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Since beginning in the practice of immigration law more than 30 years ago, the most important thing I have learned is to not predict or anticipate a negative outcome to a case.  I will not accept a legal matter that I think is frivolous or not supported by law, but there are many cases in which hard work, study of the law and creative advocacy can influence the interpretation of a difficult issue, or gain favorable exercise of discretion of an  immigration official or judge. As a colleague taught me a long time ago, if something is not prohibited, it is permitted.  Immigration lawyers occupy a peculiar space where, often, government practices are not policies, policies are not rules, rules are not law, and both rules and law seem to be dispensed with, with hardly a second thought.  We are persuasive advocates when we bring whatever authority we can muster to bear on a given situation.  The adjudicator or IJ will say, "what? there is a rule or a law to apply?"  And that can make all the difference in a given case. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, French, Serbo-Croatian

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    31 years



Hourly ($210-285/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.

105 W. Madison
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602

105 W. Madison, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602-4648



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198605/11/2016
NYCurrently registered 198607/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Illinois Leading LawyersLaw Bulletin Publishing2010
Illinois Super LawyersLaw & Politics Media2010
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2009
Illinois Leading LawyersLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2009
Illinois Super LawyersLaw & Politics Media2009
Joseph Minsky Beacon of Light AwardAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association Chicago Chapter2009
Illinois Leading LawyersLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2008
Illinois Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Illinois Leading LawyersLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2007
Ilinois Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and principal attorneyScott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember, Section Council on International and Immigration Law2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Chapter Chair and many local and national committees1987 - Present
Chicago Bar Associationmember and past Chair, Immigration & Nationality Committee1985 - Present
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers GuildMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kamal v. GonzalesRuling for Plaintiff
Hafeez v. DorochoffCourt denies government's motion to dismiss
Kholyavskiy v. SchlechtOrder grants attorneys fees & costs
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Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Working with Government Agencies in Immigration Law2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolN/AJuris doctorate cum laude1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2010 AILA Annual ConferenceDirty Little (or Big) Secrets: Criminal Grounds of Removeability and Inadmissibility2010
Meeting of the Chicago AILA ChapterResponding to USCIS Allegations of Fraud2009
Employment Based Immigration Issues for RecruitersEmployment based immigration issues for recruiters2009
Chicago Bar Association Chapter MeetingInternational Students and F-1 Visa Status2009
AILA Web-Seminar December 3, 2009Permanent Porting under AC21 in the Twenty-First Century Economy2009
2009 Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality LawOverview of Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility2009
Federal Bar Association 3rd Annual Workplace Enforcement ConferenceFrom IRCA to ICE- an Overview of Workplace Enforcement2008