Audrey L. Lawless practices in the following areas of law: Family Based Immigration and Citizenship, Asylum and Deportation/Removal, Employment Based Immigration, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Visitation Rights, Spousal Support, Guardianship and Conservator.
Admitted to Practice: Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Illinois
Law School: Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D.
Graduate School: Vermont Law School, Master of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude
College: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, BA Economics
Affiliations: Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Illinois State Bar, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (VWAA).
Audrey Lawless is an associate with the firm. Her primary practice areas are immigration and family law.
Before coming to this office, Ms. Lawless had an extensive litigation and government career. As an Assistant District Counsel and then Assistant Chief Counsel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), she spent countless hours in the courtroom trying hundreds of immigration cases. Ms. Lawless has litigated marriage fraud, asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status and detained cases. She had the distinct pleasure of representing the government in naturalizing hundreds of new U.S. citizens in Federal District Court.
In Chicago, Ms. Lawless practiced in a large law firm where she represented multi-national corporations involved in environmental litigation. Prior to that, she authored hundreds of judicial orders and opinions for the Illinois Pollution Control Board. As a lead hearing officer, she conducted several public hearings around the state.
Before entering the legal profession, Ms. Lawless lived and worked in Hawaii doing business for a Fortune 500 company. She returned to the mainland and attended Vermont Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Environmental law and Policy. She then graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law.
Ms. Lawless and her family currently reside in Leesburg, Virginia.