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Tristan Tapia-Ruano Gunn

Immigration Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   20 reviews

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Tristan Gunn is a practicing attorney and partner at the law office of TAPIA-RUANO & GUNN, PC. (TRGPC). He focuses his practice in the area of removal defense before the Chicago Immigration Court and Family-Based immigration. His practice includes applications for permanent residency in the US and through consular processing abroad. His practice also includes waivers of inadmissibility, U visas, applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Naturalization.

Mr. Gunn has been named by Illinois Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2018. He has also been recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyer’s Network in 2017 and 2018. Mr. Gunn was also named a “Top Lawyer” by Chicago Lawyer Magazine in 2017.

Tristan attended law school at Depaul University College of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 2011. Tristan became a member of the Illinois Bar in 2012 and has been practicing immigration law ever since. Tristan is bilingual in English and Spanish. Tristan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has been an active particiapnt in the Chicago Chapter.

At TRGPC virtually all areas of immigration law are practiced with few exceptions. Attorneys primarily provide services relating to applications for Legal Permanent Residency through Adjustment of Status and Consular Processsing, Naturalization, U Visas, VAWAs, preparing inadmissibility waivers, DACA applicationsnon-immigrant visas, defense in removal proceedings, and asylum. Attorneys also handle a variety of employment based applicaitons. 

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Licensed for 10 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2012
Updated 10/11/2022

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

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Tapia-Ruano & Gunn, P.C.
53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 852
Chicago, IL, 60604-3830

