Meg Hobbins is a Partner focusing on complex U.S. immigration matters and Interpol defense. Meg has fifteen years of experience in U.S. immigration and international human rights law. She has represented clients seeking permanent residence, the full spectrum of humanitarian immigration benefits, and relief from removal proceedings. During and after law school, Meg served as a judicial law clerk and attorney advisor at the Houston, Baltimore, and York Immigration Courts, through the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program. Having worked with over a dozen immigration judges, she applies a broader perspective and astute analysis to her client matters, succeeding in the most intractable cases. Meg is endlessly energized by her clients’ resilience and is a tenacious, impassioned advocate.
Meg has extensive expertise with the most challenging consular visa applications, including all categories of inadmissibility waivers. She represents clients at every stage in the family-based immigration process, from initial marriage-based petitions to conditional residency and naturalization. Meg has helped numerous clients effectively navigate the immigration impact of divorce, the death of a spouse, criminal charges and investigations.
Meg began working with asylum seekers from Iraq and Afghanistan in 2000 and has been honored to represent clients fleeing persecution from all corners of the globe. Her knowledge of international human rights law includes a keen understanding of Interpol’s constitution and procedures. Meg was drawn to Interpol defense as she witnessed her clients suffering the immigration consequences of illegitimate Red Notices, requested by countries seeking to punish dissidents abroad. She has successfully challenged multiple Red Notices based on false criminal charges, vindicating her clients and allowing them to live without fear of unjust apprehension.
Prior to joining Grossman Young & Hammond, Meg was a senior attorney on the litigation team at Maggio & Kattar. She also worked with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, representing detained torture survivors. Before attending law school, Meg served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and worked with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service in Sydney, Australia.
Meg speaks English, French, and Spanish.
- JD, The American University Washington College of Law
- Diploma, European and International Law Studies, University of Paris X, Nanterre
- Bachelor’s, Anthropology & Political Science, Rice University
- Maryland State Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Maryland Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- American Society of International Law (ASIL)
- Washington DC’s Best Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2020.
- Featured in “Ones to Watch,” Bethesda Magazine, March/April 2019.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Project of the Year, “Family-Based Immigration Law: A Lawyer’s Guide” Book Project, June 2014.
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Outstanding Volunteer, June 2009.
- Washington Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility, Outstanding Student Clinical Program, May 2007.
- American University Order of the Coif Honor Society, May 2007.
- Matter of W-E-R-B and the Reliability of Red Notices – Benders Immigration Bulletin PDF – Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, June 15, 2020.
- Immigrant Justice Clinic Assists Women, Children Seeking Asylum – American University Washington College of Law, April 2019.
- Threat of U.S. imprisonment won’t deter migrant mothers protecting their children, The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 2019.
- A guide to understanding and challenging persecutory Interpol Red Notices in immigration court and before Interpol, International Bar Association, October 1, 2020 (with Sandra Grossman).
- Inadmissibility, Nonimmigrant Visa Practice Manual (DC Bar 2014).
- Family- Based Immigration Law: A Lawyer’s Guide, Editor-in-Chief (DC Bar 2013, 2015).
- Maintaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status, What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law (ABA 2014).
- Waivers of Inadmissibility, Family- Based Immigration Law: A Lawyer’s Guide (DC Bar 2013).
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Motions to Suppress Evidence and Terminate Removal Proceedings Due to Constitutional and Regulatory Violations, Immigration Briefings 10 (2010).
- The Day Laborer Debate: Small Town, U.S.A. Takes On Federal Law Regarding Undocumented Workers, 6 Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal 111 (2006).
- “Strategies for Returning Residents,” AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Virtual Conference, November 17, 2021.
- Immigration Law Basics 2021, Washington, D.C. Bar Association, co-teaching with Himedes Chicas, February 3, 2021.
- “INTERPOL, Red Notices, and the Immigrant: Opportunities for Creative Legal Advocacy,” in cooperation with Clark Hill, July, 1 2020.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Basics 2022, January 12, 2022, Course Co-Chair and Speaker.
- AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Virtual Conference, “Strategies for Returning Residents,” November 17, 2021.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Online Course, Consular Processing and the Role of Consular Officers, September 2020, Faculty and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Basics 2020, February 25, 2020, Course Co-Chair and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Basics 2019, February 20, 2019, Course Co-Chair and Speaker.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual National Conference, Practice Management, June 22, 2019.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Basics 2018, January 23, 2018.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association District of Columbia Chapter Fall Conference, Recent Trends in USCIS, November 7, 2018, Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Update on Family-Based Immigration Law, September 28, 2017, Course Chair and Speaker.
- Federal Bar Association, MyLaw CLE Program, Family-Based Immigration, August 24, 2017,
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual National Conference, Humanitarian Options of Last Resort, June 24, 2017.
- Maryland State Bar Association Immigration Law Section, New Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers Regulations and Policies, May 17, 2017.
- Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic, Immigration Law Career Panel, March 9, 2017.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association District of Columbia Chapter Fall Conference, Introduction to Hardship Waivers, November 16, 2016, Discussion Leader and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, The Nuts and Bolts of Naturalization, November 3, 2016, Course Chair and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law Practice Clinic: Family-Based Immigration, August 13, 2015, Course Chair and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Series: Family-Based Immigration, April 28, 2015, Course Chair and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, The Nuts and Bolts of Naturalization, November 19, 2014, Course Chair and Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Law for the Family Law Practitioner, January 15, 2014, Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, The Nuts and Bolts of Naturalization, November 5, 2013, Course Chair and Speaker.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association District of Columbia Chapter Fall Conference, Child Status Protection Act, November 13, 2013,
- S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s Conference, Immigrant Waivers: Provisional I-601A Waivers and I-601s, October 24, 2013, Speaker.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Advising Clients Facing Immigration Hurdles: Introduction to Waivers of Inadmissibility, January 30, 2013, Course Chair and Speaker.
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Coalition Forum, Motions to Suppress and Terminate, April 27, 2011.
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Immigration Court Practice, Beyond the Basics: Preparing a Case for Immigration Court, November 4, 2010, Speaker.