Lisa Christoffersen, Attorney 2018-07-17T13:30:54+00:00

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Lisa Christoffersen

Lisa Christoffersen

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Lisa Christoffersen is a recognized leader in the field of U.S. immigration law in Seattle. She speaks nationally and serves on national and local committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Having successfully assisted a broad range of northwest businesses, professionals, and families for over 15 years, Lisa has a thorough understanding of U.S. employment–based immigration processes including H-1B, TN, L Blanket, L1A/L1B intracompany transferees, E1/E2 treaty traders and investors, O-1 artists and TV directors/producers, P, EB1(3), Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, NIW, and PERM applications, as well as I-9 compliance work. Her long-standing clients include West Coast employers in the high-tech, biotech, engineering, and tourism industries, post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral students, artists, and entrepreneurs. In addition, she enjoys helping individuals with the fiancée, marriage-based permanent residency, and citizenship processes. Lisa has a strong interest in foreign cultures and people. She has traveled widely and has lived in Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Belgium, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Before graduating from law school, Lisa served as an aide to a member of the Japanese Parliament with a focus on international environmental and women’s issues. She enjoys hiking with her Portuguese Water Dog, swimming, and traveling with her family.

Honors & Awards

Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (2010-2018) and “Rising Star” (2005-2008, 2010) in the area of immigration law by Super Lawyers and Washington Law & Politics

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Recent & Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • March 18, 2016, Recent Developments in L Visas: Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, Seattle, WA
  • January 28, 2016, Lessons Learned in FY16 – Preparing for the FY17 H-1B Quota Season, AILA National Webinar
  • March 19, 2015, L1 Visas: Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, Seattle, WA
  • June 18, 2014, NIV Basics: AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Boston, MA
  • February 21, 2014, When an H Will Not Work, Perhaps a B1, O1 or E Will: Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, Portland, OR
  • June 26, 2013, Nonimmigrant Visas: AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, San Francisco, CA
  • March 21, 2013, Issues in L and E Visas: Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, WA
  • September 10, 2012, Prevailing Wage Issues for H-1B and PERM: AILA Washington Member Meeting, Seattle, WA
  • March 15, 2012, Hot Topics in PERM: Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, WA

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Member since 1999; USCIS California Service Center Liaison Committee – Member (2014-2015), Vice Chair (2015-2017); USCIS Service Center Operations Committee (2015-2017); Ombudsman Committee (2015-2016)
  • AILA Washington: Executive Committee (2012-2015); Chair, Department of State (2011-2012 and 2016-2017) and Department of Labor Liaison Committees
  • Jackson School of International Studies – Student Mentor (2015-2016)
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) & UW Immigrant Family Advocacy Project (IFAP) – Volunteer and Mentor Attorney (2010-2014)
  • Washington State and King County Bar Associations – Member
  • Washington Women Lawyers – Member
  • Washington Women’s Foundation – Member
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS) – Member


  • University of Washington, JD (1998). Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Comments Editor
  • University of Washington, MAIS, Japan Studies (1998). FLAS Fellow
  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama (1997). FLAS Fellow
  • Middlebury College, BA with Honors, History & East Asian Studies (1992)
  • Doshisha University, Associated Kyoto Program (1991)

Employment History

Christoffersen Law P.S. Seattle (2011- present)
Attorney, U.S. Business and Family Immigration Law

Cowan Miller & Lederman Seattle (1999-2011)
Attorney, U.S. Business and Family Immigration Law

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