Our People

Lisa Ellis, Principal Attorney

Ms. Ellis is recognized as a top Seattle-based immigration attorney. 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.  During law school, she was a legal intern for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington D.C.

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. She is a former member of the AILA Washington Chapter Executive Committee.  Ms. Ellis has contributed to many articles in national publications 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 and speaks regularly on immigration topics regionally and nationally.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington, admitted 2000
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington, admitted 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit of Washington, admitted 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, admitted 2005

Professional

  • AILA National Board of Publications – Chair (2015 to present)
  • AILA National Distance Learning Committee – Business member (present)
  • Washington Medical Legal Partnership – Panel Attorney (present)
  • King County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Attorney- Wills Clinic (2015-16)
  • King County Bar Association Immigration Clinic Volunteer Attorney (2004-15)
  • Washington State Bar Association Legislative Committee (2003 -07)
  • AILA National Global Migration Section- Member
  • AILA WA Chapter
    • Vice Chair- Continuing Legal Education Committee (2011-12)
    • Executive Committee (2009-10)
    • Chair- Customs and Border Protection Committee (2008-09)
    • Chair- Consular Committee (2006-07)

Recognition and Honors

  • Top 20 Best Immigration Lawyer in Seattle, WA, Expertise.com, 2016
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2011
  • U.S. Attorney’s Honor Program, Attorney Advisor at Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2000-01
  • Executive Editor of The Oregon Law Review, 1999

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. As a northwest native, Lisa lived in Melbourne, Australia and has visited 26 countries to date.

Yvonne MacGregor, Senior Paralegal

Yvonne brings over three decades of experience as a paralegal and legal assistant to our firm. She has extensive experience as an immigration paralegal. Before starting at Ellis Immigration Law, Ms. MacGregor worked for several prominent law firms in Seattle.  Ms. MacGregor’s attention-to-detail, dedication, and uncompromising commitment to high quality work are evident in her work. Her work focuses on employment and family-based matters and assisting clients with consular processing.  Her pride and enjoyment in her work combined with her very high skill level enables us to partner with our clients for smooth processing and successful outcomes.