Christopher Helt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Helt Law Group, LLC
 | 10 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 875
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 888-739-6794
Fax: 312-698-9821
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer
Attorney Profile

Christopher Helt is a nationally renowned immigration defense lawyer who represents clients in the Chicago, Illinois, Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia areas. With his practice, The Helt Law Group, LLC., he regularly appears before U.S. immigration courts, the Department of Homeland Security and numerous federal circuit and district courts.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mr. Helt's accomplishments have made him a nationally recognized figure in immigration matters. Among other honors, he has received the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from the prestigious peer review service Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Helt and his cases have been featured in Time magazine and frequently appears in local and national media, such as the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Fox News and National Public Radio. Along with some of his clients, he was heavily featured in "Patriot Acts," a 2004 documentary about some of the harsh effects of immigration policies under the ongoing struggle against terrorism.

Always eager to share his knowledge and experiences, Mr. Helt teaches courses on immigration policy and a number of other subjects at Loyola University Chicago. He has also served on a panel at Northwestern University Law School to speak about asylum and frequently speaks on immigration-related topics for a variety of organizations and educational institutions.

Mr. Helt greatly enjoys giving back to his community and often engages in volunteer work. He provides pro bono representation to individuals who cannot afford legal counsel, is a member of the American Bar Association's Military Pro Bono Project, and assists a nonprofit group that facilitates mentoring to Chicago youth by Chicago FBI agents.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
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Immigration (100%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015

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About Christopher Helt

Admitted: 1994, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://heltlawgroup.com/aboutus.html

Honors/Awards:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Selection and Membership in The American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Laywers.  https://societyoflegaladvocates.org/dir/helt-christopher-william/, 2019
  • Adjunct faculty member, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Guest Lecturer Loyola University of Chicago. Islam and U.S. Immigration. April 19, 2019. Islamic World History Course., 2019
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998 – present, 2019
  • Member, Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 1994 – present
  • Member, 2nd Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1990 – present
  • Member, Loyola Academy Bar Association, 2013 – present
  • Member, 6th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Illinois, 1994
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 1994 – present
  • Member, 5th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 11th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Active member, ABA's Military Pro Bono Project, 2019
  • Serves as pro bono general counsel and a board member to the Chicago FBI Explorers (Edwin C. Shanahan Memorial Post 1920), 2019

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Invited speaker to undergraduate, master and Phd-candidate students, asylum and other immigration issues, Loyola University Chicago, Lecturer, Guest Lecturer, 2019
  •  2018-2019 selection into Lawyers of Distinction.  Selection Lawyers of Distinction   , Membership, Selection in Lawyers of Distinction (Immigration Law), Lawyers of Distinction, Law, 2019
  • Advised the (Chicago) Mayor's deputy chief of staff and the City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services on immigration issues during "Special Registration"
  • Author, Terrorists Strike Pakistan: Changed Country Conditions And Filing A Motion To Reopen Or BIA Remand, A Practice Advisory (ILW 2007), Immigration Lawyers Weekly, 2007
  • Immigration Reform On The Minds Of Lawmakers, The Public And Now The High Court: How Will The Court Rule With Alito And Roberts On The Bench, American Immigration, LLC, (ILW.com), 2006
  • Practice Advisory: Response To ILW.COM's articles/comments concerning the AR-11 issue", American Immigration, LLC, (ILW.com)  , 2002
  • Guest lecuturer, Immigration & Islam in The United States Islamic History Course (Dept of History), Immigration, 2014
  • Symposium Loyola University, A Person to Person History: 9/11 Survivors Visit Loyola University, 2010
  • Symposium Loyola University, 9/11 Survivors Visit Loyola, 2009
  • Law and Ethics, Criminal Justice Ethics...tough decisions for lawyers, judges, police and other professionals

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Hui Mu v. Barr. (16-71292 9th Cir. 2019).  A native and citizen of China petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision dismissing her appeal of an Immigration Judge's order of removal and the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of her subsequent motion for reconsideration. https://youtu.be/3ABqCM0KngI, 2019
  • Asylum granted to 9-year-old girl.U.S. Asylum Office grants asylum to 9-year-old girl.  https://abc7chicago.com/society/9-year-old-girl-from-honduras-granted-asylum-in-us/970642/ https://abc7chicago.com/news/9-year-old-girl-from-honduras-seeks-us-asylum/778816/   https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/asylum-seekers-jeff-sessions-policy-change-domestic-abuse-gang-violence-1.4401271, 2015
  • Aslum Granted to 13-year-old girl.  U.S. immigration judge grants asylum to child refugee from Honduras. In the matter of Marjorie Urbina-Contreras. 2018. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-contreras-immigration-hearing-20180227-story.html, 2018
  • In Matter of Hasan Meghani (BIA 2014)
  • 78 No. 13 Interpreter Releases 604 (2001)
  • Merchant v. US Attorney General, 461 F.3d 1375 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Noorani v. U.S. Attorney General, (11th 2006)

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Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selection in Lawyers of Distinction https://www.thelawyersofdistinction.com/profile/christopher-helt-6738/, 2019
  • Unaccompanied minor is granted us asylum in a nationally publicized case. Unaccompanied minor is granted us asylum by immigration judge. National coverage and Chicago Tribune front page story and video, 2018
  • "Serb Army Deserter Faces Trial" (Associated Press, 5/18/99), first to successfully win an asylum claim based on a child's autism in 2001
  • Chicago Tribune Cover Story, Immigration judge grants asylum to Honduran teen-activist who fled gang violence at 13, 2018
  • Appeared on the front page of the New York Times (10/13/97) and featured in Time Magazine ("Does This Boy Deserve Asylum")
  • Twice-qualified as an expert witness in federal jury trials for immigration/asylum-related matters
  • Appeared on the front page of November 2015 Chicago Tribune article,  "Honduran teen, who entered U.S. as unaccompanied child, awaits word on fate." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-unaccompanied-minors-honduras-update-met-20151113-story.html, 2015
  • Appeared on the covers of Chicago Lawyer Magazine ("New Era of Immigration Law")
  • Appeared on local, national television and national radio news programs (CNN, WBBM-TV, WLS, FOX NEWS, BBC and NPR radio)
  • Appeared on national ABC, NBC, CBS news and news programs
  • Appeared in CNN national news, "Collateral Damage of the War on Terrorism"

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Educational Background:

  • Loyola Academy, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola Univeristy Chicago School of Law

Industry Groups

  • Law
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Office Location for Christopher Helt

10 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 875
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 888-739-6794

Fax: 312-698-9821

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Last Updated: 6/23/2019

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