Verna Seal, PP, PLS

Certification Director

Verna Seal is a senior paralegal in the law firm Perkins Coie’s Business / International Trade and Transactions group and has more than 25 years of experience in the area of immigration law.  Prior to immigration law, she has many years of corporate transaction/SEC compliance experience, as well as litigation.  Overall, she has over 40 years of experience working in the legal field.  She had worked on numerous pro bono cases for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, as well as OneAmerica and Washington New Americans. Verna has been a member of NALS since 1992.  Since that time, she has held leadership positions in NALS of Minneapolis, NALS of Minnesota, Dallas Association of Legal Professionals, NALS of Portland, NALS of Greater Seattle, and NALS of Washington, as well as NALS serving as National Marketing Director and National Membership Director. Verna was elected to the Tukwila City Council in 2006 and currently serves as budget chair.  She also sits on the National League of Cities Youth, Education, and Families Council, and serves on the city of Tukwila Library Advisory Board and the Friends of the Tukwila Library board.  She is the former President and co-founder of the Tukwila Children’s Foundation and has also sat on the board of Tukwila Community Schools Collaboration and the Tukwila Pantry.  She was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years and for the last 5 years, served as Service Unit Manager for the Tukwila/Burien Service area. Verna received her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in 1988, as well as her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, B.S., Political Science in 1986.  She also holds both her PLS and PP certificates.


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