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John Shine has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration law since 2005. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and was raised in Chicago. He practiced in downtown Chicago for 8 years and is now located in Brookfield, Illinois. His practice focuses on deportation defense, family-based visas, waivers, deferred action for children and parents, U visas, VAWA, naturalization, and appeals. He was named a Super Lawyer in Immigration by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2016. He previously was named a Rising Star in Immigration by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he also received the honor of Illinois Emerging Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law by Leading Lawyers Network. John is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He chaired AILA's Department of Homeland Security Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) Liaison Committee from 2010 until 2012. He also served on AILA's USCIS Chicago District Office Liaison Committee in 2012 and 2013. John has worked pro bono with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), and has spoken at many seminars for attorneys and organizations. John speaks Spanish and has a large Hispanic clientele. While in law school, he completed an internship with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago. John graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago with a degree in Philosophy in 2000 and received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Contact info

The Law Offices of John F. Shine, Ltd.

3732 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL, 60513

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    10 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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    I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have known John for years and I have witnessed him successfully represent clients in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review in addition to helping his clients obtain lawful permanent residency before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. John is an outstanding lawyer who uses his intelligence, experience, and knowledge of the law to work tirelessly on behalf of his immigration clients.


    Daniel McCreary Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tabitha Gail Villarrubia

    I endorse this lawyer. John is a fellow immigration lawyer who knows his way around our complex immigration system. He is dedicated to his clients and to his community. He has extensive experience in removal defense, as well as other areas of immigration law.


    Tabitha Villarrubia Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super Lawyer-ImmigrationSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Rising Star-ImmigrationSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
RIsing Star-ImmigrationSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
CALI Award - Appellate AdvocacyLoyola University Chicago School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Offices of John F. Shine, Ltd.2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyMinsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC2005 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
ChairAILA Chicago Liaison Committee for DHS Office of Chief Counsel2010 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of ChicagoPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting the Needs of ChildrenChild Status Protection Act2014
AILA Fall Litigation WorkshopSeeking the Waiver before the Immigration Judge2013
AILA Chicago Chapter Fall SeminarIntroduction to Federal Litigation2011
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee MeetingI-601 Waivers2010
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee MeetingThe Anatomy of a Deportation Case: from the Notice to Appear (NTA) to Waiver or Deportation2009