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Christopher W. Helt, Esq. managing member of The Helt Law Group, LLC., is a nationally recognized, removal defense immigration attorney, providing legal counsel to immigrants appearing before the U.S. Immigration Court (EOIR), federal district court, federal circuit courts, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  He has offices in Chicago and Atlanta, and is a twice-qualifed expert witness on immigration related-matters in U.S. District Court jury trials and is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™-rated attorney.  Over the span of two decades, his cases and clients have been featured on the front pages of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago SunTimes, and featured in Time Magazine.  He is a past inductee into Marquis Who's Who in American Law®, and is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago, where he has taught courses to undergraduate, master, and Phd.-candidate students on immigration policy.  Mr. Helt has served as lead counsel to precedent-setting, published decisions before numerous courts and administrative agencies, including the federal circuit courts. He is a past-recepient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA), the FBI's principal award "honoring individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America."  Christopher Helt and The Helt Law Group, LLC. were featured in the ALM's Legal Leaders® edition of Chicago's Top-Rated Lawyers of 2014, and Chicago's Top-Rated Lawyers of 2015, a publication appearing in the Wall Street Jounal and Chicago Tribune.


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  1. Immigration: 100%
    21 years


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    "Tough as nails adversary, and gentleman outside the courtroom." I was an INS/DHS prosecutor for over 27 years. I have had many contested hearings with Mr. Helt over the years, and have always found him well prepared and a fighter for his clients. Outside the courtroom, Mr. Helt has always been the consummate gentleman. I consider Mr. Helt one of the best immigration removal defense attorneys in the Unites States."


    Micheal Harper
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Kenneth Sylvan Levine

    Christ Helt is an exemplary immigration attorney. He has a global reputation in deportation defense and over the years has prevailed on several important cases in U.S. circuit and district courts. Immigration lawyers nationwide regularly cite Chris's court decisions in their own advocacy.


    Kenneth Levine Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
llinois Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Humanitrian Award, pro bono service, Honduran refugees and UACs.LULAC of Illlinois2015
FBI Director's Community Leadership AwardFBI2014
Chicago Top Rated Lawyers of 2014 (Immigration)ALM Legal Leaders2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberHelt Law Group, LLC.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Loyola Academy Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of IllinoisMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Merchant v. US Attorney General, 461 F.3d 1375 (11th Cir. 2006)Petition for review granted. IJ and BIA decision vacated.
Noorani v. U.S. Attorney General, (11th 2006)Petition for review granted. IJ and BIA decision vacated.
78 No. 13 Interpreter Releases 604 (2001)Asylum granted (social group membership)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Loyola University ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest lecuturer, Immigration & Islam in The United States Islamic History Course (Dept of History)Immigration2014
A Person to Person History: 9/11 Survivors Visit Loyola UniversitySymposium Loyola University2010
9/11 Survivors Visit LoyolaSymposium Loyola University2009
Criminal Justice Ethics...tough decisions for lawyers, judges, police and other professionals.Law and Ethics2005