Brent Renison, Esq., GMS Global Immigration Counsel, Partner (503) 597-7190 direct (503) 726-0730 fax Email: brent (at entrylaw.com)
Brent Renison is an immigration attorney in Portland, Oregon who has been representing employers and key employees with business-based immigration since 1997. He is top listed in Best Lawyers in America, is top ranked as a leading individual by London-based Chambers and Partners and is named by Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer. He is the recipient of numerous national and local awards including the Ninth Annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law (2010), The Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award (2011), a Presidential Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring and Litigation on behalf of immigrant rights (2007), and the Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Oregon AILA Chapter (2007). He has received certification as a Global Mobility Specialist™ by Worldwide ERC®.
Brent Renison served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law from 2004 to 2007, and has lectured regionally and nationally on immigration law topics. He enjoys making red wine from Oregon grapes, and exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest.
Brent Renison's work to end the "Widow Penalty" in immigration law has been featured on CBS News 60 Minutes with Bob Simon, and also on National Public Radio's This American Life with Ira Glass. He continues to pursue legislative change and litigation on behalf of immigrant rights as a complementary practice to his employment based immigration services. He is the recipient of the 2011 Oregon State Bar President's Public Service Award for his civil rights work.
Parker Bush & Lane, P.C., Immigration Group, 1997-2000 Portland, Oregon
Law Clerk to the Honorable Kimberly C. Frankel, Oregon Circuit Court, 1996-1997 Portland, Oregon Extern to the Honorable Barry M. Kurren, United States Magistrate Judge, 1995 United States District Court for the District of Hawai'i Senior Passport Examiner, United States Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Seattle Passport Agency, 1991-1993 Honolulu Passport Agency, 1993
Juris Doctor, University of Hawai'i School of Law, 1996 Certificate in Pacific Asian Legal Studies, 1996 East China University of Politics & Law, Shanghai, China, Chinese Law Studies, 1994 President, Pacific Asian Legal Studies Student Organization, 1995-1996 Parliamentarian, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, 1994-1995 Highest marks – CALI Awards – Immigration law; Chinese Business Law Masters Certificate, Cross Cultural Communication, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 1996 Graduate Degree Fellow and Scholarship Recipient, 1994-1996 Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, University of Oregon, 1990 International Studies Departmental Honors Chinese Language Study, National Taiwan Normal University, 1988-89
Adjunct Associate Professor, Immigration Law, University of Oregon School of Law Eugene, Oregon, Spring 2004; Spring 2005; Spring 2006; Spring 2007 Adjunct Associate Professor, Deportation Defense Clinic, University of Oregon School of Law Eugene, Oregon, Fall 2005 Pro Bono Immigration Counsel, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Portland, Oregon, 2004-present - Time Based Art Festival Board of Directors, 2005-2008 Faculty, AILA National Annual Conference, Continuing a Petition after a Petitioner or Beneficiary Dies San Diego, California, June 18, 2011 Faculty, AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, AAO and District Court Challenges Portland, Oregon, March 10, 2011 Speaker, How to Make a Difference in the Public Interest While Serving Corporate Clients University of Michigan Law School, March 8, 2011 Faculty, AILA National Annual Conference, Out in the Cold: People With No Options Under Our Current System National Harbor, Maryland, July 1, 2010 Faculty, AILA National Annual Conference, Let's Pretend: Mock Interview Las Vegas, Nevada, June 6, 2009 Faculty, AILA National Teleconference, How to Resurrect a Dead I-130 National Teleconference, October 30, 2008 