One Renaissance Square
Two North Central Avenue
Lisa Duran practices in the areas of commercial litigation, international business law and immigration law. Her experience includes:
- Representing financial institutions and other creditors in commercial loan enforcement litigation.
- Representing clients in international arbitration proceedings.
- Assisting clients in negotiating and documenting international transactions requiring Spanish language fluency.
- Representing corporations in sponsoring foreign national professionals for employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas (“green cards”).
- Representing foreign national investors in obtaining E-1/E-2 non-immigrant visas.
- Representing foreign national investors in obtaining permanent residence through EB-5 investments in new businesses or Regional Centers.
- Representing foreign nationals in obtaining United States citizenship administratively and through federal court litigation.
- Representing employers charged with violating the Arizona Legal Workers Act (“LAWA”).
- Advising employers in connection with I-9 compliance and E-Verify.
- Representing employers in connection with I-9 inspections and other work site enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security and related litigation before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (“OCAHO”).
- Representing clients in federal mandamus and declaratory judgment actions involving immigration law and regulations.
- Representing foreign nationals in removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Education and Honors
- Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., 1992)
National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate of Arizona State University Award. Arizona State University Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Achievement in Graduate Studies Award. Roger W. Perry Memorial Writing Competition Award. Arizona State University College of Law Dean’s Award. Women Law Students’ Association Outstanding Woman Graduate Award. Snell & Wilmer Best Casenote Award.
- University of Illinois (M.A., 1978)
- University of Illinois (B.A., 1975)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2003
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1992
- Lawyer of the Year Award in Arizona from Global Law Experts (2013).
- Best Lawyers’ 2012 Phoenix Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year.
- The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2011-present).
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2005-present: Immigration Law).
- Selected among Top 50 Arizona Lawyers (2011).
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated.
- Selected for inclusion in the 2007-2013 Southwest Super Lawyers® lists (Immigration) and named among the Top 25 Female lawyers in the Southwest.
- Received the “Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award” (2002).
Professional and Civic Activities
- UMOM New Day Center (Board of Directors, 2011-present).
- State Bar of Arizona (Member, Immigration Section).
- American Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section).
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) (Chair, Arizona Chapter, 1999-2001).
- AILA California Service Center Liaison (2001-2005).
- AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison (2009-present).
- Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (Adjunct Professor, 1999-2000; 2009-present).
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona (Chair, Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Board Member, 2001-2008).
- Panelist, “Hot Topics in Immigration,” ABA Law Practice Division and ABA Young Division Fall Meeting, October 11, 2013.
- Presenter, “Employer Compliance: Immigration, the Form I-9, and E-Verify,” Quarles & Brady Labor & Employment Seminar, January 24, 2012.
- Benjamin T. Kurten, Lisa D. Duran, “USCIS to Increase Employer Visits to Deter Visa Fraud”, Society of Human Resources Management Online Seminar, September 17, 2009.
- “The Illegal Immigration Issue: Are Schools Entering the Front Lines of the Debate?” Presented at the 33rd Arizona State School Boards Association Law Conference, September 11, 2009.
- Co-author, 2 "Arizona Appellate Handbook," Chapters 22 (“Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts”) and 23 (“Justice Court Civil Appeals”); co-author, “The New Federal Disclosure and Limited Discovery Rules,” Arizona Attorney, December 1994.
- “Auditor Liability to Third Parties: Recent Developments in the Law of Negligence and Negligent Misrepresentation,” Hot Topics in Corporate Litigation (ABA Section of Litigation and the Division for Professional Education, 1993).
- Author, Note, “Limits on the Extraterritorial Reach of the Fourth Amendment: United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 110 S. Ct. 1056 (1990),” 23 Ariz. St. L. J. 261 (1991).