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Kelley A. Chenhalls

Immigration Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.8   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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Location

Chenhalls Nissen, S.C.
11270 W. Park Place
Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI, 53224

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4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Ammar | January 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent NIW attorney
Kelley and her team take your case as if it was their own case. They are really the right people for the right case. I received a great service and got my immigration petition approved in 11 days.
Posted by Aarathi | June 23, 2023
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Kelley and her team have done an exceptional job with our case. Great in depth knowledge, honest, kind and great communication are the adjectives I would use for their team. I was not seen as a just a number and was treated well through the process. We recently received green card and the process has been smooth and well guided throughout by Kelley and her team. They were meticulous with our application and excellent in communication. As we go through this process having a good communication with the attorney is the key and also it eases our anxiety. I absolutely recommend Kelley and her team with no hesitations.
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Posted by RK | March 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
I recently got my green card (EB1-B) and I had hired Ms. Kelley Chenhalls as my attorney for all the steps (I-140, I-485 and the interview). I am glad I hired her because her being knowledgeable and professional took away all my stress of this otherwise long, complex and stressful process. At the start of my green card application process when I happened to mention that Ms. Chenhalls will be my attorney to the person at my work who handles employment of international employees, I was pleasantly surprised when that person said that although from her official position she is not allowed to recommend any attorney, she is always happy when an employee chooses to work with Ms. Chenhalls because then all goes smoothly. I knew beyond doubt that I had made the right choice. It also became apparent to me that Ms. Chenhalls is very experienced and has successfully handled many cases like mine. I felt confident throughout my application process and indeed all went smoothly as well as fast. I found that she has a thorough knowledge about the green card process and all the associated rules. She had told me about a few subtle and less commonly applicable rules that were relevant for me which I doubt I would have known otherwise. She was always helpful and ever quick in replying to my email queries. I agree with what others have said about her qualities in all the five-star reviews here. I highly recommend Ms. Chenhalls as an immigration attorney.
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Posted by SenthilPriyanka | April 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent kniwledge with great work ethic!
Kelley helped us with my H1B and then EB1A GC. She was very responsive, reasonable, kind and had sound advice for every situation we were in. Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND any day without hesitation!
Posted by Anjishnu Banerjee | February 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Prompt, professional and very helpful
My family (wife and me) have been working with Kelley on our work visas and subsequent immigration. She has been excellent - meticulous, superb attention to detail when drafting petitions, knowledgeable and very responsive. Her responsiveness was in stark contrast to my experience with a previous large law firm. I would have no hesitation in recommending her for all immigration related matters. Wonderful experience overall.
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Posted by J | December 11, 2017
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The Best Attorney! - Physician J1 Waiver and H1B
Kelly did a fantastic job in the processing of my J1 waiver and H1B. She is extremely knowledgeable and highly efficient. Every time I email her, I get her response right away. She is very responsive and helpful! She works so fast and is very diligent in preparing the paperwork. Because of her, I got my J1 waiver and H1B approval. I was able to work immediately after my fellowship training. Kelly is an exceptional lawyer! She has my highest recommendation for your immigration needs!
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Efficient
I worked with Kelley for two years at my previous employer. She successfully obtained us over 230 H-1bs, multiple O-1s, and more than 30 Eb-2 I-140s in that short time. Even in a pinch, she would turn out approvals for our candidates. I most appreciated Kelley’s responsiveness to complicated inquiries from potential hires. She was always willing to go above and beyond to make sure our candidates felt confident in their decision to join our institution. I have and would recommend Kelley to any individual or employer looking for a professional and efficient attorney.
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Posted by JG | December 6, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer, superb services! - Change of Status to B2 and H4
We are extremely pleased with Kelly’s superb and outstanding services! She is very knowledgeable, reliable, and incredibly helpful in the entire process. She made the process so simple and ensured that all the paperwork are done properly and accurately. Kelly is very responsive and prompt in responding to emails and calls. She makes sure that you are well informed and updated on your case. It was an emotionally arduous process, but with her guidance and assistance, we calmed down and felt relieved. She is a person with compassion who will do her best to help her clients. We are very grateful to Kelly, we could not have done it without her! My case was approved swiftly without a hitch. Her services are top-notch, and her cost are very reasonable! We highly recommend Kelly, an excellent lawyer, providing superb services with a heart!
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Posted by Chris D. | December 5, 2017
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H-1B to permanent residency
I'm a scientist with a reasonably straightforward immigration situation, but I had several complicated options for pursuing U.S. permanent residency in order to maintain my long-term employment. Kelley helped me to navigate these options (in a rapid changing federal environment for immigration), and to select the most reliable option that also turned out to be the least effort on my part. Kelley and her team stayed on top of my complicated application and notified me the instant any updates were received or when additional forms/renewals/updates needed to be submitted. Kelley and her team reviewed my detailed applications and forms, gathered materials from my employer, and carefully checked everything prior to submission. With my extremely busy schedule, I am glad that I hired Kelley rather than navigating everything myself. I am happy to recommend her for any immigration-related legal work. Chris D., Milwaukee
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2017
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A+
Excellent attorney who knew my case inside and out. She always has a plan B and C, in case plan A does not work out. Highly recommend!
Posted by Nilanjan | December 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Always helpful, understanding and well explaning.