Faculty, AILA Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice Conference, The Road to Naturalization and Citizenship Memphis, TN, October 21, 2008 Faculty, AILA National Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Thorny Issues in Marriage Cases Vancouver, B.C., Canada, June 2008 Faculty, AILA National Teleconference, Retention and Loss of U.S. Citizenship National Teleconference, June 7, 2005 Faculty, AILA Global Immigration Summit, Citizenship Requirements New York, New York, October 1, 2004 Faculty, AILA Northwest Advanced Citizenship Workshop Portland, Oregon, October 22, 2004 Co-Chair, AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Conference Portland, Oregon, February 2003 Lecturer, State of Oregon, Bureau of Labor and Industries, Record-keeping Requirements Portland, Oregon, September 19, 2000; February 22, 2001; April 12, 2001; August 21, 2001; January 24, 2002; May 2, 2002; July 11, 2002; August 14, 2002; February 13, 2003; May 8, 2003; June 3, 2003, August 19, 2003 Faculty, Annual Employment Conference, State of Oregon, Bureau of Labor and Industries Portland, Oregon, December 10, 2003; December 8, 2004; December 8, 2005; December 7, 2006 Faculty, AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, Bellevue, Washington, February 2001; Seattle, Washington, February 2002; Portland, Oregon February 2003, Seattle, Washington, February 2004, Seattle, Washington, March 2005 and 2006; Portland, Oregon March 2007; Portland, Oregon March 2011 Faculty, AILA National Annual Conference on Immigration Law, Citizenship panel Chicago, Illinois, June 2000 Speaker, Undocumented Immigration, Solutions not Slogans, Willamette Women Democrats Lake Oswego, Oregon, September 2007 Speaker, Business Lawyering in the Pacific Rim Economy, Immigration Law Issues Portland, Oregon, November 18, 2005 Speaker, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct – Metropolitan Public Defenders Portland, Oregon, February 10, 2004 Speaker, Ethics CLE, Dual Representation: Contrasting Immigration and Patent Law Portland, Oregon, February 14, 2003 Speaker, Solomon’s Legacy CLE, Immigration Law in the New World Portland, Oregon, May 15, 2002 Speaker, Challenges in Business Immigration Today Portland, Oregon, December 5, 2001; December 3, 2002, December 10, 2003 Speaker, AILA Congressional Liaison Update – Sen. Gordon Smith and Rep. Earl Blumenauer attending Portland, Oregon, December 1, 2000 Presenter, Pacific Basin Economic Council Annual Meeting Pacific Basin Charter on International Investment, Foreign Direct Investment Committee Auckland, New Zealand, May 1995 Speaker, American/Canadian Alumni Symposium of Scholars Studying in Taiwan Language Learning and Career Development San Francisco, California, 1991
Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Issues in Difficult Marriage Adjustment Cases by Jonathan S. Greene, Thipphavone Ark, and Brent Renison Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2008-09 Edition Blanket L Petitioners Grandfathered for Six-Month Prior Continuous Employment Requirement 10 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 13, LexisNexis, January 1, 2005 Business Immigration and Dual Representation in a Multi-Disciplinary Law Firm in Oregon Northwest Regional Immigration Conference Handbook, 2003 Security Issues for Foreign Health Professionals Health Lawyers News, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2003 More Resources, Not Laws Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Vol. 62, No. 3, December 2001 Child Citizenship Act of 2000: A New Category of Citizenship? Northwest Regional Immigration Conference Handbook, 2001; Reprinted in For the District of Oregon, Vol. VI, No. 1, Quarterly Newsletter of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Summer 2001 Foreign Direct Investment in China’s Hotel Industry: Law and Policy Developments, 1 University of Hawai'i Pacific Asian Legal Studies Occasional Papers 131 (1996)
