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Timothy Gambacorta

Immigration Attorney at Skokie, IL

5.0   33 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 12 years
    Illinois - IL 20 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    The Gambacorta Law Office handles nearly all types of immigration law cases, including, employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, removal defense, consular processing, and administrative appeals/Federal Court litigation.

    17 years


Mr. Gambacorta was born, March 12, 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, not too far from Northwestern University flagship campus.  He attended high school at Loyola Academy, in Wilmette, Illinois, attended college at the University of Arizona with a major in history and a split minor in political science/economics, went on to graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a major in secondary education, and finally attended The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for his legal education. 




During law school, Mr. Gambacorta worked for the U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Maritime and International Law drafting appeals concerning disciplinary action against merchant mariners, researched the daily enforcement of federal law in the areas of drug interdiction, immigration, marine environmental protection, marine safety, living marine resource law, and general federal laws applicable at sea and performed legal research involving the amount of evidence necessary to rebut a presumption of negligence in maritime law.  He also drafted a detailed legal memo useful in addressing the issue whenever it arises in a U.S. Coast Guard administrative proceeding.




Mr. Gambacorta also worked as a Legal Specialist for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: Office of International Labor Affairs.  At the State Department, Mr. Gambacorta conducted domestic and United Nations legislative research of statutory mandates and assisted in the formulation of statutory construction guidelines to guide upper management on the eligibility criteria used in U.S. statutes to mandate conditioning of aid and trade benefits, outlined relevant legal issues and approaches in solving problems related to maritime port security and negotiated with representatives of the International Labor Organization the effect of revised maritime treaties on workers' legal rights.  Mr. Gambacorta further researched international maritime law and domestic immigration law to inform U.S. Government participation in negotiations to revise maritime treaties to expedite use of crews by shipping industry insofar as may be consistent with the requirements of U.S. immigration law, drafted response letters to Congressional inquiries pertaining to international labor human rights legal issues and instructed non-legal personnel in legislative historical research.  In 2002, he received the U.S. Department of State award for professional contributions to U.S. efforts to promote respect for rule of law and human rights worldwide.




After graduation from law school, Mr. Gambacorta came back to Illinois and successfully passed the Illinois bar exam.  Mr. Gambacorta did not practice immigration law immediately after he became a licensed attorney.  Rather, he worked at a commercial law firm, Shelist and Schwartz, LLP where he evaluated, managed, and litigated matters pertaining to class action and commercial litigation.  Caseload commonly involved consumer fraud and deceptive practices; fraudulent schemes involving business/corporate, healthcare, medical billing, insurance, and bank/trustee/lender; whistleblower (Qui Tam) litigation; and execution on large judgments and awards.  Mr. Gambacorta researched and drafted, legal briefs, motions for summary judgments, and motions for bad faith and sanctions, as well as responses to affirmative defenses, motions to dismiss, and motions for summary judgments.  He prepared Disclosure Statements in Qui Tam matters involving criminal schemes resulting in kickbacks and double-billing for Medicare/Medicaid services and interviewed clients in connection with drafting Qui Tam Disclosure Statements. 




After Shelist and Schwartz, LLP, Mr. Gambacorta worked for another commercial law firm where he represented clients in state courts in a wide range of commercial disputes including: contract; fiduciaries; negligence; employment contracts; slander and defamation; post-judgment collection via supplementary proceedings; preliminary and permanent injunctive relief; and representation of union members engaged in disciplinary misconduct. He also researched and drafted substantive and procedural issues pertaining to pleadings, motions, discovery requests, citations to discover assets on third parties, and legal memoranda, including trial briefs.  He has also has extensive written discovery, deposition, and motion practice experience, including appearances before arbitrators in mandatory arbitration proceedings.




In 2006, Mr. Gambacorta decided to go back to the area of law where his heart is, immigration and nationality law.  He has successfully defended many foreign nationals in immigration court and who were subject to deportation as a result of either criminal and/or immigration violations.  Mr. Gambacorta additionally has successfully handles waiver cases to enable those foreign nationals who are forever barred from coming to the United States to reunite with their families here.