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Hale | November 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Tristan has been an amazing attorney. He substitued with our initial attorney 1 week before our immigration interview. He quickly adapted to our case and he was able to summarize 450+ pages of files in just couple days. He reviewed the case files thoroughly and pointed some issues that we were not even aware of. He became a true expert on our case in a very short amount of time and gave great advices, and tips. He was geniuenly interested in helping and defending us throughout our case as well as during the interview. It was a true pleasure to work with him and I know where to go if I need an attorney again in the future. Tristan would be a true asset on any kind of immigration case and that comes with my heartfelt recommendation.
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Posted by Maria | October 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I only have praises for Tristan Tapia-Ruano Gunn as my immigration lawyer. He was at all times helpful , submitting promptly all the information needed it and also following up at every step of the process. The office in general is very profesional and well organized. I highly recommended.
Posted by thai | October 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Approval after a denial
My case was a difficult to say the least, but our Attorney Tristan Gunn was amazing, took the time to explain every single detail about the process and especially he defended us with all he got. Never seen such passion with an attorney to defend a client and make justice happen. Worth every single penny!
Posted by Soria | July 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm very satisfied with his service
He file my imigration petition, and with less than a year I was approved, I'm very happy with his service
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I am extremely happy to have hired Tristan to work on my permanent residency application. He and his team are very knowledgeable, polite and effective. From the beginning, he set clear and realistic expectations taking into consideration all elements of my situation without overpromising. Throughout the process, the team worked on a timely manner providing detailed instructions on what was needed from me so they could move forward. Even when the circumstances of my situation changed unexpectedly during the course of my application, he was able to adapt quickly, redefine our strategies and, finally, we were able to achieve the residency approval. Overall, it was a great experience working with this firm. I sincerely thank him and his team for their hard work and would definitely hire him again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2019
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Excellent client service
We had a great experience working with Tristan Gunn. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He was patient with our questions and provided us with clear answers. We will hire him again without any reservation. His staff was also excellent.
Posted by Brenda | April 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service.
The Law Office of Tapia-Ruano and Gunn are une of the best in the Chicago land area. I hardly recommend their services. I never imagine to the office be able to get my residence renewed because of some issues that I had on my record. In contrast, they achieve to the UICIS renew my residence without conditions. They are the best!!. I will hire this law firm again with no questions.
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Posted by Anh | April 5, 2019
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AOS case - Knowledgeable and realistic
Tristan successfully helped me attain permanent residence status so I'm very grateful for all the work that he and his staff put into my case. I had some complication with my F1 status so I was worried it would be a roadblock for my case. However, he laid out the situation in a very comprehensible way so that I could understand my options, even from the consultation meeting. Thank you for all your hard work.
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Posted by Yuliana | January 26, 2019
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I hired Tristan Gunn twice and have nothing but great things to say about this firm! Carlina Tapia Ruano is also great. She is very kind and honest. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very informed and led us through every step of the way
Tristan and his law firm helped us process any paperwork needed and gave us a clear and defined list of what was required for my process. They answered any questions I had in a confident and informed manner that only a professional would demonstrate.
Posted by Youssef | May 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Job
He organized our case in nice manner and explained all anticipated questions and asked us to be honest in the answer. He was strong and requested many times to talk to support and improve our situation. Really he did a great job. I have recommended him for my friends.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Tristan is an excellent attorney. He's handled various matters for me, including initial and renewal DACA applications and an adjustment of status. Tristan has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is patient and explains each step clearly. He also takes the time to answer all of your questions, putting you at ease throughout the process. Tristan is professional and a great advocate, and I'm very happy to recommend his services.
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Posted by Eka | December 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawer
I had a very difficult case. I got married in 2004, but my husband and I separated before I got conditions removed on my conditional green card (granted on our first interview). Immigration services after reviewing my case did not think I could prove that I originally entered in marriage in good faith, and in addition, they did not think I was abused in a relationship (extreme hardship). After so many years, and multiple denial from immigration services, in December 2016, due to diligent work and professionalism of my attorney: Tristan Gunn immigration judge granted me removal of conditions on my green card, she was convinced in both: that I entered in marriage in good faith, and I was abused. My years of torture ended, now I can put behind the hell I lived trough, and look forward to bright future. I truly believe that it was God's will that I had a best lawyer: Tristan Gunn, Besides professionalism, he is also a very nice and kind person. I had a difficult time taking time off from work, and he offered a pre-court appointment on Saturday, which is his day off. God bless him! I highly recommend Tristan Gunn.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Tristan went with me to my asylum interview, he made sure to prepare me for it starting two weeks before, after having his office working on my case for few months before i applied ,making sure i have all the required papers and helping collecting evidences, he comforts me the day of my interview by reminding me ''it is not a test there is no messing up we are telling our story'' which gives me huge confidence in telling my story . I would recommend him for anyone needs an attorney for an asylum case.
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Posted by Alex | August 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Legal Counsel
Tristan Gunn is an expert immigration lawyer. He was extremely helpful throughout the process of obtaining permanent residency and citizenship. Tristan ensured both my husband and I were thoroughly prepared for our interview and we had no issues with paperwork. It was very reassuring working through the process with Tristan, as he was always there to answer our questions. Hiring Tapia Ruano & Gunn was a great investment.
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Posted by Gary | July 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration
Tristan did an excellent job of helping us obtain our immigrant visa. Although it was a lengthy process, it was well worth the wait at the end. The office was very helpful with all the steps that it took since we needed a waiver of inadmissability to proceed with our case. This step in the process was the most lengthy! We were quite satisfied with Tristan's performance and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs a good immigration attorney in the future.
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Posted by Jin | July 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Effective
