Ellen Ma Lee

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Ellen Ma Lee has practiced immigration law since 1975.  She specializes in family-based and marriage cases as well as naturalization matters. Over the years, Ellen has helped thousands of people obtain a wide range of immigration benefits.

Ellen has served on the national Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), was the Chairperson of AILA, Southern California Chapter and is active in various AILA activities.

Her hard work, commitment and expertise have helped her earn the highest rating (“AV”) in legal ability and ethics from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. Ellen has also organized innovative seminars including a 3-day conference in which various US Consuls from posts in Asia, Canada and Mexico made presentations and answered questions. In addition, she has also organized seminars on waivers of excludability and deportability and others which featured the US Consul from Guangzhou, China and the Consul representing the People’s Republic of China.


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Ellen was the Editor-in-Chief of a major AILA publication and has spoken at various AILA Conferences on the national, state and local levels.  She is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council.

Ellen has testified before the President’s Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy; served on the Executive Committee of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; participates in numerous liaison committees with the Los Angeles District Office of USCIS; and is a volunteer legal advisor to the Chinatown Service Center. She is fluent in various Chinese dialects.

Year after year, Ellen has been voted as a Super Lawyer in Southern California by her colleagues in the bar.

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