Christopher Helt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Helt Law Group, LLC
 | First National Plaza, 70 W. Madison Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-767-4488
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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Super Lawyers: 2015

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About Christopher Helt

Admitted: 1994, Illinois

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Honors and Awards:

  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers (Immigration Law), Top 100 Lawyers (Immigration Law), The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, 2016
  • 2016 ALM Top Rated Lawyer, ALM Top Rated Lawyers, 2016
  • 2015 ALM Top Rated Lawyer, ALM's Top Rated Lawyer, ALM, 2015
  • 2014 Humanitarian Award.  Given by the Illinois LULAC Immigration Committee, for pro bono work with Honduran refugee families and Unaccompanied Children (UACs)., League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Illinois, 2015
  • FBI Director's Community Leadership Award, FBI, 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
  • Chicago Top Rated Lawyers of 2014 (Immigration), ALM Legal Leaders, 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois, 1994
  • Member, Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 1994 – present
  • Member, Loyola Academy Bar Association, 2013 – present
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 1994 – present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1990 – present
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998 – present
  • Adjunct faculty member, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Member, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Member, 11th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 7th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 6th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 5th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, 2nd Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • 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
  • 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, (, 2006
  • Practice Advisory: Response To ILW.COM's articles/comments concerning the AR-11 issue", American Immigration, LLC, (  , 2002
  • Law and Ethics, Criminal Justice Ethics...tough decisions for lawyers, judges, police and other professionals
  • Advised the (Chicago) Mayor's deputy chief of staff and the City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services on immigration issues during "Special Registration"
  • Invited panelist speaker to law students, asylum and other immigration issues, Northwestern University School of Law

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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)
  • In Matter of Hasan Meghani (BIA 2014)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Appeared on the front page of November 2015 Chicago Tribune article,  "Honduran teen, who entered U.S. as unaccompanied child, awaits word on fate.", 2015
  • Appeared on national ABC, NBC, CBS news and news programs
  • "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
  • Appeared on local, national television and national radio news programs (CNN, WBBM-TV, WLS, FOX NEWS, BBC and NPR radio)
  • Twice-qualified as an expert witness in federal jury trials for immigration/asylum-related matters
  • Appeared on the covers of Chicago Lawyer Magazine ("New Era of Immigration Law")
  • Appeared on the front page of the New York Times (10/13/97) and featured in Time Magazine ("Does This Boy Deserve Asylum")
  • Appeared in CNN national news, "Collateral Damage of the War on Terrorism"



Educational Background:

  • Loyola Academy, Loyola University Chicago, cum laude

Industry Groups

  • Law
  • Office Location for Christopher Helt

    First National Plaza
    70 W. Madison Suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-767-4488


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