Marsha T. Mavunkel

Marsha T. Mavunkel



Marsha serves as Chair of the Seattle Immigration Group and focuses her practice exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization law. She advises clients on family and employment-based U.S. immigration law, and assists both corporate and individual clients with all aspects of the immigration process. She advocates for her clients on a wide range of cases, including: H-1B professionals, E-2 Treaty investors, L-1 intra-company transfers, TN professionals, J-1 exchange visitors, F-1 students, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, outstanding researchers, professors, and persons of extraordinary ability, and labor certifications under PERM regulations. She has also worked on VAWA cases, naturalizations, and a range of family-based permanent residence cases.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Marsha worked within the immigration field as a researcher, visiting international professional, and as a volunteer.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Vice Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association Executive Committee- Washington State Chapter (2017-present)
  • Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association Executive Committee– Washington State Chapter (2016)
  • Member, Washington Technology Industry Association (2016)
  • Membership Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association Executive Committee– Washington State Chapter (2015)
  • Vice President of Diversity, Washington Women Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Member, South Asian Bar Association (2013-present)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2013-present)
  • Co-chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association – Washington State Chapter New Members Division (2013-2015)
  • Volunteer Immigration Attorney, King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics (2013-present)
  • Seattle Human Rights Commissioner, Seattle Human Rights Commission (2011-2014)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (2010-present)

Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • Malayalam (dialect of Kerala, India)


Marsha is a Bay Area, California transplant, who relocated to Seattle for law school and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. She is a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from India. Marsha volunteers with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project as a pro bono attorney and in her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling as much as possible.