Brent Renison is an immigration attorney in Portland, Oregon who has been representing employers and key employees with business-based immigration since 1997. He is top listed in Best Lawyers in America, is top ranked as a leading individual by London-based Chambers and Partners and is named by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer. He is the recipient of numerous national and local awards including the Ninth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law (2010), The Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award (2011), a Presidential Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring and Litigation on behalf of immigrant rights (2007), and the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon AILA Chapter (2007). He has received certification as a Global Mobility Specialist™ by Worldwide ERC®.
Brent Renison served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law from 2004 to 2007, and has lectured regionally and nationally on immigration law topics. He enjoys making red wine from Oregon grapes, and exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest.
Brent Renison's work to end the "Widow Penalty" in immigration law has been featured on CBS News 60 Minutes with Bob Simon, and also on National Public Radio's This American Life with Ira Glass. He continues to pursue legislative change and litigation on behalf of immigrant rights as a complementary practice to his employment based immigration services. He is the recipient of the 2011 Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award for his civil rights work.
Languages spoken: Mandarin
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Brent is a highly competent, well-respected, and devoted advocate. I had the privilege of working with him, in the Courts and before Congress, as part of the herculean effort to end the "widow penalty." This punitive application of our immigration law had persisted for decades, and no one was more instrumental than Brent in ending it. Throughout this ordeal, and in many subsequent matters, I have witnessed firsthand how dedicated Brent is to his work and his clients. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Jeffrey Feinbloom Immigration Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President's Public Service Award||Oregon State Bar||2011|
|Daniel Levy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration||Lexis Nexus||2010|
|President's Commendation||American Immigration Lawyers Association||2007|
|Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award||Oregon Chapter of AILA||2007|
|Global Immigration Counsel||Parrilli Renison LLC||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Tonkon Torp LLP||2000 - 2007|
|Partner||Parker Bush & Lane||1997 - 2000|
|Law Clerk||Oregon Circuit Court||1996 - 1997|
|Senior Passport Examiner||U.S. State Department||1991 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Oregon Chapter Chair||2013 - 2014|
|Lockhart v. Napolitano, 573 F.3d 251 (6th Cir. 2009)||Set legal precedent, won case|
|Hootkins v. Napolitano, 2009 WL 2222839 (C.D. Cal. 2009)||Certified Class Action, Won Case|
|Hanford v. Chertoff, Civ. No. SA-08-CA-0795XR (W.D. Texas, Sept. 17, 2009)||Won case|
|See all legal cases|
|Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2008-09 Edition||Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Issues in Difficult Marriage Adjustment Cases||2008|
|University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of Oregon School of Law||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|AILA Annual Conference||Continuing a Petition after a Petitioner or Beneficiary Dies||2011|