Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.

Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C.

Welcome to Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. Our law firm provides legal services exclusively in United States immigration and naturalization matters.

Firm Overview

We represent businesses, individuals and organizations in a variety of immigration issues.

Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. has received a rating of AV (very high to preeminent) from Martindale-Hubbell. The firm provides legal representation in the area of immigration and nationality law to businesses, individuals and organizations in the United States and abroad. We are available for consultation and representation on a wide variety of immigration matters including family and employment-based immigration, immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing, requirements for employment authorization, employer sanctions, political asylum and deportation/exclusion matters.

By concentrating our practice in the area of immigration and nationality law, we provide efficient and affordable services to an internationally diverse and growing client base.

If you are seeking the services of an Attorney or are looking for general information regarding United States immigration laws, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with an Attorney either in person or via telephone.
Main Office
Main Office
105 West Madison St., Ste.2200
Chicago  IL  60602-4648
Phone
  • 312-444-1940
Websites
Immigration Law
Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. offers counseling and representation relating to the following areas:

Immigration Visas ("Green cards".
Immigration Visas ("Green cards"), including:
-Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident
-Appeals and Immigration-Related Litigation
-Citizenship and Naturalization
-Consular Processing
-Employment-Based (including Labor Certifications)
-Employment-Creation Visas
-Exclusion, Deportation and Removal Hearings
-Family Sponsorship
-Political Asylum
-Religious Workers and other Special Immigrants

Non-immigrant visas, including:
-Australian Workers in a Specialty Occupation (E-3). E-3 visas are available for Australian citizens who are coming to the United States to work in an occupation that requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
-Canadian and Mexican Professionals (TN)
-Domestic Servants (B-1 visas). B-1 visas are available to the domestic servants of people coming to the United States on certain non-immigrant visas.
-Exchange Visitors (J & Q)
-Extension of Stay and Change of Status
-Fianc (K-1)
-Individuals with Extraordinary Ability (O)
-Intracompany Transferees (L)
-Performing Entertainers and Athletes (P)
-Religious Workers (R)
-Students (F and M visas). F and M visas are available for individuals planning to come to the United States to study as well as their spouse and unmarried children who are under the age of 21.
-Temporary Workers and Trainees (H-1B, H-2 and H-3)
-Treaty Traders and Investors (E-1 and E-2 visas). E-1 and E-2 visas are available to citizens of particular countries with which the United States has treaties to encourage mutual trade and investment.

Michael Lazenby

Mr. Pollock concentrates his practice in the following areas:
-Employment based immigration
-Family based immigration
-Political asylum
-Deportation defense
-Waivers of inadmissibility
-Immigration litigation and appeals

Mr. Pollock has been listed in Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer publications for immigration, both of which represent selections of the top 5% of attorneys in Illinois. He was the Chicago Chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (1997-98), chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (1990-91) and has served on the Illinois State Bar Association Section on International and immigration law. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School in 1985. He is fluent in Spanish.


Here's what Mr. Pollock's clients are saying about him

"I hired Scott Pollock to handle all of my company's immigration matters. He has done everything effectively and efficiently. More importantly, he has the knowledge, good judgment, and common sense needed to solve the most difficult problems. He is in every respect an excellent lawyer. Client comment courtesy of Mr. Pollock's AVVO profile.
"Scott Pollock and his team are one of the best legal teams I have dealt with. Scott himself is very knowledgeable, intelligent and able to understand the depths of the case. He approaches the case very professionally and puts sincere effort into finding the best resolution. He and his legal team have handled two cases for us, both successfully and efficiently. In summary, Scott and his team are highly recommended." Client comment courtesy of Mr. Pollock's AVVO profile.

"After living in the US for over 10 years I finally have obtained a work permit, a driver's license, and a social security card! I met with several attorneys before Scott D Pollock and I was informed by all of them that I was not a good candidate for submitting a DACA application as I had entered the US as a child went back to Mexico as a teenager and then re-entered the US as an adult. Luckily, Scott D Pollock accepted my case and with the help of his outstanding assistant Sue Gerber my DACA application was approved! I am now allowed to work and drive legally in the US for the first time in my life. My family and I could not be more pleased with the prompt, professional, and effective service provided by Scott D Pollock and his staff." Client comment courtesy of Mr. Pollock's AVVO profile.

