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Lisa Ellis brings value to clients by providing individualized service and fifteen years of experience to help clients achieve their immigration goals. Her firm assists businesses, families and individuals with employment-based, family-based, naturalization, and global migration.  Lisa is the author of the book Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors: What You Need to Know ​published  by Thomson Reuters/Aspatore.  Lisa speaks regularly on immigration topics nationally and regionally. She was selected as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers and is the current Chair of the AILA Board of Publications Committee. 


After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law, Lisa was an Attorney Advisor for seven immigration judges at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, a position she entered through the U.S. Attorney General's Honors Program. Prior to entering private practice, she also was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley at the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington and a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Federal Defender's Office of Eastern Washington and Idaho where she handled a wide-range of immigration matters. In private practice, Lisa was the immigration attorney of a full-service Seattle law firm for nearly nine years prior to founding Ellis Immigration Law, LLC.


A native of the Seattle area, Lisa lived in Australia and has traveled to 26 countries to date. Lisa believes the best outcomes for clients can be achieved through individualized representation, inspired collaboration, and exceptional service.


 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 95%
    15 years
  2. Estate Planning: 5%
    1 year, 5 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Ellis Immigration Law, LLC

1001 Fourth Avenue
Ste. 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200008/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2011
All-AmericanNational Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (Swimming)1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyEllis Immigration Law, LLC2013 - Present
Immigration AttorneyEllis, Li & McKinstry, PLLC2004 - 2013
Trial AttorneyFederal Defender Eastern District of Washington and Idaho2003 - 2004
Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert WhaleyDistrict Court for the Eastern District of Washington2002 - 2002
Session Counsel - JudiciaryWashington State Senate Committee Services2001 - 2002
Attorney AdvisorExecutive Office for Immigration Review2000 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationDistance Learning (Business) Member2016 - Present
KCBA Wills ClinicVolunteer Attorney2015 - Present
AILA National - Board of PublicationsChair2015 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)Attorney Member2013 - 2014
AILA National - Board of PublicationsMember2012 - 2017
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Continuing Legal Education Committee Vice Chair2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Executive Committee Program Chair2009 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Chair - Customs and Border Protection Commitee2008 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Chair - Consular Committee2006 - 2007
King County Bar Association Bilingual & Immigration ClinicVolunteer Immigration Attorney2004 - 2016
Washington State Bar AssociationLegislative Committee Member2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
L-1A/B Intercompany Transfereesgranted
H-1B petitionsgranted
R-1 and EB-4 Petitions for Ministers and Religious Workersgranted
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration Practice Pointers Tips for Handling Complex CasesThe Visa Lifecycle for Religious Workers2016
AILA Practice Toolbox, 5th Ed.Processing Instructions for U.S. Consulate in Vancouver2015
Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)Employment Authorization for Nonimmigrants2015
AILA Practice AdvisoryR-1 Classification Supplement to Form I-129R - Comments on Questions2015
Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law (AILA)Employment Authorization for Non-Immigrants2014
AILA Immigration Practice Toolbox, 4th Ed.Processing Instructions for U.S. Consulate in Vancouver2014
Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)Employment Authorization for Nonimmigrants2014
AILA's Guide to Immigration Law for ParalegalsA Brief Overview of H Nonimmigrants; The R-1 Petition2013
Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)Employment Authorization for Nonimmigrants2013
Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars and Sponsor. Thomson Reuters/ Aspatore Book PublicationBook Author2012
Inside the Minds Thomson Reuters/Aspatore BooksAvoiding I-9 Enforcement by Identifying, Preventing and Addressing Errors on the I-9 Form2011
Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (AILA)Contributing Author2010
Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (AILA)Contributing Author2009
AILA Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (AILA)Contributing Author2008
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Whitman CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of Melbourneundergrad thesis studyN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA Northwest Regional ConferenceWork Visas2016
AILA National Annual Conference 2016Religious Workers2016
King County Bar AssociationImmigration Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers: Issues to Consider When Advising Your Client2015
Association of Washington International Student AdvisorsLife After F-1: U.S. Visa Options for Recent Graduates2015
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationReligious Worker – Case Preparation and Strategies for R-1 and EB-2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional ConferenceBasics of Consular Processing2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington State chapter)Tips on Running a Small Immigration Practice2014
Immigration 101: An Intro to Immigration PracticeBroad Bases of Legal Immigration; Road Map to Immigration Law2013
Everett Community CollegeThe ABCs of Immigration Law2013
AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Law ConferenceSpecial Occupation Issues: Religious Workers & Health Care Professionals2013
AILA National Audio SeminarMaking Lemonade Out of Lemons-- Utilizing the Trainee Visas2013
2013 AILA National ConferenceNIVs: Part I2013
Association of Washington International Student Affairs Winter ConferenceWelcome Address: Increasing Favorable Immigration Outcomes for International Students: a Legal Perspective on F-1 Status and Beyond2012
Association of Washington International Student Affairs Winter ConferenceInternational Education & Immigration Law: A Collaborative Review2012
Kaplan Test PrepU.S. Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Graduates2011
In-house SeminarBehind the Scenes: The R-1 Petition Process2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Immigration ConferenceI-9 Audits and Enforcement2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington chapter)Recent Developments in Family Based Petitions2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association NW Regional Immigration Law ConferenceYour Immediate Relative Petition from Start to Finish2010
Immigration Law & the WorkplaceEmployment-Based Permanent Residence2008
Immigration Law & the WorkplaceEmployer Compliance2008
In-house SeminarImmigration Compliance for Schools2007