Elissa Noujaim Pinto

Of Counsel
Over the last seventeen years, Ms. Pinto has focused her practice on business immigration, representing local, national and international companies in obtaining authorization for foreign national employees to work temporarily and permanently in the United States, through various visa classifications (TN, H-1B, L-1 (including Blanket Ls), E-2, E-3, H-3, J-1, O-1, R-1, B-1 in lieu of H-1B) and employment-based permanent residence processes (Alien Labor Certification (PERM) EB-2/EB-3, EB-5 Investor, Multinational Manager/Executive, Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher). She has advised clients on best practices and strategies for long and short-term foreign national employment and workplace compliance issues for foreign nationals (including I-9 internal audits and U.S. ICE I-9 investigations) and she regularly provides tailored guidance and training to corporate clients on the ever-evolving and complex U.S. immigration laws and policies.  Ms. Pinto has extensive experience preparing Responses to complex government requests for additional evidence and Motions to Reconsider, as well as responding to DOL PERM Audits.  Ms. Pinto also has experience with family-based immigration matters (including K-1 Fiancee, Marriage-based green card, and I-751 Removal of Conditions).  She has assisted clients with various other immigration related processes, including J-1 No Objection Waiver, representation at USCIS personal interviews for green card and naturalization applications, assisting with complex B-1 Business visitor applications, as well as assisting with Visa application administrative processing issues.  Ms. Pinto also represents clients applying for U.S. Citizenship and Re-entry Permits.

Ms. Pinto has presented to clients and conducted tailored one-one-one training to HR professionals and corporate management on all aspects of the U.S. business immigration process to facilitate the hiring, transfer, management and retention of a foreign national workforce. Ms. Pinto has also performed simultaneous interpretation and written translation services for Brazilian clients and colleagues, and facilitated meetings among Executives from international companies.  

Understanding how the U.S. immigration process is interrelated with other areas of practice, such as corporate, labor and employment and international tax, Ms. Pinto enjoys collaborating with colleagues to provide comprehensive representation to serve the business needs of clients. She takes a team approach to ensure the highest quality service and experience for clients and their foreign national talent.

Ms. Pinto has personal experience with the U.S. immigration process as the daughter of Brazilian-Americans. She is fluent in Portuguese, and also speaks Spanish and French.

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.A., Political Science, 1998

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2001

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • DBusiness Magazine
    • “Powered by Women,” Immigration Law, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Immigration Law, 2018-2021
  • Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Star," Immigration Law, 2013-2016
  • HOUR Detroit Magazine
    • "Top Women Attorneys - Rising Stars" Immigration

Professional Involvement

  • Board Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Latin American & Caribbean Chapter
  • Vice Chair of American Bar Association, International Law Section – Immigration & Nationality Committee
  • Vice Chair of American Bar Association, International Law Section – Latin American Committee
  • Stering Committee Member of American Bar Association, International Law Section – International Corporate Counsel Committee
  • Member of American Bar Association, International Law Section – Sao Paulo City Chapter

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer and Leader at Brazilian Community of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan
  • Involved in Community Service Projects at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


  • Presented in Portuguese and English to group of potential Investors regarding the EB-5 program and U.S. business immigration process in the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in September 2018, in Belo Horizonte and Brasilia in July 2018 and in Porto Alegre, Brazil in May 2018
  • Presented in Portuguese to American Chamber (AmCham Brasil) in the city of Curitiba, Brazil in March 2018 on “Expanding Your Business to the U.S. – Corporate and Business Immigration Compliance”
  • Presented to a group of foreign national business students at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor, Michigan in November 2018 on “How to Successfully Navigate the Immigration Process in the U.S. – Essentials for Foreign Students”
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