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William Brian Schiller

Immigration Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   107 reviews
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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 36 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    William B. Schiller represents clients nationally in individual and employment-based immigration cases. He has regularly appeared as a speaker at educational and professional seminars across the country and represents many individuals, corporations, universities, professionals (including scientists, researchers and professors) in matters before the USCIS. Mr. Schiller also dedicates his practice to representing families and individuals in complex immigration matters.

    31 years

  2. Asylum
    10%

    31 years

AN OUTSTANDING IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY RECOGNIZED FOR SUPERB KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE REPRESENTING CLIENTS OF ALL SIZES, FROM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO PROFESSORS, RESEARCHERS, SCIENTISTS AND POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS SEEKING PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX IMMIGRATION SYSTEM.

William Schiller represents individuals, corporate, and university clients in a broad array of immigration matters. Many of the clients he represents are professors, researchers, scientists and post-doctoral scholars who apply for permanent residence as outstanding researchers and professors, and via national interest waiver and extraordinary ability immigration petitions. In addition, Wiliam's law practice involves the representation of highly-skilled professionals and individuals in a wide range of non-immigrant visa matters, as well as family-based immigration involving applications for permanent residence in the United States, asylum matters, removal, naturalization, consular processing, and other complex areas of immigration law.

As universities, medical centers, international students, faculty and postdoctoral scholars face increasingly complex and evolving immigration policies, William also leads Hinshaw’s Higher Education Immigration Team.

William lectures and publishes extensively on immigration law, and his client base is national and worldwide. He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University, where he teaches a senior-level course on international human rights and U.S. refugee law.

