Connecticut, US

Lisa has practiced exclusively in the field of corporate immigration and nationality law since 1994. Lisa currently manages Fragomen’s West Coast global operations, 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.

During her tenure with the firm, Lisa has managed the firm’s U.S.-based global operations, as well as all aspects of U.S. business immigration 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 information technology and telecommunications, financial services, insurance/reinsurance, human resources and management consulting, manufacturing, commercial aviation, oil and gas, accounting, marketing/advertising, beverages and pharmaceuticals. She has also represented numerous small to mid-sized companies, startups and high net-worth individuals.

Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2015, Lisa worked in the firm’s Matawan, New York and Chicago offices.

Lisa currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.

Lisa speaks English and Italian.

Education


Tulane University School of Law | J.D., 1994
Cornell University | B.A., 1991

Awards

Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition

Metropolitan Who's Who

Who's Who in American Law

EMMA Award for Best Vendor Partnership in APAC, 2015

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, Illinois (Inactive)

Chair, American Bar Association, Section of International Law

Member, American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section

Member, American Bar Association, Women Rainmakers Committee

Founder, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law

Provided counsel to numerous startups looking to open offices in the U.S. or launch elsewhere in the world

Provided counsel to numerous multinational organizations seeking to implement a global immigration program, including implementing a worldwide immigration program across more than 80 jurisdictions

Managed the immigration practice for small, mid-cap and large multinational organizations, utilizing all work permit categories for the temporary and permanent employment of foreign professionals 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

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.

Moderator, “Leadership and Legitimacy in Government.” American Bar Association Section of International Law Leadership in Law and Practice Conference, Oxford, England, July 2, 2019.

Speaker, “Going Global: Recruiting & Deploying Talent in International Practice.” A’19 AIA Conference on Architecture 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 8, 2019.

Panel Chair, “CLE Program: Immigration Law and Pro Bono.” American Bar Association Annual Conference of the Section of International Law, Washington, DC, April 11, 2019.

Speaker, “Protectionism on Internationals Markets: Effects in Commerce and Immigration.” Barra Mexicana de Abogados, Mexico City, Mexico, November 6, 2018.

Speaker, “Changes, Protectionism, and Brexit: Updates in Global Immigration.” Worldwide ERC: 2018 Global Workforce Symposium, Seattle, Washington, October 18, 2018.

Interviewee, “Going global: Sourcing creative talent across borders.” American Institute of Architects Journal, 25 July 2018.

Speaker, “Keys to Immigration Success – What Every Employer Needs to Know.” Worldwide ERC: The Master Series, Los Angeles, California, June 28, 2018.

Speaker, “Managing the ‘New’ Business Travelers – Are You Keeping Them on Track?” Forum for Expatriate Management: Americas Summit 2018, San Diego, California, May 24, 2018.

Speaker, “Global Immigration Trends in the Era of Increased Protectionism: What Companies Needs to Know.” Forum for Expatriate Management: Americas Summit 2018, San Diego, California, May 23, 2018.