Our People


Lisa Ellis, Principal Attorney

Ms. Ellis is recognized as a top Seattle-based immigration attorney. She also practices probate and estate planning law. She is a graduate of Whitman College and University of Oregon School of Law, where she was an executive editor for The Oregon Law Review. Lisa has extensive employment-based and family-based immigration experience including with consular processing and immigration compliance. She provides strategic advice to businesses ranging from large multinational companies to small businesses and assists individuals and families.

Lisa is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association.  She chaired multiple committees and served on the AILA Washington Chapter Executive Committee and Chair of the Board of Publications for AILA National. Ms. Ellis has co-authored to several published articles and is the author of Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors: What You Need to Know (Quick Prep) (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2012 Ed.). She was selected by her peers as a Rising Star in Washington Super Lawyers in 2011. She has been an invited speaker at national immigration conferences and events. With eighteen years of experience, Lisa has brings significant knowledge and experience to clients in navigating the ever changing and increasingly complex immigration laws.

Lisa began her legal career as an Attorney Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, a position she entered through the U.S. Attorney General’s Honor Program. Following a federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Robert H. Whaley in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington, she practiced employment-based and family-based immigration law at a full-service law firm for nearly nine years before starting her firm. 

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) National Board of Publications – Chair
  • AILA National Distance Learning Committee – Business member
  • Washington Medical Legal Partnership – Panel Attorney
  • King County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Attorney- Wills Clinic
  • King County Bar Association Immigration Clinic Volunteer Attorney
  • Washington State Bar Association Legislative Committee
  • AILA National Global Migration Section- Member
  • AILA WA Chapter
  • Vice Chair- Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Chair- Customs and Border Protection Committee
  • Chair- Consular Committee

Recognition and Honors

  • Top 20 Best Immigration Lawyer in Seattle, WA,
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers
  • U.S. Attorney’s Honor Program, Attorney Advisor at Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Executive Editor of The Oregon Law Review

Lisa’s own immigration history goes back to her great-grandfather who emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden at the end of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska. After growing up in Bellevue, Washington, Lisa lived in Melbourne, Australia and has visited 26 countries to date.

Yvonne MacGregor, Senior Paralegal

Staff is our firm’s best resource.  Yvonne has been with the firm almost from the beginning. With over three decades of experience, she is a very experienced and provides excellent client service through her work product and client assistance. Before starting at Ellis Law, Ms. MacGregor worked for several prominent law firms in Seattle. Having worked at larger firms for most of her career, Ms. MacGregor brings the sophistication of a larger firm to Ellis Law. LLC.  Ms. MacGregor’s attention-to-detail, dedication, and uncompromising commitment to high quality work are evident in her work.

Yvonne assists with will preparation, probate matters, employment and family-based immigration matters. Her pride and enjoyment in her work combined with her very high skill level enables us to provide the quality of work our client’s trust us to provide.

1001 Fourth Ave., Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
phone: (206) 684-9458
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We are committed to providing practical yet innovative solutions to advance strong cases. Our goal is to provide diligent, effective representation and individualized, result-oriented services.