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Shannon Marie Shepherd

Immigration Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.6   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
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I AM AN EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY WHO WILL TAKE ON COMPLEX CASES IN ALL AREAS OF IMMIGRATION LAW. EVEN IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN DENIED, I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP COME UP WITH A CREATIVE NEW SOLUTION. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT BUT THERE ARE ALSO MANY THINGS TO TRY!

It’s hard to believe this will be my 18th year practicing immigration law. Four different administrations have taken four different approaches to immigration in terms of how they view and treat family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, asylum, humanitarian benefits, and citizenship. I’ve had to adapt to different ways of advocating for my clients in all of these areas over the years. I’m proud to be a partner at Immigration Attorneys, LLP, where we zealously advocate for all clients, even when the odds seem stacked against us, or where other attorneys have been unsuccessful in getting benefits or relief.


Advocacy is a part of everything I do: advocating for immigration reform as well as agency accountability as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s (AILA) National Media and Advocacy Committee, and current co-chair of the AILA Chicago Chapter’s Advocacy Committee; advocating for the advancement of civil and human rights as the past Chair of the Human Rights Section of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and current ex-officio of the ISBA’s Diversity Leadership Council; and seeking collaboration among lawyers from all backgrounds by participating on the planning committee for the Minority Bar CLE Conference.

