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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2003||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Partner||Immigration Attorneys, LLP||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Chair- Human Rights||2017 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Human Rights Section Council||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Human Rights||• “Illinois Appellate Court Takes Position on Special Immigrant Juvenile Petition,”||2015|
|Human Rights||• “Class Action Lawsuits should cause Illinois immigration practitioners to re-think advice to clients detained under the INA’s “mandatory detention” provision,”||2014|
|Human Rights||• “What a Difference a Year Makes for Same Sex Couples in Illinois,”||2013|
|Human Rights||“Immigration update: Can civil unions partners in Illinois apply for immigration benefits?,”||2012|
|Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Newsletter "The Globe"||“Seventh Circuit speaks on time limits for filing motions to reopen in Sarmiento v. Holder,”||2012|
|John Marshall Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Georgia, Athens||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Chicago Bar Association||• “Ins & Outs & Ups & Downs of E-2 Visas,” CLE||2017|
|Chicago Bar Association||• “Rumble in the Jungle… or J-1 v. H-3 Visas: Bringing Employees from Abroad for Short Training Programs,” CLE program||2016|
|Chicago Bar Association||“Complex Naturalization Issues,” CLE||2015|
|Illinois State Bar Association||“Cross-Cultural Communication: How Respect for Culture Returns Referrals —Chinese-American communication issues,” CLE||2010|
Posted by Emanuel
Attorneys Shepherd and Berman took my extremely complicated immigration case in 2010, after several years of getting nowhere with the other lawyers.
Within a few weeks the difference already started to show, and once my first work permit arrived in the mail, I knew that if I had a chance in the world to have my extremely complex case resolved, it would be with these attorneys' help. These attorneys handled each subsequent work permit renewal and thus I had no more problems obtaining the work permit to which I was entitled by law.
These attorneys helped me tremendously in dealing with the very frustrating immigration court, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and even with the Transportation Security Agency.
In 2014 I had my I-485 interrogation (AKA "interview"), with both attorneys preparing the documents and preparing me and my spouse for what to expect and what the various things in this appointment would mean, and Attorney Berman personally appeared at this appointment with us. He was extremely well prepared, and even had on his person copies of documents that the officer wanted to see that weren't easy to locate in the files I had brought with.
By fall of 2014 I had my I-551 (AKA "green card") in hand and I enlisted in the US Navy. Even after the military processing of my naturalization application Attorneys Shepherd and Berman remained closely involved in my case to the very end, and Attorney Berman personally appeared at my naturalization interrogation (AKA "naturalization interview").
On 22 September 2016 I proudly accepted the Certificate of Naturalization at the ceremony held in federal court in Milwaukee, and that was the excellent result toward which Attorneys Berman and Shepherd have worked tirelessly with me over the years to achieve.
The professional honesty and the flexibility that both attorneys have shown over the years as we tried to find the best approaches to try for the complexities of my case sets them apart from the norm. I have never felt or found to have been incorrectly billed, I have never felt to be taken advantage of, and both attorneys took my many unconventional suggestions seriously and worked with those ideas that had a shot for success despite the fact that I'm not a lawyer myself.
My only regret is that I did not know these attorneys from the very beginning, and I can wholeheartedly affirm that any foreign national who is not yet a naturalized citizen should absolutely retain these attorneys to take care of the remaining immigration processes until naturalization. Especially in today's world not having competent immigration attorneys can be the most devastating mistake a foreign national in the US can make, which can have severe consequences up to and including detainment and deportation.
I very highly recommend Attorneys Shepherd and Berman regardless of how simple or complex your immigration situation is, and I can wholeheartedly affirm that both attorneys have earned my full trust over the years. I certainly hope that other immigration law firms will follow the exemplary professionalism of these attorneys.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Shannon Shepherd after another lawyer messed up my case. Immigration denied my employment sponsored green card, that i needed the 212 e waiver.
Shannon and Helen Harnet tried to make immigration understand why they were wrong and finally filed a federal lawsuit. Guess what, less than 3 months after filing the suit i was green.
This is a great firm. Shannon and Helen are very professional and knowledgeable. This is a honnest review.
Posted by Joseph
Shannon has been great to work with. Very helpful in explaining how the whole process works and quick responses as well. My family came here in US because of her professional experience for dealing immigration matters. I highly recommend Shannon Shepperd to help you with your immigration problem, the BEST lawyer in town.
Evan Bruno, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Ms. Shepherd is a star in the Illinois legal community. She treats her clients with respect and zealously advocates for their rights in every case. She is a consummate professional and a truly gifted attorney. I would highly recommend Ms. Shepherd to anyone in need of immigration assistance.