Emily R. Rivard

Emily R. Rivard

Boulder, Colorado

Driven by her interest in learning of other cultures, passion for justice, and belief that families belong together, attorney Emily Rivard has devoted her career entirely to immigration law. She works primarily on family-based immigration cases, including adjustment of status applications, consular processing, waivers, and removal defense. In addition, Emily finds great joy in assisting clients who have faced adversity by using their experience as an empowering basis in their immigration process through applications such as asylum (before USCIS and immigration court), U Visas, VAWA (male and female), and TPS.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Emily attended college and law school in New York. She received her Bachelor's and Juris Doctor degrees from Hofstra University and Hofstra University School of Law, respectively, on a six-year accelerated program. She is also a proud alumna of the Hofstra Asylum Clinic. Her experience working with asylum seekers during law school instilled a belief that each individual has a unique story to tell, and that her job as an attorney is to use that story to navigate the law as part of an individual's immigration journey.

Before joining Lisa E. Battan P.C. as an associate attorney, Emily worked for several years as the senior associate attorney at an immigration firm in Lakewood, CO. She is an active member in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Colorado Chapter and served as Chair of AILA Colorado's New Member's Division for two years. She is also a volunteer attorney with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and serves as a legal mentor to non-immigration volunteer attorneys.

Emily is proficient in French and enjoys studying languages. In her free time, she cherishes time with her family, teaches dance fitness, and enjoys being outside in the beautiful Colorado weather.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Immigration and Nationality Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey


  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
    • J.D. - 2013
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2011
    • Honors: With Distinction

Honors and Awards

  • AILA Colorado Chapter "Rising Star", 2017 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member, 2012 - Present
  • AILA New Members Division, Colorado Chapter, Chair, 2016 - 2018
  • AILA GEO Liaison Committee, Member, 2015 - 2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Aretz & Chisholm Immigration, Senior Associate Attorney, 2013 - 2019
  • Hofstra University Asylum Clinic, Law Student Advocate, 2012 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), Pro Bono Attorney, 2013 - Present
  • RMIAN, Legal Mentor, 2017 - Present


  • English