DANIELLE NELISSE, IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
She Is Knowledgeable and Experienced in Immigration Law
Attorney Nelisse practices 100% immigration law and is a highly motivated immigration attorney who is determined to obtain the best result for your immigration case based on affordable rates because:
- She handles immigration cases individually and works collaboratively with you, examining all aspects of your immigration case to ensure she is pursuing the best strategy.
- She chooses to accept only certain types of immigration cases, which has allowed her to become highly specialized in those immigration cases. She does not administer a huge impersonal law firm and instead has what is referred to as a “specialty boutique” immigration law firm.
- She is committed to marriage equality and very experienced with serving the LGBTQ community.
- Through continuing legal education she works hard to stay up to date with the latest changes in immigration law, statutes, regulations, case law and policies.
Immigration cases for same sex and different sex clients are handled professionally with personal care by American Immigration Attorney Danielle Nelisse.
From the very beginning of each immigration case, she makes sure she establishes a strong professional relationship with her clients because:
- She believes in keeping her caseload at a manageable size, thereby giving each client the attention and concern they deserve
- She believes in marriage equality
- She has the time to prepare cases in a proactive and efficient manner
- She is there to answer her client’s questions and concerns regarding their immigration case and makes it a priority to respond as quickly as she can
- Graduate of California Western School of Law
- Admitted to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Published Author of Law Journal Article (Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law)
- Member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) )
- Editor of Immigration Books (2011 Guide to Processing Diversity Lottery Green Card Lottery)
- Mentor/Lecturer for Immigration Attorneys
Because She Understands What You Are Going Through
Immigration Attorney Danielle Nelisse has successfully prepared hundreds of marriage green card (including same sex) and work visa cases out of her San Diego office for a wide range of individuals from many countries.
DANIELLE’S PERSONAL BACKGROUND – How Did She Become an Immigration Attorney?
Danielle Nelisse (formerly Homant) had a few different careers before taking out law school loans and going to law school. She was married in high school and had two children by the time she was 21 years old.
She finished high school at night and took out school loans to attend San Diego State University when she was 24 years old to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree. She chose Public Administration as her major, with an emphasis in Labor Relations, and she chose Womens’ Studies as her minor — and graduated in 2 years instead of 4 years.
After getting her Bachelor’s Degree, Danielle was asked to direct a project at a juvenile court, where she met with children locked in the juvenile jail and developed alternative sentencing plans for them. She testified in front of the Juvenile Court Judges in over 500 cases, explaining her alternative sentence options, 80% of which were ordered by the judges. At 26, it was her first taste of how much one person can impact the lives of others.
Danielle went on to work as a Labor Negotiator for a labor union, learning how the attorneys prepared and presented cases to city officials. She was then urged by colleagues to start a private detective firm made up of all women detectives – one of the first of its kind in the United States. She and her lady detectives worked on important murder cases, traveling around the United States to meet with witnesses and discover new evidence. She still holds her Private Investigator license.
By the time Danielle’s children were finished with high school, she decided it was time to go to law school and instead of working for attorneys, become one herself. She graduated law school in 2 years instead of 3 and was able to study law not only in the United States, but in Florence, Italy, Strasbourg, France and Vienna, Austria. One of her professors was Justice Antonin Scalia, a U.S. Supreme Court Judge.
After law school, Danielle was hired by a prestigious law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. She practiced criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation, but when one of the partners asked “does anyone want to start practicing immigration law?” Danielle was the only one to say “I do!” because she felt it was more rewarding to help people rather than sue people.
Danielle opened her own immigration law firm in 1999 in San Diego, California and has become one of the leading immigration attorneys in America. Her law license, which was issued in 1999 by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., allows her to practice exclusively immigration law in all 50 states.
On a personal note, eventually her first husband passed away and she met a man from the Netherlands, fell in love again, and helped her new husband get a marriage green card. Her husband, a pilot, now has his USA citizenship and they live in San Diego, California.
When she is not at work, she spends time with her grown children, in her art studio painting large oil paintings, and traveling with her husband.