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Elizabeth Garvish

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC
2970 Peachtree Rd. NW, STE 525
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 800-951-4980
Fax: 800-983-3554
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

ELIZABETH L.A. GARVISH is the Founder and Managing Member of Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC.  She specializes in all areas of employment based and family based immigration matters with a focus on medical immigration matters including all issues facing foreign medical graduates and their employers.  Ms. Garvish is also active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as a speaker and author and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter.  She serves and has served on the AILA National Military Assistance Program Committee, the Fundamentals Conference Committee, the Distance Learning Committee and the Annual Conference Committee. She also served for many years as the local Coordinator of AILA’s national Citizenship Day Naturalization Drive, and was recognized for her development of this program on a local level as the recipient of the State Bar of Georgia’s H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award in 2008. She was also selected as the 2015 AILA Champion of the Year by the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. She earned her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.  She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers, licensed to practice law in Georgia, Texas and South Carolina and fluent in Spanish.

About Elizabeth Garvish

First Admitted: 1995, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association Citizenship Day Committee.  We partner with Community based organizations to put on naturalization drives with volunteers attorneys, law students and community based volunteers who assist legal permanent residents on their path to citizenship.  I started the program here in Atlanta and we have had eight successful events helping  two thousand legal permanent residents apply to become U.S. citizens., 2007
  • AILA ATLANTA CHAPTER FORGES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH FORT STEWART ARMY BASE By Elizabeth L.A. Garvish As AILA members, many of us are deeply committed to the provision of Pro Bono Assistance in our communities.  Therefore, when the U.S. military called on AILA for help handling immigration issues for soldiers and their families, we responded immediately.  What culminated was an event that took place at the Fort Stewart Army base near Hinesville, Georgia on May 12 and 13, 2011.  Upon receiving the call from the Chief of Legal Assistance at Fort Stewart, Cameron R. Edlefsen, the AILA Atlanta Chapter Executive Committee, unanimously agreed to move forward with this project. After working on our local Citizenship Day events for the last five years, I decided to take on the task of mobilizing our chapter.  Our first job was to decide how AILA could best assist the military with their immigration needs. The Legal Assistance Office, where soldiers and their families come for help with legal matters such as wills, divorce/custody issues and immigration, is the first place new JAG attorneys land upon entry into the military.  These new JAG attorneys are charged with a high volume caseload and getting up to speed on all areas of the law, including immigration. Thus, the need for a training component was obvious. After meeting with Nicholas Hurd, the JAG attorney in charge of the event, we decided to offer our Pro Bono services on three levels. We considered the training and legal education element at the base to be key. Second, a mentoring program must be established so that the military legal assistance office has access to AILA mentors for help on tough issues.  Third, we realized that many cases would be time consuming and require the specialized expertise of an AILA attorney, and thus we established a Pro Bono list of attorneys willing to take on one or two military Pro Bono cases each year. Our training session, attended by JAG attorneys and legal staff from Fort Stewart, Fort Benning and other local bases, took place on the morning of May 12 with Joe Kernan from the Atlanta District USCIS office providing valuable insight on government issues and naturalization. Beryl Farris, Dale Schwartz and Tracie Klinke spoke on family immigration issues, while Eli Echols and Luis Alemany briefed us on criminal immigration matters and removal.  The rest of the day, we were joined by other AILA attorneys, including Nadia Deans, Romy Kapoor, Jean Padberg, Dara Berger, Anne Koch, Jeffrey Williamson, and Audra Doyle to provide pro bono legal assistance to the soldiers and their family members.  Dara Berger, Jean Padberg, Beryl Farris and Audra Doyle took on time consuming leadership roles as we planned the first of many successful events towards this ongoing partnership.  The event ended with an awards ceremony where the AILA volunteers received certificates and challenge coins from Colonel Jonathon C. Guden.  As the Coordinator of the event, I received a plaque with the base’s mascot, the Rocky Dog.  I have never been so proud of our AILA Chapter members for their dedication and time spent to make this event a success. Our attorneys gained valuable knowledge and experience right along with the Legal Assistance Staff and felt the gratitude from everyone at Fort Stewart.  We challenge other AILA chapters to set up an ongoing military assistance program with their local bases through training, mentoring and pro bono assistance.  This “feel good” opportunity and the sneak peek into military life provided a rich and rewarding experience for all those who participated.Elizabeth L.A. Garvish is the founder and Managing Member of the Atlanta based firm of Garvish, Orza & Polutan, LLC.  She is the winner of the 2008 State Bar of Georgia H. Sol Clark Pro Bono award and acts as Treasurer of the AILA Atlanta Chapter.    , 2011
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program TaskForce. Members are selected for this national committee which has the mission to help military members and their family members with immigration issues by providing training sessions to Military lawyers, JAG attorneys and staff as well as screening of cases and pro bono representation., 2012

