Employment History

August 1994 to Present

Drew D. Pettus, Attorney at Law, Bellingham, Washington. Immigration Attorney focusing on family immigration (K-l fiance visas, One-Step Adjustment green cards) and business immigration (E-l and E-2 investor visas, TN visas, L-l visas, EB-5 visas).

January 1989 to August 1994

Partner, PRESON GATES & ELLIS LLP (now K&L Gates), Washington, D.C.
Focused on business and family immigration, telecommunications and environmental law.

Primary clients at the firm were:

  • American Forest & Paper Association (formerly, American Paper Institute)
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • TeleCommunications, Inc. (TCI)
  • The Boeing Company

January 1979 to January 1989

Legislative Attorney
Committee on Energy and Commerce
US House of Representatives, U.S.Congress, Washington, D.C.
Drafted immigration and trade legislation and provided analysis of immigration and international trade issues.

Ceremonial pen and papers in a frame.
Drew D. Pettus Attorney at Law receives ceremonial pen for his work on Clean Air Act under George Bush 1990.
Ceremonial pen and papers in a frame.
Drew D. Pettus Attorney at Law receives ceremonial pen for his work on Northwest Power Act 1980 under Jimmy Carter.

March 1977 to January 1979

Associate Counsel
Committee on Rules, US House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.

May 1976 to March 1977

Director, Congressional District Office
US Representative Lloyd Meeds, 2nd Congressional District, Washington State
Worked with citizens of Western Washington with matters before the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

October 1974 to May 1976

Private practice of law, Bellingham, Washington
Sole practitioner of law. General practice.


1994George Mason University, International Transactions Program. Completion of 25 credit hours towards a Masters Degree in International Trade Law. Studied U.S Immigration and International Trade statutes (including U.S. advocacy of WTO Agreement).
1974J.D. Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College
19711971 A.B. University of California, Berkeley

Professional Organization

District of Columbia Bar
Washington State Bar
American Immigration Lawyers Association


Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Board Member (ten years, President of Board one year).
Washington Athletic Club