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John L. Sesini

Immigration Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.4   27 reviews
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  • State Years
    New York - NY 2 years
    Wisconsin - WI 32 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2021
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    My practice is focused on representing individuals in deportation/removal proceedings, asylum cases, all family related cases, appeals to the BIA and/or Federal Circuit Courts, naturalzation/citizenship, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. My past criminal defense experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent individuals in many post-conviction cases in the State and Federal courts.

    25 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    My criminal defense cases are limited to cases involving non-citizens and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

    32 years

 I am the Managing Partner and Head of the Family/Deportation Practice Group at Sesini Law Group . My practice is entirely devoted to representing individuals with issues in family immigration, naturalization and citizenship, deportation defense, asylum, federal appeals and litigation, investment visas, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Prior to focusing exclusively in immigration law, I practiced criminal law for many years, which experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent non-citizens with criminal convictions. I work frequently with criminal defense attorneys in criminal cases throughout Wisconsin and I have successfully vacated dozens and dozens of criminal convictions for my clients. 


 In 2011, I was selected as a Super Lawyer in immigration. I speak frequently on immigration issues in the community, and I am invited to speak at several immigration-related seminars, including the 2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the 2012 Wisconsin State Public Defenders annual seminar. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Wisconsin State Bar, and the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, circuits in which we have successfully litigated complex immigration issues. 


I am a first-generation born U.S. citizen. I received my law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1991.  I speak Italian and my office is fluent in Spanish.


Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice

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Sesini Law Group, S.C.
234 W. Florida Street
Suite 203
Milwaukee, WI, 53204


