Laura Vilim

Laura Vilim

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Chicago, IL

Valdez & Vilim, LLP
 | 53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 909
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-414-0424
Fax: 312-429-0294
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    I am a founder and partner of Valdez & Vilim, LLP. I focus my practice in the area of immigration and nationality law, including family-based immigration, humanitarian immigration (asylum, VAWA, U Visas, T Visas and SIJS), naturalization, immigration appeals, and removal defense. I represent clients in cases before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice.  

    In 2020, I also began working as a Practitioner in Residence for the Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic at DePaul University. During the 2017-2018 academic year, I worked as an adjunct professor in the immigration law clinic at Valparaiso University School of Law. Prior to co-founding Valdez & Vilim, LLP, I practiced immigration law at a private firm in Chicago. I also served a 2-year term as an Attorney Advisor through the U.S. Attorney General Honors Program at the Chicago Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice. I have a background in human rights and advocacy work, which I gained by working at Amnesty International before I became an attorney.

    I speak Spanish. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and sit on the AILA EOIR Liaison Committee and Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee. I obtained my J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. I obtained my B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. I am admitted to practice law in Illinois.  

    About Laura Vilim

    Admitted: 2012, Illinois

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association , 2019
    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association, 2016
    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association, 2017
    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association , 2018
    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers' Association, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • University of Notre Dame B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science; Minors: Journalism and Peace Studies, 2007
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    Office Location for Laura Vilim

    53 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Suite 909
    Chicago, IL 60604

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    Last Updated: 12/22/2020

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