Tristan and team set clear expectations. They under promise and over deliver. They followup when they say they will and ensure to be the representation you want and pay for. They took my (IMO) complicated case and succeeded in my eventual citizenship. Their team comes highly recommended and now I can speak to that as well.
Posted by Bastiaan | July 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service - highly recommended
Tristan was my lawyer of choice when I intended to get married and move to the US. The advice provided was always very clear to understand, and well ahead of time, I was told what documents to obtain and where to send them. I was informed ahead of time how the marriage visa program worked, and was able to choose the correct method for my needs (fiancé or marriage visa). Keeping in contact was easy and ensured to be confidential, thanks to the dedicated website and case program used by the company.
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Posted by mohamma junaid shahid | February 11, 2015
good attorney
I hire this attorney in sep 2014 for my i90 renewal and to contact ice about my expired passport
Posted by DIANA | January 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
TERRIBLE LAWYER
My name is Diana. In March of last year I requested Tapia-Ruano & Gunn’s services to help me with my husband’s immigration process. When we had the interview I explained my situation in detail and they said they could help. Since most people (from what I heard from these lawyers) live in the US while going through this process, my situation was a little different not having lived nor worked here in the last 7 years. Any questions I had would go to the lawyer (Tristan Gunn) through his receptionists and we would mostly use e-mail to communicate because even getting the receptionist on the phone was hard. I had the first consultation mid-March, but the contract did not start officially until they received it mid-April. By this time, they already had some of my information including birth and marriage certificates and I mention this because it took them about 20 days to let me know we needed to make a change in the marriage certificate. It wasn’t until they asked for the Bona Fide marriage documents that we started having problems. First of all, I had explained the situation in detail (before even signing a contract). We had just received our professional degree and we were unemployed even in Mexico. I tried asking many times for other examples of documents that could work for us. I got tired of how slow everything was happening and I tried talking to the paralegal in charge of my case. So I started calling and insisting on talking to the paralegal and the receptionist (Esmeralda) would not put me through to her. She kept saying she was too busy to talk to me and I asked if I could schedule an appointment and she said no. Since I did not have a US phone number, I would always call them. I was also willing to pay for an appointment to see the paralegal, but the receptionist didn’t even give me that option!!! I was very upset because the process was taking way too long and they were not being very helpful so I decided to take the trip to the US and go talk to them in person. I arrived to their office in downtown Chicago and they had me talk to a person (Elena Gunn) that had no idea what was going on and knew nothing about my case. She was very rude to say the least. Then after she finished yelling, they put me in a room with my lawyer (finally). First of all he knew nothing about my case. It made me realize they hadn’t been doing much those few months. He began explaining everything as if he were talking to a 10 year old. All I wanted was for him to give me more ideas of what documents I could use as proof of Bona Fide marriage (which was the main reason why I hired them!!). There were so many things they overlooked because they did not review the case at all. When you first have the interview, they even tell you both lawyers in the firm will review the case together. It is very upsetting to know that neither of them was doing that. Before leaving he pointed out some issues in my documents (only because I brought it up) and told me I had to correct them. It took them weeks to notice this by the way. It was going to take me a couple months because I had to go to court for a name change. So, I informed my lawyer it was going to take that long and they responded saying they were going to start charging me an hourly fee since I was taking too long to come up with the documents. They said they had moved the deadline for me twice already. I immediately told them I could not afford to pay an hourly rate. They would take days and even weeks to reply and on top of everything they blamed me for taking too long. That list they gave me of the Bona Fide marriage documents you can find online for free. I hired them because I needed their “experience”. I closed my case and asked for a refund. They said most of the “work” was done already so they gave me almost nothing back. They did not even give me my passport pictures. I am sure he was also upset to have seen me without me paying to meet with him. Probably another reason why they kept all my $
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Response from Tristan Gunn January 24, 2019
I did represent this client, but ended my representation almost 5 months before the date of this review. Representation ended because this client would not follow instructions. Unfortunately, I cannot give details here in this public forum of examples as to the thorough level of service and instruction she was actually provided with while she was represented, due to the rules pertaining to confidentiality of current and even past clients. I can only say a great deal of time was invested in instructing her, repeatedly, on what was needed to prepare the paperwork related to her case. When I ultimately arrived at a point where it became clear she would not follow my advice or instruction moving forward with her case I informed her that I was terminating my representation and she was refunded a portion of her payments to my office that was fair considering time and work performed up to that point. Every case is a partnership between the attorney and client. The information comes from the client. If a client is unwilling or refusing to cooperate or provide needed documentation and information than the case quickly stalls or falls apart and representation cannot continue. This is a case of a client being frustrated with the process, a process that made her case more difficult because of her specific situation, and sadly that frustration was directed at my office.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • TAPIA-RUANO & GUNN PC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Office Manager/Paralegal
  • TAPIA-RUANO & GUNN PC
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Legal Assistant
  • Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2021
  • Illinois Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Chicago Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Cook County Public Defender's Office Annual Conference
  • Crimmigration: How Criminal Defense Attorneys can Better Protect their Immigrant Clients
  • 2019
  • Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
  • The signing of President Trump's Executive Order 13769, signed into effect on January 27, 2017. Tristan spoke on the conditions of detention centers and the treatment of undocumented immigrants, as well as a general explanation of the ban itself.
  • 2017
  • New Members Division
  • How to Effectively Represent Your Client at a USCIS Interview
  • 2017
  • 2016 AILA Annual Conference
  • Immigration 102: Government Agencies
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Immigration Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tristan is a passionate advocate who is always fighting for his clients. He and I have worked together on various projects with AILA over the years. He has been working doing lots of advocacy to represent the needs of his clients and the need for immigration reform."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tristan is a good attorney who genuinely cares about his clients. He is involved in numerous projects and committees in the immigration law field, and his involvement shows his commitment and up-to-date knowledge in this ever changing field of law."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tristan is an excellent attorney!"
Immigration Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Tristan for five years at an immigration law firm. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients, and he thoroughly prepares every case. He truly cares about his clients and strives to achieve the best outcome in every case."
Chicago Immigration Lawyer Tristan Tapia-Ruano Gunn
Tristan Tapia-Ruano Gunn
Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 10 years
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