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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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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    19 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Jeffrey A. Feinbloom

    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.


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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney and a highly respected one in the legal community.


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Contact info

411 NW Park Avenue
Suite 201
Portland, OR, 97209


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's Public Service AwardOregon State Bar2011
Daniel Levy Award for Outstanding Achievement in ImmigrationLexis Nexus2010
President's CommendationAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2007
Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy AwardOregon Chapter of AILA2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Global Immigration CounselParrilli Renison LLC2007 - Present
PartnerTonkon Torp LLP2000 - 2007
PartnerParker Bush & Lane1997 - 2000
Law ClerkOregon Circuit Court1996 - 1997
Senior Passport ExaminerU.S. State Department1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationOregon Chapter Chair2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2008-09 EditionEvery Rose Has Its Thorn: Issues in Difficult Marriage Adjustment Cases2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Oregon School of LawInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA Annual ConferenceContinuing a Petition after a Petitioner or Beneficiary Dies2011