We recently received our EB1 category Green Card with continuous support and help from Ms. Chenhalls. She explained all the steps and ever changing rules and regulation throughout the process. She was always accessible and easy to work with both in-person and via other modes of communication. She was also present during our in-person interview at the USCIS, which was a great boost for the moral of an applicant. I highly recommend Ms. Kelley Chenhalls for immigration related visas, green card or any other aspects.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
trustworthy and accessible
Kelley helped me to secure my EB2/NIW approval. She is very reliable, diligent and honest. Her response time to questions or concerns is unrivaled. She is supremely knowledgeable and up-to-date on all the immigration laws and regulations. She was truly invested in my case and worked with me every step of the way during the application process. I recommend her 100% without any reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2015
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Great experience
I worked with Kelley for several months. She was not only extremely efficient and knowledgable but also very empathic with my specific situation. An entire legal process can take a long time, but she was always prepared for the next step in order to minimize the overall case time. She gave me advice every step of the way and answered all my questions immediately. Was always looking forward to help.
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Posted by Fan | September 1, 2015
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Best immigration attorney I ever met
I have paid quite a few immigration attorneys in east coast and mid-west for my green card case. I had some very bad experience from those lawyers. During my darkest time, one colleague recommended Kelly to me. She is the best immigration attorney I ever met. She has solid experience on immigration cases and great passion to help her clients. She always answers my phone call and email promptly. Many time she even answered my questions during vacation. Her excellent work made my green card case went smoothly like dancing in a hall. There were a few bumps down the road and Kelley always gave me the correct suggestions and guided me avoid mistakes. Eventually I got my card 18~24 months earlier than my most optimistic estimation. My wife and I really appreciate her excellent work and kindness. You may pay a lot of money to hire an expensive lawyer, but it really takes a little bit extra luck to find an excellent attorney like Kelley. Kelley, we love you.
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Posted by Dhiraj | July 11, 2015
EB1 processing
Kelley has a very good understanding of EB1 approval process and getting the green card. She reviews CV and then tells one's chances for EB1. For me she was really confident and that helped me preparing everything needed for submission. She is always accessible and once responded to my email even on weekend. She looks at all the documents very carefully and there is no chance of mistakes. She is fast and I had never had any delay in my process because of her. She did my H1b (and also H1b for my wife) before our EB1 process and we never had any problem. My whole process took 5 months after application and now I have my green card. I will recommend her to anybody without any hesitation. Her paralegal staff 'Sally Warkaske' is also really good at her work and used to always update me during the process. Overall, I had a really satisfying and humble experience with Kelley and her team. Thank you 'Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde, S.C.' for keeping such an excellent staff.
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Posted by ankur | September 30, 2014
Immigration lawyer review
We worked together for 6 years on our green card. Things I liked best about working with Kelley were that she is extremely responsive via email (I appreciate that a lot), answers questions in detail and takes initiative in reaching out even if I am running behind on responding to her.
Posted by Ros | August 5, 2010
One of Milwaukee's super lawyers!
Atty. Chenhalls is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding immigration law & employment. Her accessibility is superior compared to other attorneys in the country. She responds to inquiries quickly & gives client a timely update of cases. Atty. Chenhalls' is very efficient. I have used multiple attorneys in areas of immigration & employment and Atty. Chenhalls demonstrated an outstanding representation. I would definitely use her expertise again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2009
The best immigration lawyer
She did an excelent job throu my entire immigration process. She is a very talented and responsible person.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A profit sucker and life destroyer
She assisted an employment fraud and put me on edge of destroy... she has no emphatic to client and kept changing without considering the cost it implies to one’s career and life.
Response from Kelley Chenhalls December 4, 2017
I am sorry you had a bad experience with our firm. This matter does not sound familiar, and we strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Chenhalls Nissen, S.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde, S.C.
  • 2003 - 2017
  • Supervised Fieldwork Position
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde, S.C.
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • Klein Thorpe & Jenkins
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • Marquette University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2004
  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Marquette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Membership Committee)
  • Committee Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Health Professionals Committee)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Wisconsin chapter)
  • USCBP Committe Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Medical Graduate Taskforce
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Membership Committee)
  • National Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Wisconsin Chapter)
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Wisconsin Chapter)
  • Vice Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Wisconsin Chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyers of the Year - Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Women in the Law Honoree
  • Wisconsin Law Journal
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyers
  • M Magazine
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Public Service Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • M Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawers
  • M Magazine
  • 2012
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Publications

  • Illinois Practice Series, Vol. 21, The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois
  • International Medical Graduates
  • 2016
  • Illinois Practice Series, Vol. 21, The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois, 2015 Supplement
  • International Medical Gradutaes
  • 2015
  • Administrative Law
  • An Annual Survey of Administrative Law 2000
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Intersection of Immigration & Family Law
  • Immigration & Family Law
  • 2017
  • Lakeshore Ecumenical Outreach
  • Immigration and the President's Executive Action
  • 2014
  • Immigration Workshop
  • Immigration Law
  • 2013
  • Immigration 101 for the Medical Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • 2013
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Endorse Kelley
Immigration Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kelley is an excellent attorney with extensive knowledge in immigration law. She has extensive experience with employment-based immigration matters and provides exceptional service to her clients, both individuals and organizations."

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Milwaukee Immigration Lawyer Kelley A. Chenhalls
Kelley A. Chenhalls
Immigration Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 21 years