Whitney C. Wootton

Whitney Wootton is an associate attorney at Open Sky Law, PLLC, where she focuses on appeals, federal court litigation, asylum, family-based petitions, citizenship, U & T-visas, and VAWA cases. She works with individuals and families both in the US and abroad, and provides immigration-related advice in family law and criminal matters.

Whitney has worked remotely with clients in the Seattle, Washington area for several years. She expanded her practice to Texas in 2020 and now provides legal representation in Round Rock, Texas and surrounding communities. Whitney offers in-person services at our Round Rock satellite location by appointment only.

Immigration law is Whitney’s passion. After teaching English in South Korea and working as a legal assistant in Houston, Texas for several years, Whitney attended Seattle University School of Law with the goal of becoming an immigration lawyer. She became even more confident in her decision when she attended her first immigration law course, taught by Devin Theriot-Orr. During law school she was a staff editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, served on the board of Seattle University’s chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and volunteered with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Seattle. She worked as an intern at the immigration firm of Sunbird Law, which later became Open Sky Law.

Whitney is a Texas native and lives in sunny Round Rock with her spouse and two young children. She enjoys being outdoors, running, baking, traveling, and the constant challenge and reward of parenting.

Education & Bar Admission
  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; Minors in Business and Spanish
  • Bar Admissions: Washington (2018), Texas (2020)
  • Court Admissions: U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Washington, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the District of Columbia; Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals; Seattle Immigration Court
Honors & Recognition
  • Dean’s List 2016-2018
  • Presidential Law Scholarship Recipient, 2015-2018
  • Reutlinger Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2018
  • Faculty Trust Scholarship Finalist, 2018
  • Metzger Legal Writing Scholarship Recipient, 2016
Publications & Presentations
  • Diversion Not Deportation: Mitigating the Harsh Immigration Consequences of Minor Crimes, 16 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 217 (2017).
Professional Activities and Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association, Member
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild, Member
  • Immigration Advocates Network, Member