Stephen Tarnoff has been at the law firm of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. since 2007 and retired on December 1, 2020. Steve possesses significant experience in both law and journalism, and has practiced in the employment-based and family immigration law areas with the firm since 2001. Prior to his tenure with the firm, he was an employee benefits attorney with a benefits administration and consulting firm as well as an insurance coverage attorney for a major Chicago law firm. Also a journalist, Mr. Tarnoff has written for numerous publications on legal and business issues. He has taught an immigration law course for paralegal studies at Loyola University and has co-written articles on immigration law with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Steve has been a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has served as a committee member of both the Unauthorized Practice of Law/Ethics Committee and the CIS District Office Committee of the Chicago Chapter of AILA.

He holds his J.D. from John Marshall Law School, a master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in history from Northern Illinois University.

  • Family-based Immigration
  • PERM
  • H-1B & Other Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Consular Processing and Adjustment of Status
  • Employment-based Immigration


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