LISA PALTER has been active in the field of immigration law since 1988 and has developed a specialized expertise in obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for prominent artists, entertainers, athletes and coaches from across the globe. She has represented Olympic and World Champion athletes, Grammy Award-winning musicians, Academy Award-winning special effects creators and prominent business people and scientists. Specific clients have included figure skaters, gymnasts, golf coaches, chefs, puppeteers, contortionists, ethnic dancers and martial artists, to name only a few. As a result of her expertise, Lisa has achieved national recognition for her specialized immigration work.
Lisa has a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law where she focused on entertainment and intellectual property law issues. She graduated in 1993 and passed the California Bar Exam later that year, thus ensuring her admission into the California Bar as a practicing attorney. Upon passing the Bar, she continued her employment with the San Francisco-based Elliot & Mayock, which she had joined initially in 1992 as a law clerk. As an attorney with the firm, Lisa assumed more substantial and direct counseling of immigration clients. She represented clients from many nations in a range of immigration matters, including nonimmigrant work visas, employment-based green cards, political asylum applications and deportation defense actions. It was at Elliot & Mayock where Lisa first began her representation of artists, entertainers and athletes spending a large portion of her time assisting Olympic and World Champion figure skaters coming to perform with ice shows in the United States. In 1997, Lisa joined the international law firm of Graham & James LLP as a Senior Associate in the Immigration Department. (Graham & James merged with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in 2000). Her practice then became devoted to representing major international corporations and universities seeking employment-based visas for employees, such as senior executives and managers, engineers, doctors, researchers and professors. She was, however, able to continue her representation of artists, entertainers and athletes, adding more individuals to her roster of clients in the fields of industrial design, web design, computer graphics, animation and special effects design.
In October 2002, Lisa decided to form her own law firm devoted solely to the representation of artists (including visual/graphic artists, animators, industrial designers and web designers), entertainers (including actors, dancers, musicians and circus performers) and athletes (including gymnasts, figure skaters and coaches).
Lisa is admitted to the California State Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Lawyers for the Arts, Bar Association of San Francisco Sports & Entertainment Law Section and American Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Lawyers Section.