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  1. Immigration: 90%
    20 years
  2. Child Abuse: 10%
    17 years



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    I endorse this lawyer.Marisa is a true professional. She is very committed to doing the best job she can do in anything she pursues. Marisa is a very bright, organized, and diligent individual who is easy to talk to and feel that she really cares about you. I have seen her take on tough situations very aggressively while maintaining her sense of decency and compassion. I consider Marisa a trusted colleague as well as a friend.


    Diann Slavit
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DeFranco Law

14 North Main Street
Middleton, MA, 01949


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Woman of LawMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly2011
Beacon of Justice AwardNational Legal Aid & Defender Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyDeFranco Law2009 - Present
Of Counsel, Immigration Practice ChairDevine Millimet & Branch2007 - 2009
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Marisa DeFranco1997 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationChair, Immigration Section Council2009 - 2011
Massachuetts Commission on the Status of WomenCommissioner (appointed by State Senate President)2008 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Liason Committee2006 - 2007
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair, New England Chapter2005 - 2006
Women's Bar Association, Legislative Policy CommitteeMember1999 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Waiver of I-751 Joint PetitionWON--Approval
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Publication nameTitleDate
Boston HeraldOP ED: Dole Out Work Visas Fairly2013
LGBT Asylum NewsAmerica grants a gay, deaf Ugandan asylum2011
Massachusetts Bar Association Section ReviewGender Asylum-Bringing the Law into the 21st Century2010
Massachusetts Bar Association publicationEthical Issues in Employment and Family-Based Practice2009
Women’s Bar AssociationFive Myths of Immigration2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of DaytonHistory, and Languages (French & Italian)--dual majorBA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CBS Boston, Nightside with Dan Rea2012 Presidential Debates- Analyst2012
Cape & Islands Democratic Council Jefferson Jackson DinnerKeynote Speaker-Candidate for U.S. Senate2012
Immigration Law Basics PlusEthics2011
AAUW Taunton, Remarkable Young WomenEqual Pay and Comparable Work2010
Women’s Bar Association"VAWA: Advocacy in the Immigration Context,"2006