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Lisa Ellis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Bellevue, WA

Ellis Law, LLC
40 Lake Bellevue Dr, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-296-6271
Fax: 206-374-2314
Email: Lisa Ellis
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed in Washington Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Immigration: Business
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Attorney Profile

Ms. Ellis has over 20 years of experience practicing law.  She assists clients in the areas of probate, elder law, estate planning and business immigration law.  She is a Seattle-area native.  She received her undergraduate degree from Whitman College and her law degree from the University of Oregon where she was an executive editor for the Oregon Bar Review.  Before starting Ellis Law, LLC in 2013, Ms. Ellis was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, attorney advisor at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and associate at Ellis, Li & McKinstry, PLLC.

Lisa is rated Superb 10.0/10.0 by Avvo.  She has been repeatedly named one of the Best Immigration Lawyers in Seattle by Expertise and was named Best Probate Attorneys in Seattle in 2020.  She is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

White Papers

  • Inside the Minds: New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance, 2011, ed. contributing author (2011) - Author of Avoiding I-9 Enforcement by Identifying, Preventing and Addressing Errors on the I-9 Form chapter.  The chapter content includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) trends, I-9 Compliance Programs, I-9 training for employers; making I-9 corrections, analyzing the types of corrections, and retention requirements for employers.

About Lisa Ellis

First Admitted: 2000, Washington

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Washington State Chapter, Past Chair, Customs and Border Protection Committee and Consular Committee
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2019
  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Executive Committee, Program Chair 2009-10
  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Washington Chapter, Vice-Chair Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2011

Educational Background

  • Whitman College graduate, History major, 1993
  • University of Oregon, Juris Doctorate, 2000


  • Law Review, Executive Editor, Oregon Law Review , 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A go-to resource for anyone seeking a U.S. student visa, a change of status, or seeking to sponsor international students. , Author, Visa Solutions for International Students, Scholars, and Sponsors: What You Need to Know, Thomson Reuters / Aspatore, International Students, Colleges, Universities, Foreign Scholars, And Sponsors, 2012
  • Speech entitled "Increasing Favorable Immigration Outcomes for International Students: a Legal Perspective on F-1 Status and Beyond", Keynote Speaker, AWISA Conference, International Student Advisors, 2012
  • I-9 Audits and Enforcement; Technical vs. Substantive Failure Issues; Criminal and Civil Penalties and Recordkeeping Requirements, Presenter , Immigration Compliance Issues for Employers, AILA NW Regional Conference, 2011
  • Employer obligations and potential liability, recordkeeping, export control issues, Presenter, Immigration Law & Employer Compliance, Sterling Educational Services Seminar, 2008
  • Employment Verification, Employment discrimination, Visas for teachers, TN and other non-immigrant visa options for teachers, visas for students, visas for both students and teachers, Presenter, Immigration Compliance for Schools, Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC seminar, 2005
  • Address qualifying relationships, quota system, immediate relatives, case management, Presenter, Family Based Immigration, AILA NW Regional Conference, 2010
  • Adjustments for Immediate Relatives After Visa Waiver Entry, Family-based Visa Retrogression,  Ethics of advising client who wishes to seek NIV waiver when marriage is contemplated, Presenter, Recent Developments in Family-Based Petitions, AILA Washington Chapter, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Community educator for Alzheimer Association of Washington, 2019
  • King County Bar Association Bi-lingual and Immigration Clinic
  • Volunteer attorney at Naturalization Days

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Selected as "Best Seattle Immigration Attorneys" by Expertise., 2020

Representative Clients

  • Probate Attorney for taxable estate , 2022
  • Asset protection planning to client in joint ownership of multiple properties, 2022
  • Kenmore Air - prepare and file L-1 petition for foreign worker
  • The Salvation Army, USA, Western Territory.  Outside immigration counsel advising large and highly recognized corporation on immigration matters., 2020
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Office Location for Lisa Ellis

40 Lake Bellevue Dr
Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005

Last Updated: 6/28/2022

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