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Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Illinois (Inactive)


  • Tulane University School of Law
  • Cornell University

Spoken Languages

  • Italian

Lisa Ryan

Lisa has practiced exclusively in the field of corporate immigration and nationality law since 1994. Lisa currently manages Fragomen’s global operations within the United States, and provides guidance on global initiatives, the development and implementation of global, regional, or country-by-country immigration programs for clients, and immigration best practices. She is also a member of Fragomen’s Corporate Compliance Committee.

Prior to managing the firm’s global operations in the United States, Lisa’s practice included all aspects of corporate U.S. including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship, I-9 compliance, and immigration support for corporate restructuring, downsizings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Lisa has represented corporate clients in a variety of industries such as financial services, insurance/reinsurance, information technology and telecommunications, human resources and management consulting, industrial gas, marketing/advertising, and pharmaceuticals. She has also represented numerous mid-sized companies and high net-worth individuals.

Prior to moving to New York in 1996, Lisa worked in the firm’s Chicago office, where she represented clients in the commercial aviation, oil & gas, financial services, accounting and manufacturing industries.

Representative Experience

Provided counsel to a multinational organization seeking to implement a global immigration program across more than 80 jurisdictions

Managed the immigration practice for a large multinational financial institution, utilizing all visa categories for the temporary and permanent employment of foreign professionals from countries around the world

Provided counsel to small and mid-cap companies to establish corporate immigration programs, best practices and policies

Provided counsel, training and tailored programs to an international telecommunications firm seeking to restructure its immigration program, and to review and revise their established internal best practices and immigration policies

Provided counsel to a commercial greenhouse under federal investigation for immigration-related compliance issues. Assisted the company in obtaining H-2A certification for temporary or seasonal agricultural work

Conducted an internal audit of a division of a multinational financial services firm’s cross border immigration practices in several countries around the world to ensure compliance with local immigration requirements

Professional Accomplishments


Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law

Deputy Officer to the Chair-Elect of the Section of International Law

Senior Advisor to the Immigration and Naturalization Committee

Co-Chair, Immigration and Naturalization Committee

Liaison to the Commission on Immigration

Co-Chair 2012 Spring Meeting

Co-Chair 2010 Spring Meeting

Member, American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section

Member, Women Rainmakers Committee

Member, Financial Women's Association

Co-Chair Professional Services Liaison Committee

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Executive Women's Golf Association

Publications and Lectures

Lisa is a frequent speaker on business immigration topics. She also makes numerous presentations to corporate clients on immigration compliance, training and program development.


Listed in the current editions of Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition, Metropolitan Who's Who, and Who's Who in American Law.
The Hidden Complexities of Business Visas
December 2011
Lisa describes the importance of remaining in compliance with regards to business visas. She discusses the penalties for falling out of business visa compliance and the potential adverse impact on businesses.