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Kelli A. Fennell

Immigration Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   7 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Kelli

Learn Kelli’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    We handle individual, asylum, family-based, and employment-based cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. consulates abroad, and immigration court. We also provide advice on global migration. Our firm is experienced in I-9 audits and employer compliance.

  2. Asylum
    10%
    We handle asylum cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and immigration court.

USING PASSION, DEDICATION, AND EXPERIENCE TO ACHIEVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULT FOR CLIENTS.

Kelli A. Fennell is an Partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the areas of immigration and nationality matters. These include family-based immigration issues, naturalization, asylum, U visa, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival applications. Ms. Fennell represents clients in removal proceedings before the Department of Homeland Security, including clients with various criminal issues. Her practice also encompasses a wide breadth of business-related immigration topics, including nonimmigrant work visas, and employment based permanent residence applications.

 

Ms. Fennell currently serves as a co-chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Advocacy Committee.  She previously served as a co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. She has provided volunteer services to women and children refugees detained in Dilley, Texas through the CARA Probono Project and is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

Location

HUGHES SOCOL PIERS RESNICK DYM, LTD.
70 W. Madison St.
Ste. 4000
Chicago, IL, 60602

Reviews

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Posted by Omer | April 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't let the few review numbers deceive you Kelli is the best
She is a nice professional outstanding immigration attorney. I worked with her for six months on my asylum case after it got denied and referred to the immigration court. I had a very complicated asylum case that has been solved. She is very patient, listens carefully to all her client's needs and provides the best legal advice. She cares about her clients and goes above and beyond to solve their cases, which helped me obtain the asylum after a long process and condensed schedules. My case was in immigration court and had been rescheduled two times during these six months. From motion to change venue, Pretrial, individual hearing, Kelli was there, and she delivered the best services. I am so grateful for Kelli's help and advice. I highly recommend Kelli and her team for any immigration needs.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Naturalization
Kelli and her team did an excellent job in making sure I had all documents in place and that I was well prepared for my interview. They always kept me informed on latest case status. I would certainly recommend using them for any of your immigration needs.
Posted by leticia | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
vawa case
My vawa case was approved then revoked and apeal was denied. Kelli worked with me with me. She was always reachable, professional and patient with me answering all my questions. My Vawa case was reopened and approved. I will highly recommend Kelli to anyone who has an immigration challenge
Posted by Maggie | September 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpfull and serious about her job
I would like to thank you Kelli Fennel. Her professional conduct and experience made a very good impression on me. Kelli was extremely well prepared to assist me with my case which was quite complex due to a waiver application. She provided me with helpful guidance during our meeting prior to the interview with USCIS and thanks to her I went to the interview prepared and relaxed
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Posted by Jorge | August 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Job by Kelli and her staff!
I am very impressed with they way Kelli handle everything with my father's case. She was referred by a manager my father works with, so immediately contacted Kelli. After I explain the situation to her about my father, she was able to walk me through the process and was able to help out. I was able to hired Kelli to be my fathers attorney and to make things better she's also fluent with spanish so it help out a lot when it came time to explain things to the family. Kelli won the case and my father was release from the immigration detention center on the day of his court. My family and I are very satisfied and happy with the way Kelli handle everything. I am going to be the one referring my family and friends to her now. Excelente trabajo de parte de la abogada Kelli! Yo estuve en contacto con ella para que representara a mi papa y despues de el estar detenido por immigracion kelli consiguio que lo soltaran el dia de su corte. Kelli habla muy bien el espanol y gano el caso de mi papa.
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Posted by Tomas | April 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
case migration
she's carrying the case of migration and has been a very good and friendly lawyer, I recommend her because she does a very good job.
Posted by Felix | March 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer!
Kelly help me from the very beginning of my imigration process... she was really knowledgeable of the rules and procedures.. my case was very complicated. I will highly recommend her!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • HUGHES SOCOL PIERS RESNICK & DYM, LTD.
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Scott Global Migration Law Group
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • HUGHES SOCOL PIERS RESNICK DYM, LTD.
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Associate Attorney
  • Sarikas Law Group, LLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tapia-Ruano & Gun, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2015
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Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 2012
  • Butler University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair Advocacy Committee 2015 to Present
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Co-chair Immigration Law Committee 2016 to 2018
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyer
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Annual Conference
  • Documenting Hardship: Thinking Outside the Box
  • 2019
  • Relief from Removal Overview
  • USCIS Filings in Proceedings, Adjustment of Status, and Criminal Waivers
  • 2018
  • Chicago Fall Family & Removal Conference
  • Strategies & Best Practices in an Enforcement-Centered Era
  • 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court: 2016-2017 Year in Review
  • U.S. Supreme Court: 2016-2017 Year in Review
  • 2017
  • ICLE General Practice Boot Camp
  • Immigration
  • 2017
  • CBA Continuing Legal Education Committee Meeting
  • U S Immigration Policy: What the Future Holds
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Kelli
Immigration Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Ms. Fennell for several years at the same immigration law firm. I don't know anyone more genuinely invested in her clients' lives and the outcome of their cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelli is a strong advocate for clients and is a bank of knowledge regarding immigration law. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As demonstrated by her current leadership roles as the co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and her leadership role in the American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Kelli is held in high regard by her colleagues because of her legal knowledge and her commitment to the legal community. Her commitment to legal excellence, her friendly demeanor, her warmth ,and her intelligence make her, in my opinion, a great lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelli is a passionate advocate for her clients. I have worked closely with Kelli as we are both the Chairs of the Chicago Chapter American Immigration Lawyers Association, Advocacy Committee. Kelli is a dedicated lawyer who is always thinking about her clients and her clients' stories especially when she is fighting for immigration reform on the local and federal level."
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Chicago Immigration Lawyer Kelli A. Fennell
Kelli A. Fennell
Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 11 years
Virtual consultation available