Lockhart v. Napolitano, 573 F.3d 251 (6th Cir. 2009) (addressing an issue of first impression, the court held that an alien whose citizen spouse died while her husband's petition for her was pending remained a spouse and an immediate relative, following Freeman v. Gonzales, 444 F.3d 1031 (9th Cir. 2006)) Hootkins v. Napolitano, 2009 WL 2222839 (C.D. Cal. 2009) (Certified a Ninth Circuit class, and held that a K-1 fiancee was an immediate relative despite the death of her spouse, and further held that an I-864 substitute sponsor was not required to recognize the validity of the I-130 petition in the case of death of a spouse) Hanford v. Chertoff, Civ. No. SA-08-CA-0795XR (W.D. Texas, Sept. 17, 2009) (holding K-1 spouse whose citizen spouse died while her adjustment of status application was pending remained eligible for permanent residence despite the death) In re Wieden + Kennedy, LIN 05 179 53382 (AAO Feb. 6, 2007) (Strategic Planner (account planner) within the advertising industry qualifies as a specialty occupation for temporary H-1B status) Freeman v. Gonzales, 444 F.3d 1031 (9th Cir. 2006) (addressing two issues of first impression, the court first held that an alien who applied for adjustment of status while in the United States under the visa waiver program (VWP) was not bound by the VWP no-contest proviso waiving the right to contest removal action, and further held that an alien whose citizen spouse died while her husband's petition for her was pending remained an immediate relative, despite being widowed after less than two years of marriage; reported in Interpreter Releases, 83 IR 876, Vol. 83, No. 19, May 8, 2006) Al-Kudsi v. Gonzales, No. 05-1584 (D. Ore Mar. 22, 2006) (establishing right to timely adjudication of naturalization application and setting concrete timeline for adjudication; rejecting the holding in Danilov v. Aguirre, 370 F.Supp 2d. 441 (E.D. Va. 2005); reported in Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter, American Immigration Law Foundation, Vol. 1 No. 8, April 5, 2006) Matter of Tight Knot, LIN 99 089 51751 (AAO June 20, 2000) (Investment Analyst qualifies as a specialty occupation for temporary H-1B status – as reported in Interpreter Releases, 77 IR 1291, Vol. 77, No. 34, September 1, 2000)
IN THE NEWS
Miriam Jordan, Widows Win Path to Get Green Card, Wall Street Journal, October 21, 2009 Kirk Semple, Senate Measure Gives Rights to Widows of Citizens, New York Times, October 21, 2009 Bob Simon, For Better or For Worse, A Loss of Love and Country, CBS 60 Minutes, November 23, 2008 Jack Hitt, This American Wife, National Public Radio This American Life with Ira Glass, March 28, 2008 Cliff Collins, Widows' Best Friend, Brent Renison takes on Immigration, Oregon Superlawyers, November 2007 Sheri Qualters, 4th Circuit Ruling Could Reopen Thousands of Deportation Cases, National Law Journal, October 1, 2007 Peter Hecht, Life Capsized after Husband's Heroic Death, Sacramento Bee, September 10, 2007 Anna Gorman, Spouses of Deceased Citizens Sue over Green Cards, Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2007 Martha Neil, Spouse's Death Ends U.S. Residency Quest, ABA Journal, August 31, 2007 Juliana Barbassa and William McCall, Foreign Born Widows Face Deportation, Forbes, August 30, 2007 Richard Read, Raid Reflects Feds' New Tack: Target Workers, The Oregonian, June 15, 2007 Steve Duin, Carla's Crime? The Death of Her Husband, The Oregonian, October 19, 2006 Ashbel S. Green, South African's Bid Denied Again, The Oregonian, October 17, 2006 Lornet Turnbull, U.S. Turning to DNA to Prove Family Ties, The Seattle Times, August 29, 2006 Ashbel S. Green, Deported Widow May Return, The Oregonian, April 22, 2006 Ashbel S. Green, Deported Widow May Return, The Oregonian, April 22, 2006 Joseph B. Frazier, Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Deported South African, Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2006; Court Rules in Favor of Deported Widow, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 22, 2006; Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Deported South African, Indianapolis Star April 22, 2006 Rebecca Koffman, The Widow Defense, Oregon Business Magazine, January 2006 WW Editorial Staff, Time Out, Willamette Week, August 17, 2005 Deon Lamprecht, SA Widow Gives Up US Family, Beeld, South Africa, March 15, 2005 Blaine Harden, Widows