Elaine Dorothy Kimbrell
  • Managing Partner


Metairie, LA





Ms. Kimbrell graduated from the George Washington University in 2000 where she earned her B.A. in International Affairs.  She earned her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans in 2005.  She was a member of the Maritime Law Journal and participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.  Ms. Kimbrell previously served as a constituent services representative for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.  In this capacity, she assisted constituents with their applications for federal benefits and specialized in immigration cases.  She continued her federal service as Senator Landrieu’s projects assistant, focusing on federal funding opportunities for state and local communities.  Ms. Kimbrell is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of AILA’s Midsouth section.  She is the manager for the firms nonimmigrant visa section but is skilled in all areas of immigration law.  Ms. Kimbrell is a frequent presenter on a wide range of immigration topics.

Areas Of Practice

  • Business and Academic Immigration
  • Family Immigration
  • Removal Defense
  • Asylum & Humanitarian Immigration
  • Nationality
  • Nonimmigrant Visas

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2008


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Honors: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
    • Honors: International Law Certificate
    • Honors: Earned an A in Legal Research and Writing
    • Honors: Recipient, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Andonie Endowed Scholarship for Law
    • Honors: Recipient, Warren E. Mouledoux Professional Responsibility Award
  • George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: International Affairs
  • Institute for European Studies, Paris


    • Co-Presenter, My Friend Told Me, NAFSA Region II & IV Bi-Regional Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, 11/16/2010 to 11/16/2010
    • Co-Presenter, Working in the U.S. and Pathways to USC, NAFSA Region III Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 10/27/2010 to 10/27/2010
    • Co-Presenter, When Good Students Go Bad, NAFSA Webinar, 10/07/2010 to 10/07/2010
    • Co-Presenter, Working with U.S. Congress and State Legislatures: Advocacy and Assistance, NAFSA Annual Conference, Kansas City, 06/03/2010 to 06/03/2010
    • Co-Presenter, Travel and Visa Applications: The Basics and the Latest, NAFSA Region II Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10/28/2009 to 10/28/2009
    • Co-Presenter, When Good Students Go Bad, NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, 05/28/2009 to 05/28/2009
    • Co-Presenter, CSI-Critical Services for Internationals: Countries Healing from Trauma, NAFSA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, 05/27/2009 to 05/27/2009
    • Presenter, iCert Update, AILA Mid-South Annual Conference, Memphis, TN, 10/23/2009 to 10/23/2009
    • Co-Presenter, Avoiding the H-1B Cap; Alternatives to H Status, AILA Mid-South Annual Conference, 11/13/2008 to 11/13/2008
    • Presenter, Travel and Visa Applications: The Basics and the Latest, Bi-annual meeting, Meridian, MS, Mississippi Association of International Educators, 02/04/2011 to 02/04/2011
    • Co-Presenter, Trends in Student Immigration Advising and SEVIS/F-1 Updates, Bi-Annual meeting, Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Association of International Educators, 07/23/2010 to 07/23/2010
    • Presenter, My Friend Told Me and Immigration In Troubled Times: What You Need to Know, Bi-Annual meeting, Mississippi Association of International Educators, 02/11/2010 to 02/12/2010
    • Presenter, H-1B and Permanent Residency Workshops, Georgia Tech, 09/30/2010 to 02/22/2011
    • Presenter, Guide to Post-Graduation Work Authorization for International Students Location, University of W. Georgia, 02/23/2011 to 02/23/2011
    • Presenter, Beyond OPT, University of Alabama at Huntsville, 03/11/2011 to 03/11/2011
    • Presenter, Immigration Update, Miami Dade Community College, 11/02/2010 to 11/02/2010
    • Presenter, H-1B and Permanent Residency Workshops, Florida International University, 11/02/2010 to 11/02/2010
    • Presenter, Immigration Workshop, Florida Atlantic University, 11/03/2010 to 11/03/2010
    • Presenter, Overview Of Immigration Law For Non Practitioners, New Orleans Bar Association, 12/29/2009 to 12/29/2009
    • Presenter, Immigration Update for Employers, Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sterling Education Services, Pensacola, FL, 01/25/2011 to 01/25/2011
    • Presenter, Immigration: Legal Compliance in the Age of E-Verify and Worksite Enforcement, CUPA – Western Region, 06/09/2009 to 06/09/2009
    • Presenter, Petitioning for Foreign Nationals – Non-Immigrant Visas, Lorman Education Services, Gulfport, MS, 01/22/2009 to 01/22/2009
    • Presenter, Avoiding Immigration Regulations’ Fines and Sanctions, Walking The Line: Contracting and Construction Law In Louisiana, Sterling Education Services, New Orleans, LA, 12/17/2008 to 12/17/2008
    • Presenter, Immigration Update for Employers, Employment Law From A to Z, Lorman Education Services, 11/04/2008 to 11/04/2008
    • Presenter, Beyond I-9 Compliance, Lorman Education Services, New Orleans, 12/04/2008 to 12/04/2008
    • Presenter, H-1B and Alternatives, NACE, 2008 to 2008
    • Presenter, The Immigration Reform Bill, Professional Access and Equity Committee, 6th Annual Multicultural Conference, UNC Wilmington, 07/24/2007 to 07/24/2007
    • Wide Range of Immigration Topics, Frequent Presenter

    Honors and Awards

    • Super Lawyers® Louisiana Rising Star in Immigration Law 2013- Present

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association's Midsouth section, Vice-Chair
    • AILA Mid-South Chapter, Secretary

    Past Employment Positions

    • Office of Senator Mary Landrieu, Washington, D.C., Projects Assistant, 2005 to 2006
    • Robichaux Law Firm, Chalmette, Louisiana, Law Clerk, 2004 to 2005
    • Robichaux Law Firm, Chalmette, Louisiana, Office Support, 1996 to 1998
    • Guste, Barnett & Shushan, New Orleans, Louisiana, Law Clerk, 2004 to 2004
    • Office of Senator Mary Landrieu, New Orleans, Louisiana, Constituent Services Representative, 2000 to 2003

    Pro Bono Activities

    • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
    • Notary Public, 2006 to 2006


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