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Beata Anna Leja

Beata Anna Leja

About me

Beata Leja is an Associate attorney at the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. Beata's practice includes both employment-based and family-based immigration law. She is an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she currently serves as the Co-chair of the Fall Conference Planning Committee, and a member of the LGBT Committee and the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Liaison Committee. She has previously served on the Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) & Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee, as well as other committees. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, and the Advocates Society for Polish lawyers. In 2015, she was named an Emerging Lawyer in Immigration Law by Leading Lawyers, a distinction given to only 2% of lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. She has also been recognized as a Rising Star in Immigration by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and awarded the Pro Bono Guardian award by AILA for her pro bono services to the immigrant community. Beata has conducted seminars about immigration law for students, employers, employees and attorneys. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Beata is a 2007 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a member of the Niagara International Moot Court Team (3rd Best Oralist). Prior to law school, she was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools as a corps member of the national service corps Teach for America. She has a Master of Education from National–Louis University and two Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Relations from the University of Southern California. She is fluent in Polish and conversant in Spanish.


Languages spoken: English, Polish, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    8 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

210 S. Clark St. Suite 2025
Chicago, IL, 60603-4053


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200711/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Illinois Rising Star - ImmigrationSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Emerging Lawyer: Immigration Law - IndividualLeading Lawyers Network2015
Illinois Rising Star 2014 - ImmigrationSuper Lawyers2014
Illinois Rising Star - Immigration 2013Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Illinois Rising Star 2012 - ImmigrationSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Illinois Rising Stars 2011 - ImmigrationSuper Lawyers2011
Pro Bono GuardianAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2008
3rd Best AdvocateNiagara International Moot Court Competition2006
CALI Award - Appellate AdvocacyLoyola University Chicago School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMinsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C.2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago chapter)Co-chair - Fall Conference Planning Committee2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - LGBT CommitteeCo-chair2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Media CommitteeMember2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Fall Conference Planning CommitteeMember2013 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Customs & Border Protection (CBP) CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Chicago Ideas Week - The Cooperative (Co-Op)Member2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) CommitteeChair2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison CommitteeCo-Chair2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Continuing Legal Education (CLE) CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Women's Bar Association of IllinoisMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Chicago chapter)Member2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Chicago Chapter - Illinois Department of Employment Security & Department of Labor (IDES/DOL) Liaison CommitteeMember2008 - 2010
Advocates Society (Chicago)Member2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
MMH BlogProving bona fide nature of a same-sex marriage2015
Chicago Ideas BlogModern-day Civil Rights Leader: Beata Leja2014
MMH BlogCook County, Illinois Must Immediately Begin Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples2014
MMH BlogUSCIS Issues Positive Guidance for Review of Provisional Waivers Filed by Applicants with a Criminal History2014
MMH BlogParole in Place for Spouse of US Citizens Active in the Military2013
MMH BlogImmigration Options for Foreign Children Who Have Been Abused, Neglected, or Abandoned by Parent(s)2013
MMH BlogIllinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill to be Signed into Law2013
MMH BlogGovernment Acts Quickly to Grant Immigration Benefits to Same-Sex Couples After U.S. Supreme Court Overturns DOMA2013
MMH BlogUS Supreme Court Overturns DOMA and Finally Opens Door to Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Couples2013
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 2013 Spring Edition NewsletterU.S. Senate Proposes to Overhaul Immigration System2013
MMH BlogThe Risks of Letting your Employees Choose Their Own Immigration Counsel2013
MMH BlogLCA Obligations for Employers Who Hire H-1Bs, H-1B1s, and E-3s2013
MMH BlogScam Alert! Reports of Individuals Impersonating USCIS Officers & Other Scams That Prey on Immigrants2013
MMH BlogMore Good News for Binational Same-Sex Couples BIA Affirms Immigration Benefits Available Where Marriage Valid in State Celebrated, Regardless of Where Couple Resides2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
National-Louis UniversityCurriculum & InstructionMaster of Education2003
University of Southern CaliforniaInternational Relations & SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Business of Doing Business ImmigrationGetting Incorporated: An Introduction to Hiring Nonimmigrants for the Newer Practitioner2015
Brighton Park Neighborhood CouncilDeferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)2015
Immigration & Nationality Law Committee MeetingHow to Prepare Your Clients for Immigration Reform2013
Chicago Public Library Events & ProgramsSame-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA2013
Chicago Bar AssociationSame-Sex Couples & Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA2013
Citizenship in a Globa EraThe Disenfranchised: Undocumented & Stateless People2012
Assistant to Adjunct ProfessorImmigration Law & The Workplace2012
The Gray Areas: Resolving Selected Problems in Business ImmigrationMaintenance of Status2011
Assistant to Adjunct ProfessorImmigration Law & The Workplace2011
AILA Monthly MeetingIDES Updates2011
Immigration SeminarOverview of Family-Based Immigration & H-1B Visa2010
Careers in Immigration LawLoyola Alums in Practice - Immigration Law2010
NAAIIP Employer’s ConferenceMaintaining H-1B Employees During a Recession2009
Amicus Poloniae Legal ClinicImmigration 1012008
Amicus Poloniae Law DayImmigration 1012008