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   3Margaret H. McCormickChicago(312) 427-6163mmccormick@mmhpc.commmccormick@mmhpc.comMinsky McCormick & Hallagan PCwww.mmhpc.comwww.mmhpc.commccormick.jpgImmigration Law: EmploymentImmigration Law: IndividualInternational TransfersImmigration Law ComplianceNationality LawEmployment-based ImmigrationLegalities of Sponsorship
Margaret H.
Minsky McCormick & Hallagan PC
210 S Clark St Ste 2025
Chicago IL 60603
Ph.(312) 427-6163 Fx.(312) 427-6513
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Immigration Law: Employment    International Transfers
Immigration Law: Individual    Immigration Law Compliance
    Nationality Law
    Employment-based Immigration
    Legalities of Sponsorship
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Ms. McCormick ihas limited her practice exclusively to the field of immigration and nationality law since 1978. Her areas of expertise include employment-based immigration, entrepreneurs and investors, global citizenship issues, work site enforcement, I-9 audits, and employer immigration compliance.

She has been rated at the highest level by numerous prestigious publications that evaluate professionals, including Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America in the Immigration Law category since 1992; International Who's Who of Professionals since 1995, International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, since 1997; and Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (rated AV-Very High to Preeminent since 1988). Every year since 2005, she has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer (top five percent of lawyers) and is a Leading Lawyer in employment and individual immigration by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Leading Lawyers has named her one of the top 50 Women Business Lawyers of Illinois.

Most recently, she was named a 2014 Alumni Honoree by DePaul University's College of Law for her outstanding service to the profession. Peggy was also named Best Lawyers' 2013 Chicago Immigration Lawyer of the Year.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1978
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1981

Hourly Rate:  $251-$300/hour

Date of Birth:  1951

Additional languages spoken:  Spanish

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1978

Undergraduate School:  Loyola University (Mundelein College), B.A., 1973

Representative Clients:  
Large companies engaged in international transfers, high-tech companies seeking international talent, companies engaging international personnel or establishing compliance with the immigration laws, schools, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, individuals.

Employment History:  
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., 1980-present, principal
Travelers & Immigrants Aid, 1978-80, staff attorney
Loyola University School of Law, 1986-present, adjunct professor of immigration law

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Immigration Law Foundation
  Past National President
American Immigration Lawyers Association
  President, 1997-98
Board of governors, 1990-present
  Chair, Greater Chicago chapter, 1989-90
  Chair, 1991 AILA Annual Conference in Chicago
Chicago Bar Association
  Chair, vice-chair, Immigration Law Committee, 1983-85
Illinois State Bar Association
  Appointed, Section Council, International and Immigration Law
Federal Bar Association
  Member, board of directors, Chicago chapter, 1992-1999

Community Involvement:  
Chicago Citizenship Assistance Council
  Appointed by Mayor Daley,1994-present
Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for Chicago's Commission on Human Relations
  Advisory Council
Federal Bar Association
  Organized and managed an award-winning program to provide legal services to applicants for U.S. citizenship, 1994
American Immigration Law Foundation
  President; established the Immigration Policy Center and organized a series of presentations on important policy issues including analysis on the following issues: post 9/11 immigration law changes, international students, Mexican workers in the U.S., economic impact of immigration, immigration and national security and immigrants in the military.
Established a program to provide legal information in ethnic community forums,1990-98

Published Legal Writing:  
Excludable and Deportable Aliens" - 1980 Immigration Law Manual Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (updates 1986, 1988)

"Waivers Under the Immigration and Nationally Act" - AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1988 (updates 1989 and 1990)

"Immigration Selection System" - AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1991

"Labor Certification for Alien Beneficiary Shareholders" - AILA: Labor Certification Practice and Procedure, 1990

"Role of the State Department in the Implementation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990" - Practicing Law Institute: 24th Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute, 1991

"Non-Immigrants" - Immigration Symposium at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1991

"The Doctrine of Consular Non-reviewability Applied to a Challenge to a State Department Advisory Opinion" - AILA, A Guide to Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies, 1991

"Obtaining H-3 Classification" AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1992

"Immigration of Foreign Scientists through Non-academic Employers - AILA," 1993

B-1 Temporary Visitor for Business" Practicing Law Institute, 1994

"Finding the Correct Wage for LCAs: Recent Developments in H-1B Practice" Immigration Briefings, April, Federal Publications, Inc., 1995

"LCA Compliance and the Roving Employee" AILA: Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 1996

"Does the EB-2/EB-3 Distinction Matter Anymore?" AILA, 2001

"The Visa Waiver Program" AILA, Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2002

Inalienable Right - Illinois Issues, 2005

"What the Immigration Conundrum Portends: ICE in the Workplace" Public Interest Law Reporter, Loyola School of Law, 2008

"Agencies That Affect Immigration Law" - AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2009-2010

"Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Law" The Federal Lawyer, 2012

Legal Lectures:  
1980 to present: A regular contributing speaker in programs on immigration law sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including numerous national conferences and seminars, the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE - Named "Master Teacher" and presented a full day program on "Solving Immigration Issues Facing Business with High Tech Employees"); 1999-present: National Association of International Educators, Wayne State University, DePaul University, and Loyola University as Adjunct Professor of immigration law.

Firm Description:  
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. practices exclusively in the field of US immigration and nationality law, with 10 attorneys and 20 support staff. The firm's philosophy is to combine superior legal services with an intense commitment to the development of fair immigration laws and policies. Many of our attorneys hold or have held leadership positions in bar associations, immigration law foundations, immigrant coalitions, and civic, business and community organizations concerned with immigration issues, especially important when the law is so often changed and the government agencies charged with enforcement of the laws themselves are transformed. Time is often of essence in immigration matters. The firm's number one priority is to provide efficient turnaround and to file appropriate applications at the earliest possible time. The firm is also dedicated to maintaining a high level of expertise in all aspects of immigration law, from employment based, family sponsored, political asylum, deportation and removal, waivers, appellate practice and federal court litigation on immigration issues.

Our approach to client service, in most instances, is to assemble a legal team, comprised of a senior partner, an associate attorney and a legal assistant to handle a client or matter. The senior partner is responsible for the overall strategic plan; the associate attorney manages the day-to-day implementation of the plan; and the legal assistant provides the administrative support to process the case. Additional support is available whenever required, depending on the nature of the case and the volume of the work required by the client.

Married to Steven D. McCormick, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, with four children: Kevin, Marjorie, Luo Yao, and Daniel.

Parking:  Underground at Grant Park, Monroe exit.
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