Virginia, US

Lisa understands that immigration is a very personal experience for her individual clients and their families. She takes the time to get to know her clients and guides them through each step of the immigration process. Lisa looks for ways to incorporate best-practice strategies at the beginning of each case so that the immigration process is simplified and, most importantly, successful. She also knows from experience that immigration cases can be anything but routine, so she remains flexible in her approach, facing challenges head-on and providing insightful solutions.

Lisa has over 20 years of experience practicing immigration and has been with Fragomen since 1994. She represents corporate clients of all sizes across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized businesses in the communications, media, advertising and professional services sectors. Many of these clients are often unfamiliar with immigration requirements and Lisa helps them to navigate the complexities of U.S. immigration compliance. She assists individuals at every corporate level—from executives and their families to entry level employees. She also regularly works with investors, entrepreneurs and individual clients.

Lisa lectures regularly on a wide range of global business immigration law topics with numerous prominent industry organizations. As a long-time member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Lisa is deeply involved in shepherding the firm’s pro bono activities. She supervises a Fragomen Fellow working pro bono at the City Bar Justice Center, and has worked pro bono at numerous naturalization outreach clinics. Lisa’s commitment to pro bono work dates back more than a decade to when she worked in conjunction with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to provide immigration assistance to those impacted by the events of September 11, 2001.

Lisa speaks Hebrew and French.

Education


Brooklyn Law School | J.D., 1992
New York University | B.A., 1987

Awards

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2016 to 2019

Listed as one of “The Top Women” in immigration in New York, Super Lawyers - New York Metro 2016: The Top Women

New York Super Lawyers, 2006 to present

Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, City Bar Justice Center, 2015

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New Jersey, New York

Court Admissions: U.S. Supreme Court

Board of Trustees Member, American Immigration Council

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Board Member, City Bar Fund

Serves, Legal Advisory Council to Sanctuary for Families

Former Member, Professional Discipline Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2001-2004)

Assisted numerous creative directors, and other senior-level professionals in the advertising, public relations, branding, direct marketing, digital and relationship marketing industries to obtain “extraordinary ability” classification based on demonstrated experience and prominence in specialty markets in the U.S. and abroad.

Developed a corporate immigration global mobility policy on behalf of a leading marketing communications company.

Counseled numerous expatriate executives and their families regarding maintenance of lawful permanent resident status issues and filing of naturalization petitions, in coordination with global immigration professionals, and employment and international tax counsel.

Advised individuals and start-up companies within the Australian community to facilitate strategic usage of the E-3 Australian Professional visa and other relevant visa categories such as H-1B, L-1 and E-2 visas.

Assisted clients with renunciation of U.S. citizenship.

Publications and Lectures

Panelist, “Lives in the Balance: Eviscerating Asylum Protection for Victims of Gender Violence.” Sanctuary for Families, New York, NY, October 17, 2018.

Presenter, “A Basic Overview of Deferred Action in Immigration Law Update.” Lawline.com, web course, June 15, 2017.

Author, “Preparing for I-9 Audits Under the Trump Administration.” New York Law Journal, Vol. 257, No. 114 (June 15, 2017): n.pag. Web.

Panelist, “Immigration Law Issues for Employment Law Practitioners.” Panel presentation, New York City Bar Employment Law Institute, New York, NY, March 11, 2016.

Contributor, “High Court Removes Another Barrier For Gay Immigrants.” Law360, June 26, 2015: n.pag. Web.

Contributor, “State politicians to help kick off 13th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! Immigration call-in as hundreds volunteer their expertise.” New York Daily News, April 28, 2015: n.pag. Web.

Presenter, “#ImmigrationAction – What the Presidential Executive Action on Immigration Process Means to Employers.” Lawline.com, web course, December 8, 2014. 

Speaker, “How Immigration will Impact Business.” Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network, television broadcast, November 24, 2014.

Speaker, “Immigration 101 for Real Estate Professionals.” Real Estate Continuing Education Theory, Academy for Continuing Education, New York, NY, May 3, 2013.

Speaker, “Immigration Options for Latin American Entrepreneurs.” Lecture, New York City Economic Development Corporation World to NYC, New York, NY, August 8, 2012.

Panelist, “Green Card Stories—The Face of Immigration & Reform.” Panel presentation, Cleary Gottlieb/Fragomen/Umbrage/Human Rights First Green Card Stories, New York, NY, February 1, 2012.

Panelist, “Overview of E-3 Visa for Australian Professionals.” Panel presentation, Advance- Global Australians. Global Networks, London, UK, April 17, 2006.

Panelist, “An Overview of the Immigration System.” Panel presentation, American Council of International Personnel ACIP Basics Workshop, New York, NY, February 23, 2006.

Panelist, “H-1B Alternatives.” Panel presentation, American Council of International Personnel 30th Annual Symposium, Pentagon City, VA, June 10, 2004.

Co-Author, “Expatriate Issues for Green Card Holders on Overseas Assignment.” New York Law Journal, Vol. 230, No. 102 (November 24, 2003). Print.

Speaker and Mock Witness, “The Disciplinary Process—How it Works.” Panel presentation, Association of the Bar of the City of NY, New York, NY, April 9, 2002.

Speaker, “Adjustment of Status versus Consular Processing, The Pros and Cons.” Lecture, Lorman Education Services for Industry Business Immigration Law, Buffalo, NY, August 24, 2001.

Co-Author, “Ethical Issues for Immigration Lawyers.” New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium Handbook, April 2001.

Panelist, “International Recruiting and Immigration Law.” Panel presentation, Electronic Recruiting Expo Future Directions in Recruiting, San Diego, CA, March 8, 2001.

Co-Author, “Immigration Considerations in Corporate Reorganizations.” New York Law Journal, (March 27, 2000). Print.

Author, “O-1 Category in the Arts.” Immigration Law Report, November 1, 1998.

Co-Author, “The Diminution of the Fleuti Doctrine.” New York Law Journal, (March 23, 1998). Print.