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Elaine Martin has extensive experience in US and global corporate immigration law.  She has been practising exclusively in the field of immigration law since 1997.

Elaine has thirteen years of experience in private law practice, advising companies of all sizes from Fortune 100 corporations to sole proprietorships. Elaine also handles family-based immigration and is an active volunteer with immigrant organizations in Dallas.

From 2010-2014, Elaine created and managed the global immigration department of a relocation company. She was responsible for operations and marketing internationally. Elaine helped large clients manage their immigration requirements worldwide, when they transferred employees from any country to any country. Elaine developed and managed a network of immigration experts in over 130 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, India, Japan, Nigeria, and many more.

Elaine is recognized as a leading figure in the global immigration community, with many speaking engagements (in the U.S and overseas) and journal articles to her name. She received the Worldwide ERC Meritorious Service award in 2014.

Prior to her success in establishing a global immigration division, Elaine worked in private law practice, including nine years with the world's largest immigration firm. 

Elaine is a native of Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. She has also lived in Belgium and Australia. She speaks good French, and basic Spanish and Italian.

In her free time, Elaine enjoys running and has completed 10 marathons, including Boston. She also cycles regularly and enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing (not often enough!), adventure travel (25+ countries so far) and spending time with family. She volunteers at the Dallas Arts District, and as a reading tutor in elementary schools.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    18 years



Hourly ($150-250/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Martin Immigration Law

5307 Mockingbird Lane
Suite 500
Dallas, TX, 75206


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199510/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Meritorious Service AwardWorldwide ERC2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing DirectorParagon GeoImmigration2010 - 2014
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Elaine Martin2008 - 2011
Senior AssociateFragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, L.L.P.2000 - 2008
AttorneyTidwell Swaim and Associates1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1997 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Law Society GazetteWest Side Story - US immigration options for Irish lawyers.2009
Pizza TodayKeeping it Legal (I'm quoted)2009
Happy Schools BlogFAQs on H-1Bs and Layoffs2009
Salaam Namaste, February 2009Immigration FAQs2009
Martin Immigration Law blogUncle Sam Wants Nonimmigrants2008
Martin Immigration Law blogObama Citizenship Fight Ends2008
Martin Immigration law blogDeportees Staying Away Because of Recession?2008
Martin Immigration LawAnti-immigrant hate crimes are on the rise2008
Martin Immigration Law blogImmigration groups support Napolitano as head of DHS2008
Martin Immigration Law blogState Department shows increase in student visas approved in 20082008
Martin Immigration Law BlogDepartment of State announces new intercountry adoption website2008
Martin Immigration Law BlogArticle on Texas Drivers' Licenses2008
Martin Immigration Law BlogHigh tech companies get creative in hiring foreign nationals2008
Martin Immigration Law BlogDallas jail checking immigration status of inmates2008
Martin Immigration Law BlogUSCIS updates the E-verify requirement for federal contractors, to start 1/15/092008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University College Dublin, IrelandLawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Law SectionImmigration Projections2009
Immigration Chai ChatImmigration Q&A2009
Human Resource Meetup - North GroupImmigration Basics for HR Professionals and Employers2009
Career Fair Prep Day, SMUImmigration Basics for Foreign Students2009
Immigration BasicsImmigration2007
6th International Families in Global Transition ConferenceMajor Developments in US Immigration Law2004
Various internal immigration training courses at client sitesImmigration for HR and recruitersN/A