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Speaker on Employment Based Immigration Law at CLE at State Bar of Georgia called "Nuts and Bolts of Business Law", 2011
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Military Assistance Program Committee.  We screen Pro Bono immigration cases from military members and their families world wide and match them with Pro bono counsel to handle their matters., 2012
  • Member of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Committee Business Track for conference to be held in Las Vegas, June 2016., 2015
  • Member of the Planning Committee for the 2014 AILA National Annual Conference to be held in Boston in June 2014., 2013
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist for the Panel "J-1 Trainees" presented at the AILA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 22-25., 2016
  • Planning Committee Member of the 2014 AILA Fundamentals Conference, October, 2014, New Orleans, 2014
  • Member of Executive Committee as Immeidate Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama AILA Chapter. 2015-2016, 2016
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist at the American Immigration Lawyers Fundamentals Conference in New Orleans, 2014., 2014
  • Speaker on E and L visas at the Georgia Bar ICLE Immigration Law Conference on November 3, 2016. , 2016
  • Elected Member of the Executive Committe of the Georgia- Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. ( 450 + members) Treasurer, Secretary, 2nd Vice Chair. 1st Vice Chair and currently Chapter Chair., 2009
  • Speaker and Panelist at American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 2010
  • Member of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association Distance Learning Committee., 2015
  • Speaker/Panelist at the First Annual AILA GA-AL Chapter Immigration Conference. , 2013
  • Co-Chair of the GA-AL AILA Chapter Conference Lights! Camera! Immigration held in February 2016, Atlanta, GA., 2016
  • Panelist at the 2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Boston, 2014
  • Discussion Leader/Panelist on panel entitled "To H-1B or not to H-1B" at the GA-AL AILA Annual Chapter Conference held in Atlanta in February 2016., 2016
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist for panel entitled " We're in Love, Now What?  at the American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference in Boston, June 2014, 2014
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist for the panel Pre and Post Perm Filing Challenges: Improving Your Odds of Success at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA June 21-24, 2017. , 2017
  • Panelist at the John Marshall Law School Law Journal Symposium called: "Breaking Down Borders: A Look at Immigration Law in Georgia, 2012
  • Member of the Board of Governors of the national bar association, American Immigration Lawyers Association., 2014
  • Speaker and Panelist at American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Las Vegas, 2009
  • Chapter Chair and member of Executive committee of our approximately 500 attorney member chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association., 2014
  • Member of Planning Committee of the First Annual AILA GA-AL  Chapter immigration conference held in Atlanta, GA., 2013
  • Speaker/Panelist at the Second Annual GA-AL Immigration Law Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2014
  • Member of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Committee Business Track for conference to be held in New Orleans, June 2017., 2016
  • Conference Planning Committee Member, International Medical Graduate Task Force First Annual Conference, November 2014. , 2014
  • Chair of the Donations Committee for the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association. , 2017
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist for Military Immigration Issues panel at the American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference in DC, June 20, 2015, 2015
  • Chapter Chair of the Georgia- Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Associaton., 2014
  • Commitee member - Conference Planning Commitee American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Chapter Fall Conference, London, UK, 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Founder and Host of Beyond the Border radio show on which airs every second Saturday morning from 9-11 am.  The show discusses immigration issues of interest and is hosted by a team of immigration attorneys who discuss current events and different aspects of immigration law., 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author of Practice Pointer Article, Author, Pre and Post PERM filing Challenges , AILA, 2016


  •, Best Lawyers in Georgia, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • Given to AILA attorney who has supported and championed GAIN's cause., AILA Champion of the Year, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, 2015
  •   New Leaders Council (NLC) works to train and support the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the landscape. NLC recruits young men and women from outside traditional power structures and equips them with the skills necessary to be civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. Our mission is realized primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program that is building teams of outstanding young professionals in 20 cities across the country., Agent of Change Award, Atlanta New Leader's Council, 2012
  • The H. Sol Clark Award, first awarded in 1983, is named for former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Clark of Savannah, who is known as the "father of legal aid in Georgia." The Clark award honors an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend legal services to the poor.  Ms. Garvish was recognized for her extensive pro bono work in coordinating and providing legal assistance to immigrants in Georgia who are on the path to U.S. citizenship., H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award, State Bar of Georgia, 2008

Industry Groups

  • Finance
  • IT
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
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Office Location for Elizabeth Garvish

2970 Peachtree Rd. NW
STE 525
Atlanta, GA 30305

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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