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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2002||05/16/2017|
|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 Animesh Dhara
After being recommended by some close friends, I appointed Mr. Peter Messersmith as our immigration lawyer to file our green card application. He filed our green card petition on both EB1A and EB2 category in 2015. He suggested me not to go for premium processing but to file as a concurrent application for EB1A category. Processing of our case got delayed in USCIS for some unknown reason and it took almost 1.5 years to get the green card in hand. Filling concurrent application did not save any time rather we had to do medical exams twice as it was more than a year old. Finally Peter got our cases approved in both categories which we made us very very happy with the outcome. We definitely recommend Messersmith Law firm for green card application. I think Messersmith Law firm handles the cases very professionally. During this entire time, I spoke with Peter only once over phone, rest of the communications was by email. He is very good at answering emails. I also appreciate the helps from Peter's assistant, Jen Ren during the entire time.
The only thing I found as cons is - Peter is very expensive compared to the other highly-rated immigration Lawyers. He charges for EAD/AP applications separately which goes with I-485 application and charges for answering any RFEs you receive from USCIS. But at the end of the day, I can't complain because Peter and his law firm gave us the best outcome which we payed for.
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.
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