Scott Railton

Scott Railton

Scott Railton limits his practice to United States immigration and naturalization law, with an emphasis on advising businesses and human resources departments. His counsel is relied upon by renowned professionals, including business executives, research scientists, and physician specialists. Mr. Railton reserves a portion of his practice for the litigation of admissibility and removal issues, humanitarian matters, and immigration advocacy. Situated near the border, he has gained a special expertise regarding U.S.-Canadian border processing and other related admissibility matters.

Mr. Railton is a Past Chair of the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, as well as a former Governor to the organization’s national Board.  An active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, he has served in leadership roles on several state and national committees for the organization.  He has chaired committees concerning U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Consular Affairs, and Consumer Protection, while serving on many more.  Mr. Railton is also a member of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce, as well as the Society for Human Resource Management. He regularly travels to Washington D.C. to advocate for immigration reforms, in association with these organizations.

Mr. Railton has been selected to Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers list, which is limited to no more than five percent of attorneys in any state. The Thomson Reuters website states, “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.” 

Mr. Railton has taught U.S. Immigration Law and Policy at Western Washington University, as well as other seminars on U.S. citizenship laws. He regularly speaks and writes to a wide variety of audiences concerning business immigration, immigration enforcement, criminality and waivers, and other constitutional matters related to U.S. immigration and border law. He has authored immigration-related articles published by the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Lexis-Nexis, Thomson Reuters, the Washington State Bar Association, and other noted publishers.

Mr. Railton has extensive experience in health care immigration. He routinely assists hospitals, clinics and health care workers with their immigration. He has special expertise in J-1 waivers for physicians in the Pacific Northwest, Schedule A petitions for Registered Nurses, and NAFTA issues related to health care occupations. He has substantial experience in labor certifications and merits-based permanent residence applications. He authored “U.S. Immigration for Health Care Workers” for an American Immigration Lawyers Association conference, and testified at Washington State’s hearing on Conrad 30 rules update. Mr. Railton views immigration as one key to addressing the United States’ health care crisis, particularly as it relates to underserved populations.

Mr. Railton also takes a professional interest in how cannabis legalization impacts noncitizens. He authored “Marijuana and Immigration” for the American Bar Association, testified before Canada’s Parliament concerning national legalization and the border, and is frequently quoted in the U.S. and Canadian media on related developments. Mr. Railton advocates for transparency of law, predictability for clients, and justice for all.

Mr. Railton is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for Western Washington. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where he was an Executive Editor for the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with highest honors from Western Washington University, and has served on the Executive Committee of the institution’s Alumni Board of Directors. Mr. Railton also volunteers his services to a number of other regional organizations.