Michele Carney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Seattle, WA

Carney & Marchi
 | 108 S. Washington Street, Suite 406
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-224-0909
Fax: 206-467-1819
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

As partner at Carney & Marchi, P.S., Michele Carney is an immigration attorney who represents clients in all of Washington state, particularly Seattle. With almost three decades of experience, Ms. Carney is passionate about helping those who feel hopeless as they navigate the immigration system. Her practice is focused on cases of removal defense or deportation, family immigrant petitions, waiver cases, asylum, business immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, visa petitions at consulates overseas, and reasonable fear interviews.

Ms. Carney is fluent in Spanish and English, and is known for being a creative lawyer who is not afraid to take on tough cases and apply innovative legal strategies to help her clients. Admitted to practice in the state of Washington, she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas along with a long list of committees within these organizations.

In 1984, Ms. Carney graduated from McGill University with a political theory degree and then obtained her Juris Doctor in 1991 from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She provides community service and pro bono work for the CARA Project, and serves as a volunteer immigration attorney for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and with One America Citizenship Day as a volunteer.

As a prominent lecturer and speaker at national, regional and local conferences in immigration law, Ms. Carney also has many published writings. She was contributing author as part of the Ethics Compendium on Immigration Law for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (100%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2019

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About Michele Carney

Admitted: 1992, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.carmarlaw.com/about/our-team/michele.php

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington Women Lawyers, Board of Directors, Membership and State Liaison Committee Chair, 1994 - 1997
  • Washington State Bar Association, Vice-Chair, 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association, Committee of Law Examiners, 2000 - 2001 & 1994 - 1996
  • Washington State Bar Association, Special District Counsel, 1994 - 2000
  • Washington State Bar Association, Chair, 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Treasurer and Membership Chair, 1997 - 1999
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ethics Liaison, 2000 - 2001
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Consumer Protection/Professional Responsibility Co-Chair, 2010 - 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, EOIR liaison committee, Chair, 2007 - 2008
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Programs Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chapter Chair, 2013 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Regional Annual Conference Committee, 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Executive Board, Washington state, Past Chair, 2014 - 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Regional Immigration Conference, 2015 and 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Annual Conference Committee, 2016
  • Washington State Bar, 1992
  • Chair, WSBA Disciplinary Board, 2016 - 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - National Ethics Committee. In 2018, in charge of the Compendium subcommittee, which publishes chapters on the ABA model rules as they pertain to immigration.  , 2018
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association National Fall Conference Committee , 2014
  • Co-Chair, Professional Responsibility and Consumer Protection Committee, AILA, Washington State Chapter.  In charge of organizing committee and major project is the annual ethics CLE in December 2018. , 2018
  • Washington State Bar Association, Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel, 2018
  • Washington State Bar, Disciplinary Board Member, 2014
  • Disciplinary Board Chair (October 2016-September 30, 2017), 2015
  • Texas State Bar, 1991
  • Washington State Supreme Court Work Group on Practice of Law Board, 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association - Practice of Law Board Member, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • AILA and One America Citizenship Day Volunteer at multiple clinics throughout Washington state. , 2013
  • Past Chapter Chair, AILA, Washington state
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Volunteer Immigration Attorney for Detained Cases in Tacoma, Washington. , 2015
  • CARA Project, Dilley Texas - pro bono attorney for Family Residential Detention Center in Dilley Texas. Travelled to Dilley, TX in February 2016 to assist detained women and children from Central America., 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Removal Defense basics 2016 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Immigration Lawyers, Faculty, 2016
  • Faculty, Fee Agreements In Removal Proceedings, AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law (held in Las Vegas, NV), 2016
  • Faculty at national AILA immigraiton conference speaking on USCIS Fraud Investigations.   Written materials published in Handbook. , Faculty, USCIS Fraud Investigations, AILA - Annual Conference 2015, 2015
  • Faculty on Ethics panel for Removal proceedings at annual AILA NW conference. , Faculty, AILA-NW Regional Conference, 2015
  • Faculty, Removal proceedings panel, AILA, 2014
  • Immigration Lawyers, Faculty, 2016 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, 2016
  • Contributing author (part of AILA National Ethics Committee) on ABA Model Rules 1.16 (Declining and Terminating Representation) and 1.5 (Fees)., Contributing Author, Ethics Compendium on Immigration law, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Faculty for Ethics panel, Faculty, AILA Waivers Conference, 2016
  • Ethics faculty on national conference on immigration waivers.  Focused on Model Rules 3.3 and 4.1. , Faculty, Ethics in Waiver Cases, Immigration Lawyers, 2016
  • Wrote Opinion editorial article - "Dirty Immigration Lawyers, No Sir We Stand for Justice."  See https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/dirty-immigration-lawyers-no-sir-we-stand-for-justice/  , Seattle Times, Newspaper, 2018
  • Contributing author (part of AILA National Ethics Committee) on ABA Model Rules 1.16 (Declining and Terminating Representation) and 1.5 (Fees)., Contributing Author, Ethics Compendium on Immigration law, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014, 2014
  • Contributing author (part of AILA National Ethics Committee) on ABA Model Rules 1.16 (Declining and Terminating Representation) and 1.5 (Fees)., Contributing Author, Ethics Compendium on Immigration law, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014, 2014
  • Faculty for AILA CLE on USCIS and Notices to Appear, Faculty, USCIS and Notices to Appear: What You Need to Know , Legal Immigration Attorneys, 2017

Educational Background:

  • McGill University, Montreal PQ, Degree in Political Theory, 1984

Industry Groups

  • Legal

Comments

  • “This is an outstanding attorney.”
  • “Michele Carney's dedication to the ethical, aggressive, effective practice of the law is exceptional. That she practices immigration law and advocacy makes Michele's qualification as a Super Lawyer even more well-founded. Michele has a proven track record of outstanding results for her clients in one of the toughest areas of our profession. Michele embraces her clients' legal issues pragmatically and their humanity holistically. Combining superior scholarship with tough, ethical advocacy makes Michele an outstanding advocate, indeed a Super Lawyer by definition.”
  • “I have known Michele Carney for several years through our activities with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). We have served on many committees together and we served on the Executive Committee of AILA Washington for several years together. I was the Chair of the AILAWA committee from 2010-2012, and Michele served as chair in 2012-2013. She is extremely smart, very diligent, extremely ethical and diplomatic. She is very knowledgeable about a wide range of subareas of immigration law. Although we are not opposing counsel in this area of law, I have had a chance to see her association related work product, as well as her contributions to CLEs, discussions in substantive practice listservs and working on a variety of association and immigration law related advocacy documents. I highly recommend her for inclusion in Super Lawyers.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Michele Carney

108 S. Washington Street
Suite 406
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-224-0909

Fax: 206-467-1819

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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