Mr. Gambacorta spends considerable amount of time in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam) where he advises clients on consular processing as well as a host of other immigration legal issues.  He is licensed in Arizona and Illinois and when not practicing law spends family time with his spouse and 7 year old daughter.  Mr. Gambacorta enjoys reading, traveling, running, cooking, learning about different cultures and languages and walking through airports and train stations.




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Posted by Thao | October 15, 2019
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Find the right Lawer for me
He is wonderful Lawer. He made sure everything go smooth before you have a interview. He is very carefully for your case and preparing all your documents are completely no mistakes. Thank God I found him for my case and I got approved from USCIS. Thank Tim for all your help.
Posted by Luz Gisell | August 25, 2019
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Estatus migratorio
Timothy. Es un excelente abogado, recomendado 100%. mi proceso fue rápido y muy fácil, siempre me tuvo al tanto de mi caso, y cada cambio que hubo. Muchas gracias!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2019
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10 yrs GC after Deportation Proceeding
In 2014, my conditional green card was terminated after my first marriage failed. I was in deportation proceeding after. When I saw Atty. Tim Gambacorta for a consult, he told me what I should do and documents I will need. While I was in removal proceedings, I got married. We filed a new petition for an alien relative with my new husband. It was approved with the help of Atty. Tim, my deportation proceeding was terminated. We then filed to adjust my status. Just last week we had the interview and the immigration officer told us I should get my 10 year green card right away. Atty. Tim was with me from my court hearings until last week at AOS interview. He is very knowledgeable, kind and made sure I understood everything what we were doing. Before the AOS interview, he asked us possible questions the officer would ask and gave me a list of things to bring. During the interview, he was there to help me when there were things I was confused about or needed clarification. I highly recommend Atty. Tim Gambacorta not only to my family and friends but also to all who needs help with immigration concerns. I am so happy I just received my green card today!
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Posted by Archawee | June 26, 2018
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Attentive and reliable lawyer
Mr. Gambacorta went above and beyond to help move our case forward through the immigration process. Mostly, importantly he was available and willing to answer any questions and concerns we had throughout the stressful process.
Posted by Jeremy | April 16, 2018
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Thank You!
I found Mr. Gambacorta here on Avvo and after reading many of his positive reviews and visiting his very professional and informative website I decided to hire him to help my fiance and I with her K-1 visa. I had previously contacted another lawyer who was wanting to charge me outrageous fees to handle our case. I explained to Mr. Gambacorta that I felt as though I was being overcharged and he overwhelmingly agreed and said he would be glad to assist us and provided a flexible and generous payment schedule. Mr. Gambacorta was very professional through our entire process. From beginning to end he was there for us and I can happily report my wife and I are here in the US together and she already has her green card. I cannot thank Mr. Gambacorta enough and highly recommend his services to anyone needing help with immigration. In fact my wife and I are going to hire him again to assist with my wife's sister immigration case. Thank you again Mr. Gambacorta!! Your kindness and professionalism has been a blessing.
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Posted by Uwapat | February 27, 2018
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Real good Real professional
Mr. Gambacorta is the most professional and helpful Immigration attorney I ever met. He listened to his clients, put the problem analysis, and set the work progress into the perfect timeline. My complex case would not go anywhere without his help. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
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I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gambacorta for his hard work in my case. I am initially from Thailand and I married an American citizen but I was beaten and sexually mistreated by my husband. My husband (my ex now) told me that he wanted to kill me but he was afraid to go to jail. He threw me out of his house and told me I should go back to the poor country where I came from. I did not know what to do. I managed to get my conditional green card but after I received this card is when all the trouble with my ex-husband started. I knew that I had to do something because once my conditional card expires I would be forced to leave the country. I met this man, Mr. Gambacorta who took me in his office and explained the entire process of getting a permanent green card based on abuse. I was nervous because the stakes were high, if my application to renew my conditional card got denied Mr. Gambacorta told me that the regulations provided that the U.S. immigration service would put me in proceedings. Mr. Gambacorta told me not to worry and that we would solve this problem one step at a time. After doing an extensive interview with me Mr. Gambacorta took his copious notes and compiled the waiver application. He submitted everything on time. When it was time to interview he accompanied me to the interview and answered any of the questions the officer had. Now, a couple of days ago I finally received my permanent card. I never have to face an immigration judge and so relieved that I have my life back. This Attorney is great! He is articulate when he talks to you and given my case the fees were more than reasonable. Check out this guy next time you are facing deportation or any kind of immigration problem. His initial meeting is free and he does not charge for additional consults or telephone calls. Mr. Gambacorta, thank you for being on my side these last 3 years. You have changed my life for the better.
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Posted by Pui | June 24, 2017
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Thank you
Tim provided me such an excellent service. He dedicate his time to make sure that me an my wife understand situation and go through all the documents before the interview. My wife got approval on the same day of the interview.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
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Good and reliable source
Timothy is a great lawyer who knows the field of immigration really well, he has competent lawyers working for and with him who guide you throughout the process. The process of obtaining my greencard took roughly 5 months from start to finish. Timothy helped me prepare really well for the interview and had already provided all the necessary documents needed to the interviewer before hand. Smooth sailing throughout the process.
