Northgate Office Building
9750 Third Avenue NE, Suite 375
Seattle, Washington 98115
Tel: 206-624-9480
Fax: 206-223-1325
Professional Biography


Law Office of David W. Merrell
Seattle, Washington
Private law practice, dedicated to advising and representing individuals, families, and small businesses in cases involving U.S. visa, immigration, and citizenship laws, since April 1992.


Consular & Diplomatic Officer
U.S. Department of State (Foreign Service)
As a Consular Officer, reviewed and decided Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa applications and U.S. Citizenship cases. As U.S. Consul, American Consulate General Hong Kong, decided both NIV and IV cases and headed the Consular Anti-Fraud Unit. As Vice-Consul and Deputy Principal Officer, American Consulate General Lyon, France, provided all visa and U.S. citizen consular services, performed political and economic reporting, and supervised consulate administration. As Third Secretary / Vice Consul and General Services Officer, American Embassy Khartoum, Sudan, provided administrative support to the U.S. mission, supervising a staff of up to 180 employees.

Pro Tem Judge, Seattle District Court
King County, Washington
Presided over criminal, civil, and small claims hearings and trials as a substitute on an occasional basis.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
King County, Washington
Prosecuted over 50 felony trials to jury verdict, including first degree murder, and numerous misdemeanor cases. Briefed and argued cases in the Washington State Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court.

Session Attorney, Office of the Code Reviser
Olympia, Washington
Drafted proposed legislation and amendments in all subject areas for committees and members of all parties of the 1981 Washington State Legislature.

Staff Attorney, Washington State Court of Appeals
Seattle, Washington
Researched and drafted appellate opinions for all Division I judges as assigned.


Law Degree: University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington. Juris Doctor.

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Bachelor of Arts in History.

Professional Affiliations

Admitted: Washington State Bar Association; Bar of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Member: American Immigration Lawyers Association; Washington State Bar Association.

Speaker: At continuing legal education seminars for both immigration attorneys and other attorneys on a local, state, regional, and national basis.

Language: French