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Tamara Relis

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in New York, NY

RelisLaw PLLC
43 W 43rd St, suite 135
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 877-471-6085
Email: Tamara Relis
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 2016
Practice Areas: Immigration: Consumer
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Dr. Tamara Relis is the co-founder of RelisLaw PLLC. Based in New York City, with branch offices, Relislaw  focuses its practice exclusively on all aspects of visas and immigration, providing representation to individuals and businesses throughout the U.S., Canada and globally. Admitted to practice before all New York state courts, Dr. Relis is also a barrister (trial lawyer) and a solicitor in both England and Wales (1998-).

Dr. Relis has extensive experience in a wide variety of immigration matters. RelisLaw PLLC assists Families of U.S. citizens / green card holders (spouses, fiancés-K-1 visas, parents, children), E-2 & EB-5 Business Investors, those seeking Asylum, clients in need of Waivers, professionals (EB-1's, EB2-National Interest Waivers, , etc.), creatives (O-1's), VAWA and U visa clients. Employment practice has encompassed B-1 visas for business visitors, P visas for athletes and entertainers, H-1B visas for professionals in specialty occupations, and I visas for foreign media representatives.

Her highly successful track record in all of these endeavors has earned Ms. Relis a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Dr. Tamara Relis has been a lawyer since 1998, having also been a U.S. postdoctoral fellow (Columbia University Law School), and law professor of Evidence, of Conflict Resolution, and of Human Rights. She is a published legal scholar, and has won various highly competitive postdoctoral awards for legal research. She is a top trained trial lawyer, having represented over 100 cases in courts.

Tamara is recognized among the top 1% of most qualified and distinguished USA attorneys, and top 100 immigration lawyers for New York state by the Association of American Trial Lawyers in 2019 & 2018. She has received 2019 rare recognition by SuperLawyers, Rising Stars, as among the top 2.5% of all state lawyers selected. The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has also ranked her 10 Best Immigration Counsel for Client Satisfaction in 2019 & 2018, recognizing her exceptional performance. She has been ranked 10/10 and has won AVVO client choice awards for immigration client satisfaction in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.

Tamara has won 5 elite postdoctoral awards for her legal research-based work (ESRC, BA, Columbia University/LSE). She is the author of Clients’ Perceptions in Litigation and Mediation (Cambridge University Press 2009, 2011), which focuses on how lawyers and the legal system must improve to meet clients’ needs, and The Purchase of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). She has also been a Postdoctoral Legal Researcher from 2005-2018 (Columbia University Law School & LSE Law Faculty & South Asia Centre). 

Tamara’s work and awards focus on human rights and clients’ rights, for more attention to people’s needs within justice systems. Her work has been taught in law schools around the world. 

White Papers

  • Appointed Manuscript Reviewer for Australian Journal of Human Rights (2016) -  1

About Tamara Relis

First Admitted: 2016, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • GSC Solicitors, London, EC1, UK, Articled Solicitor, Litigation and General Practice, 1996-98
  • forthcoming, Author, The Purchase of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, Law, Human Rights, Migration, 2019
  • Plowden Buildings Barristers Chambers, Middle Temple, London, EC4, UK, 2003-04
  • Junior Fellow, University of Toronto, School of Law & Centre of Criminology, 2000-01
  • Law Professor, teaching US Federal Evidence, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution/ADR courses, Touro Law Center, NY, 2009-14
  • Examination of what regularly occurs to clients when they enlist lawyers and throughout case processing in all case types through to settlement or litigation in courts., Author, Perceptions in Litigation and Mediation: Lawyers, Clients and Gendered Parties, Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • Analysis of the power lawyers hold when they take on a client's case, Author, Consequences of Power, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, 2007
  • Analysis of what parties want when they seek the help of a lawyer, Author, "It's Not About the Money!: A Theory on Misconceptions of Plaintiffs' Litigation Aims, Pittsburgh Law Review, 2007
  • Analysis of different lawyer versus client interests in case processing, Author, Lawyers and Clients: Disparate Conceptions of Dispute Resolution in Litigation-Linked Mediation , Sociology of Law, JASL Japan, 2004
  • Analysis of what people need and their objectives when they approach the legal system and its lawyers, Author, Civil Litigation from Litigants’ Perspectives: What We Know and What We Don’t Know About the Litigation Experience of Individual Litigants, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 2002

