The Walton Law Group is pleased to announce that retired Principal Deputy Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings is now affiliated with the firm as immigration counsel. The firm’s founder, Charles E. Walton, says this is a major step for the Walton Law Group and he is confident that the addition of Judge McGoings will go a long way in meeting the needs of the many individuals in southern Maryland and elsewhere who are in need of expert immigration legal advice and representation. “There is really a scarcity of immigration lawyers in St. Mary’s, Charles, and Prince George’s Counties” stated Mr. Walton. “Persons in need of immigration services will no longer have to travel to Virginia or to the District of Columbia to meet with an Immigration attorney.
Judge McGoings retired from the U. S. Department of Justice after a thirty year career in immigration law. He joined the Immigration & Naturalization Service (now the Department of Homeland Security) Office of General Counsel in 1987 as an Assistant General Counsel. He would also serve as Associate General Counsel for Employer Sanctions & Civil Document Fraud (1991-1994) and Associate General Counsel of the Enforcement Division (1994-1995).
In 1995, Judge McGoings was appointed by the Attorney General to Assistant Chief Immigration Judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. In this position he supervised the nationwide Criminal Alien Program and some 54 Immigration Courts. In addition he presided and decided immigration cases (asylum, withholding, cancellation of removal, and custody redetermination). From 2009 to 2017 Judge McGoings served as the Principal Deputy Chief Immigration Judge. During this time, he twice served as Acting Chief Immigration Judge. Judge McGoings holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.