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Beata Leja
Partner

(312) 427-6163
bleja@mmhpc.com

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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 an active member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she currently serves as the Co-chair of the Fall Conference Planning Committee, and a member of 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. In 2015 and 2016, 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 in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and awarded the Pro Bono Guardian award by AILA for her pro bono services to the immigrant community. 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.

Practice Areas

  • Employment-based immigration
  • Family-based immigration
  • PERM & I-140
  • H-1B and other non-immigrant visas (B-1/B-2/VWP, E-1/E-2, F-1, H-1B1, H-3, I, J-1, K-1/K-3, L-1, O-1, P, Q, R-1, TN)
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Consular processing and adjustment of status
  •  Waivers
  • I-9 compliance and employer sanctions actions
  • Deferred Action and DREAMers

Languages

  • Fluent in Polish
  • Conversant in Spanish

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2007
  • Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction, National-Louis University, 2003
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Southern California, 2001
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Southern California, 2001

Admitted

  • Bar of the State of Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Advocates Society (The Association of Polish-American Attorneys)
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Chicago Ideas Week, The Cooperative

Professional Accomplishments

Beata Leja Immigration Super Lawyer
Chicago Top Immigration Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer Chicago - Avvo Top Contributor
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Oversubscribed Countries,” AILA Webinar, February 23, 2017
  • Recipient, 2016 Illinois Emerging Lawyer, Immigration Law: Individual – Leading Lawyers
  • Recipient, 2015 Illinois Emerging Lawyer, Immigration Law: Individual – Leading Lawyers
  • Recipient, 2011-2017 Illinois Rising Stars, Immigration – Super Lawyers
  • Rated 10.0 (Superb) by Avvo
  • Presenter, “EB1, NIW and O Visas For Professors, Scientists and Researchers,” Chicago Bar Association, Beyond the Business Immigration ABC’s, 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
  • Quoted in Medill Reports Chicago:  “Obama Still ‘Optimistic’ as Judge Delays Expansion of Immigrant Orders“, March 3, 2015
  • Presenter, “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA),” February 23, 2015 at the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
  • Interview, featured in the Ideasphere, the Chicago Ideas Week blog, “Modern-day Civil Rights Leader: Beata Leja“, January 22, 2014
  • Presenter, “Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA,” December 19, 2013 at the Chicago Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Committee Meeting
  • Presenter, “Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA,” November 19, 2013 at the Chicago Public Library.
  • Presenter, “Same-Sex Couples and Immigration Benefits After the Fall of DOMA,” October 10, 2013 at the Chicago Public Library
  • Co-Chair, Fall Conference Planning Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2015-2016
  • Member, LGBT Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2012-2016
  • Co-Chair, LGBT Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2013
  • Member, CBP Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2013-2016
  • Member, Fall Conference Planning Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2013-2014
  • Member, Media Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2013-2014
  • Presenter, “How to Prepare Your Clients for Immigration Reform,” June 20, 2013 at the Chicago Bar Association
  • Author, “U.S. Senate Proposes to Overhaul Immigration System,” Women’s Bar Association of Illinois 2013 Spring Edition Newsletter
  • Assistant to Adjunct Professor Margaret McCormick for Immigration & Workplace Enforcement Class taught at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2011–2012
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2011–2012
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2011–2014
  • Member, Advocacy Committee for AILA Chicago Chapter, 2012–2013
  • Member, Midwest Regional Conference Planning Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2011–2013
  • Co-Chair, Social Security Administration (SSA) Liaison Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2010–2011
  • Member, Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) & Department of Labor (DOL) Liaison Committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter, 2008–2010
  • Moderator, the Disenfranchised: Undocumented & Stateless People at the May 25, 2012 Citizenship in a Global Era Conference in Rome, Italy
  • Speaker, Maintenance of Status at the November 17, 2011 AILA Chicago Chapter Conference on The Gray Areas: Resolving Selected Problems in Business Immigration
  • Presenter, IDES Updates at the January 10, 2011 AILA Chicago Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • Presenter, Overview of Family-Based Immigration and the H-1B Visa at the October 16, 2010 Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago & Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) Conference
  • 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, Illinois.
  • Presenter, “Immigration 101”, May 31, 2008, Amicus Poloniae Law Day, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Recipient, 2008 Pro Bono Guardian, from American
    Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Pro Bono Activities

  • Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • World Relief

Law School Awards

  • 2005–2006 Niagara International Moot Court Competition, Cleveland, Ohio
    • 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

Testimonials

“I feel very very lucky to meet Beata Leja (& her team) on my way and be able to work with her. Superior professionalism. I was in trouble, she found a way and took me out of it. Now I am a happy Green Card holder and I can continue developing my career without worries.”

 

My experience with Beata Leja was exceptional. Attorney Leja and her team have done an outstanding job in my H1-B petition, she was working on my case even after business hours because it was time-sensitive. They also did a fantastic job advising my employer on how to handle the case correctly and informed me the first minute they knew about my application results. I would have no hesitation in recommending Attorney Leja and Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. to anyone who is looking for immigration assistance.”

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