|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2002||11/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||The Legal Network||2017|
|Top 3 Immigration lawyers in Chicago, IL||Three Best Rated||2017|
|Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in the State of Illinois||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2017|
|10 Best Immigration Attorneys for Illinois Nomination||American Institute of Legal Counsel||2016|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|2016 Legal Awards Nomination||Acquisition International AI Legal Awards||2016|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||American Lawyers Media||2015|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||American Lawyer Media||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Top Lawyers in Illinois||American Lawyer Media||2013|
|Best of Business Award for Chicago||Small Business Community Association||2013|
|Clients' Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|President||The Messersmith Law Firm, P.C.||2002 - Present|
|Judicial Extern||Circuit Court of Cook County||2001 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||2010 - 2011|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - 2013|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2003|
|JD Supra||J1 Waiver Options for Physicians||2010|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Texas System, Austin||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
Posted by Roby
My wife and I were both on F1 status but since her OPT was coming to an end and since she wanted to keep working, we had decided to start looking for an immigration attorney to apply for the NIW EB2 green card. After reading as much reviews as we could, we had realized that Peter seemed to be the suitable attorney for us mostly based on his high ranking and success rate. We contacted him and scheduled an appointment to have a face-to-face conversation. Our first impression after the 90 minutes appointment was very positive. He was very patient and knowledgeable and we hired him the day after the appointment. His attorney fee was not the lowest, but he was the only one processing all our documents before submission and, as other reviewers already mentioned, there are no additional fees to be charged besides the one mentioned in the contract. Despite the fact that I was still in the last months of my PhD and I had only 5 publications at that time, Peter was very confident that I had a very strong case and he was absolutely right. The I140 was approved in about 9 months after submission and we received our green cards 3 months later. This process went extremely smooth and painless for us and we are really grateful. The only downside in our experience was the total price which was high. Since we wanted to keep working, we both had to apply for the EAD card, which require signing a separate contract with its own fees. People should keep in mind that those prices do add up and it can make a significant difference if you don’t budget for it in advance. Besides that, we had a great experience with this law firm. We strongly recommend the Messersmith Law firm for anyone who is a looking for a great immigration attorney.
Posted by C. Y.
I hired Peter as immigration attorney in Apr. this year for my application of green card. My wife and I both received cards in early Dec.
My case was EB1A. Peter wrote a professional petition letter to summarize all support materials and present them in a logically clear framework. It was impressive that he found convincing background materials and cited case-laws to prove the significance of my contributions in my area, and prevented bugs that were probably challenged by immigration officers according to his experience. He also gave me many helpful suggestions on the testimonial letters. During my case, he was knowledgeable in immigration related policies and always able to make response to my questions by email or phone within no more than one day.
I consulted other immigration attorneys before I signed with Peter. His attorney fee was not the lowest, but he could promise that all my documents and materials are processed by himself in person, and he confirmed that all the fees to be charged have been written in the contract and no additional fee.
Posted by vas9742
As I see it, Peter Messersmith is the best immigration lawyer I have worked with this far. My experience with him is in his service in the EB1 category. While it is one thing for immigration lawyer to be gifted with the extra ordinary ability to see and recognize that of another, it is another gift to bring it out and put it together in an EB1A application. Peter is one of a unique kind with both of these characteristics, amongst the many reputed firms that fall far short of both. With the Messersmith law firm, we have seen service that can truly make a difference to its clients. Given the grilling EB1A USCIS requirements, it is hard for an individuals to see through themselves anywhere near qualifying: the rigid demands are really a veil to many to see anything in themselves to meet such requirements. Given this, Peter’s expertise is truly one of a kind as he assessed and guided us through the entire EB1 process. We received our green card in about 8 months after filing the I140. We spent about 3 months working with Peter (and also Jen) prior to that preparing our case. Laying aside his creativity and his gifting, he is very prompt in his emails, always clarifying doubts and answering questions we had. For all exceptionally demanding immigration needs that require an attorney well versed and skilled to prepare and present the case, I would recommend the Messersmith law firm. I would also like to appreciate Jen, who works with Peter. She has been wonderful in her interaction with us: prompt, polite and very professional and most importantly very helpful. I would easily give Messersmith Law Firm five stars. I see only pros in their service and no cons. All the very best to the Messersmith Law Firm in all of their sincere services to help more clients, the way they have been doing.
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