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Location

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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Posted by McGill | October 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience, compassion, ethical and results driven
I have worked with Bill Schiller for about 20 years. He managed my case from B2 - F1 - H1B - Green card - Citizenship. At every step of the way he helped me organize copious amounts of documents and ensured that everything was submitted correctly. He made the entire process simple and easy to follow. His costs were beyond reasonable given the complexity and amount of time required for each step. He was with me through the interview process and it helped alleviate the intense amount of anxiety that goes with. Bill's wealth of knowledge, expertise and kindness are invaluable. You will not find better representation you can trust. He is also incredibly easy to work with and an all round wonderful person. I have referred Bill to friends and family and will continue to do so as long as he is practicing. Bill Schiller is the reason that I can enjoy all the perks, privileges and responsibilities of being a US citizen.
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Posted by Victor M. | October 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY, EXELLENT HUMAN, EXCELLENT TEAM, PROFESSIONAL AND EFFICIENT.
If you are looking for a professional and knowledgeable lawyer, William B. Schiller is the best! He helped me, my relatives and friends with excellent results. He is an honest and hard working professional in the field. He assisted us with the preparation of all of the required documents for the entire naturalization process. If we needed anything, he was an email or text away and always on call. He responded quickly and effectively to our questions or concerns regarding our case. I can write a book describing how committed, organized and skilled he is as a lawyer. His law office team is also amazing. They are kind, thorough and very competent. They truly care! In conclusion, William B. Schiller and his team are the best! I highly recommend them. They are worth every penny. My family and I will forever be thankful for everything they did for us.
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Posted by Waed | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, professional, lawyer and staff
Mr Schiller helped me and my husband with our immigration cases Through the past 10 years It was a pleasure to know him and hire him I would like to thank him for his profession work
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney.
Mr. Bill Schiller has been our family attorney for over 35 years. It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to write this testimonial for him on behalf of my family and myself. Mr. Bill’s first case that he handled for us goes back to the 90’s when he handled my dad’s Immigration case and subsequently for the entire family Green Card the same year. The most recent case Mr. Bill worked on was for the Green Card for my spouse and my parents-in-law as well. It is unbelievable to see the consistency in sustaining the high standards of his work results and ease of working with him. Mr. Bill has also worked on the referred cases of our family friends and friends and all of them had a successful experience with him and they have got their green cards for they have thankful for referring him . Mr. Bill, ensures to have a thorough understanding of his clients requirements. He has the innate ability to demystify the process to us in layman language. His business acumen and domain expertise are impeccable and his eye for details is second to none. He is an authentic individual, as clients the process, challenges, financials, risks in fact everything associated to our cases were explained to us with utmost transparency. One critical aspect we think contributed to the success of all the cases was his proactive approach in being prepared for each process , preempting the issues/challenges and working to mitigate them. He has a pleasant persona and is very approachable, always an email or phone call away. His interpersonal relationships has fostered a seamless execution across multiple teams and contacts working on our case. He takes pride in his job and is genuinely happy to help and see people achieve and live their dreams. Our overall experience in a nutshell was stress-free. If you have Mr. Bill on your case, it is a decision you will not regret ever or be disappointed with the outcome of the results. Mr. Bill, once again we thank you for all your patience and kind support all through. We wish you the best in all your endeavors.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Miracle
I found Mr Bill in my search of a lawyer on avoo after reading many reviews from different attorneys with good things to say about him Mr Bill,Kelli,Naïhara they are good team in a short period with most importantly expedited finalizing my case base on my experience I woul say that Bill is very professional Bill and Kelli was very helpful to me throughout the whole process by answering my call and email promptly If you really want a reliable and honest Immigration attorney I would highly recommend Bill
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Human and Immigration Attorney
It was an absolute pleasure working with Bill and his team in the past 5 years on my successful petitions to obtain Permanent Residency (including Removal of Conditions on PR) and eventually Citizenship. Bill gained my full trust with his professionalism, experience, knowledge and compassion at our very first meeting. His plan of action and approach to the matter was simply excellent and it gave me huge comfort knowing that I had Bill on my side during this process. My case was a tricky one from the start and it got even more complex when I was faced with a federal tax issue during the pending petitions. Bill also came in to the rescue with the tax issue and thanks to his surgically precise referral, I was able to fix this issue on time. Bill is a fantastic immigration attorney and human and I would highly recommend him to anybody who is looking for the best representation. Looking forward to working with Bill and his team for future petitions for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal advice throughout our immigration process
We worked with Bill Schiller throughout our immigration process, starting with a National Interest Waiver petition through naturalization. Bill provided us with sound and invaluable legal advice for the National Interest Waiver petition, and guided us throughout the process with his expertise and professionalism. He was very professional, reliable and responsive, and we are very grateful that we were able to work with him in this process. We would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A miraculous Diversity visa case!