4.4 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Monica | March 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
I can not thank John and his team enough for all the work they did. John was always on top of everything and kept me informed throughout the process.
Posted by Ellen | March 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Like Family
We've been Mr. John Sesini clients for 13 yrs. He's been great at keeping us update with our cases and documents. We really appreciate the effort, support and time that the law firm took to go through with us on our journey. It's like family, other attorneys & respectful assistance that works there that has helped us through this journey. I would truly recommend anyone who needs help with any case regarding legal immigration. Thank you so much for all that you do.
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Posted by Regina | April 16, 2020
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Very good attorney really recommend
John sesini and his staff are amazing they truly get working on your case as fast as they can and if john sesini is not available heydee who works in the office can also help with anything they are truly wonderful I will be recommending them to everyone who needs an immigration attorney thank you so much john and heydee for your wonderful work done.
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Posted by Gerardo | October 28, 2019
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I gave the case to the lawyer because I felt I could trust him. The lawyer is an honest, responsible and kind person. He did good. Ill refers anyone how need legal assist.
Posted by Maria D | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I am very great full with John Sesini.
I recommend John Sesisi .A great lawyer , Since 2009 helped me with suspension of deportation and then with my process of permanent resident., then with my husband process of permanent residence. Even I have recommended several friends and , all of them have helped satisfactorily . I just have to say. Thank you John for being an honest lawyer and great knowledge of the Immigration Laws. Thank you very much. Blessings.
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Posted by Stephanie | May 24, 2019
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No more worry, no more stress! Thank Sesini
John Sesini and his team, earlier this year, gave me and my family the best news and gift that we could ever have gotten! After 7 months of being senselessly detained and facing deportation/separation from family: husband, father, brother, friend, and an outstanding samaritan Manny was finally able to stay home...with us! Our first impression of John was one of honesty, laser focus, and he managed a way to make the whole family feel welcome. John never beat around the bush with us or sugar coat anything, he was very clear and precise in what he needed from us and for his team in order to help our case in the best way possible. Everytime we reached out, or sent an email, to John Sesini or his office we got an almost immediate response all the time. When John was able to he visited with Manny while being detained and this meant a lot to us, for him to physically show up to meet and get to know Manny; it meant to us that he wanted to know who he was helping and why. John and his team made it possible to have Manny released from federal detention, after 7 months, but the bigger fight was making sure he didn't get detained again or worse get deported. The detailed preparation of the submitted supporting documentation, which the judge twice stated how well the case was documented and it made it easy for her to get a feel about the case, eventually ensured/guaranteed Manny's freedom. He will be eligible next year to apply for his citizenship! The biggest THANK YOU in the world could never be enough to show how happy and appreciative we are of John Sesini and his team. We were absolutely broken up as a family and felt the system had failed us miserably but with patience, perseverance, and John Sesini's love for his profession we made it through. God bless you John! Much love from the Lopez, Garcia, and Ortiz family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2018
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Fast approval of I 601
Due to the nature of my vawa case I won’t post my name. Attorney Sesini, is very knowledgeable with years of experience. This was my first impression which gave me trust in him to handle my case. He is very kind and very understanding. Being in immigration situations, we need to approach such people who can listen and understand what we are going through. We filed for I 601, and within 10 days, it was approved. What I learnt from all this is, that we need to use experienced, knowledgeable attorneys. Thank you Attorney Sesini and the entire Sesini Law group.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2018
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Great Lawyer
He made the process simple, I wasn't worried about anything. Everyone in the office was helpful and friendly, I will recommend this lawyer to anyone I know that needs help related toward immigration.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Friendly and knowledgeable. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
ME: I was on a student visa with EAD card (STEM-OPT). I had proposed to my gf and applied for OPT extension under the advice of my DSO. My extension was denied for being late by a few days due to my DSO mixing up dates. The company I worked for appealed but it was rejected. I consulted John, completed green card application and received it 2 months ago. My then fiance and I did our best to get all the information for the application for AOS but some of the language was so confusing. She has a doctorate and I have a degree in engineering. My sympathies to those who must endure this process with ESL. We had very specific questions about different sections, timing of applications and various procedures since we would be moving, had multiple wedding dates, my work eligibility was expiring and I wasn't sure if I would be able to stay in the name it. After taking a chance to email Mr. Sesini with the hardest questions, he promptly responded and suggested we set up a phone call to discuss the details. The next day, he contacted us (after work hours) and answered ALL of our questions. He seemed to know every line and blank space on the 8+ forms and gave us confidence in moving forward with our application. In conversation, he listened well and was not condescending in his responses. He had all of the timelines, application costs and requirements at his fingertips. A few days after we submitted our application, John followed up with us to see if we completed it or needed help. At no point did we feel pressured by him to hire for his services. This process can be very stressful. Speaking with John for a few minutes helped us a great deal. Someone as knowledgeable, professional and kind as him would be a great person to have on your side.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
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Mr. Niedermeyer
John is very good at what he does, he represented my wife with her immigration dealings. I highly recommend him, he is a professional, and he has exceptional assistants who were willing to help me whenever I contacted them, specifically Heydee, was very helpful in our dealings. I highly recommend Sesini Law group.
Posted by Patty & Abdel | July 14, 2017
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John Sesini was recommended to me and husband back in 2012. My husband, a permanent resident at the time, wanted to go home and visit his family. Given that he had legal complications shortly after his arrival here in 2004, I sought legal advice as to whether he'd have difficulty leaving/re-entering the country. I called several lawyers and all told me it should not be an issue. Still something didn't feel right. After our friend referred us to John, I called him. He was the only lawyer to say don't let your husband get on a plane. He can leave but may not be able to re-enter the country! At that point, I knew we'd found your lawyer!! Subsequently, we had our initial consultation with John as to how to remedy my husband's legal issues. Never once did he mince words. Our case was complex but not impossible. He instilled faith in us when we needed it most. He was always responsive to our calls and emails and we never felt like we were "just another client". He was always clear about his fees and they were very reasonable. Finally, after 5 long years of waiting, we received the news we'd hoped for most and my husband was granted citizenship. We are now looking forward to a trip back to his homeland to visit family and friends soon. We can't thank John and his team enough for seeing our case through to the end and for helping us as much as he did!
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Posted by M. and V. | April 25, 2016
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Our family is together now, thanks to these folks.
I have been practicing law in Wisconsin for 30 years, so I knew that when our family needed an immigration attorney, we would turn to the very best in the State: the Sesini Law Group. John and his staff successfully handled a difficult case for citizenship for us as well as the securing of an immigration visa. Thorough, knowledgeable, practical, responsive and above all caring, we could not have been in better hands. We remain immensely grateful for all John and his staff has accomplished for us. Our family is together now, thanks to these folks. I most highly recommend the Sesini Law Group to anyone needing the services of an immigration attorney.
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Posted by Chad | March 23, 2016
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My wife and I are grateful to have hired John! Highly recommend!
My wife had a complicated and unique case, and tried to go through the process alone. Big mistake! That's when we contacted John and hired him. He was truly knowledgeable and helpful with every step and turn of our visa application. With his and Ben's guidance we were prepared for any form to be filled and each interview we attended. After about two years, as I said it was a complicated case, my wife is now once again a permanent resident! Thank you John and Ben!
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Posted by Priscilla | March 2, 2016
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I first contacted Mr.Sesini for a DACA situation. After listening to my situation Mr.Sesini discovered there was a better path I could take that would benefit me. I am extremely satisfied with John Sesini and Heydee Villafuerte. They always answered and replied to my questions and concerns in a timely manner. I also want to mention the receptionist who were always very friendly and helpful as they tried to answer questions I had. My case had resolution in less than a year. Mr. Sesini was also referred to me by a close friend. Thank you!!
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Posted by Blanca | January 25, 2016
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John Sesini and Heydee Villafuerte did an excellent job with my Husband case getting a waiver & getting my stepson's in the USA
I take very serious other people's reviews and comments and I wanted to share my own experience with Sesini through a visa request for my step son and a getting my husband waiver accepted and process quick, since he entered to America w/out a Visa. John Sesini and his team worked hard to get my husband's waiver through immigration (Perdon waiver) Sesini and his paralegal Heydee Villafuerte worked on both cases for a little over a year, providing me updates and information that I needed as the case progress, they guided me what I needed to do in my end in order to be step ahead with paperwork that immigration needed as the case progressed, Sesini is approachable and helpful, he understand the need of having a family united and the frustration that immigrants go through when we feel the law is unfair with us. Sesini is also very honest since the beginning he told me that was not a easy case to resolved but he was going to do his best to get my husband's papers and pardon accepted. The process is lengthy but it is not up to the lawyers it is up to immigration laws, I educated myself learning and asking questions to Heydee or John, they are really good getting back to their client in timely fashion via email, or phone call. I suggest to reach out to them via email first. After the waiver was issued and my husband went back to origin country to get his Visa, it only took 4 weeks to get him back to America. It was a blessing and that was because American embassy and immigration had all the paper work and information was needed and put together by Sesini and Heydee. After my husband and stepsons' visas were issued to be legal in American the rest it was matter of few months to get the green card by mail and all the wait and money spent on the lawyer fees was worth it! Sesini even came with us to immigration office when we were schedule for a visit and he had a translator for my husband who did not speak much English. Overall I had a great experience with them and I will definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a lawyer for immigration.
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Posted by Cecilia and Justino Gomez | November 11, 2014
John l Sesini is the best
We hired John Sesini Andes years algo because of a inmigración matter we has another Attorney And she had meses our case up so bad. When John took over our case he right away fixed so many mistakes. Thanks to john soon our immigration matter will be over and thanks to him my family will stay together. I also recommended john for my dad and mom and thanks to him with in less than a year john has fixed everything for my parents if there is a honest attorney I can tell you to get it's him he explains everything to you in detail does what he can to make sure he does what he needs he don't play games he will tell you straight up if things will look good or not he's a trustworthy honest truthful great lawyer they best from my opinion they best out of Wisconsin and Illinois area #1 thank you john seisini for everything you have done for my family
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Posted by celestine | August 26, 2014
Posted by Lauren | June 19, 2014
I met John because he was recommended to me by another friend whose family had a complicated immigration situation. My husband and I have worked with John Sesini since 2008, we closed our immigration case now in 2014. That may seem like a long time but John was accurate and worth every penny. He was clear and helped us understand why we needed to be PATIENT in our case. What I most loved about working with John is that he is organized, accessible, approachable, current on his information and HONEST about all changes in laws and practices regarding immigration. John didn't always say what we wanted to hear but he told us EXACTLY what I needed to do and provided us with excellent guidance to keep us moving in a positive direction. This helped us to avoid making poor decisions because of our fears or need for urgency that would have kept my husband out. My son has his father, I have my husband, we are now all able to live in the United States together thanks to John, those in his office and their excellent work. I highly recommend John Sesini to be your immigration attorney.
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Posted by ahmad | May 6, 2014
Got approval
I had a very difficult and complicated case. I hired Mr Sesini. It went exactly the way he had explained it to me at first and got me APPROVED. Without his knowledge and experience i am not sure it was possible. i highly recommend him whoever wants to hire an immigration attorney.
Posted by Alina | April 14, 2014
I am very greatfull to John Sesini
The best lawyer I ever had to deal with. He is helping me and my husband for over 6 years. John was helping me and my husband to get fiance visa , green card, citizenship.(I am from Ukraine and my husband american). Results was always good and fast. I highly recommend John as an outstanding lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Sesini Law Group, S.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney/Partner
  • Grzeca Law. Group, S.C.
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Attorney/Founding Partner
  • Sesini Law Firm, S.C.
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Brennan, Ramirez, Wilmouth, & Sesini
  • 1994 - 2003
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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • State v. Perez Basurto
  • Still pending
  • In re Shrestha
  • Immigration judge granted our request for asylum
  • State v. Vang
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed our appeal
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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 2017 - Present
  • Bar Association of the Sixth Federal Circuit
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 1991 - Present
  • Justinian Society
  • 1991 - Present
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Lawyers
  • M Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2011