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Immigration Attorneys, LLP

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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Immigration Attorney
Shannon, has represented with my situation. She understood the extremely unique, if not the only situation in history of this country. Shannon did the research, and then presented her findings to me and family. Post Covid shutdown of USIC for 2 years, observed the situation at USIC, and then proceeded to deliver to me, my long overdue citizenship. Shannon was so professional, all the time understanding my unique situation, and the feelings, emotions And extreme stress that USIC staff has caused me, and my family. Shannon, has completed this for me, after 5 years of USIC stress, situation completed and finished.
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Posted by Anthony Egbowon | May 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Ever.
If there is a price for Immigration excellence in America, Shannon will be a yearly recipient of this award. I met Shannon roughly 6 years ago and All I can say is she was the best thing to happen to me, before her, I had paid over 4 Immigration Attorneys Thousands of dollars without any luck, but when I met her, she took my case personally, She is a fighter, mentor, Adviser and advocate. when I almost gave up, she encouraged me, When I had no money, she worked with me, she is the reason why I am a Permanent resident now and I will be forever grateful to her. I will not only recommend her, I will vouch for her honesty, dedication and truthfulness. Thanks for helping and May God continue to bless you.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2019
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Amazing Attorney
Shannon is an Amazing Attorney, she took my very complicated case and today i am a permanent resident! Always ready to help even when she is so busy! I Thank God that i found her! i will recommend her any day any time! if you have a very complicated immigration issue go see her and her team they are Amazing!
Posted by Gabriel | November 30, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Top Notch
Shannon clarified several questions that were crucial to my case. Very knowledgeable, responsive and friendly. Great professional to work with, makes you feel well represented. Absolutely great.
Posted by Emanuel | September 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Resolved My Very Complex Immigration Case
Attorneys Shepherd and Berman took my extremely complicated immigration case in 2010, after several years of getting nowhere with the other lawyers. Within a few weeks the difference already started to show, and once my first work permit arrived in the mail, I knew that if I had a chance in the world to have my extremely complex case resolved, it would be with these attorneys' help. These attorneys handled each subsequent work permit renewal and thus I had no more problems obtaining the work permit to which I was entitled by law. These attorneys helped me tremendously in dealing with the very frustrating immigration court, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and even with the Transportation Security Agency. In 2014 I had my I-485 interrogation (AKA "interview"), with both attorneys preparing the documents and preparing me and my spouse for what to expect and what the various things in this appointment would mean, and Attorney Berman personally appeared at this appointment with us. He was extremely well prepared, and even had on his person copies of documents that the officer wanted to see that weren't easy to locate in the files I had brought with. By fall of 2014 I had my I-551 (AKA "green card") in hand and I enlisted in the US Navy. Even after the military processing of my naturalization application Attorneys Shepherd and Berman remained closely involved in my case to the very end, and Attorney Berman personally appeared at my naturalization interrogation (AKA "naturalization interview"). On 22 September 2016 I proudly accepted the Certificate of Naturalization at the ceremony held in federal court in Milwaukee, and that was the excellent result toward which Attorneys Berman and Shepherd have worked tirelessly with me over the years to achieve. The professional honesty and the flexibility that both attorneys have shown over the years as we tried to find the best approaches to try for the complexities of my case sets them apart from the norm. I have never felt or found to have been incorrectly billed, I have never felt to be taken advantage of, and both attorneys took my many unconventional suggestions seriously and worked with those ideas that had a shot for success despite the fact that I'm not a lawyer myself. My only regret is that I did not know these attorneys from the very beginning, and I can wholeheartedly affirm that any foreign national who is not yet a naturalized citizen should absolutely retain these attorneys to take care of the remaining immigration processes until naturalization. Especially in today's world not having competent immigration attorneys can be the most devastating mistake a foreign national in the US can make, which can have severe consequences up to and including detainment and deportation. I very highly recommend Attorneys Shepherd and Berman regardless of how simple or complex your immigration situation is, and I can wholeheartedly affirm that both attorneys have earned my full trust over the years. I certainly hope that other immigration law firms will follow the exemplary professionalism of these attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2015
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From complicated J visa to green card.
I hired Shannon Shepherd after another lawyer messed up my case. Immigration denied my employment sponsored green card, that i needed the 212 e waiver. Shannon and Helen Harnet tried to make immigration understand why they were wrong and finally filed a federal lawsuit. Guess what, less than 3 months after filing the suit i was green. This is a great firm. Shannon and Helen are very professional and knowledgeable. This is a honnest review.
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Posted by Joseph | October 15, 2015
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Excellent Lawyer
Shannon has been great to work with. Very helpful in explaining how the whole process works and quick responses as well. My family came here in US because of her professional experience for dealing immigration matters. I highly recommend Shannon Shepperd to help you with your immigration problem, the BEST lawyer in town.
Posted by Ola | October 11, 2014
Shannon is a result oriented lawyer
Shannon helped in coordinating my preparation for an immigration court proceeding. She guided me with putting the documentation together and gave me detailed information about what to expect during the court proceeding. She was timely and encouraging. During the proceeding, she asked me specific questions which helped me in giving a better explanation of my position to the judge. My 5 years of waiting with concern and trepidation was resolved within an hour before the immigration court.
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Posted by Maria O Rendon | October 14, 2022
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Porfabor Latinos, jamàs acudan con esta abogada, me hizo esperar por mas de 7 años , jamas me arregló mis documentos,, me robô alrededor de 7mil dolares . No entiendo porqué tiene estos reviews ,si ha sido la causante de que varias personas ya no regresen.. le puse mi caso a otro abogado y mi caso estaba tan sencillo, me arreglô en 5meses . She is the worse attorney ever, expect a financial loss if you hire this lady, so unprofessional. I hope you still remember Who I am
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Response from Shannon Shepherd October 18, 2022
Hi Maria, Of course I remember you, and me and my firm have done work for other members of your family as well, with success! We were also successful on the first part of your process, and prepared to file the second, but you decided to go to a new lawyer at that time. We were disappointed that you did not stick it out with us, but understand that things change. If you would like to discuss your concerns offline, please feel free to contact me directly, my contact info is the same! Sincerely, Shannon
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Immigration Attorneys, LLP
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National AILA Advocacy and Media Committee Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter)
  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Past Chair- Human Rights Section Council
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member- Chicago Chapter
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Human Rights
  • • “Illinois Appellate Court Takes Position on Special Immigrant Juvenile Petition,”
  • 2015
  • Human Rights
  • • “Class Action Lawsuits should cause Illinois immigration practitioners to re-think advice to clients detained under the INA’s “mandatory detention” provision,”
  • 2014
  • Human Rights
  • • “What a Difference a Year Makes for Same Sex Couples in Illinois,”
  • 2013
  • Human Rights
  • “Immigration update: Can civil unions partners in Illinois apply for immigration benefits?,”
  • 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association International and Immigration Law Newsletter "The Globe"
  • “Seventh Circuit speaks on time limits for filing motions to reopen in Sarmiento v. Holder,”
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • • “Ins & Outs & Ups & Downs of E-2 Visas,” CLE
  • 2017
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • • “Rumble in the Jungle… or J-1 v. H-3 Visas: Bringing Employees from Abroad for Short Training Programs,” CLE program
  • 2016
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • “Complex Naturalization Issues,” CLE
  • 2015
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • “Cross-Cultural Communication: How Respect for Culture Returns Referrals —Chinese-American communication issues,” CLE
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (8)
Endorse Shannon
Immigration Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shepherd is a star in the Illinois legal community. She treats her clients with respect and zealously advocates for their rights in every case. She is a consummate professional and a truly gifted attorney. I would highly recommend Ms. Shepherd to anyone in need of immigration assistance."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I serve with Shannon on a committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. She's very involved in working for human rights and an excellent lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shannon is an exceptional immigration attorney who cares deeply for her clients and always strives to achieve the best possible result for them!"
Immigration Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Shannon's record for winning, even some of the most difficult cases, is second to none."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shannon Shepherd has my endorsement. She is an excellent immigration attorney and is skilled in both employment and investment-based work and in removal defense and family-based work. She is a dedicated advocate and compassionate."

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Chicago Immigration Lawyer Shannon Marie Shepherd
Shannon Marie Shepherd
Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available