I believe it was destined for me to meet Bill solely by accident so my life can change 180 degrees. I was randomly selected for a diversity visa (DV) and I wanted to adjust my status (AoS) while in the US as I had a job with an H1-b visa then. Initially, I filed my DS-260 application requesting to have my DV interview in a consulate outside the US. But, because of COVID, consular interviews were delayed and I found a job in the USA in June. I have consulted many attorneys who were not excited to take my case as AoS takes 1-2 years while I only had 3 months for my case to get approved. However, Bill decided to take the risk and was confident that there was a very good chance of success if we have planned it right. From day one, Bill and his associate (Naiara) worked tirelessly to get my paperwork done. Their efforts, efficiency, swiftness, and professionalism were like no other! They updated me every day and every step of the way. They made contacting and communicating with them super easy and accessible. They knew exactly what they were doing from the beginning, always anticipated what might go wrong and had plan B for them. Their enormous effort in contacting KCC (which was extremely difficult then) and pushing them to the limits made THE difference. I have no single doubt that they will be my first choice in all future immigration issues/queries, either for me or for my family and friends.
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Posted by Seema | July 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional immigration lawyer
I know Mr Bill Schiller since last 20 years I met him through one of my friend. I went to his office as an interpreter for her case & I was unaware that I will hire him some day for my husband’s case for green card process that was stuck since more than 10 years in America consulate in India for some missing paper work. As being mother of 2 kids I was disturbed & struggling in USA by my self. It’s was getting hard for me to survive. After studying my case precisely with his team members he gave me a hope & I trusted his advise & followed all the steps that he & his team told me to. Then finally the day came when my husband got his documents straight & he arrived in Chicago. This all wasn’t possible without Mr Bill. He is genuinely a good human & professional. The journey didn’t stopped after my husband’s case. I send couple of my friends with complicated case for their green cards & he always made sure to guide everyone with accurate results. Today my friends are also happy & settled like my family. Some people have family doctors but thanks to god I met MR Bill & he is my family immigration lawyer & that’s my honor. I will recommend him to everyone I know in following years too as he makes sure & give follow up till the last step. Once Mr Bill says “YES” & agree to take your case means you already “WIN” the case & it’s only the matter of time procedure. As I have seen not a single case getting denied once he approaches & takes the paper work process into his hands. He is also precisely available on Zoom meetings & no matter in what country you are he will make sure to study case accurately & give a proper advise.
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Posted by Raina | July 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, professional and highly recommended.
I was standing at the crossroad of my life figuring out the next step in my life. This is when one of my friend introduced me to Bill Schiller. After carefully studying my case he agreed to represent it. During the course of meetings I found him very professional, detail oriented and knowledgeable in the subject. His guidance made me feel well prepared and secure. Very soon I was confident that my case was in safe hands. His associate Naiara was extremely approachable and responded to all my queries promptly. He and Naiara provided me clarity at each step and managed the process quiet efficiently. Overall it is because of him and Naiara I was able to return to the US which seemed impossible. I highly recommend him and his firm
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Posted by Sami | May 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Schiller is the Best attorney
My friend confidently recommended Mr. Schiller to me and it was the best recommendation he gave me! Mr Schiller is very capable and knowledgeable in his field, and the best attorney period! I worked with Mr. Schiller on my asylum case and I did not have a clue about the asylum process and that scared me a bit and unfortunately at that time the political environment in the country wasn't welcoming which added to my fear. I called the firm and they gladly arranged a visit for me and welcomed me on short notice and I'm forever thankful for that! I met Mr. Schiller and his amazing team and he explained the process to me in detail and recommended what's best while giving me total autonomy and support in whatever I decided. I felt really comfortable after our conversation and I trusted Mr. Schiller without a single ounce of doubt in my heart with my complicated asylum case. We agreed to be honest to each other down to the smallest detail of things and that made me really happy and I felt that Mr. Schiller truly cared about me and my case. I couldn't help myself after that and I hugged Mr. Schiller (pre-pandemic times) and started my successful journey with him. I can confidently recommend Mr. Schiller to everyone based on my personal successful experience with him! I knocked on the last door that life had to offer and Mr. Schiller knocked that door down! Mr. Schiller is a great human being and the best attorney out there hands down and I will never forget him or our journey together and I will be forever thankful for knowing him! I will confidently recommend Mr. Schiller to everyone I know because I know out of personal experience and without a doubt that they will be in safe hands.
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Posted by Mussa | March 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
GREAT HUMAN, GREAT ATTORNEY
In our consultation, He asked me questions and told me very specific details about my case, i had 2 cases with immigration, i was wondering about the strategy, he didnt hide anything, just told me straight, we can do like that like that. So you make sure, he will win your case. But first he show how he will do and you trust him. If he takes your case, he will tell you we can do that ! But many others dont and you have no idea when you will end your immigration trip !
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Posted by Dan | October 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Green Card
My wife and I hired Bill to help us with my wife’s green card process. Bill is a compassionate, knowledgeable expert and he has been helpful at every step—from compiling and submitting our documents to helping us understand what to expect in our interview. Bill was always available when we needed him and was very easy to reach by phone and email. We are so glad we chose Bill (and his great staff!) to help us achieve this milestone. We will be recommending Bill to our friends and family in the future. Thank you Bill!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Compasssionate Lawyer