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Bar Council (England and Wales)
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Law Society (England and Wales)
  • New York City Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association AILA, 2016
  • Trial Lawyer, Barrister pupillage. Plowden Buildings Chambers, London, GB, 2004
  • Attorney/Solicitor, GSC Solicitors, London, GB 1996-1998, 1998
  • University of Nagoya, Japan, Visiting Law Lecturer, 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science ('LSE'), Law Dept. &  South Asia Centre, 2016
  • Worked with courts in 8 states of India, legal research and publication of results, 2015
  • New York University Law School, Visiting Legal Researcher, 2013
  • Professor of Evidence, Human Rights, and Conflict Resolution, Touro Law Center, New York, 2013
  • Columbia University Law School, New York, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010
  • University of Toronto Law Faculty, Canada, Junior Fellow, Visiting PhD, 2001

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Mary Ward Legal Center, London, GB, 1996


  • on human rights and gender cases, Columbia University Provost/Law School Seed Fund Award to Publish my Work, 2005
  • top 20% of 470 applications, Top 20% Postdoctoral Award from Economic, Social Research Council, for Legal Research and Publishing My Work, 2006
  • Legal Fieldwork Award from British Academy as principal investigator in India project  , Legal Fieldwork Award as Principal Investigator on Human Rights Project in India, 2007
  •  ESRC postdoctoral research award,  top 20% of 470 applications, Top 20% Award for Legal Research and Writing Up of My , 2006
  • American Law & Society Association, Early Career Achievement Award, 2009
  • British Academy postdoctoral research grant award ‘Informal Justice in India: Actors’ Perspectives in Violence Against Women Cases’      (593 applications, 32 awards, top 5%),, Awarded Top 5% Legal Research Award, 2009
  • Appointed Book Reviewer of INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS, 2ed, Politics & International Studies, Routledge Press, 2013
  • My 2009 & 2011 book chosen for Author-Meets-Reader Panel at American Law & Society Association Conference, Chicago, 2010
  • Appointed US National Science Foundation reviewer of empirical legal & sociolegal research, 2011
  • Appointed Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Legal Pluralism, 2012
  • Social Science Research Network, Law, Ranked Top 10% of Legal Authors, SSRN, 2018
  • Appointed Manuscript Reviewer for International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2013
  • Appointed Manuscript Reviewer Cambridge University Press (law and international human rights) , 2013
  • Invited Legal Grant Reviewer, Economic Social Research Council, 2018
  • Social Science Research Network, Law, Ranked Top 10% of Legal Authors, SSRN, 2017
  • British Academy Award of Principal Investigator for Human Rights Research, 2016

Educational Background

  • Columbia University Law School, New York, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2009
  • Doctorate degree, PhD in law from the London School of Economics, 2005
  • Bar Council Trial Advocacy and Aptitude Studies, BPP London Vocational Law School. Awarded Honors, 2003
  • LL.M masters degree in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998
  • Legal Professional Skills Course. College of Law, London. Awarded Honors 'Distinction' in all examinations, 1997
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Legal Practice Course).  College of Law, GB. Awarded Honors Distinction/Commendation, 1996
  • LL.B from the University of London (hons,1995), 1995

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Attorney, New York Bar, 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Member AILA, 2016
  • Trial Lawyer, Barrister Call to the Bar, Lincoln's Inns of Court, GB, 2002
  • Solicitor, Attorney, Call to the Role, GB, 1998

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Invited 44 times, globally to present my work. See Resume/CV. Immigration and movement of people is about Human Rights. Since 1998, Dr. Tamara Relis has been passionately working for individuals’ human rights around the world through her legal work, research and publications. Her articles and book publications, which are used in law schools globally, focus on the needs of clients within the legal system, as well as on victims of violence and individuals involved in human rights cases.  She has been invited to speak about her work to lawyers, judges and professionals in Japan, China, USA, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Botswana, Mexico, Australia, and South Africa. , 2019
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Office Location for Tamara Relis

43 W 43rd St
suite 135
New York, NY 10036

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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