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Lisa Ellis, Principal

I believe that estate planning and elder law planning can help enhance the lives of individuals and provide peace of mind. I decided to re-direct my law practice to Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, and Probate and Estate Administration after caregiving for my grandmother with Alzheimer’s and helping my own relatives through aging issues. 

I started my legal career as an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a position I entered through the U.S. Attorney General’s Honor Program. I was a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Whaley in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington, before working as an associate for eight years at a mid-size law firm in Seattle.

As an immigration lawyer, I represented hundreds immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor and the Board of Immigration Appeals involving foreign nationals, families, and employers. I was regularly selected to present at national and regional conferences and authored several publications including the book Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars and Sponsors What You Need To Know, Quick Prep, (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2012).

  • B.A. Whitman College
  • J.D. University of Oregon School of Law, executive editor for The Oregon Law Review
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit of Washington
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • King County Bar Association
Professional & Community
  • R-1 Classification Supplement to Form I-129R – Comments on Questions, Practice Advisory for AILA National Audio Seminar (Sept. 2015)
  • Life After F-1:  U.S. Visa Options for Recent Graduates (July 2015)
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, “Employment Authorization for Nonimmigrants” Update author (AILA 2012-2016 eds.)
  • AILA’s Guide to Immigration Law for Paralegals, “The R-1 Petition” (AILA 2013)
  • AILA’s Guide to Immigration Law for Paralegals, “A Brief Overview of H Nonimmigrants” (AILA 2012)
  • “Avoiding I-9 Enforcement by Identifying, Preventing, and Addressing Errors on the I-9 Form”, Inside the Minds New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Changes to Policy, Responding to Investigations, and Developing Up-to Date Compliance Programs, (Thompson Reuters/Aspatore 2012).
  • The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook, “Tips and Tactics at Select Posts:  Cape Verde, Africa” (AILA 2007-2010 eds.