Elise R. Bruner was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2003, and Missouri and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in 2004. She received a J.D. Degree from University of Hamline School of Law in 2002. During law school, Ms. Bruner completed a one-year judicial externship with the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review in Bloomington, Minnesota, and worked with Judge Joseph Dierkes and Judge Kristin Olmanson. Prior to joining Aronson & Associates, Ms. Bruner practiced immigration law in St. Louis, Missouri with the Law Offices of Suzanne Brown, P.C., where her cases involved family-based immigration, asylum, and removal defense.
At Aronson & Associates, Ms. Bruner is skilled in nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to allow legal employment of foreign nationals to fulfill short- and long-term needs. She works closely with the medical sector and foreign medical professionals to obtain employment. She also handles immigration matters for major research universities, and has particular experience in working with university faculty members, medical clinicians, and exchange visitors. In particular, she is experienced in Conrad State 30 and FLEX 5 J-1 waiver applications, National Interest Waivers (NIWs), H-1B petitions, PERM applications, PERM special recruitment, immigrant visa petitions, and adjustment of status applications.
Ms. Bruner also serves corporations by providing counsel and assistance with respect to all types of employment-related nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories, including H-1B petitions for professionals, PERM applications for both professional and skilled workers; audit letter responses to Department of Labor, and due diligence regarding immigration law issues (such as H-1B, PERM, immigrant visa petition sponsorship) in corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other forms of corporate reorganization. She has additional experience in family-based immigration benefits, asylum, withholding of removal, voluntary departure, granting an application for lawful permanent residence, cancellation of removal, waivers, criminal immigration matters, and Motions to Reopen.Ms. Bruner developed her interest in immigration law while in law school, where she primarily studied immigration law and served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judges Joseph R. Dierkes and Kristin W. Olmanson, Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge R.A. (Jim) Randall, and published immigration law-related articles in the Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy and Star-Tribune Newspaper.