ESTER GREENFIELD leads the immigration group at MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless (MHB) in Seattle, Washington. The group consists of six dynamic immigration attorneys and one "of counsel" senior immigration attorney who represent individuals and businesses of all sizes in immigration matters. We have worked with a wide variety of industries including computer software, banking, forest products, architecture, arts and entertainment, biotechnology, electronics, manufacturing, construction, health-care, international trade, and education. We assist with nonimmigrant visas, employment and family based green cards, preserving permanent resident status in a mobile world, naturalization, deportation and removal, administrative appeals, and federal court litigation. Our team of talented and experienced paralegals provides outstanding client support. Our office is diverse with many languages spoken, including Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
Ester represents a wide variety of clients, including individuals, start-up companies, and large corporations. She has worked on labor certification issues for many years on a national level. She served on the Department of Labor liaison committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for eight years. She was an author and co-editor-in-chief of The David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification (AILA, 3rd ed. 2005). She has taught immigration law as an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law and has lectured at regional and national immigration law seminars. She has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in the field of immigration law from 1999 to the present. She is the only immigration lawyer to be recognized as one of the top 50 woman lawyers in Washington Super Lawyers, 2008-2010.
Ester enjoys helping business and individual clients come up with immigration strategies and evaluate which course of action makes the most sense in each situation. She has been successful on numerous occasions in turning around denials when the facts warrant it, persuading the immigration service to reopen a petition and to approve a benefit that it previously denied. She also gives back to the community by guiding the King County Bar Association at a free neighborhood immigration legal clinic for low-income clients. On a pro bono basis, she has represented many abused spouses of U.S. citizens in claiming status under the Violence Against Women Act.