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Posted by Hemant | March 12, 2017
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Amazing Lawyer
Tim, One of the great lawyer you can have. He listens to you very carefully. Does paperworks very nicely and also reply timely manner. His suggestions are very useful and it help has our case a lot. I would recommend him to family and friends who are in need of good immigration Lawyer. (He is the one)
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
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Thank you.
Mr. Gambacorta helped me with filling an application for the re-entry permit for my family of four with the USCIS. He is an extremely kind person who was willing to listen to all my concerns, however insignificant they were in retrospect, and answer all my questions during the process. I felt very comfortable working with him and would recommend very highly. Thank you Mr. Gambacorta.
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Posted by Jeff | March 28, 2016
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True Humanitarian, Great Lawyer.
Most lawyers have the reputation of being in the trade just to take your money and they don't care if they do a mediocre job. I have to say Tim dispels this rumor. I have worked with many attorneys in my time and have always been very lucky, but Tim is one of the best!!! He is like a Pit Bull and won't give up until he gets what you need done. The guy has a heart of gold and is extremely detail oriented making sure every T is crossed and every i is dotted. I can't say enough good things about Tim. He was extremely helpful in my wife's immigration here to the USA.
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Posted by Piro | May 30, 2015
Excellent laywer
I didn't think I have a chance with my case after 15years of trying to resolve my case with many other lawyers until I met Timothy. He assured me at the whole beginning that we will make it and we did!!! I would recommend him to anybody who needs an immigration attorney in a heartbeat.
Posted by Jose | March 31, 2015
Timothy's Helpful Services
Timothy did a great job on my immigration case. It was something i was not expecting, but i am grateful of how it all went. It was fast flowing and everything was done the way it should have or even better. I was lucky enough to have a good lawyer that helped me have a better, libertious life.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2015
Excellence in service
Tim was very knowledgable in the immigration law. He was able to address all questions and concerns about my specific case. He was very good in keeping my spouse and I up to date with my case status. Tim explained the procedures in layman's terms so that we could easily understand. He was very helpful and patience in guiding us through the entire case. Tim was very kind, understanding and culturally sensitive to our issues. He was very up front with disclosing lawyer's fees and case's fees. Everything was negotiable with Tim within reasons. Tim was there for my spouse and I from the beginning until the day we sat at the USCIS office receiving the interview. I am ecstatic to say that I am now holding a permanent green card after 10 days of receiving the interview! I am very grateful to know Tim through a very good friend of mind and he will forever be part of our circle of friends.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2014
I met this man. I had been deported to Pakistan and was told that I could never come back to the United States again because of a fraud bar on my record. I had left the United States crying as I said goodbye to my family because I thought that I would never come back unless a hardship waiver was applied for. Since I had numerous fraud bars, my case was very difficult. My attorney referred me to Mr. Gambacorta who analyzed my case with a fine tooth comb. I knew my odds of winning were slim especially since the American Embassy in Islamabad is very tough especially to us Pakistanis. Mr. Gambacorta went through my entire file, put the hardship waiver together but first argued that no fraud/misrepresentation had occurred since there were two people with my last name among other errors in the record. I do not know how he did it; either he argued successfully no fraud occurred or the hardship was proven. Either way, I am now back to the United States with my spouse and three children. I am grateful for meeting this man!
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2014
Words aren't enough... show my appreciation for Mr. Gambacorta. After struggling with my case for over a decade, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to him. He is an attentive, kind, courageous, knowledgable, compassionate, talented, humble and best of all an honest individual. I take great pleasure to write a review for him. I honestly can't say if he a better person or a better lawyer because I have never met someone like him. He took immediate and personal attention to my case and he was always available to answer my concerns or questions. I credit him greatly for resolving my immigration case. May God bless him. P.S. Credit to his sister who wrote a compassionate and honest review for him on this site. I was completely sold after that. I have a sister myself who loves me just as much so I really appreciated her candid endorsement for her brother.
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Posted by Ashok | May 6, 2014
Green Card Immigration
Tim is extremely helpful and sensitive to the needs of the Client. Green Card immigration is a maze of paperwork and requires great attention to detail. My wife and I have found in Tim a friend who can be relied upon to deliver.
Posted by CarlaBarriosPalmer | April 22, 2014
Just an update to my previous review about Attorney Gambacorta. Truth is, words can't describe what he did to my nephew's (Robbie) case. he did an exellent job, went over the case scenario. And now, thanks to him, my nephew got hold of his american passport. Will I be happy if not for some greedy lawyers we won't be able to know this man? Well, God has a reason for everything and we're bless that while browsing the internet Gambacorta's site pops in. You won't be wrong hiring this transparent guy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2014
A very Dedicated Immagration Lawyer who you can Trust
I had a problem wiU.S. permanently. the opt status, so I seeked advice from friends. One of them introduced Tim to me. That was the best advice I got from my friend. Tim was a friendly, very dedicated, and care about my problem. He helped me obtained an extension on the opt status and which I thought I could not get it. Later on, I asked him if there was a chance to change my status to a permanent one. He contacted me later when that chance was available. He helps me applying a green card through marriage with another green card holder. If I had not met Tim, I would have to leave the U.S. permanently.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-175 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Gambacorta Law Office, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Alan J. Mandel, LTD.
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Specialist for International Labor Affairs
  • United States Department Of State
  • 2002 - 2002


