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Tess Douglas

Tess's practice focuses on immigration law.

Tess represents individuals and employers throughout all stages of the U.S. immigration process.  Her practice includes family- and employment-based petitions, removal defense, naturalization, federal litigation, and crimmigration.  She has worked exclusively in immigration over the past seven years and she is passionate about using this experience to be a strong advocate for immigrants.

Prior to joining MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in 2019, Tess worked for the United States Department of Justice, as an Honors Program attorney-advisor at the Los Angeles Immigration Court.  In this role, she was responsible for conducting research, drafting opinions, and advising immigration judges.  She authored court-wide legal memos on implications of new case law and trained the judges on criminal immigration issues.  While in law school, Tess worked at a law firm where she gained experience litigating immigration claims in federal court.  Prior to law school, Tess worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm where she frequently prepared employment-based petitions for universities, start-ups, scientists, and scholars.

In her free time, Tess enjoys playing soccer, perfecting new salad dressing recipes, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and Australian cattle dog.

Practice Emphasis & Experience:

  • Employment- and family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas
  • Removal Defense
  • Crimmigration
  • Federal Immigration Litigation
  • Hardship Waivers
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Outstanding Researcher Petitions


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D. 2017
  • Scripps College, cum laude, B.A., 2011

Honors & Awards:

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in: Immigration; Financing for High Tech Startups; American Legal History; Real Estate Finance; and Property.


  • Disrupting Immigration: How Administrative Rulemaking Could Change the Landscape for Immigrant Entrepreneurs, 44 Pepp. L. Rev. 199 (2016).

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Bar Admissions:

  • California

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Since 1952, we have been helping individual and corporate clients navigate immigration laws and fight for their civil rights and liberties. We look forward to working with you.

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