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I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay, and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, with my parents in 1991. I attended high school in Kansas City and stayed in Missouri for college and law school - where I was International Law Society president, and participated in the Jessup International Moot Court competition. I also worked at a North Kansas City law office, mainly on criminal defense and civil litigation. Following graduation, I worked as a legislative analyst in Jefferson City, MO, until moving to Chicago in 2004 to work as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. I have stayed in Chicago since, working as a union representative, and as a political consultant until making my way back to the law.


In 2008 I began working at a small firm in Little Village, almost exclusively on immigration cases of a diverse nature, and in January 2009 I started my own practice – focusing mainly on removal defense and cases involving criminal issues.  In the Summer of 2013 I began working for Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C., and in May 2015 I re-launched my solo practice, daniel thomann, p.c.


I try to devote time to pro bono work and political advocacy for immigrants. I am an avid fan of soccer and rugby, and serve on the boards of directors of the Argentina Chicago Foundation and the Chicago Lawyers Rugby Football Club, the Spanish language advisory board of Illinois Legal Aid Online and on the “junior board” of Urban Initiatives.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 98%
    8 years
  2. International Law: 1%
    7 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 1%
    8 years



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Contact info

daniel thomann, P.C.

216 S. Jefferson St.
Suite 101
Chicago, IL, 60661


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200705/17/2016
MOGood Standing, Active200501/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardChicago Volunteer Legal Services2009
CALI Excellence For The Future - International LawCALI2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/Ownerdaniel thomann, p.c.2015 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C.2013 - 2013
AssociateMaria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C.2013 - 2015
Attorney/Ownerdaniel thomann, p.c.2009 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisPublic Protection Committee Chair2012 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationHuman Rights Committee Legislative Liaison2011 - Present
Hispanic Lawyers Association of IllinoisN/A2010 - Present
AILA - American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationNo Value2007 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Missouri BarN/A2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ortiz v. Martinez 14-2048District Court decision affirmed.
Matter of C.E., et alProceedings terminated, permanent resident status retained by all three
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Truman State UniversitySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 Annual ConferenceWinning Gang-Based Asylum Claims2015
Chicago Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law CommitteePost-Conviction Relief: The interplay of immigration and criminal law and the challenge of successfully obtaining post-conviction relief in Illinois after People v. Carrera, 239 Ill. 2d 241, 940 N.E.2d 1111 (2010).2012
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: The Effect of Padilla v. Kentucky on Your PracticeImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Post-Conviction Relief2011