Dana Rifai initiated the firm’s immigration practice, focusing on employment, business and family immigration matters. She has been successful in assisting clients with many immigration petitions. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group. She counsels clients in business, estate planning, and probate matters, working extensively with her clients one-on-one to achieve their legal needs.
Dana grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. At Indiana University Purdue University, she received an honors academic scholarship. She received her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Dana takes pleasure in being an active member of her community. She is a curator of TedxCountyLineRoad. She currently serves as a board member for the Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, where she is chair of the governance committee and sits on the executive committee. She is also a board member of Avicenna Academy, her children’s school. Dana participates in the Porter County Community Foundation’s initiative, @PCgivingproject, an endowment fund for children’s causes in Porter County, Indiana. She is a 2011 graduate of the Valparaiso Chamber Leadership Academy and a graduate of the 2012 FBI Citizens’ Academy. Dana was recognized as Up and Coming Influential Woman of the Year in the law in 2013. In 2016, she was named one of the “20 under 40” in business by the Northwest Indiana Times Media Group.
Dana was invited to be the 2017 Winter Commencement Speaker at Valparaiso University.
Valparaiso University School of Law, 2007
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2004
B.A. English Literature
Minor in French
Minor in Political Science
- Indiana Bar
- Illinois Bar
- Northern District of Indiana
- Southern District of Indiana
Dana Rifai News & Articles
On January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule: revising how cap-subject H-1B petitions are selected in the random lottery by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); and implementing an electronic registration...read more
The change in policy on determination of unlawful presence for foreign students will have an impact on the H-1B cap season. The August 9, 2018 USCIS Policy Memorandum results in the accrual of unlawful presence depending on the date of the status violation....read more
Effective August 9, 2018 Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS will change its policy on the determination of unlawful presence for foreign students, vocational students and exchange visitors who were admitted or are present in the United States for duration of status....read more
Forest Ridge Academy’s Alumni Association has announced that Dana Rifai is a recipient of the Spirit of FRA Award. She is the first alumnus to receive this honor. Dana will receive her award at the school's first ever All-School Homecoming and Reunion on July 28,...read more
The I-9 form is of common use to the human resources professional, and although it may seem deceivingly simple, it is easy to improperly complete the form resulting in a violation to the employer. This article provides simple tips to ensure proper and thorough...read more
Employers sponsoring potential employees for an H-1B specialty occupation work visa this April should be cognizant of the wage level offered to ensure a successful filing. Last year the H-1B program narrowed its focus on whether sponsored employees were offered wage...read more