  • Wisconsin Lawyer
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • 2015 AILA Annual Conference
  • Fundamentals Boot Camp-Removal 101
  • 2015
  • Annual AILA Conference
  • Immigration Trial Practice
  • 2014
  • Sheboygan County Bar Association
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2013
  • Winnebego County Bar Association
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2012
  • Annual State Public Defender Seminar
  • Criminal/Immigration Appeals
  • 2012
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Immigration Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sesini is a long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has valuable criminal defense experience to use in helping people with immigration problems stemming from criminal charges."
Immigration Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. John cares about people and obtains exceptional results."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with John Sesini on several immigration matters. His extensive knowledge of both immigration law and criminal law make him a valuable resource for colleagues and a powerful advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse Mr. Sesini and his law office."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are few lawyers that I can say are both smart and compassionate at the same time. Mr. Sesini is just that. He not only has a great understanding of both immigration and criminal law, he really cares about his clients. I highly endorse him as a lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John Sesini for several years. He is very knowledgeable and experienced immigration lawyer, and he is an expert is all aspects of deportation and removal. I am happy to endorse John as an immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John for over 20 years. He has consistently shown his knowledge of the law and his caring for clients. John also volunteers a significant amount of his time for the legal community. This year he gave a very informative presentation on immigration law and criminal law at my local attorney bar association."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I regularly contact this lawyer for immigration consequences for clients I represent in state and federal criminal cases."
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Milwaukee Immigration Lawyer John L. Sesini
John L. Sesini
Immigration Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation available