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Scott D. Pollock

Immigration Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   77 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 37 years
    New York - NY 38 years
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    100%
    Immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, employment and family based immigration, deportation defense, immigration detention representation, political asylum, waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization, employment authorization, employer immigration compliance, federal litigation and appeals.

    39 years

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. 

Location

Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.
105 W. Madison
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602
Scott D. Pollock
105 W. Madison, Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60602-4648
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Rodrigo | July 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding client service and professionalism
I highly recommend Scott Pollock and his team. I received a denial letter for the first time and was anxious about it. Scott and Anastasia eased my mind about the whole I-290B process. They provided outstanding client service, handled my case professionally, and educated me on my particular situation. Thanks to Scott's 35+ years of experience in immigration law, I received approval for the motion that Scott and his team filed, and my permanent residence was approved. Thank you so much for everything!
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Posted by Siobhan | August 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Service, Concise, Informative and Extremely Courteous
Scott consulted with me regarding some questions I had pertaining to my status as a current green-card holder. He listened to my questions and answered each one thoroughly and concisely. He was extremely helpful and informative in all of his responses. I have worked with Scott before, and consider him to be an excellent and extremely kind and competent immigration lawyer. I would definitely recommend him and would happily work with him again.
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Posted by Mikhaila D | July 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer! Compassionate and very knowledgeable.
It’s been a while since my case got done but I’ve wanted to leave this review ever since. I had a case that was a little different and because of that and because of my very traumatic experiences that led to me coming to this country I was always very nervous and scared that it wouldn’t go the way I needed it to. Mr. Pollock and his legal assistant Sue Gerber were always there to ease my mind and answer all my questions and concerns. Mr Pollock was there in person for all my interviews and made sure that everything went well and that I was being treated the way I should be treated. He’s a real expert in his field and If I could rate him and his team higher than 5 stars I would. 5 stars is just not enough for the amazing experience I had. On top of that I always got the feeling that both Scott Pollock and Sue Gerber really cared about the outcome for me and my two children and that really helped me feel a little safer during the process of getting my green card. They were also very accommodating when it came to working out a payment plan that worked for me. My final words are that Mr. Pollock, Sue Gerber and the rest of the team are amazing. They really know what they are doing and are also very compassionate people that really care about their clients. I never felt like I was just another client that paid them to help me, I always felt like they really cared about myself and my children and what would happen to us. I would never recommend any other lawyer in Chicago when it comes to immigration, Scott Pollock is a superstar. Thank you Scott Pollock and Sue Gerber for working so hard to ensure the safety and well being of myself and my kids. Thanks to you we can now call America our home and I’ll forever be thankful. Mikhaila D
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience and understanding staff
My experience with Mr. Pollock was a very pleasant one. My review will have three sections: -one from the initial meeting and getting to know the group, -two with the interview process, -and three with the result of my asylum. 1. Mr. Pollock was very empathetic from the first meeting and he answered all of my questions and concerns. In the beginning I had met with a legal assistant and we spent a lot of time going over my story and explaining the situation of the country from which I come, in order to craft my story in a written format to be added to the case. Only to realize that a while later my case was assigned to another legal assistant, and the old one with whom I met previously did not write anything from the three hour meeting we had. Discussing everything that went bad in my life that got me to become a refugee was extremely triggering for my PTSD, and I would have appreciated their help more if the legal assistant had taken that into consideration. However, the new legal assistant was amazing. Her name is Araceli, and our meeting went very smoothly and professionally. She helped me write my story and was always very responsive to all of my questions and needs regarding the asylum process. 2. In the interview, Mr. Pollock accompanied me. I appreciated him being there with me because I was nervous. He was there every step of the way, and his closing statement was an eloquent summary of the reasons behind me seeking political asylum in the United States. 3. Thanks to the support of Scott and Araceli, my asylum application was approved, and now I get to build a new life in a safe country. I am very thankful and appreciative.
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Posted by Ratchubol | April 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
So grateful
When we were searching for an immigration lawyer for adjustment of my status, a lawyer in another field highly recommended Scott stating that Scott D Pollock & Associates is the best in the field of immigration. After our first meeting with Scott we were completely confident we were in good hands. Throughout the process Scott and his legal assistant (Linda Markasovic) have been extremely professional and knowledgeable. Both were always quick to respond to our emails. Ms. Linda was wonderful, she paid close attention to all the details. Communication with Scott has always been clear, with precise answers for any concerns we may have had. As a result, I got my green card. We are so grateful for what Scott and his staff have done for us and we highly recommend Scott D Pollock & Associates for anyone who needs an immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Marcelo | January 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent and Honest Immigration Attorney- Highly Recommend
It is my pleasure to write a recommendation on behalf of Scott D. Pollock. After having hired 3 very reputable attorney firms in the past (and having consulted 4 more) and having achieved neutral or close to negative results with thousands of dollars spent, we got lucky: we found Scott D. Pollock's office. Our case was pretty complex (in Removal Proceedings) but Scott did an excellent job not only in understanding all the details and intricacies on our first call but also in explaining to us all the possible scenarios and solutions for each. Scott and Christina followed our case closely and timely, they prepared us for potential outcomes but what differentiates them from the others (in addition to their high professional level and honesty) is that they keep very current and updated with recent law cases and information that, in our case, was very valuable and led to a solution. Candid, dependable, compassionate and extremely professional and organized office. If you have an immigration problem and/or are disappointed with your current lawyer(s), don't hesitate to contact Scott D. Pollock's office: He will help you when and where others can't.
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Posted by Anja | September 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney in Chicago
My husband and I chose Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. as we learned from other immigration lawyers the firm is among the best in their understanding of immigration law. We understood they generally have a record of success with their most difficult and challenging cases. We have been working with Scott and his team throughout my journey to successfully obtain a Green Card and we have through out the whole process felt we were in the best hands. Scott and his staff have been friendly and warm in their interactions with us. We found their advice to be highly detailed and their recommendations conservative to improve the odds of a successful outcome. They always had up to date insights into the current “hot buttons” within USCIS. Based on Scott’s high skills and experience in the field, my husband and I have felt very confident having him and his staff on our team, and felt we with him could face any challenges. I’m feeling very grateful for where I am today and wish to leave Scott my best recommendations for other seeking a successful outcome in their immigration affairs. Thank you Scott!
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Scott Pollock Review
Scott Pollock and his team have successfully provided legal expertise in every step of my immigration journey. Scott was literally my legal companion! That is how I felt as I went through the process of immigration. Scott & each member of his team were diligent in their individual tasks, helpful, and responsive to all my questions and concerns. Whenever issues or obstacles came up during the process, Scott successfully negotiated on my behalf to resolve these in a timely manner. He has provided an excellent service. His immense knowledge & vast experience of the immigration process was clearly on display. He is a professional and a gentleman to work with. I am grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Scott Pollock wholeheartedly for any immigration related legal matters. Fr. Thomas
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Posted by Balwinder | May 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Forget the On-Line Immigration Videos!
Scott helped me with my immigration to the United States. I had never worked with a lawyer before, and I was watching videos on the internet to prepare for my interview. Scott asked me what I learned from the videos, and then said “it’s good you watched them, now forget everything you saw.” He told me what the U.S. consular officers were going to ask and why. He took a lot of time and helped me prepare a plan to keep things simple and how to explain my situation in a way that would make sense to the officers. The interview involved extensive questions and in the end the officer told me my visa would be approved. Thanks to Scott and his legal assistant Jose, I am now a lawful permanent resident living and working in the United States.
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Posted by Shakta | May 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Fiancé Comes to the U.S. - Success with Scott Pollock!
A colleague referred me to Scott to help bring my fiancé to the United States. Scott represented us through both the visa and adjustment of status process after we married. Our case was definitely not typical. Scott’s experience with the process meant he always was able to provide us with multiple options. Scott also had back-up strategies in case something didn’t work out perfectly. We did what Scott (& his legal assistant, Jose Haro) said regarding providing documents throughout the process. We always had many questions. So, we greatly appreciated Scott's availability, especially via email. His responses were always accurate with timely information. As a result, we always knew what to expect. Now we are together in the U.S. and look forward to when my husband can apply for U.S. citizenship! We will definitely use Scott and his firm again. And, I would absolutely recommend Scott to anyone else needing immigration help as well.
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Posted by Jessie | March 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and well communicated
I've been to several different attorneys in the past for consultations and none can compare to Scott. From the first time you meet him, Scott listens well, understands your situation, explains the details extremely well and creates an environment where you feel welcomed and encouraged to discuss your issues. I'm extremely happy to have finally found a very competent and empathetic attorney and will continue to be his client for a long time.
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Posted by Beth | February 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Complex scary issue, simple solution!
We contacted Scott Pollock through a referral. A friend of the family arrived from Israel with a long term visa that extended her a six month stay. Upon going through customs, and for some unknown reason, the agent told her he changed her visa status and she was only allowed to be here for 32 days. Upon discussion with Scott, he suggested we check a passport website to see if our friends status had actually been altered as the agent had threatened, and amazingly the status was the original six month time frame that was listed on her visa! Thanks to Scott, our friend didn't have to leave the country prematurely. We will always be grateful for his kind and calming demeanor and will certainly recommend him and this firm!
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Posted by Katia Olay | October 3, 2018
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Adjustment of status
Scott and his team are very professional and knowledgeable; they helped my husband and me to finally be together! Scott is a great person, he treats you as a person with sympathy and not just like a "client". We totally recommend his services.
Posted by Thomas | September 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Citizenship
I contacted Scott in order to resolve an immigration issue for my wife, because her current lawyer at this time run in a dead end for several months. After we discussed the case he contacted the authorities to get the issue resolved. It took less than a week to get the required attention and less than a month to close the case. I was very pleased with his detailed explanation regarding his approach. I would contact him any time again.
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Posted by Gerard | July 10, 2018
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Sr. Account Executive
I began working with Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. back in 2015. I was born in U.S., but my wife had a work permit via the DACA. We knew "fixing her papers" (obtaining a greencard) was risky, and a very long, stressful, and expensive process, but we felt this law firm would give us our best chance at winning her immigration case; this was due to positive reviews online, and a referral from my mother's previous coworker. My wife came to the U.S. illegally at the age of 4, but never committed any crimes. She was 25 when we began this process, and had just renewed her DACA. She was gainfully employed (as was I), we had 1 child, she was attending college, we owned a condo, 2 cars, and she was an active member of her church. All of these factors, along with letters of support from both of our doctors, friends, and family members all aided in making our case that much stronger. This law firm helped to take all of these factors to help us build a very strong case. The amount of time spent gathering documents, writing our own plea letters, and moving this process forward was the most intense workload (ourside of my day-job), I've ever had to deal with. I would have been completely lost had it not been for my attorney guiding me every single step of the way; Linda, was a tremendous help as well. Finally, after 3 years, the birth of our 2nd son, and $15K+ spent on legal fees (remember, keeping your family whole is priceless), etc. we were summoned to the consulate in Juarez, Mexico. Our attorney, and Linda were both very helpful in helping us to prepare for our "trip", and the result was my wife being approved as a U.S. Permanent Resident! Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. is an incredible law firm that surpassed our expectations for our immigration needs, and the empathy and compassion they exuded along the way was genuine and sincere. I highly recommend choosing this law firm if you want the very best.
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Posted by Rakesh | September 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration attorney in Chicago Area
I strongly recommend Scott and his team. Very professional and methodical. My second experience for my immigration need for employment based immigration process. I was really impressed with Scott's in depth and up to date knowledge of the subject. He helped us getting through the entire process and he is always there whenever you need him
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Posted by Raida | September 18, 2017
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Thank you for your help and professional guidance
Mr. Pollock is an outstanding lawyer and assisted me promptly and contributed to the successful outcome of my case. I appreciate his help and I was pleased to have been able to find a lawyer that understood my case and my circumstances.
Posted by Alexandre | September 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A very knowledgeable and caring person
I had the pleasure to be assisted by Scott and his amazing team back in 2014 as we were working on our greencards. Our first impression of the whole process was one surrounded by anxiety and exhaustion, but Scott was able to transform it in a very pleasant journey. He let me know in advance the steps to be follow in my case, he was always available for doubts I had through this process. In a few words, Scott and his team are synonymous of efficiency, honesty and success. Thanks much Scott!
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2017
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Great lawyer with a caring heart
We engaged with Scott on a fairly complicated case. After consulting ~20 immigration lawyers across the country I ended up hiring Scott. He is meticulous, client-oriented, strategic, flexible, extremely experienced and most importantly, he actually cares sincerely. I know I was in good hands after interacting with him in the first place. His assistant Jose also does a great job preparing documents, keeping things organized and managing the whole process. Thanks to Scott's effective strategy and the comprehensive supporting documents, we got the best result we could hope for in a fairly short time. Highly recommend Scott and the firm.
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Posted by Kyung | June 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and warm-hearted
I met Scott in 2011 as USCIS denied my green card application. My case was very challenging but Scott gave my family a lot of good advice to overcome the hard time. USCIS put my family members on removal proceeding but after long years waiting, an immigration judge terminated our removal proceeding case. On June 15th, 2017 , my family members get green cards. I couldn't be happier !. Scott is very knowledgeable and well-organized. I will definitely recommend Scott if I find someone who has a challenging case. Thank you, Scott ~
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 210-285 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and principal attorney
  • Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.
  • 1990 - Present

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Juris doctorate cum laude
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kamal v. Gonzales
  • Ruling for Plaintiff
  • Hafeez v. Dorochoff
  • Court denies government's motion to dismiss
  • Kholyavskiy v. Schlecht
  • Order grants attorneys fees & costs
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Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Section Council on International and Immigration Law
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Chapter Chair and many local and national committees
  • 1987 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • member and past Chair, Immigration & Nationality Committee
  • 1985 - Present
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Serbo-Croatian

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2010
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Law Bulletin Publishing
  • 2010
  • Joseph Minsky Beacon of Light Award
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Chicago Chapter
  • 2009
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2009
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2009
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2008
  • Ilinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)
  • Working with Government Agencies in Immigration Law
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • 2010 AILA Annual Conference
  • Dirty Little (or Big) Secrets: Criminal Grounds of Removeability and Inadmissibility
  • 2010
  • Meeting of the Chicago AILA Chapter
  • Responding to USCIS Allegations of Fraud
  • 2009
  • Employment Based Immigration Issues for Recruiters
  • Employment based immigration issues for recruiters
  • 2009
  • Chicago Bar Association Chapter Meeting
  • International Students and F-1 Visa Status
  • 2009
  • AILA Web-Seminar December 3, 2009
  • Permanent Porting under AC21 in the Twenty-First Century Economy
  • 2009
  • 2009 Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Overview of Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility
  • 2009
  • Federal Bar Association 3rd Annual Workplace Enforcement Conference
  • From IRCA to ICE- an Overview of Workplace Enforcement
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (9)
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Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Pollock are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Pollock is one of the best immigration lawyers in the country. If there is some way that your case can be solved or salvaged, Scott has the knowledge and acument to bring it to a successful conclusion."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pollock is an exceptional attorney. Although I have been practicing law for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, prosecutor, and private attorney, I learn from his responses on Avvo every time that he posts. If I needed an attorney, I would hire him. I recommend him with no reservation. It would be the best investment of your life to hire him to represent you."
Immigration Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Pollock is an excellent professional who continues to provide concise, accurate and efficient services in immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott knows every aspect of immigration law from employment-based immigration to deportation defense. He has been practicing immigration law for almost 25 years, heads a great team of attorneys and is bilingual (English and Spanish). When I have a deportation case in Chicago, I call Scott and get his advice."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott Pollock for about 25 years. He and his firm are known as very aggressive and diligent attorneys on deportation and immigration cases, both complicated and straightforward. My firm refers to his firm many of the more complicated cases we don't have the resources to handle. I have complete confidence in the work of his firm."
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