"My case was very complex. A work based green card for main petitioner and dependents which included dealing with dual citizenship, post 9/11 NSEERS program, and more severe personal forks in the road. The outcome of our case was not promising; deportation was certainly a possibility. Mr. Pollock's dedication, resourcefulness, attention to detail, and refuse to give up attitude made it possible for us to be granted permanent resident status (Green Card) and achieve peace of mind. Each member of his staff are a breath of fresh air. They were extremely patient and treated me with much empathy. I would recommend Mr. Pollock to anyone who has any kind of dealings with immigration. Priority date 05/2002 Green card granted 07/2011." Client comment courtesy of Mr. Pollock's AVVO profile.

"We had to go to Poland for our interview. The first one did not go well. We were missing very important paper because of ours previous lawyer mistake. Our case was sent back to US, while we were stuck in Poland waiting for response from USCIS. When we finally got it the answer our lawyer left us hanging. Mr. Scott was our only chance. He pulls our response to USCIS in less than two weeks. He had worked even holidays and Sundays staying on top of everything. He is excellent very knowledgeable and really care about his clients, very good communication his whole team is great. If it would be not for him we would not be back in US now with the GC in our hands. Because of his excellent work our 2nd interview went smoothly. Thank you again" Client comment courtesy of Mr. Pollock's AVVO profile.

"My petition for adjustment of status for my wife and daughter was denied for reasons I will never understand. My faith in the American justice system was shaken to the core. Scott Pollock and his law firm restored my faith in the system. His tenacity and application of the law was the difference. My wife and daughter now have their green cards and our family is together and safe. My heartfelt thanks for your excellent work, brilliant strategy and professional resolve in winning our case and saving our family. I would like to give my highest recommendation to any and all people who need a legal advocate to fight for you with intelligence and resolve. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better service than Scott Pollock, Christina Murdoch and the rest of the excellent staff at Scott Pollock & Associates." Thomas S., Doctor of Education, December 2010.
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Kathryn R. Weber

Ms. Weber concentrates her practice in the following areas:
-Family based immigration
-Political asylum
-Deportation defense
-Waivers of inadmissibility
-Naturalization
-Immigration litigation and appeals


Ms. Weber joined Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. in 2004 with a degree from the University of Minnesota Law School where she graduated cum laude and was a student supervisor of the school's immigration clinic. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University in French and International Affairs. She worked at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland on an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship. She has served as co-chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chicago Chapter Young Lawyers' Division Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, Asylum Office Committee, as well as a member of the AILA National Refugee, Asylum and International Programs Committee. In 2010, she was elected to the Executive Board of the AILA Chicago Chapter for a six-year term. She is currently serving as Second Vice Chair on the Board and, in her fifth year, she will serve as Chair of the Chicago Chapter. She is also a member of the AILA National International Operations Liaison Committee, which she previously chaired for two years. She was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star Editions 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and has participated in the Chicago Bar Association's Christmas Spirits shows for the last two years. In the 2010 production of "Plea!," she played the part of Justice Sotomayor and in the 2011 production of "LawLawPalooza," she sang the lead in "Please Mr. Postman" a skit about the decline of the U.S. Postal Service.

She is fluent in French and competent in Spanish.


Here's what Ms. Weber's clients are saying about her

"Kathryn Weber is an extremely effective attorney, a pleasure to work with and a top-notch human being. Over many months she worked very diligently to successfully help a good friend obtain asylum from Pakistan where he was persecuted, and his life endangered, for practicing his Christian faith. Kathryn was always energetic and engaged in the case, wise in her counsel, and a vigorous advocate in court and on matters outside court. She has the perfect balance of poise and fire in the belly. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are exemplary." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Weber's AVVO profile.

"Ms Weber was extremely professional every step of the way. Her assistant kept me informed about every step taken and she also prepared me in advance when needed. I never felt rushed or uncertain. I would like to add that she was very through in her research for my application and that the only thing I had to do was gather the documentation she requested, review the documents she sent me for accuracy etc, and sign. They handled everything else very promptly." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Weber's AVVO profile.

"There are no words that I can use to explain the support, speedy process and completion of our NACARA Case by Kathryn Weber & her support staff." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Weber's AVVO profile.

