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Lisa D. Duran

Member and Immigration Practice Group Co-Chair

Education & Credentials


University of Illinois

B.A., 1975

University of Illinois

M.A., 1978

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
  • Dean's Award
  • Women Law Students' Association Outstanding Woman Graduate Award
  • Snell & Wilmer Best Casenote Award

Bar Admission

  • Arizona

Spoken Languages

  • Spanish


  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Immigration Law, 2005-2021
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Immigration, 2012, 2015, 2021
  • Arizona Business Magazine 
    • Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, 2018
  • Global Law Experts
    • Lawyer of the Year Award, Arizona, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rated
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®
    •  Immigration, 2007-2014, 2017-2018
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2011-2021
  • Named among the Top 25 Female lawyers in the Southwest, 2013-2014
  • Selected Among Top 50 Arizona Lawyers, 2011
  • Received the "Judge Learned Hand Emerging Leadership Award," 2002

Prominent Assignments

Lisa Duran practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Her experience includes: 

  • 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. 

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Arizona, Immigration Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chair, Arizona Chapter, 1999-2001
    • AILA California Service Center Liaison, 2001-2005
    • AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison, 2009-2013, 2015
    • AILA Texas Service Center Liason, 2013-2014
    • AILA Business Immigration Committee, 2015

Community Involvement

  • UMOM New Day Center, Board of Directors, 2011-2015
  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1999-2000; 2009-2015
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, Chair, Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Board Member, 2001-2008


  • Panelist, “Beyond the Wall: Looking at the Present and Future of U.S. Immigration,” Arizona State University College of Law, March 1, 2017
  • 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).
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