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 and employment-based permanent residence processes. She has advised clients on best practices and strategies for long and short-term foreign national employment and workplace compliance issues for foreign nationals 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 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.

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


  • Featured in DBusiness Magazine July 2018 issue titled “Powered by Women”
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 and 2019
  • Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013-2016
  • Named in HOUR Detroit Magazine Top Women Attorneys - Rising Stars

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 to group of potential Investors regarding the EB-5 program and U.S. business immigration process in the cities of Belo Horizonte and Brasilia in July 2018 and in Porto Alegre, Brazil in May 2018
  • Presented to American Chamber (AmCham Brasil) in Portuguese in March 2018 on “Expanding Your Business to the U.S. – Corporate and Business Immigration Compliance”

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