that assists with all aspects of U.S. immigration law. Whether you are in the United States, hoping to change your immigration status, or outside the U.S. hoping to enter, this is the area of law we practice.

Areas of immigration law we handle include:

~ Family-based immigration visas;

~ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals;

~ Hardship waivers;

~ Immigration for military families;

~ Naturalization - becoming a U.S. citizen; and

~ Green cards for family members

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Greg McLawsen is a nationally-recognized author on issues of immigration law. He previously served as a research editor for the Bender-Lexis Immigration Law and Procedure treatise, which is the leading legal resource used by immigration lawyers and judges. Greg regularly publishes articles on immigration law issues, which have been published in national periodicals including Bender's Immigration Bulletin, the most widely read immigration law periodical. Greg regularly gives trainings on immigration law issues, including for the Washington State Bar Association and for other bar associations within Washington State.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Is it inconvenient for you to drive to a law firm? Meet Sound Immigration. Because we serve clients across Washington State, a great immigration law firm is never more than a mouse click away.

Sound Immigration is built for you. We bring an extraordinary client experience to clients around Washington State. Meet with your attorney when it's convenient for you by video conference. Access your client file on our beautiful client portal.

Our clients are busy people. We move at the speed of life to get your case moving fast. Work directly with our experienced attorneys never paralegals or support staff as we prepare an outstanding customized application packet for you.

Your Sound Immigration attorney is a professional who will be by your side until your case is complete. Have questions? We're here for you.

Greg McLawsen

Hi, my name is Greg McLawsen and I'm proud to be the founder of Sound Immigration. 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. I work hard to identify the best available technology to make our firm convenient for clients. I 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. For two years I served on the Washington State Bar Association's Future of the Profession Workgroup, which explored the future of the legal industry. I chair the Technology Committee of the American Immigration Lawyer's Washington State Chapter, and formerly served as Treasurer and Secretary of the Chapter.

I invest 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. I also contribute to scholarship in the field of immigration law, with an emphasis on the recovery of immigration financial support under the Form I-864 and intersecting issues of psychology and immigration law.
  • Bar Number: 41870
    Washington , 2009
  • University of Nebraska School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009
    ~ One specialized training in immigration law clinic.

    ~ Graduated top 10%, Order of the Coif

    ~ Nebraska Moot Court Board, Senior Member

    ~ Pat Giels Memorial Award for excellent representation of clients

    ~ Excellence for the Future Awards for top grade in Criminal Law, Mental Health Law, American Legal History, & Int’l Human Rights Seminar
  • University of Washington
    B.S. in psychology and philosophy , 2004
    Departmental honors in philosophy.

Gustavo Cueva

Gustavo graduated cum laude at the Seattle University School of Law , where he focused on immigration law. Gustavo was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. At age 12, Gustavo and his family emigrated to the United States to eventually settle in the State of Washington. Gustavo has experienced the immigration process first-hand and that is why he became interested in immigration law.

Before entering law school, Gustavo spent over 10 years in the customer service industry. Working his way up from customer service representative to call center manager. As a former customer service professional, he understands the importance of providing courteous, professional, and consistent service to his clients.

Gustavo lives in Tacoma area with his wife, Lupe, and their two daughters, Tatiana and Paloma. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer and doing remodeling projects at home.

Brittany Lowe

I became interested in immigration in 2008 when I was working with international students at Indiana University in Indianapolis. I enrolled in IU's evening law school program and transitioned to a new day job helping with student and employment visas at the University. Balancing night school with our processing load of about 300 H1B and 300 J1 visas helped me become efficient and effective with my work and time management.

Since receiving my law degree, I've been living in the Seattle area and working almost exclusively with family-based permanent resident and naturalization cases.

I work hard for clients, and as a former Midwesterner I value clear and open client communication. At the same time, however, I respect the time and resources of my clients and enjoy employing technology to minimize errors and boost efficiency.

Mercedes Riggs

Life is just too interesting to have one career. Before law school I went to Stanford University and earned an Engineering degree in in Product Design. I loved inventing things and understanding the technical "guts" of the products that I was designing. After Stanford I went to work for an internet startup, but soon learned was more interested in protecting the legal rights of people like our software developers than the products we were building. So I decided to go to law school.

Some of my early work in the legal field was for technology giants like Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard. But I also volunteered with a workers' rights clinic. After joining the Bar in Washington State I opened my own practice and focused on bankruptcy, small business law, and contracts. The main reason I went into solo practice was to have the flexibility to spend time with my first child (now she's five!). When I took on some pro bono immigration cases through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) I was quickly hooked on the practice area and decided to devote my practice to immigration law. Nothing in my career has been more rewarding than uniting love ones and building new lives in the United States.

I continue to volunteer a substantial amount of my time to helping disadvantaged immigrants. In addition to work for NWIRP I also take on pro bono cases from Catholic Charities, and I usually volunteer at Citizenship Days organized by OneAmerica. I love working as an immigration attorney since a lot of my job helps families be together after long periods of separation. Family is very important to me, and I can relate to my clients since my parents and brothers live on the East Coast. Although I feel close to them, I don't see them in person as often as I would like. I work hard to ensure that my clients can be united with their families.

If you had told me 15 years ago when I was an engineering student at Stanford that I would now be an immigration attorney I would not have believed you, but I love my job. When I'm not working, I enjoy hiking and exploring southwest Washington with my husband and three kids.

Minda Thorward

I left the corporate and big firm world to pursue my passion: immigration law. I believe immigrant rights are human rights, and I am a passionate advocate of each, both professionally and personally. After a decade as an attorney working for big law firms and corporations, I decided it was time for a new professional path. I wanted to start using my skills, experience, and education for work I was truly passionate about.

My parents, a Peace Corp Volunteer and a civilian nurse, had fallen in love while stationed in the Philippines. Growing up in a family that embraced multiculturalism, I learned to value diversity, social justice, and human rights. During my first career in corporate legal settings, I devoted many hours to volunteer work, but there was never enough time for doing the work I was truly passionate about. I finally decided to leave my position as a senior compliance attorney to focus my legal practice exclusively on immigration law. My professional life is now fully devoted to work that I'm truly passionate about it immigration law and it's been a welcome change.

Before moving to the Pacific Northwest in early 2014, I lived and worked in Baltimore City, Maryland for 10 years. My prior practice experience includes real estate, small business law, compliance, regulatory advisement, and also non-traditional roles, such as legal research consultant. In addition to Sound Immigration, I am also a solo practitioner, as owner and managing attorney of Thorward Immigration Law, PLLC.

My parents the Peace Corp volunteer and civilian nurse mentioned above traveled to all corners of the globe, and I have followed in their footsteps, traveling throughout Central and South America, and Western Europe. In addition to traveling, I am a locavore foodie, yoga devotee, and runner, and enjoy hiking and cooking with my husband and our three-year-old daughter.

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