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • MEd
  • 1999
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Widow Obtains Legal Permanent Residence
  • Case reopened. Client granted permanent residency.
  • Spouse of Military Man who Entered Illegally Granted Permanent Residence
  • Permanent residency granted.


  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Justinian Scoiety of Italian Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Thai
  • Tagalog
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Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Law Info
  • 2014
  • U.S. Department of State award for professional contributions
  • U.S. Department of State
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Timothy
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a very interesting background which provides a unique expertise. He loves the area he practices in as evidenced by all his client endorsements."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.very well respected in legal community. Highly recommend"
Immigration Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this splendid counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer. Very well respected."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tim for many years. When I once had a case involving someone in Chicago his expertise was greatly appreciated. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gambacorta and I have worked together on many matters and I pretty much leave all the writing and research to him because of his skill in persuasion. I find Mr. Gambacorta to be a very frank but honest fellow who will tell a client his or her legal options upfront without giving the client the run a round. Because I handle only family-immigration matters and deal primarily with USCIS, I without a doubt refer all of my more complicated cases to Mr. Gambacorta particularly when they involve waivers of inadmissibility (fraud or misrepresentation), consular processing, and research and writing (appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Circuit Courts). Very simply, I endorse Mr. Gambacorta because he is humble and very caring and performs a significant amount of pro bono legal work in the community."
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