Lisa Rios Donaldson

Senior Counsel
ldonaldson@coxsmith.com
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El Paso
221 N. Kansas Street
Suite 2000
El Paso, Texas 79901
915-541-9307 tel
915-541-9399 fax
 

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Lisa Donaldson focuses on immigration and international trade law for individual and corporate clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture and entertainment industries, as well as on family-based immigration, naturalization and removal defense. As part of her practice, she assists multinational clients with family-based and employment-based immigration, consular processing, naturalization, worksite compliance and nonimmigrant trade, investment and employment-based visas.

Lisa’s experience also includes handling complex corporate transactional matters for the domestic and international Fortune 500 clients of one of New York's most prominent law firms.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA")
    • Military Assistance Program- Pro Bono Immigration Services for U.S. Military Personnel, 2008-Present
    • AILA Texas Chapter (including OK and NM), Department of Homeland Security Liaison, El Paso; 2010-2013
    • National Liaison Committee for the Texas Service Center of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
      • Incoming Chair, 2013-2014
      • Vice Chair, 2012-2013
      • Member, 2010-Present
  • The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Leadership El Paso Class XXXIV, Member, 2012
  • El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member, 2010-Present
  • National Association of Professional Women, Member, 2010-2011
  • First Presbyterian Church
    • Deacon, 2009-Present
    • Corresponding Secretary, 2011
  • First Presbyterian Church Preschool Board of Directors
    • Board Member, 2009-2010
    • Co-President and Chair of Outreach Committee, 2013
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • El Paso Women's Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
  • International Who's Who Legal, Corporate Immigration Law, 2011-2013
  • Shortlisted Nominee for EMMA Award for Immigration Provider of the Year, 2012-2013, by The Forum for Expatriate Management
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global Band One Business Immigration, 2008-2010
  • Chambers USA Band Two Immigration Practice, 2012
  • Recognition Award from Welcome House of South County, Rhode Island for Pro Bono Representation, 2007
Certifications
Clerkships
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Boston University, B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1996
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Admitted to Practice
  • New York, 2001
  • Rhode Island, 2004
  • Texas, 2009