"Kathryn was not only a very professional and exceptional attorney, but she actually cared about our case and about us. She kept us informed of our options and the best route to take and also took into account our feelings. She helped us when every attorney we talked to before her told us it was a lost cause. Kathryn helped keep my fianc in the country and without her, he would have been deported. If you need an immigration attorney, I wouldn't go to anyone BUT her." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Weber's AVVO profile.

Anne G. Relias

Ms. Relias concentrates her practice in the following areas:
-Deportation defense
-Immigration litigation and appeals
-Asylum and humanitarian based relief from removal
-Immigration consequences of criminal offenses
-Family based immigration including consular processing and waivers of inadmissibility
-Citizenship


Ms. Relias joined Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. as an Associate Attorney in 2005. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Relias was a Supervising Attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago where she concentrated in deportation defense. Ms. Relias has served on the National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Asylum Committee, as the Chair of the Chicago Chapter AILA Asylum and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committees and often speaks at conferences and trainings both locally and nationally. She was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ms. Relias received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law, with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law in 2001. Ms. Relias received her Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1998.


Here's what Ms. Relias' clients are saying about her

"Very professional and very easy to talk through and get all the legal information easy to understand for us Always responded rapidly to emails and voice mails as well. We had to be one of her first gay couples applying for immigration status change and it went very smooth and in fact the examiner stated the case was easy to decision because it was so well documented." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Relias' AVVO profile.

"Anne took my Intense Asylum case in 2012. The efforts she is putting in her job is worth every second of your case. She handle my case was like she is me. All the detail and situation I was providing to her during my meets, she knew all the things before even I explained it. She is very knowledgeable in whatever she is doing. I have never been impressed that much like from her in my whole life. I will really recommend her to any person having trouble with immigration. She is worth of everything. She handle my case and with GOD blessing I won that case." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Relias' AVVO profile.

"When I came to Anne what I liked the most about her was her HONESTY. She evaluated the options and was just pure honest with my chances and options that I had at that time. She did keep me informed on a regular basis of the changing landscape of immigration laws. In my court case she fought hard to get my case dismissed. In short Anne really cares about her clients." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Relias' AVVO profile.

"After ten years in Chicago IL and six or seven lawyers, I finally found the most honest, hard-working, and knowledgeable immigration attorney around. Not even once did I ever feel that Ms. Relias tried to take advantage or me or the precarious situation that I was in (where several other attorneys with whom I worked did). I have already recommended her services to several of my friends and they feel the same way that I do. I recommend Ms. Relias in the most sincere and heartfelt way possible." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Relias' AVVO profile.

"Ms. Anne Relias is lawyer for my immigration case, I have been her client for almost two years, since I came to the USA. She has done very successfully progress on my case on a very short period of time. Ms Anne Relias began working on my case on 2011 and she made the progress very fast and my case was approved soon after I came here. So I consider Ms.Anne Relias, one of the best lawyer, I also want to say that I really appreciate her for the hard work that she has done on my case. I strongly recommend my friends to hire Ms Anne Relias when ever they need lawyer with any type of cases that she works. I also appreciate her team who worked with her on my case. Thank you very much for everything you have done for me Ms. Anne." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Relias' AVVO profile.
Education
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Christina J. Murdoch

Ms. Murdoch concentrates her practice in the following areas:
-Employment based immigration
-Federal court practice
-Appeals
-Family-based immigration
-Naturalization
-Waivers of inadmissibility


Ms. Murdoch joined the firm in 2007. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, where she was an articles editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law. From 2005-07, she was employed as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, where she worked on numerous immigration and other appellate matters. While in law school, she also worked for the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C. She received her A.B. degree with honors in English literature from the University of Chicago.

In November 2010, Ms. Murdoch published an article in the CBA Record, a publication of the Chicago Bar Association, titled The Danger of Motor-Voter Laws.


Here's what Ms. Murdoch's clients are saying about her

"Attorney Murdoch is a very talented immigration attorney; I am lucky to hire her to work on my case! I am a staff member (not involved much in teaching or researching) working for a public university, the university wont sponsor a staff member like me to apply for a green card application. Without the sponsorship of an employer; the only choice for me is to apply for EB1-A, which requires me to demonstrate national/international claim as well as reaching the very top of my field. Knowing my case is very edgy, I spent a lot of time to search for a good lawyer and found attorney Murdoch. She is experienced, patient and talented. Highly recommended!" Client comment courtesy of Ms. Murdoch's AVVO profile.

