Lisa Spiegel: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

Lisa Spiegel

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone415 957 3069

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Practice Areas

  • Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Visas
Contact InfoTelephone: 415 957 3069
Fax: 415 707 2190
University State University of New York at Albany, B.A., with honors, 1980
Law SchoolBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 1985
Admitted1986, New York; 1988, California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Activities

•Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California
•American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Co-chair of the Program Committee for the 17th Annual California Chapter Conference
- Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Liaison Committee, 2003 - 2004
- Past Chair, AILA for Northern California
- Past Chair, National Committee on Business
•Immigration & Naturalization Service
- Past National Liaison, California Service Center
- Past Liaison, San Francisco District Office
•State Bar of California
•New York State Bar Association

Board Memberships

•President, Board of Directors, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

LanguagesSpanish and Hebrew
BornNew York, New York, February 6, 1958

Lisa Spiegel practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law, concentrating on issues related to the employment of foreign nationals. She has been designated as a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California and is a past chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Spiegel has served on numerous committees for AILA, including the Association's National Committee on Business and the AILA-USCIS Administrative Appeals Office Liaison Committee, as liaison to the New York and San Francisco District Offices of the Immigration & Naturalization Service and as national liaison with the California Service Center for many years. In addition, Ms. Spiegel is president of the Board of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. She is admitted to practice in New York and California.

Ms. Spiegel served as editor of a chapter of The Immigration and Nationality Law Treatise, published by Matthew Bender, and authored a chapter of Advising California Employers, a CEB publication. She has published articles on immigration law issues and lectures frequently for various bar associations and conferences.

Ms. Spiegel is a 1985 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2004-present
•Sills Cummis Radin Tischman Epstein & Gross
- Partner, 2003-2004
•Spiegel & Associates
- Partner/Owner, 1993-2003
•Berry & Appleman
- Associate Attorney, 1989-1993
•Mailman & Ruthizer/Mailman & Schultz
- Law Student/Associate, 1984-1988

Honors & Awards

•Referenced in Legal 500 U.S.- Leading Lawyers for Immigration 2015
•Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2015
•Named a San Diego County Top Attorney by San Diego Daily Transcript, 2014
•Noted as one of Los Angeles' Women Leaders in the Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
•Listed in The Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012
•Listed in Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
•Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
•Achieved 15 Years of Continuous AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2010
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2015

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Business & Professional Leadership Council
•Jewish Community Federation
•Volunteer, San Francisco Unified School District

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, San Diego, California, May 19, 2015; San Francisco, California, May 21, 2015
•Speaker, Horrible Headlines: Lessons from Employment and Immigration Law Controversies in the News This Year, Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, October 15, 2014
•Speaker, 2014 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, May 22, 2014
•Speaker, 2014 Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, Silicon Valley, May 21, 2014
•Speaker, New 2014 Employment and Immigration Laws and the Most Talked About Litigation Trends, Duane Morris' Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group Breakfast Briefing, January 15, 2013
•Speaker, 23rd Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards, Immigration Legal Resource Center, San Francisco, May 31, 2013
•Speaker, Navigating Employee Leaves of Absence, Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, October 17, 2012
•Speaker, Internal Investigations: A Step-by-Step Approach, Duane Morris Employment, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, San Francisco, July 18, 2012
•Discussion Leader, I-9 Audits in the Dragnet: Will Other Agencies Take Notice? American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference, National Harbor, Maryland, June 30-July 3, 2010
•Speaker, Putting Up the Infrastructure: Immigration Requirements and Developments, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice, San Diego, May 20, 2010
•Speaker, Planning for the Future: Protecting Your Current Business, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2010, San Francisco, May 18, 2010
•Co-presenter, Ethics and Immigration Laws, AILA California Chapters Conference, Marina del Rey, California, November 14, 2009
•Keynote Speaker, Keeping the Golden Gate Open, 21st Annual American Immigration Lawyer's Association California Chapters Conference, San Francisco, California, November 13, 2008
•Speaker, Immigration, Duane Morris' FLSA, Family/Military Leave, and Immigration Workshop for Healthcare Industry Leaders, Chicago, September 16, 2008
•Speaker, 17th Annual American Immigration Lawyer's Association California Chapter's Conference, November 2004
•Speaker, 37th Annual Immigration & Naturalization Institute Conference, October 2004

Selected Publications

•Co-author, Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Certain Immigration Processes, Duane Morris Alert, October 2, 2013
•Co-author, Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Count as of May 11, 2012, Duane Morris Alert, May 18, 2012
•Co-author, USCIS's Fee Increases and Other Immigration Law Updates, Duane Morris Alert, September 13, 2010
•Co-author, Availability of EB-3 Visas and Other Developments in Immigration Law, Duane Morris Alert, October 20, 2009
•Featured in Moving Beyond the Billable Hour, Counsel to Counsel, May 2008
•Chapter Editor, The Immigration and Nationality Law Treatise, Matthew Bender
•Chapter Author, Advising California Employers, CEB Publication (Also at San Diego Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Obtained lawful permanent residency status for two young immigrants, overcoming prior removal orders and establishing they were eligible for relief under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).; Obtained the approval of an O-1 visa, reserved for individuals with extraordinary ability, for a Canadian citizen to accept a high level executive position with Aramark.; Won appeal using novel argument for multinational manager/executive immigrant visa petition. Demonstrating the actual life of a Company involved in the early stages of a pharmaceutical/drug product line, notably how the company must be operational for at least one or more years prior to production and the signing of any contract for the new product. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services originally denied the petition because they presumed the company had not been doing business for the one year required for an immigrant visa based solely on the date a $12 million contract with the U.S. government had been signed to assist in the fight against chemical warfare and not the date on which the company had begun its operations.

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Lisa Spiegel

One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San FranciscoCA 94105-1127


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