I hired Bill after I received RFE for my case. Bill is very knowledgeable, honest and hardworking attorney who really loves his job and his clients. Bill was able to provide me detailed advice on the potential risks and options I had on my immigration process. He is extremely thorough, detailed oriented and determined attorney. Bill is a consummate professional and know his way around the laws and procedures extremely well. My case got approved because of him. I highly recommend Bill to anyone who needs immigration services. Thanks You Bill!
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Posted by Guido | August 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Citizenship
After 20 years of different visas and green card the time hadarrived to start my citizenship process. New to Chicago and not knowing many people, I decided to look on the web for a good rated Lawyer. I called a few different firms and I was astonished with the luck of customer service, some lawyer think that they are kings and we have to serve them. Then I found Doc. Bill Shiller. I called and a left him a voicemail, within 10 minutes had a call Doc. Shiller directly. He offered me to go to his office that Saturday since he was going to be there and that way he would have more time to spend with me and analyze my case. Whenever I have emailed Doc. Shiller I always had an answer within 5 minutes. His attention to detail and level of professionalism is impeccable. If you are looking for a lawyer that cares about YOU and your case.... this is your lawyer. Don’t waste your time with others....
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Posted by Shan | June 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and efficient
Thanks to Bill, the process of my US citizenship application went smoothly and I am now a U.S citizen! He and his staff were efficient, responded to emails in a timely manner, and were appropriately detail oriented. I will not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family pursuing the pathway to U.S citizenship.
Posted by Andrew | June 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great handling of our immigration case
Bill handled my recent US immigration application with great care and proficiency. He thoroughly prepared us, guided us through the application process, and delivered a successful outcome. We'd recommend him and his team without reservation.
Posted by Omer | April 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I had a very complicated asylum case
Bill is a nice outstanding immigration attorney. I worked with him and his team for six months on my asylum case after it got denied and referred to the immigration court. I had a very complicated asylum case that has been solved. He is very patient, listens carefully to all his clients needs and provides the best legal advice. He cares about his clients and goes above and beyond to solve their cases, which helped me obtain the asylum after a long process and condensed schedules. My case was in immigration court and had been rescheduled two times during these six months. From motion to change venue, Pretrial, individual hearing, Bill was there, and he delivered the best services. I am so grateful for Bill's help and advice. I highly recommend Bill and his team for any immigration needs
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Posted by Bart | February 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
William B. Schiller did outstanding job representing me throughout my citizenship process. He is very knowledgeable and made me feel confident that I would have a successful outcome. William and his team explained to me all of my options and the chances of getting citizenship. Communication was very efficient. I promptly received information with case updates. I highly recommend William to anyone who is seeking legal immigration services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A highly recommended great immigration lawyer
My wife and I worked with Bill and his staff to apply for a green card. William Schiller is a very knowledgeable ,Honest, professional, quickly responsive and completely supportive .Always informs us of each and every step of the any immigration process . Bill is an outstanding attorney.Mr. Schiller always promptly responded to my phone calls and e-mails. He clearly stated the process related to the application. I felt confident having Mr. Schiller help me file the application . He is amazing attorney ever.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Kings College, University of London
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1991
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, International and Immigration Law Section Council
  • 2017 - Present
  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
  • Member (Past Chair)
  • 1987 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Immigration Project
  • Vice President/Board Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Leadership Award
  • Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2017
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2016
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2015
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2014
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2013
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2011
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2010
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2009
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2008
  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books) - "Immigration Law Client Strategies"
  • Chapter: Working Effectively with Corporate and Individual Clients in Immigration Law
  • 2008
  • Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law: Guidance and Tips for Successful Practice (AILA Publications)
  • Employment-Based Immigration: The First Three Preferences
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • DePaul College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic
  • Immigration Remedies - DOMA and Beyond
  • 2014
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Asylum
  • 2010
  • Protecting Non-US Citizens, Their Families and Employers
  • Immigration Law
  • 2007
  • 2007 Annual Conference
  • Employment-Based IVs - Non-Labor Certification Preferences
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Unknown Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer. Very well respected."
Immigration Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Bill’s work. Bill has a broad range of expertise in all aspects of immigration law, including employment-based, family-based and asylum cases. Having worked with Bill in both the law firm and academic settings, I can only echo the praise heard universally from his clients, colleagues and students."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Bill for many years. He is an recognized expert in the area and extremely well respected. Clients are without exception extermely satisfied with Bill. I highly recommend Bill."
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Chicago Immigration Lawyer William Brian Schiller
William Brian Schiller
Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 36 years
Virtual consultation available