Maris J. Liss

Head of Appeals and Federal Litigation

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About Maris J. Liss

Maris J. Liss is the head of appeals and founded the firm’s federal litigation practice. Before joining George P. Mann & Associates in 2003, she worked as a litigator and trial attorney with eight years of commercial and housing litigation experience. Maris has researched and drafted more than 400 appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and argued more than 24 cases before the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. On the federal level, she litigates asylum applications, issues involving non-citizens convicted of crimes, and applications for immigration benefits such as adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, and 212(c) relief.

She drafts and supervises writing of motions to reopen, remand and reconsider, and drafts complaints, motions, briefs, and responses for, inter alia, affirmative litigation in Federal District Court for mandamus review of naturalization denials, APA litigation and habeas litigation, including petitions for writ of habeas corpus challenging prolonged detention in immigration custody.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Sixth Circuits
  • District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law – New York, 1988
  • London School of Economics, Spring 1985
  • B.A., Barnard College (magna cum laude) – New York, 1985


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Committee Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA): Litigation Steering Committee
  • National Amicus Committee:  May – June 2011, May 2013 – May 2014
  • AILA, Washington, DC Chapter: Fall Conference Committee
  • AILA, Michigan Chapter: Ambassador Committee year 2020 – 2021

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Federal Bar Association Immigration Conference – Live Panelist
  • AILA National Podcast – Podcast Panelist
  • AILA, Washington, DC Chapter – CLE Live Panelist
  • Advanced and Expert Removal Series – Webinar Panelist