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Nicholas Berning
Nicholas Berning has practiced immigration law since January 2007. Before co-founding Boundary Bay Law, he served as the Practice Manager at T.D. Knowles & Associates, PLLC from 2008 to 2015. Nick has represented over 200 EB-5 immigrant investors and E-2 non-immigrant investors. He also has extensive experience with both immigrant and temporary work visas and with family sponsorship visas.  
 
From 2009 to 2015 Nick served on the Washington State Practice of Law Board, which is responsible for investigating the unlawful practice of law in Washington State. The Washington State Supreme Court appointed Nick to serve as the Practice of Law Board’s Chair in 2012 while the Board finalized the controversial Limited License Legal Technician Rule. The Court also appointed Nick to serve two terms as the Board’s Vice Chair.  
 
Since 2009 Mr. Berning has taught paralegals at Whatcom Community College, including courses on Legal Research and Writing, Law Office Technology, and Interviewing and Investigating.  
 
Nick currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s Washington Chapter Consular Processing Committee. He previously served two terms as the Chair of the Washington Chapter’s Limited License Legal Technician Committee.
Education
  • 2001 - B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies Whitman College  
  • 2005 - Juris Doctor Lewis & Clark Law School
Professional Licenses
  • Washington State Bar Association since 2006 
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Practitioner of Foreign Law Permit 
Professional Memberships
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association since 2007 
    • 2013/14 and 2014/15 - Chair of the Washington State Chapter’s Limited License Legal Technician Committee  
    • 2011/2012 - Member of the Washington State Chapter Congressional Liaison Committee  
    • Current member of the Washington State Chapter’s Consular Processing Committee  
  • Washington Supreme Court Practice of Law Board 2009-2015  
    • 2011/12 - Chair  
    • 2012/13 - Vice Chair  
    • 2013/14 - Vice Chair