Face U.S. Deportation, The Washington Post, December 2, 2004 Joseph Rose, Parting's Bitter Sorrow, After a Husband Dies, Citizenship Efforts Falter and Departure Looms, The Oregonian, November 29, 2004 Lornet Turnbull, Husband's Suicide Leaves Former Nun Facing Deportation, The Seattle Times, November 1, 2004 Viuvas de cidadaos americanos sao deportadas apos a morte do conjuge, The Brazilian Times, October 1, 2004 Rukmini Callimachi, Foreign Widows of U.S. Citizens Face Deportation, The Manila Times, September 15, 2004 Rukmini Callimachi, Foreign Widows of U.S. Citizens Face Deportation, The Associated Press, September 4, 2004 Jonathan Nicholas, In Good Faith, The Oregonian, September 1, 2004 Elena Lappin, Keeping America Safe From Foreign Writers, The International Herald Tribune, July 12, 2004 Elena Lappin, Your Country Is Safe From Me, The New York Times, July 4, 2004 Sharlonda Waterhouse, Woman Awaits Resident Ruling, The Indiana Post-Tribune, June 18, 2004 Ashbel S. Green, Time Limit Springs Deportation Rule on Widow, The Oregonian, May 21, 2004 Jonathan Nicholas, The Third Man, The Oregonian, April 21, 2004 John Marshall, Writer Ian McEwan Gets a Rare, Official U.S. Apology for Border Delay, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 20, 2004 U.S. Says No Way Around McEwan's Delay,Reuters, April 2, 2004 John Marshall, Author's Problems at U.S. Border May Signal Things To Come, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 2, 2004 Jonathan Nicholas, WMDS Found in PDX, The Oregonian, April 2, 2004 Hernan Rozemberg, INS Names New Director for Phoenix, The Arizona Republic, September 15, 2002Richard Read, INS Director Working in Phoenix, Too, The Oregonian, September 12, 2002Julie Sullivan, Historic Change Lets Adopted Children Inherit U.S. Citizenship, The Oregonian, February 26, 2001 Steve Duin, High and Dry in the Land of Many Waters, The Oregonian, December 16, 1999 Barry Newman, Foreigners See Dreams of Retirement in U.S. Fade, The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 1998 Ingrid Ricks, Immigrant Hoops and Dreams, Today's Careers, July 3, 1998 Cheng, Chia Tao, Yao Xiang Liu Hua Sheng Yai [Reminiscing on Life Experiences of Studying in Taiwan], China Times (Chinese Language Newspaper), May 20, 1991
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2011 Oregon State Bar President Public Service Award 2010-11 The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Immigration Law - Top Tier (nationally) 2008-11 Chambers and Partners Top Rating - Band 1 - Employment & Labor: Immigration Law Category 2010 Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law 2007 Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Advocacy Award, Oregon Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2007 Presidential Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association, for Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring and Litigation on Behalf of Immigrant Rights, presented at the Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida 2007 Forty under 40 Award Winner, Portland Business Journal 2007 & 2008 Oregon State Bar Pro Bono Challenge Awards, Small Firm Category, Most Direct Representation Hours 2006-11 Oregon Super Lawyer, Law & Politics AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell – very high to preeminent legal ability, and demonstrating the highest professional and ethical standards. CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies 2005 Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts – Award for Extraordinary In-Kind Support of the Arts presented to Tonkon Torp November 4, 2005, based on the combined efforts of Tonkon Torp partners Max Miller, Brent Renison and Joe Voboril
Mandarin Chinese Interpreter (consecutive oral interpretation from English to Chinese) for the 1994 Seminar on Principles of American & Chinese Law presented by the faculty of the University of Hawaii School of Law for the visiting Judiciary and Lawyers of Guangdong & Hainan Provinces, PRC Translator (Chinese to English) for the National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, 1989 Traditional Chinese Theater Relic Exhibition