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Melissa Jane Chavin

Immigration Attorney at Northbrook, IL

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 24 years
    New York - NY 28 years
    Texas - TX 25 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Based in London, UK, Chavin Immigration Law Office helps businesses bring employees to the US and helps individuals obtain US visas and evidence of US citizenship.  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:  U.S. citizenship, entrepreneur/ investor visas, advice for students and visitors to the US, and marriage based immigrant visas.

Location

Chavin Immigration Law Office
707 Skokie Bl
Ste 600-6026
Northbrook, IL, 60062

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Posted by Family’s Visitor Visa Delay Resolved Quickly | October 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Family’s Visitor Visa Delay Resolved Quickly
Highly recommend. Our B1/B2 visas went into administrative processing after the interviews, with a risk of going into a long and opaque 2 year process. Melissa's advice was to expediently follow up with the Embassy and send them additional information - she was very fast to put together a letter and necessary materials. We have been granted visas within a week from Melissa's letter to the embassy.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant immigration advice
Melissa assisted me with getting a spousal visa and did a fantastic job. She was very thorough reviewing my documents and gave great advice. She also suggested a few extra documents to bring to the interview at the embassy which were not included on their Required Documents list, which were in fact asked for! Would not have the visa without her assistance. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Danica | October 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great immigration lawyer
Ms. Chavin greatly helped me get through a tough situation regarding my immigration status. She made everything simple and explained the necessary steps I had to take in order to obtain my visa. She assisted in every step and answered every question I had, no matter how small. She was amazing and I recommend her for whatever immigration needs people might have.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2009
great service at reasonable cost
the title said it all: I strongly recommend her to any business that has immigration issues. She did two assignments: in one my company needed to find a way to legally bring a person to work for us, and the second was to get a visa for a person already in the country. Both times we were successful.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2007
Great Immigration advice
Recommend Melissa! Knowledgeable and trustworthy, she will make time to listen to you and will come up with great solutions tailored to your particular situation. Would definitely use her again

Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Heller Immigration Ltd., the law practice of Steven D. Heller
  • 2016 - Present
  • Principal Attorney
  • Chavin Immigration Law Office
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Moscow Based Legal Advisor
  • Urban Institute
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • University Of Connecticut
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA - Masters
  • 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Visitor Visa - London Embassy
  • Approval Soon After Denial

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)
  • Chair, Membership Relations Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)
  • Member, Fall Conference Committee
  • 2015 - 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District Chapter)
  • Chair, Ethics & UPL Committee
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)
  • Member, Practice Management Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, AILA national Ethics Committee
  • 2013 - 2018
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District chapter)
  • Member, Ethics & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Munich Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago chapter)
  • Chair, Ethics & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • 2007 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Robert "Bob" Heiserman Memorial Award
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome District Chapter-EMEA)
  • 2019
  • Silberberg Scholarship
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 1991

Publications

  • 19th Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law Symposium: Conference Handbook
  • The Ethics and Headaches of Representing Families
  • 2017
  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI)
  • Basic Immigration Law, Chapter 12: Can Fixed Fees Taken In Advance of Doing the Work Go Straight into Your Operating Account? A Twelve State Survey
  • 2016
  • Midwest Regional Conference Handout Book
  • TWO SETS OF SAMPLE CLAUSES FOR AN ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT INVOLVING DUAL RESPRESENTATION IN AN EMPLOYMENT-BASED VISA CONTEXT
  • 2011
  • Midwest Regional Conference Handout Book
  • NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP LETTER FOR USE IN A GROUP ASSISTANCE EVENT, WHERE NO FORM IS FILED WITH THE USCIS
  • 2011
  • The 2009 Chicago AILA Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Seminar Handbook
  • Sample Engagement Agreement Integrating Dual Representation Waivers
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • AILA EMEA Fall Conference - London
  • Ethical Issues that Arise with Immigrant Visa Processing
  • 2023
  • AILA EMEA Fall Conference - London
  • Taking Flight Bound for the US - Immigration Advisory Program in the United Kingdom
  • 2023
  • AILA EMEA Fall Conference - Paris
  • Working or "Just Visiting"? B-1 Law for Multinational Employers to Gig Workers
  • 2022
  • AILA EMEA Chapter Spring Conference - London
  • Mind the Gap: Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas
  • 2022
  • AILA EMEA Chapter Spring Conference - Virtual
  • The Impact of COVID on Practicing Immigration Law
  • 2021
  • AILA EMEA Chapter Fall Conference - Virtual
  • Strategies for Returning Residents
  • 2021
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Quarterly Meeting
  • How Has Your Practice Changed Since President Trump Took Office?
  • 2019
  • AILA EMEA Chapter Fall Conference - Dublin
  • Travel Ban: When Does It Apply in Visa Applications
  • 2019
  • Global Mobility and Tax Strategies
  • Current State and Future Outlook for the EB-5 Programme
  • 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Assocation national Ethics Committee December Monthly Meeting
  • Application of Model Rule 1.2(d) to Immigration Practice
  • 2016
  • AILA Annual Conference - Washington, DC
  • AILA Ethics Compendium LIVE
  • 2015
  • Engagement Letter Writing Workshop
  • Engagement Letter: General Contract Clauses
  • 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Rome District Chapter Prague Fall Conference
  • Ethics - When Can [a Lawyer] Go Too Far?
  • 2014
  • AILA Rome District Athens Spring Conference
  • Use of Technology in the Modern Immigration Practice
  • 2014
  • Virtual "Brown Bag Lunch"/ Teleconference
  • Practicing Abroad: Opening Bank Accounts & Managing Client Money
  • 2013
  • Writing Workshop
  • Engagement Letters: Dual Representation Clauses
  • 2012
  • AILA Rome District Chapter Fall Conference
  • Ethical Considerations for Small Firms Practicing Abroad
  • 2012
  • AILA Midwest Regional Conference
  • Client Trust Accounts: New Rules in Illinois
  • 2012
  • AILA Annual Conference - Nashville
  • Ethics Honky Tonk Jam Session
  • 2012
  • Monthly Continuing Legal Education
  • Professional Ethics for New Immigration Lawyers: A Tasting Menu
  • 2011
  • Midwest Regional Conference
  • Ethics of Limited Representation & 3rd Party Payors in Immigration Practice
  • 2011
  • Library Talk
  • US Citizenship: The Next Step After Green Card
  • 2011
  • Ethics Bowl: Immigration Attorneys vs Ethical Dilemmas
  • After Termination of Representation: Clients Rights & Attorneys Responsibilities
  • 2011
  • Drafting Workshop
  • Engagement Letters: Scope of Representation & Basic Contract Terms
  • 2011
  • December AILA Chicago Chapter Meeting
  • Advances for Fees & Retainers: Four Years after Dowling
  • 2011
  • Midwest Regional Conference
  • Ethical Issues in Immigration Practice
  • 2010
  • Interactive Legal Ethics: Immigration Lawyers R U Ready?
  • Round Table - Full Group Q & A
  • 2010
  • Interactive Legal Ethics: Immigration Lawyers R U Ready?
  • Attorney Speech in Social Media
  • 2010
  • Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Seminar
  • Dual Representation in the Business Immigration Context
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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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Northbrook Immigration Lawyer Melissa Jane Chavin
Melissa Jane Chavin
Immigration Attorney
Northbrook, IL
Licensed for 28 years