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Mr. Feiertag has practiced immigration law for more than 35 years. He has vast experience in counseling and representing companies, institutions, law firms and individuals in complex cases. He concentrates his practice in business, professional, employer sanctions and investor immigration matters.
He handles all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including non-immigrant and immigrant visas, naturalization, citizenship, removal, waivers, administrative appeals, labor certification, visa processing and adjustment of status; and litigation in federal courts of immigration and citizenship cases. In addition, Mr. Feiertag has experience as an expert witness in immigration-related litigation.
Mr. Feiertag has litigated immigration cases in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Notable Cases and Results:
- Served as co-lead counsel in the landmark federal class-action case in immigration law that successfully challenged the U.S. State Department's Western Hemisphere immigrant visa allocation practices between 1968 and 1976, resulting in injunctive orders preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people, authorizing their lawful employment in the United States, and recapturing and re-issuing 144,000 immigrant visas for natives of Western Hemisphere Countries.
- Represented the plaintiffs in a case that established the right of federal employees to trial de novo of Title VII claims, a ruling that was confirmed by the Supreme Court's decision in another case.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1971
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Illinois, 1969; Trial Bar, 1982
Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1987
Year of Birth: 1941
Additional languages spoken: Spanish
Law School: University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1966
Undergraduate School: Bowdoin College, B.A., 1963
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Former Chairman, Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Founding member, IMMLAW, the National Consortium of prominent immigration attorneys in the United States
Founding member, Lawyer's Advisory Board (Leadership Council), Midwest Immigrant Rights Center (now the National Immigrant Justice Center)
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Recipient, Midwest Light of Human Rights Award, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center
AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 1983-2013
The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward-White, Inc.
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Illinois Attorneys, ARC
An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Law Business Research
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2014
Named by the National Law Journal as one of the most prominent immigration attorneys in the country
Teaching Experience: Adjunct Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School, 2003-2005
Former Member of Board of Directors, International Theatre Festival of Chicago
Former Member and Chairman of Board of Directors, Arts and Business Council of Chicago
Published Legal Writing:
Fundamentals of Employing Highly Skilled Foreign Nationals, in Employing Highly Skilled Foreign Nationals: Leading Lawyers on Counseling Clients, Obtaining H-1B Visas, and Developing a Successful Immigration Strategy 155-74, 2009
Former Editor, Immigration Journal
Co-Editor, Immigration and Naturalization Process, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Legal Lectures: "Oops, I Did It Again: Tips and Tricks for Avoiding Malpractice Traps," American Immigration Lawyers Association's 2012 conference, Nashville, Tenn., June 15, 2012
HSPRD was founded in 1985 with seven lawyers. Today, with 36 lawyers, we have an extremely diverse practice and occupy a rare niche, providing full-service legal representation and counseling by top-flight lawyers at competitive rates and with better service than many larger firms. We also have the resources and technology that other small firms cannot match, which is a true benefit for our clients.
We successfully represent our clients in litigation, negotiation, arbitration, mediation, transactions, commercial disputes, immigration matters, and a broad range of regulatory and administrative proceedings. Our talented attorneys possess the skill, experience, and tenacity necessary to maintain a winning record. For plaintiffs, our lawyers have obtained record judgments and settlements. For defendants, we have successfully defeated multi-million dollar claims.
With our commitment to the practice of law, several of our attorneys are regularly called upon to teach trial practice courses, both by area law schools and by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. We are problem-solvers. We vindicate rights and have been achieving superior results for clients for more than twenty-five years.