Dedication & Service to Immigrant Communities

Immigrant communities should be encouraged to grow and flourish in the United States.  Unfortunately, the barriers to legal immigration are many and these barriers are damaging not only to immigrants and their families, but also to the American economy, culture, and democracy.  

To that end, we believe in overhauling the entire U.S. immigration bureaucracy.  It is absurd that America puts immigrants in jail whose only crime is that they want to work and live here, and at the same time forces immigrants to leave after they have been educated here.  In fact, even the Obama Administration’s recent adjustment of immigration enforcement policy, meant to target primarily those with criminal convictions, is not working.  Just 13.8% of individuals in deportation proceedings initiated during the period July – September 2011 by ICE in Immigration Courts were charged with having engaged in criminal activities, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.  And this proportion has only been declining throughout the past year.   

Jonathan Reingold recently joined the State Government Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Washington Chapter, to advocate for sensible immigration reform measures and to seek to stop anti-immigration measures at the state level.        

Because all immigrants—regardless of their income level—deserve nothing less than competent representation, Jonathan has donated his time and legal skills to immigrant communities in New York and Washington states.  While in law school, he volunteered as an intern with the Immigration Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.  As an immigration lawyer in Seattle, he has done pro bono work with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.         

Looking Out for Clients’ Long Term Interests

We are always looking out for the long-term best interests of our clients.  To that end, we believe in going far beyond the minimum requirements of competent representation for all of our clients.  In humanitarian-based cases that has sometimes meant engaging in public benefits and charity advocacy, including advocating with healthcare providers to ensure that clients receive ongoing mental health care where appropriate, and advocating with the Office of Refugee Resettlement to ensure that clients receive any cash and medical benefits to which they are entitled by law.          

Because of our long-term view, we believe in taking the time to do things the right way from the beginning.  This maximizes our chances of success and minimizes the risk of costly mistakes.  Doing things the right way means always paying close attention to details and setting and maintaining very high standards for the work we produce.  Clear, regular communication with clients facilitates this process and ensures that clients are not left in the dark, wondering about their case.  And, we believe that communication between lawyer and client works both ways.  We listen carefully to our clients and work hard to make sure they always have the best information available to make the important decisions.   

Small Firm + Less Advertising = Loyal Clients

Reingold Law is focused primarily on providing family and humanitarian-based immigration services to new immigrants and their family members.  We also offer business immigration and small business legal services for immigrant clients who are business owners and entrepreneurs.  

The firm does very little advertising, mostly finding clients the old fashioned way, by word-of-mouth.  By keeping the practice small, relatively narrow in focus, and without aggressive advertising, we enjoy getting to know clients as individuals and not just as cases.  We find that this in turn allows us to provide better legal services because it fosters collaboration between attorney and client, which greatly improves the chances of success.

Thankfully, it also tends to mean that clients keep returning to Reingold Law and recommending the firm to friends.  Beyond serving as a trusted legal advisor to clients, whenever we can, we strive to connect clients or prospective clients to others who might be able to help them as they work to establish new lives in the U.S.  New immigrants can sometimes be isolated socially and professionally, and we enjoy helping immigrants expand their networks here.

We are proud to have built a small practice based in Seattle, which includes clients from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

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