Eamonn Dornan is a litigator and founder of Dornan & Associates, which he established along with Barbara McCormick in 2008. Prior to that, he spent seven years as a partner and immigration specialist with the Law Firm of Smith Dornan & Dehn P.C. During that time, he helped secure significant victories for the firm in the area of media law on behalf of independent artists who have faced off against major multinational media corporations, such as the BBC.
Eamonn has also been involved in a number of worthy cases at the Federal Appellate level, involving Irish citizens who are challenging the harsh effects of the nation's immigration laws.
To his exceptional skills as an attorney, Eamonn Dornan brings an unusually wide range of experience. In addition to his law firm training, he has served as a theater producer, an artists' advocate, a human rights activist, and a Congressional lobbyist and author of federal legislation.
Eamonn was born and raised in Northern Ireland and graduated from the region's top university, Queens University Belfast, with an honors degree in law, then later graduated from University College London with a masters degree (LL.M), with merit, in International Public Law, specializing in Media Law, International Human Rights Law, Immigration and Nationality Law, and International Criminal Law.
He cut his teeth as an attorney with the Manhattan law firm of O'Dwyer & Bernstein. Founded by legendary civil rights activist Paul O'Dwyer, whose son Brian O'Dwyer maintains the tradition, the firm specializes in plaintiffs' litigation and has won some of the nation's highest jury awards.
Eamonn served for a period as Legislative Director for the not-for-profit Emerald Isle Immigration Center and while there developed a legislative initiative designed to open up avenues for Irish migrants within the immigration laws. This resulted in the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Act of 1998, commonly known as the Walsh Visa Program , named for its sponsor, Congressman James Walsh. The bi-partisan act was passed by unanimous vote and was widely seen at the time as a tangible measure of Congressional support for the Irish Peace Process.
Eamonn also was a founder and president of Macalla Theatre Company, a much-lauded, Bronx-based community theatre, producing plays by contemporary Irish authors.
He is a founding member of the Rosemary Nelson Campaign for Truth and Justice, an organization dedicated to achieving an independent, international inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer, Rosemary Nelson, and to promoting the protection of human rights defenders worldwide.
In 2008, having spent over a decade working in New York, Eamonn decided to move back to Northern Ireland and Dornan & Associates has now opened its doors in Belfast. It is the first law firm to offer U.S. immigration advice to Irish and U.K. based corporations and individuals interested in doing business with and working in North America.
Eamonn is one of the few members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association currently practicing in Ireland.