Immigration involves all legal processes surrounding a foreigner applying to permanently live, work or study in the United States. This category also includes a broad variety of protection based applications, which allow foreigners who have fled violence in their home countries or who have been victims of crimes in the United States to remain in the United States.

JEP lawyers working on Immigration provide services that may include:

  • Family and/or Employment Based Petitions
  • Employment Based Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Naturalization
  • Asylum
  • Green Card Applications
  • Fiancé Visas, Student Visas and U-Visas
  • VAWA
  • Deportation and Removal Defense
  • DACA Applications
  • Temporary Protected Status

  • Keith Southam

    Southam Law

    Keith Southam founded Southam Law with the goal of empowering clients. Keith wants to ensure that his clients understand how immigration laws affect them and what options are open to them. This focus on empowering comes from Keith’s experiences prior to law school. He worked as an ESL teacher and international student advisor before turning to a legal career. During law school, he focused on immigration law, including an internship at the Chicago Immigration Court. Keith graduated from law school in 2011 and has worked in immigration law first as an associate and later by founding Southam Law. He has extensive experience with a range of immigration matters, including family-based green cards, citizenship applications, non-immigrant work visas, DACA, asylum, deportation defense, and many other areas. Keith also understands that for many clients, the costs of legal services can be difficult to pay. He takes several steps to help. First, fees are not charged hourly but are fixed ahead of time to avoid surprises. Additionally, he offers payment plans and accepts credit card to help you spread out the cost of services. Additionally, he offers different levels of service at different price points to help you chose the option you can afford. Keith can be reached by email at or by text or phone at (773) 466-4478.

  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    Mark Almanza is an alumnus of University of Chicago Law School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mark is committed to working with clients to obtain affordable access to the legal representation they deserve. Prior to founding Almanza Law, Mark worked at Lawndale Christian Legal Center, a non-profit law office representing youth in juvenile and criminal court, and has handled numerous felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases ranging from DUI through First Degree Murder. Mark currently works with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation during arrest and investigations by the Chicago Police Department. As a child of immigrant parents, Mark understands the difficulties the immigrant community faces and is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Additionally, Mark has experience in real estate issues including handling mortgage foreclosures during the housing crisis and landlord/tenant issues. Mark focuses his practice on criminal defense, immigration, and residential real estate. Mark can be reached at (312) 380-9012 or

  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    Janice Dantes, JEP alumnus, is a solo practitioner focused on practice areas affecting families namely, estate planning, real estate, family law, and immigration.  As a proud Filipino-American lawyer with humble beginnings at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, she is committed to serving her fellow kababayan with their legal issues.  As a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA), she hopes to continue promoting the interests of Filipino-American attorneys and also pave the way for young Filipinos interested in a legal career. Janice completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a wife and mother to a wonderful little boy who accompanies her to many of her legal functions.   Janice can be reached by phone at (815) 414-9530 or by email at

  • Lara Wagner

    The Law Offices of Lara Wagner

    Lara is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Lara Wagner and an alumnus of the JEP. She comes from a family of immigrants and grew up listening to stories about how her great-grandparents came to the United States. Her practice focuses on helping people navigate the complex immigration system and build a life in the United States, just as her family has done. Lara earned her Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 2014. She began working in immigration law in 2012, as an intern with the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, resettling refugees from Asia and the Middle East. She later worked with Michigan Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic, where she assisted both foreign national and U.S. citizen victims. Most recently Lara worked as a fellow with Chicago’s National Immigrant Justice Center. Lara is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where she serves as the vice-chair of the Young Lawyers Section International Law Committee. She is also a member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she is a member of the Asylum Office Liaison Committee. Lara can be reached at (312) 273-9807 or

  • Daissy Dominguez

    Daissy Dominguez

    Daissy Dominguez is an alumni member of the JEP. Pursuing a legal career dedicated to social justice, Daissy Dominguez founded the Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC) to focus on immigration and landlord/tenant disputes. Ms. Dominguez obtained her Bachelors from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. DLJC offers innovative ways of providing affordable representation by incorporating the client into the process and working together as a team to meet the client’s needs. Ms. Dominguez believes in taking a holistic approach to her practice, providing not only legal representation but also connecting clients with other resources and conducting educational legal workshops within the community. Ms. Dominguez currently volunteers with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Erie House Neighborhood Association, Wiley Resource Center, CARPLS, and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Daissy can be reached at (773) 295-1520 or

  • Katherine Gaughan-Palombi

    Law Office of Katherine Gaughan-Palombi

    Katherine Gaughan is an attorney who understands the legal needs of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has experience teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the John Marshall Law School’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Katherine completed a 40-hour training to become a sexual assault advocate for a rape crisis hotline. Katherine focuses on orders of protection, civil no contact orders and stalking no contact orders; employment discrimination and sexual harassment; campus sexual assault under Title IX; crime victims compensation; and immigration relief, including U Visas and Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) self-petitions. She offers flat-fees and payment plans as opposed to the billable hour, making access to justice a reality. Katherine also volunteers in LAF’s Immigrant and Workers’ Rights Practice Group and CARPLS legal aid hotline. Katherine can be reached at (773) 453-4872 or

  • Christopher Elmore

    Christopher Elmore Law

    Christopher Elmore is an alumni member of the JEP. Christopher is fulfilling his passion for helping others by aiding individuals and their families as they seek to come and stay in the United States. He developed an interest in cultures from around the world prior to law school through relationships with family and friends, humanitarian and mission trips to India, Central America, and South America, and working with people from four different continents at an international graphics company. While at Chicago-Kent College of Law, he focused on immigration through coursework and five externships at various organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Christopher started his law practice to focus on providing affordable legal assistance to clients who need help navigating the pathway of fulfilling their dream to immigrate to the United States. Christopher can be reached at (312) 600-7273 or