Elaine Martin has extensive experience in US and global immigration law. She has been practicing exclusively in the field of immigration law since 1997. She is also an immigrant, having moved to the US from Ireland in 1994. Consequently, she has a special understanding of the emotional - as well as legal - aspects of relocating.
Elaine has many years of experience in private law practice, advising companies of all sizes from sole proprietorships and start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations. Elaine also handles family-based immigration, religious workers, victims of crimes and domestic violence, and naturalization. She is a mentor for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (http://www.thedec.co/community) and is an active volunteer with immigrant organizations in Dallas.
From 2010-2014, Elaine created and managed the global immigration department of a relocation company. She was responsible for operations and marketing internationally. Elaine helped large clients manage their immigration requirements worldwide, when they transferred employees from any country to any country. Elaine developed and managed a network of immigration experts in over 130 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, India, Japan, Nigeria, and many more.
Elaine is recognized as a leading figure in the immigration community, with many speaking engagements (in the U.S and overseas) and journal articles to her name. She received the Worldwide ERC Meritorious Service award in 2014.
Prior to her success in establishing a global immigration division, Elaine worked in private law practice, including nine years with the world's largest immigration firm.
In addition to Ireland and the US, Elaine has lived in Belgium and Australia. She speaks good French, and basic Spanish and Italian.
In her free time, Elaine enjoys running and has completed 10 marathons, including Boston. She also cycles regularly and enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing (not often enough!), adventure travel (30+ countries so far) and spending time with family, especially her adored nieces and nephews! She volunteers as an attorney with Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, as an usher at the Dallas Arts District, and as a reading tutor in elementary schools.