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I have been practicing immigration law for 15 years.  Working with my clients and their families to achieve the results they want: the uniting of families, a green card, naturalization, defense from removal, legal status in the U.S. after fleeing persecution, is very rewarding.  When I represent clients and their families, I learn about diverse and rich cultures, from Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the fascinating and brave stories of their immigration  to this country.  


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Hourly ($160-265/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Scott D. Pollock

    I have worked with Anne since 2005. She came to my firm with a depth of experience and knowledge, and she has proved herself time and time again, winning great results on difficult and complex immigration cases. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable with regard to removal defense, representation of detained immigrants, and waivers of inadmissibility. She is a fierce advocate who also has great compassion for her clients. She is a leader in our field and I am fortunate to be able to work with her. I recommend Anne to anyone who is looking for a very capable immigration attorney.


    Scott Pollock Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kathryn Renee Weber

    It has been a pleasure working with Anne Relias over the last four years. She has been a wonderful mentor to me and is always willing to give advice on difficult cases. She is extremely dedicated to her clients and has achieved amazing results for them. She puts her heart into each case and produces high quality work for each client. She is extremely competent in the area of U.S. immigration law, and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a strong advocate in this area. I am lucky to have her as a friend and colleague.


    Kathryn Weber Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.

105 West Madison Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2016
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2016
Emerging LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2015
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2014
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2013
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2012
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2011
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2010
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2009
Rising Star of IllinoisSuper Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AScott D. Pollock & Associates, PC2005 - Present
Supervising AttorneyNational Immigrant Justice Center2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hellenic Bar Association of IllinoisN/A2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectN/A2002 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kholyavskiy v. Schlecht, 2007 U.S. Distr. LEXIS 9667 (E.D. WI. 2007)Habeas petition - client granted release.
Kazarov v. Achim, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14001 (N.D. IL. 2007)Class action - class certified.
O'Sullivan v. USCIS, 372 F.Supp.2d 1097 (N.D. Ill. 2005)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA Immigration and Nationality HandbookShelter from the Storm: Temporary Protected Status2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of MichiganHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee RightsNuts and Bolts of Applying for Asylum2014
Jenner & BlockPro Bono Orientation for Visiting Immigration Detention and Facilities2013
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee RightsLegal Research2013
AILA Chicago Chapter Educational PresentationLitigation Update2013
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, ChicagoConsular Processing2011
Hellenic Bar Assocation, ChicagoCareers in Immigration Law2011
AILA Midwest Regional ConferenceCIS/CBP/ICE Inter-Agency Panel2011
National TeleconferenceRemoval For Experts2010
Chicago Chapter Educational PresentationSummary of Supreme Court decision, Padilla v. Kentucky.2010
DePaul University College of LawCrimes of Moral Turpitude and Matter of Silva-Trevino2009
DAR Monthly MeetingImmigration Myths and Legislation2009
CLERelief for Victims of Violence: VAWA, T and U Visas2009
AILA Chicago Chapter New Members DivisionBasic Asylum Procedure and Introduction to Emerging Legal Issues2009
AILA Annual National ConferenceTemporary Protected Status2009
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality CommitteeExpert Testimony in Removal Proceedings2008
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Catholic Legal Immigration NetworkAdjustment of Status and Conditional Residence2007
Catholic Legal Immigrant NetworkCourt Skills Training2007
AILA Midwest Regional ConferenceSelected Topics in Family Immigration Law: K Visas, Conditional Residence and Adjustment of Status2007
AILA Chicago Chapter, Young Lawyers DivisionAggravated Felonies and Immigration Consequences2007
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Catholic Legal Immigrant NetworkGrounds of Inadmissibility & Grounds of Deportability2006
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Catholic Legal Immigrant NetworkNon Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal and Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal2006
DePaul University College of LawPracticing Immigration Law: Transition from Non-Profit to Private Practice2006
DePaul University College of LawComplex Naturalization Issues2006
AILA Chicago Chapter, Young Lawyers DivisionRed Flags for Young Immigration Practioners regardings Clients with Criminal Convictions2006
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality CommitteeImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2004
AILA Chicago Chapter, Fall WorkshopWorking with your client to determine criminal arrests and convictions: Best practices for family/removal practitioners2004
LAF of Metropolitan Chicago, Cook County Public Defender, Illinois Federal Defender Program, AILA and the NIP-NLGImmigration Violations I: Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude, Fraud, Good Moral Character - and alternatives2003
Illinois Public Defenders Association Fall SeminarImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2003