Attorney Lynn Garfinkel

Lynn Garfinkel

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Practice Areas:

  • Immigration Law

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2008
  • D.C. Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • AILA, Asylum Office Liaison Committee, Former Chair
  • AILA Washington Immigration Court Liaison Committee, Former Vice Chair


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Teaching Assistant
    • Honors: Prisoner's Rights and Death Penalty Certiorari Clinics
  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: International Development


After several years of successful practice at Washington D.C. metro area boutique immigration law firms, Lynn Garfinkel founded Garfinkel Immigration Law, LLC, to better serve client needs. At her new practice, Ms. Garfinkel handles green cards, temporary and permanent visas, family and work petitions, asylum, protection under the Convention Against Torture, deportation defense, naturalization, and other immigrant and non immigrant visas and petitions. Ms. Garfinkel has experience with a variety of employment based visas, including intracompany transferees, specialty occupations, professionals, researchers, investors, and more. Lynn Garfinkel has helped clients obtain religious, political, and gender based asylum. Ms. Garfinkel also successfully represents foreign national survivors of abuse petitioning for benefits under the Violence Against Women Act.

Previously, Ms. Garfinkel completed her undergraduate studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Having studied abroad in France and South Korea, she self-designed her undergraduate degree in international development. After working at national organizations advocating for low income families, she earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Massachusetts. During law school, she was a teaching assistant and participated in a prisoner's rights and death penalty cert. clinics. As part of her school’s program, she interned at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division and the Office of the Federal Public Defender for DC.

She is currently Chair of the Asylum Office Liaison Committee for the AILA, a member of the Maryland Bar, and a member of the District of Columbia bar. She previously served as the Vice Chair for the AILA Washington Immigration Court Liaison Committee. Ms. Garfinkel has engaged in volunteer human rights advocacy work for Amnesty International's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. For five years, she served as the Representative to the Special Initiatives Grant Committee.

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Attorney

Past Positions

  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for D.C., Intern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for 1st Circuit, Intern
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Intern

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 2008
  • Maryland, 2006

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Amnesty International's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, Volunteer
  • Special Initiatives Grant Committee, Representative