About Ellen Sullivan
Ellen is licensed to practice state law in Massachusetts and, with her Massachusetts license, is able to practice immigration law throughout the U.S. In addition to immigration law, Ellen practices non-profit law and Massachusetts medical marijuana law. In 2013 and 2014, she represented applicants for Massachusetts medical marijuana registered dispensary certificates. Currently, she advises on immigration and non-profit issues related to medical marijuana.
Since 2005, Ellen has been honored to work with hundreds of immigrants and their employers and/or families. Her representation ranges from simple consultations to complex litigation in federal immigration court. She represents clients on family-based and employment-based petitions, as well as humanitarian applications including TPS, asylum, VAWA, and U-visas. Ellen represents clients before USCIS and Immigration Court throughout the United States and also represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Ellen has represented clients successfully on complex legal issues such as collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions, constitutional challenges to guilty pleas, res judicata, 212(c), abandonment of lawful permanent residence, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and mandatory detention.
Since the summer of 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), Ellen has had the privilege of working with same-sex families on marriage-based immigration matters. Working with clients on these cases during this wonderful moment in our country’s history of civil rights, has been exciting and deeply gratifying.
Since DOMA was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, all immigration benefits available to US citizens and their family members are available regardless of whether a same-sex marriage creates the qualifying relationship. Now, US citizens can petition for “green cards” for their same-sex spouses and the children of their same-sex spouses.
Prior to founding her own law practice, Ellen was a partner at two other small law firms and worked in non-profit organizations including the Victim Rights Law Center and Centro Presente.
She has lived and worked around the U.S. and also in Spain and Argentina. While in law school, she interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Center for Justice and International Law in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Greater Boston Legal Services.
Memberships and Education
AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association)
Northeastern University School of Law
Spanish and Portuguese