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Melissa Jane Chavin

Melissa Jane Chavin

Practice areas:

Immigration

Melissa Chavin

About Me

Based in London, UK, Chavin Immigration Law Office helps businesses bring employees to the US and individuals to get the US visa help that they need.  Melissa Chavin is the sole practitioner at Chavin Immigration Law Office, and she maintains an office address in the US.  She is fluent in Russian and served companies in Moscow and around the world for many years at the international firms Clifford Chance and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.  Her current practice areas:  artist, entertainer and athlete visas, advice for students and visitors to the US for business and tourism, and other employment, investment and marriage based immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

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Languages Spoken: Russian, English, German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Immigration: 100%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Mary Carmen Remigio Madrid-Crost

    I endorse this lawyer. Melissa Chavin has organized wonderful ethics CLEs for immigration lawyers. Her efforts have been very valuable to the immigration bar and consequently redound to the benefit of clients.

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    Mary Madrid-Crost Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

    Attorney Melissa Jane Chavin is one of the best speakers on current legal immigration updates. She is refined and knowlegeable practitioner with a passion to make a difference for her immigration clients.

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    Alexander Ivakhnenko Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Chavin Immigration Law Office

707 Skokie Bl
Ste 600-6026
Northbrook, IL, 60062

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CTActive199905/15/2015
NYCurrently registered 199503/13/2015
TXInactive 199805/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Silberberg ScholarshipUniversity of Connecticut School of Law1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld1998 - 1999
AssociateClifford Chance1996 - 1998
Moscow Based Legal AdvisorUrban Institute1994 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District Chapter)Chair, Ethics & UPL Committee2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)Member, Practice Management Committee2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Ethics Committee2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)Member, Ethics & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee2012 - 2013
Munich Bar AssociationMember2012 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago chapter)Chair, Ethics & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee2007 - 2012

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Global Migration & Legal Ethics2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Fishing for Clients with Social Media without Sinking Your Boat2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Ethics: A Practice Advisory2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration Practice News'Ambulance Chasing' on Twitter2011
Midwest Regional Conference Handout BookTWO SETS OF SAMPLE CLAUSES FOR AN ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT INVOLVING DUAL RESPRESENTATION IN AN EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA CONTEXT2011
Midwest Regional Conference Handout BookNO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP LETTER FOR USE IN A GROUP ASSISTANCE EVENT, WHERE NO FORM IS FILED WITH THE USCIS2011
The 2009 Chicago AILA Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Seminar HandbookSample Engagement Agreement Integrating Dual Representation Waivers2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University Of ConnecticutLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of PennsylvaniaRussian Language & LiteratureMA - Masters1990
University of PennsylvaniaRussian StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Engagement Letter Writing WorkshopEngagement Letter: General Contract Clauses2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Chapter Prague Fall ConferenceEthics - When Can [a Lawyer] Go Too Far?2014
AILA Rome District Athens Spring ConferenceUse of Technology in the Modern Immigration Practice2014
Virtual "Brown Bag Lunch"/ TeleconferencePracticing Abroad: Opening Bank Accounts & Managing Client Money2013
Practicing Law Abroad Committee PodcastU.S. Business Tax Issues for the Overseas Practitioner2013
Writing WorkshopEngagement Letters: Dual Representation Clauses2012
AILA Rome District Chapter Fall ConferenceEthical Considerations for Small Firms Practicing Abroad2012
AILA Midwest Regional ConferenceClient Trust Accounts: New Rules in Illinois2012
AILA Annual Conference - NashvilleEthics Honky Tonk Jam Session2012
Monthly Continuing Legal EducationProfessional Ethics for New Immigration Lawyers: A Tasting Menu2011
Midwest Regional ConferenceEthics of Limited Representation & 3rd Party Payors in Immigration Practice2011
Library TalkUS Citizenship: The Next Step After Green Card2011
Ethics Bowl: Immigration Attorneys vs Ethical DilemmasAfter Termination of Representation: Clients Rights & Attorneys Responsibilities2011
Drafting WorkshopEngagement Letters: Scope of Representation & Basic Contract Terms2011
December AILA Chicago Chapter MeetingAdvances for Fees & Retainers: Four Years after Dowling2011
Monthly Continuing Legal EducationDUAL REPRESENTATION OF CLIENTS IN IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE2010
Midwest Regional ConferenceEthical Issues in Immigration Practice2010
Interactive Legal Ethics: Immigration Lawyers R U Ready?Round Table - Full Group Q & A2010
Interactive Legal Ethics: Immigration Lawyers R U Ready?Attorney Speech in Social Media2010
Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility SeminarDual Representation in the Business Immigration Context2009