Lorena Rivas is an experienced and accomplished immigration law attorney with the Tulsa Law Firm of Fry & Elder. She brings a dynamic and accomplished skill set to the firm, highlighted by her work on many complex and high stakes immigration cases in and outside of Oklahoma. Her practice encompasses both family and immigration law in Oklahoma.
As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), much of Lorena’s work at Fry & Elder centers on the legal representation of individuals who are facing the numerous and complicated immigration laws of the United States in affirmative and defensive immigration policies before the Department of Homeland Security.
For her notable efforts, Lorena was the recipient of the 2018 Fern Holland Award which is annually given to a lawyer who advocates for human rights or the empowerment of women.
Licensed to practice in Oklahoma, Lorena has served as the past committee chair for the Tulsa County Bar Association diversity committee and as the vice-chair for the Oklahoma Bar Association’s (OBA) Diversity Committee.
Lorena is a 2014 graduate of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, and recently graduated from the OBA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute. She was nominated for the 2015 Williams Women of Inspiration Award and is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 60 for 2018-19.
Lorena graduated in 2012 with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law where she not only graduated with honors but also actively participated in the Immigrant Rights Legal Clinic. Lorena successfully prevented a Haitian national from being returned to Haiti, in terrible conditions due to the recent earthquake and hurricane, and she helped a mother and her two children remain in the United States after being victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Mexico.
Originally from Mutual, Oklahoma, Lorena is the proud daughter of two Mexican nationals who have paved the way for her to continually serve and represent her Latino community and family as an immigration law attorney.
IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE AREAS:
Comment, “Asylum to a Particular Social Group: New Developments and its Future for Gang-Violence Victims,” 47 Tulsa L. Rev. 477 (2012).
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PRESENTATIONS:
Oklahoma Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, June 21, 2014: Immigration Law for the General Practitioner
Oklahoma Paralegal Association Summer Seminar, August 9, 2014: Immigration Law for the General Practitioner
Trial Lawyers College Direct Examination 2017