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Robert Thomas Carpenter

About me

Mr. Carpenter represents individuals and businesses before the
Department of Homeland Security and the Departments of Labor and State,
often in pursuit of temporary or permanent visas. He has extensive
experience with all varieties of non-immigrant visas, including H-1B1
(specialty or professional worker visas), L-1 (intracompany
transferees), E (treaty-traders), F (students), J (exchange programs)
and TN (NAFTA) visas. His practice includes representing professional
athletes (Major League Baseball and National Hockey League) in acquiring
P visas and permanent residency. He has also acquired P visas for
professional entertainers, including well-known dancers and ice-skaters.
He has successfully acquired lawful permanent residency for nationals
of more than 110 countries, through work-based applications,
family-based petitions, the diversity lottery visa program and asylum
applications. He also maintains a removal and deportation defense
practice, focusing on asylum, cancellation of removal and adjustment of
status applications in front of the Executive Office of Immigration
Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Carpenter is an active
federal court litigator against the same government agencies. The firm
has prevailed on many cases in federal court in recent months on cases
involving undue delays and unfair applications of the law by the
government. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of
Illinois Federal District Court, the Western District of Michigan, and of the Court of Appeals for the
Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 95%
    23 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 5%
    23 years, 500 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Rob Carpenter is easily one of the most trustworthy, intelligent, and conscientious lawyers I have had the pleasure of knowing. He is a very zealous advocate for his clients. His knowledge of American immigration law is very deep and very broad. And his commitment to his clients is an inspiration to other lawyers. I used to work for him, and the experience made me a much better lawyer than I was before he hired me. To top it off, he's a very nice guy whom clients feel very comfortable with.


    Brian Sather Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Jack Robbin Epstein

    Rob is a tried and true great attorney. He is well respected in his field and is very trustworthy. I would not hesitate to recommend him and have many times. He knows immigration law inside and out and is experienced, patient and thoughtful with his clients.


    Jack Epstein Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 325
Chicago, IL, 60604-3717


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
High Legal Ability and Ethical Standards RatingMarindale Hubbell/LexisNexis2009
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono EffortsHearltland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights2005
Named as a Leading Attorney for Immigration & Nationality lawLeading Attorneys - IL2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCarpenter & Capt, Chartered1994 - Present
AssociateBenjamin & Shapiro, Ltd.1992 - 1994
Law Clerk/Research AttorneyLindner, Speers & Reuland1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
US Court of Appeals for Second CircuitBar Member2014 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
The Pokagon FundBoard Member2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of MichiganTrial Bar2009 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitBar Member2007 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitBar Member2007 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2002 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitBar Member2001 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisTrial Bar1998 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of JVAppeal granted, and case reopened
Matter of JLPermanent residency granted
DB v. Eric HolderSettled/Unlawful Removal Stopped
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of FloridaMarketingOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA Chicago Chapter SeminarUnlawful Voting - Recent Seventh Circuit Decisions2012
2012 AILA Midwest Regional ConferenceFDNS - Information CIS has about Your Client2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association Midwest ConferenceBrief Writing in Front of U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals2010
AILA Chicago CLEMandamus Relief in Federal Court2009
AILA Chicago Chapter CLEChild Status Protection Act (CSPA)2007
DePaul University College of LawNew Affidavit of Support Requirements2006