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   3Beata A. LejaChicago(312) 427-6163bleja@mmhpc.combleja@mmhpc.comMinsky McCormick & Hallagan PCwww.mmhpc.comwww.mmhpc.comlejabeata.jpgImmigration Law: IndividualEmployment-based ImmigrationFamily-based ImmigrationPERM & I-140H-1B and other Non-immigrant VisasCitizenship and Naturalization
Beata A.
Minsky McCormick & Hallagan PC
210 S Clark St Ste 2025
Chicago IL 60603-4015
Ph.(312) 427-6163 Fx.(312) 427-6513
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Immigration Law: Individual    Employment-based Immigration
    Family-based Immigration
    PERM & I-140
    H-1B and other Non-immigrant Visas
    Citizenship and Naturalization
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Beata Leja is a partner at the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. Beata’s practice includes both employment-based and family-based immigration law. She is also an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, teaching Business Aspects of Immigration Law. She was inspired to practice immigration law based on her own personal immigration story. She was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. Her personal journey was featured in Super Lawyers Magazine.

In 2018, she was recognized by the Law Bulletin Media, the publishers of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer, as among the top 40 Under 40 attorneys in Illinois, the only immigration attorney to be listed this year, and was also named a Leading Lawyer and one of Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, a distinction given to only 15 women practicing immigration law in Illinois. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, she was named an Emerging Lawyer in Immigration Law by Leading Lawyers, a distinction given to only 2% of lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois. She has also been recognized as a Rising Star in Immigration by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2011, and was awarded the Pro Bono Guardian award by AILA for her pro bono services to the immigrant community.

She is an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she serves on the LGBT Committee and the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Liaison Committee. She has previously served on the Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) & Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee, as well as other committees. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, and the Advocates Society for Polish lawyers.

Beata has conducted seminars about immigration law for students, employers, employees and attorneys. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Beata is a 2007 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a member of the Niagara International Moot Court Team (3rd Best Oralist). Prior to law school, she was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools as a corps member of the national service corps Teach for America. She has a Master of Education from National–Louis University and two Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Relations from the University of Southern California. She is fluent in Polish and conversant in Spanish.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 2007
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Year of Birth:  1978

Additional languages spoken:  
Polish (fluent), Spanish (conversant)

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2007

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
2005–2006 Niagara International Moot Court Competition, Cleveland
  3rd Place Advocate (Oral Argument)
  Best Team Oral Argument — Applicant
  Competition Runner-Up
CALI (Excellence for the Future) Award, appellate advocacy, 2005
Pro Bono Award, 2007

Graduate School:
National-Louis University, Master of Education, curriculum and instruction, 2003

Undergraduate School:  
University of Southern California
  B.A., Spanish, 2001
  B.A., international relations, 2001

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter)
  Fall Conference Planning Committee, 2013--2016
  LGBT Committee, 2012-2016
    Co-Chair, 2013
  Customs & Border Protection Liaison (CBP) Committee, 2013-2016
  Media Committee, 2013-2014
  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee, 2011-2014
    Chair, 2011-2012
  Advocacy Committee, 2012-2013
  Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee, 2011-2013
  Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee
    Co-Chair, 2010-2011
   Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) & Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee, 2008-2010
Federal Bar Association
Advocates Society (The Association of Polish-American Attorneys)
Women’s Bar Association

Teaching Experience:
  • Adjunct professor, Business Aspects of Immigration Law, John Marshall Law School
  • Assistant to Adjunct Professor Margaret McCormick for Immigration & Workplace Enforcement Class taught at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2011-2012
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • 40 Under 40 Attorneys 2018, Law Bulletin Media
  • Leading Lawyers, recognized in Immigration Law: Individual, 2017-present
  • Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois, 2018
  • Rising Stars, 2011-2018
  • Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Avvo rating 10.0 Superb, Top Attorney Immigration
  • Avvo Top Contributor Immigration, 2014
  • 2008 Pro Bono Guardian, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Community Involvement:  
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
  Board of directors
Chicago Ideas Week, The Cooperative
Amicus Polonia Legal Clinic
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
World Relief

Published Legal Writing:  
"U.S. Senate Proposes to Overhaul Immigration System," Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 2013 Spring Edition Newsletter

Legal Lectures:  
Presenter, "Most Commonly Used Nonimmigrant Visas," AILA Fundamentals Online Course

Presenter, "Advanced H-1B and NIV Issues," AILA Midwest Regional Conference, March 12, 2018

Presenter, "Strategies for Oversubscribed Countries,” AILA webinar, February 23, 2017

Presenter, "EB1, NIW and O Visas For Professors, Scientists and Researchers," Chicago Bar Association, "Beyond the Business Immigration ABCs," January 7, 2016

Moderator, "Getting Incorporated: An Introduction to Hiring Nonimmigrants for the Newer Practitioner," AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Conference, "The Business of Doing Business Immigration," October 16, 2015

Presenter, "Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)," Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, February 23, 2015

Presenter, "Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA," Chicago Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Committee Meeting, December 19, 2013

Presenter, "Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA," Chicago Public Library, Oct. 10 and Nov. 19, 2013

Presenter, "How to Prepare Your Clients for Immigration Reform," Chicago Bar Association, June 20, 2013

Moderator, "The Disenfranchised: Undocumented & Stateless People," Citizenship in a Global Era Conference in Rome, Italy, May 25, 2012

"Maintenance of Status," November 17, 2011 AILA Chicago Chapter Conference on "The Gray Areas: Resolving Selected Problems in Business Immigration"

Presenter, "IDES Updates," AILA Chicago Chapter monthly meeting, January 10, 2011

Presenter, "Overview of Family-Based Immigration and the H-1B Visa," Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago & Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Conference, October 16, 2010

Panelist, "Loyola Alums in Practice — Immigration," Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Panelist, "Maintaining H-1B Employees During a Recession," March 21, 2009, North American Association of Indian IT Professionals (NAAIIP) Employer’s Conference, Des Plaines, Illinois

Presenter, "Immigration 101," September 20, 2008, Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic, Chicago

Presenter, "Immigration 101," May 31, 2008, Amicus Poloniae Law Day, Chicago

Firm Description:  
Since its founding in 1975, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. has focused exclusively on U.S. immigration and nationality law. In the ever-changing field of immigration law, our Chicago law firm continuously helps reunite loved ones and also represents a variety of business clients from small local employers to multinational corporations. It is our mission to make the U.S. stronger one case at a time. That means treating each client with care and respect regardless of the size of a case, or whether we are representing an individual, family, small business or a Fortune 500 company. As immigration law changes rapidly in today’s high-stakes political climate, we are the professionals that clients want on their side.

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