Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668

Amy Royalty

Amy represents companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinational corporations, in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the U.S. on immigration matters. She assists employers in various industries, including high-tech, manufacturing, engineering, bio-tech, real estate, construction, and architecture, in hiring foreign national talent and securing temporary work visas and lawful permanent resident status for employees.  Amy handles all types of temporary work visas, including H-1B, TN, L-1, E-1/E-2, E-3 and O-1 petitions. She has extensive experience in the employment-based green card process through PERM labor certification, and handles immigrant petitions for multinational managers and executives, researchers, and individuals of extraordinary ability.  Amy also assists individuals in sponsoring their family members to come to the United States and applying for U.S. citizenship.

Amy is a frequent speaker and author on business immigration topics.  She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and currently serves as Vice Chair of the AILA-Washington Chapter’s Employment Focus Group.  She provides pro bono legal services through AILA and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP).

Representative Clients

  • Esper.io, Inc.
  • Smartsheet, Inc.
  • Nintendo of America, Inc.
  • Colliers International
  • Monod Bio, Inc.
  • Athira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Vilya, Inc.
  • Sealaska Corporation
  • SLR International Corporation

Honors & Awards

  • Rated 10/10 on Avvo.com
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2011 – present)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers (2018 – present)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Washington Technology Industry Association (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Ryan Swanson’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Immigration legal services organizations (Volunteer at various local immigration legal clinics)
  • King County Bar Association Immigration Clinic (Volunteer attorney)
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Pro bono attorney)
  • Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (Pro bono attorney)
  • Washington State Bar Association (Member)
  • World Affairs Council (Member)
  • Washington Technology Industry Association (Member)


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  • University of Virginia
    (J.D., 2001)
  • University of South Carolina
    (B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, 1994)
Admitted to Practice
  • Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Hobbies & Interests

Prior to attending law school, Amy studied at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and is proficient in French.  Amy also worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide to a U.S. Congressman and as the Development Director for a non-profit refugee advocacy organization.

Amy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, downhill skiing, and traveling.