Boundary Bay Law  U.S. Immigration Law  360.229.7766                                                                    

Nicholas Berning

Nicholas Berning has practiced immigration law since January 2007. Before co-founding Boundary Bay Law in 2015, he served as the Practice Manager at his previous firm 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.  
Mr. Berning taught Paralegal Studies courses at Whatcom Community College between 2009 and 2014, 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. 
  • 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 

Maralise Fegan

Maralise Fegan moved to Bellingham, Washington to attend Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. In 2003, she graduated with a self-designed B.A. in “Cross Cultural Awareness and Communication in the Mental Health Field.”  
Maralise began working with Nicholas Berning in 2011 as an intern for her post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies. Following the completion of her internship, Maralise continued to work with Nick as a paralegal in immigration law. She has experience working on a variety of immigrant and nonimmigrant U.S. visas including applications for investors, extraordinary and exceptional ability workers, religious workers, and family sponsorship categories.
  • 2003 - B.A. in Cross Cultural Awareness and Communication in the Mental Health Field Western Washington University  
  • 2012 - Paralegal Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Whatcom Community College
Professional Licenses
  • Washington State Notary Public since 2016                                                  


If you stop by our office, you may have the opportunity to meet Ava. Originally from Canada, Ava immigrated to the U.S. in 2014. She serves as the Employee Stress Management Officer ("ESMO") and is our resident expert in going for walks and napping in the sun. Ava also implemented our waste reduction plan and monitors our progress regularly by checking each of the waste bins for food scraps.