"Christina was extremely knowledgeable and thorough in her preparation of my case.She was up-to-date with the latest developments on the 10 year bar issue and helped my husband and I when other lawyers had shied away or not been able to help us.I found her to be extremely professional and she kept us informed at all stages of the process.She was prepared for every outcome of our green card hearing and we were so grateful to have her there to represent us and cover all the bases for us.I would highly recommend working with Christina, as we will again when I apply for my citizenship." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Murdoch's AVVO profile.

"I and my wife, a native of South America, retained Christina Murdoch and her firm for immigration advice after a bad experience with another attorney. I am an attorney myself, but do not practice immigration law. Christina provided us expert advice and knew precisely how to approach our problem. She was very prompt and professional in all of her work for us. Whereas we had spent two years with our former attorney with no end in sight, Christina resolved our problem in less than one year, government processing included. We highly recommend Christina for all immigration law issues." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Murdoch's AVVO profile.

"My petition for adjustment of status for my wife and daughter was denied for reasons I will never understand. My faith in the American justice system was shaken to the core. Scott Pollock and his law firm restored my faith in the system. His tenacity and application of the law was the difference. My wife and daughter now have their green cards and our family is together and safe. My heartfelt thanks for your excellent work, brilliant strategy and professional resolve in winning our case and saving our family. I would like to give my highest recommendation to any and all people who need a legal advocate to fight for you with intelligence and resolve. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better service than Scott Pollock, Christina Murdoch and the rest of the excellent staff at Scott Pollock & Associates." Thomas S., Doctor of Education, December 2010.

Elizabeth Rompf Bruen

Ms. Bruen concentrates her practice in the following areas:
-Family based immigration
-Employment based immigration
-Naturalization
-Waivers of inadmissibility
-Deportation defense
-Immigration litigation
-Appeals


Ms. Bruen joined the firm in 2007. She graduated cum laude from DePaul College of Law and cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Bruen was a staff attorney and clinical instructor for the DePaul College of Law Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic in Chicago. She was previously a judicial law clerk at the Executive Office of Immigration Review and case manager / legal coordinator for the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors and Torture. She has served as chair of the Immigration & Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and the Asylum Office and Executive Office of Immigration Review Liaison Committees for the American Immigration Lawyers Associations Chicago Chapter. She was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Here's what Ms. Bruen's clients are saying about her

"It's been 3 years when I hired Atty. Elizabeth Rompf Bruen with my immigration case. I am very thankful for her for giving me hope. She is the only lawyer who listened to my case and accepted it without any hesitation. I truly appreciate her effort to explain different options and recommended the best option to proceed with my case. A lawyer with compassion! She is really expert in her field." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Bruen's AVVO profile.
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Elizabeth. She gave me very good support through the immigration process. She knew what questions to ask and what issues to address. She was very calm and positive through the process. And, the bottom line is, she got the job done. I am very proud and thankful to now be a United States citizen! I thank Elizabeth for making this happen." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Bruen's AVVO profile.

"Elizabeth Rompf Bruen, from the first time I met her has been honest, trustworthy, and displayed intelligence in solving the problem I had concerning my case, which some other lawyers have failed to do. I am very grateful that my family and I met Elizabeth, because what seemed like an impossible situation, she told me was doable, and we were successful. Respectful, nice, helpful, and believes one should get what rightfully belongs to him/her, Elizabeth kept my husband and I informed all through the period she worked with us." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Bruen's AVVO profile.
"It has been a great experience to have Elizabeth with us through this life changing event. Elizabeth is an awesome representation for the law working for the people and ensures the highest degree of professional presence / representation at all times. My wife and I will always consider Elizabeth and her legal expertise one of the most, if not the most, valuable assets our family can call on." Client comment courtesy of Ms. Bruen's AVVO profile.

"I have been worked with Ms. Bruen for a long time (8 years) now. She is excellent at what she does; highly trained in immigration issues. She has worked with me on many occasions, on a yearly basis specifically, as it relates to employment based immigration. Throughout our process, she was very professional, taking personal care and the time to answer each of my questions. She is extremely reliable and willing to work any complex case. She made sure that I was comfortable with everything and guided me through the process in a smooth, efficient manner. I highly recommend her!" Client comment courtesy of Ms. Bruen's AVVO profile.
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