Lisa M. Rivas- Partner
A Partner in Cramer & Anderson’s Danbury office, Attorney Lisa M. Rivas focuses on Immigration Law and passionately aids clients in navigating the sea of immigration complexities.
From removal proceedings, asylum interviews and family petitions to employment petitions for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement, National Visa Center processing and Consular processing, Attorney Rivas summons her experience and deep knowledge of Immigration Law to deftly handle issues for clients.
Attorney Rivas’ practice includes experience with Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Status, the program designed to help foreign children in the U.S. who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents. She has been successful in fighting the deportation of immigrant children in such situations through asylum or SIJ proceedings.
Attorney Rivas, who is bilingual, has also logged successful outcomes in cases in which victims of domestic violence were facing deportation because they fled the abusive situations in their home country.
In her work, Attorney Rivas has represented clients from across the world, primarily Latin America and the Caribbean.
Closer to home, her advocacy extends to volunteer and pro bono efforts that have earned Attorney Rivas notable honors and awards, including a Social Impact award as part of the 2023 New England Legal Awards, a 2020 Graduates of the Last Decade Impact Award from the UConn Law School Alumni Association (LSAA), and a 2016 New Leaders in the Law award from The Connecticut Law Tribune. She was also named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2021.
As a volunteer for the now closed Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury, Attorney Rivas created and taught a citizenship course that became so popular it went from being offered once a year to four times annually—and she taught two of the four classes herself. She also participated in the Center’s annual backpack drive and the Three Kings Day Celebration, which included presenting gifts to children in the community.
Attorney Rivas also gives free talks on immigration issues that extend to benefits, drivers’ licenses and more. To honor her volunteer work, the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury gave Attorney Rivas its Above and Beyond Award in June 2016.
Attorney Rivas is Chair of the Selection Committee for the Latino Scholarship Fund, Inc., playing a key role in each step of the process, from reviewing applications and scheduling interviews to making final decisions. She was previously a member of the Executive Committee and a former co-chair of the Gala Committee that oversees the largest fundraising event held each year.
In addition to her work in Immigration Law, Attorney Rivas’ Practice Areas include Workers’ Compensation, Divorce & Family Law, Personal Injury Law, and Criminal Law.
She lives in New Milford with her family.
Admitted to Bar
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
- University of Connecticut Law (J.D.)
- Georgetown University (B.S. Marketing)
- Connecticut Bar Association
- The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
In the Community
- Teacher, U.S. Citizenship, Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury
- Executive Committee Member, The Latino Scholarship Fund
Rosa Gutierrez is Attorney Rivas’ legal assistant. She may be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 744-1234 x 170.