Sou Bounlutay emigrated to the U.S. from Laos in the turbulent 1980’s. She grew up in a small town in Idaho, one of the few families of color, and the only to speak Lao. Her parents worked long hours and endured physical hardships working in potato processing factories, while she got her bearing in her new world.
With great determination, focus, and effort, she pursued her dream of becoming a lawyer. Ms. Bounlutay graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in political science and obtained her law degree from the University of Idaho.
A few months after receiving her license to practice law, Ms. Bounlutay ventured out on her own and opened her law practice in Seattle, Washington. In the last fifteen years, she helped individuals gain access to their legal rights within the U.S. Justice Systems.
Ms. Bounlutay’s desire is to empower women and has dedicated her practice to representing women in immigration, personal injury, and family law cases.
She is a member of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (2000), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2000). She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (2000-present), Washington Trial Lawyers Association (2000-present), and American Immigration Lawyers Association (2002-present) and a graduate of the Trial Lawyer College.
She speaks Lao/Thai.