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Mariah Lynge

Attorney at Law

Mariah grew up in the Lynnwood-Edmonds area and attended St. Mary Magdalen parish school and Mariner High School in Everett. As a high school senior, Mariah took a class in U.S. law with a teacher who had recently become a licensed attorney. Although a career in law intrigued her, she initially pursued a music degree at Shoreline Community College. She married her college sweetheart and followed him to Germany and back with the U.S. Air Force. When their marriage ended, Mariah decided to go back to school to finish her education.

She was reminded of her high school teacher and those memories inspired her to pursue a career in law as a paralegal. Because she had already earned college credits, Mariah enrolled in the Technical Associate of Arts, Paralegal, program at Edmonds Community College and in the Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, program at the University of Phoenix,

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Bellevue. She earned her degrees simultaneously while working full-time as a customer service representative at a locally owned business in downtown Renton. Using her paralegal certificate, she joined a small defense law firm in Bellevue.

  

Once she began her paralegal career, though, Mariah knew she was called to be a lawyer. Due to family responsibilities, Mariah enrolled in one of the first fully remote law schools in the United States which was located at that time in Los Angeles, California. She joined a busy litigation firm in Seattle while she worked full-time as a paralegal – and later as the office manager also – and attended law school through online night and weekend classes. Mariah earned her Juris Doctorate from Abraham Lincoln University School of Law and become a member of the California Bar Association in 2013.

    

Because she lived in Washington State, Mariah continued working full time as a paralegal while she built her solo immigration law practice and worked for dozens of clients before the federal Executive Office of Immigration Review (immigration court) and Board of Immigration Appeals. Mariah proudly defended foreign-born individuals and their families against the U.S. government’s removal proceedings (deportation) and obtained for them grants of asylum so they could begin a new life here in the United States. Mariah also represented foreign nationals who were married to U.S. citizen spouses. She advocated for these clients before the Department of Homeland Security's US Citizenship and Immigration Services division (USCIS) to help them keep their families intact and pursue their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens someday.

    

After years of hard work juggling her dual careers as a certified paralegal and a solo immigration lawyer, Mariah was admitted to the Washington State Bar as an attorney in 2021. Soon afterward she retired from her 17-year paralegal career to focus full-time on her own law practice. Mariah is honored to now assist Washington State residents to protect their legacies through comprehensive, client-focused estate planning and to assist their families avoid the conflict, expense, and complications that arise when going through probate litigation. 

   

Mariah resides in Renton, Washington with her two teens and her three big dogs. When not in her office, Mariah enjoys spending time reading, seeing movies, beach combing, and attending live theater with family and friends. Mariah continues her love of music by singing along with opera arias and '80s – 2000’s pop and soft-rock music.

   

Admissions

2021 -- Present    
2016 -- Present 
2014 -- Present 

2013 -- Present 

Washington State Bar Association     

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

California State Bar Association          

Education & Training

2010  
2004
2004

Juris Doctor

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Technical Associate of Arts, Paralegal 

Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, California  

University of Phoenix, Washington    

Edmonds Community College, Washington   

Memberships & Recognitions

2022 -- Present
2014 -- Present
2015 -- 2017

International Society of Female Professionals

Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project (NWIRP), pro bono attorney 

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

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