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Robert C. Milla

undefinedRobert C. Milla has been an immigration attorney since 2006, dedicating his career to helping clients fulfill their family and employment goals in the United States. Mr. Milla’s approach has always been to invest the head and heart to provide 100% effort.

Mr. Milla’s personal background has given him great appreciation for the immigrant experience and perspective. His mother immigrated to the United States from the Philippines as a graduate student, and his father was born into impoverished circumstances in Brooklyn, New York to Spanish and Italian immigrant parents, to eventually serve in the United States Marine Corps and New York City Police Department. With such a foundation, Mr. Milla was raised to admire the immigrant experience and dream. While his background is unique to him, Mr. Milla has always found great similarities to his clients. Mr. Milla has created his own immigrant stories as he spent extensive time abroad, receiving his Master's degree in Auckland, New Zealand; working in Niigata, Japan; and completing a legal internship in Beijing, China. Mr. Milla’s wife, also an attorney, is a first-generation Indian-American, and together they have two children.

Mr. Milla’s focus on immigration law has included family and employment cases, as well as removal defense, through which he has earned approvals for asylum, cancellation of removal, and adjustment of status. His work on I-601 hardship waiver applications has earned approvals for clients worldwide, including for countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. He has successfully represented clients in federal court actions, including mandamus delay cases and challenges to improperly denied immigration applications.

As an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Milla teaches a legal writing course that he designed to focus on unique issues of immigration law. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and speaker on immigration litigation and reform.

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Admissions

  • Illinois, 2006
  • United States Supreme Court, 2011
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2006

Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006
  • University of Auckland (New Zealand), Master of Arts in English with Honors, 2002
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Bachelor of Arts in English, 1998

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist for Adjunct Professor of the Year, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2018-2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Immigration Law, 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Immigration Law, 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Immigration Law, 2014
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Writing, 2005
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Trial Advocacy, 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Solo and Small Practice Incubator Training Boot Camp, Invited Speaker, "How to Obtain and Retain Clients," February 22, 2019
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Immigration Law Society Career Panel, Invited Speaker, November 13, 2018
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Solo and Small Practice Incubator Training Boot Camp, Invited Speaker, "How to Obtain and Retain Clients," February 23, 2018
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Panel on Immigration Executive Orders: "Policy in Transition," February 8, 2017
  • AILA Chicago, Fall Litigation Workshop: Waivers in Immigration Court, November 14, 2013
  • Marshall Square Resource Network, Immigration Law and Reform News, September 4, 2013
  • Latinos Progresando, Immigration Court & Defense: Cancellation of Removal, August 16, 2013
  • WBEZ 91.5 Afternoon Shift, Immigration Reform and Deportation, June 12, 2013.
  • Organizing for Action Mid-Northside Chicago Chapter, Immigration Reform Panel, April 2013
  • AILA Chicago, Litigation Committee Roundtable Discussion, 2013
  • AILA Chicago, Litigation Seminar, 2012
  • American Bar Association, Essentials of Immigration Court Representation, 2012
  • AILA Chicago, Introduction to Federal Litigation, 2011

Notable Court Cases

  • Matter of A-, Immigration Court (Detained) 2019. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on imputed political opinion.
  • Matter of C-, Immigration Court 2019. Respondent, a U.S. lawful permanent resident and native of Thailand, approved for Form EOIR-42A, Application for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents, despite a particular arrest and conviction history.
  • Matter of M-, Immigration Court (Detained) 2019. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of Y-, Immigration Court 2019. Respondent, a U.S. lawful permanent resident and native of a country in the Middle East, was allowed to keep lawful permanent resident status, despite a certain conviction history and alleged misrepresentation.
  • Matter of P-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent, a U.S. lawful permanent resident and native of the Philippines, approved for Form EOIR-42A, Application for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents, despite a particular arrest and conviction history.
  • Matter of F-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of E-, Immigration Court (Detained) 2018. Respondent, a U.S. lawful permanent resident and native of Mexico, approved for Form EOIR-42A, Application for Cancellation of Removal for Certain Permanent Residents, despite a particular arrest and conviction history.
  • Matter of M-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of N-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of M-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent’s application for asylum from a Balkan nation was granted based on membership in a particular social group.
  • Matter of G-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent's Motion for Administrative Closure was granted over the government's objection to file for provisional waiver of inadmissibility with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Matter of Z-, Immigration Court 2018. Respondent's Motion to Terminate removal proceedings was granted over the government's objection to file for adjustment of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Matter of M-, Immigration Court 2017. Respondent's application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of N-, Immigration Court 2014. Respondent’s application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on imputed political opinion.
  • H- and D- v. Napolitano, et al., U.S. District Circuit 2013. Within three months of filing the complaint in federal court, USCIS approved the Plaintiffs’ I-130 Petition and I-485 Application.
  • Matter of I-, Immigration Court 2012. Respondent’s application for asylum from a central African nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • S- v. Napolitano, et al., U.S. District Court 2010. In a challenge to an improperly denied adjustment of status (“green card”) application, Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment was granted, and he was granted permanent resident status.
  • Matter of D-, Immigration Court 2009. Respondent’s application for asylum from a Balkan nation was granted based on political opinion.
  • Matter of M-, Immigration Court 2008. Respondent’s application for asylum from an eastern European country was granted based on social group for sexual orientation.
  • K- v. Dorochoff, et al., U.S. District Court 2007. In a mandamus delay action, USCIS’s Motion to Dismiss was denied, and Petitioner was granted permanent resident status.
  • Robert is extremely detail-oriented and personable

    “Robert handled our marriage based permanent residency case and it was successfully approved. When we had our consultation with him, he admitted to be a challenging case and was honest about the outcome being 50/50. Robert is very polite but firm in his communication. There's no room for misinterpretation and he gives clear instructions and recommendations as to what the next steps are, what documents to gather and in what format. He responds to emails very quickly, no matter what the question is. Our case was approved and we couldn't be more grateful for Robert's help. We highly recommend his services to anyone seeking legal advise as he is a trustworthy lawyer.”

    G. G.

  • Very satisfied, i have other petitions too, the fight is not ...

    “At first i was curious of what Lawyers (in general) do to make their income and i wasn't impressed until i see the result, that is just being me (Marine Vet). I learned that he is half Filipino, but that didn't change my opinion about lawyers even if he is a son of a fellow Marine Vet. With his high caliber of knowledge in/on immigration law, he walks and talks with the mission on his every foot steps. I highly recommend him to every Filipino and Military Veterans. I have been petitioning my other siblings ever since my father passed away and i will have to call him again to save my day to bring my family here in USA just like what my father wants.”

    Sgt Jason DelaRosa

  • Thanks to Robert’s expertise, we are very happy campers now, ...

    “We were referred to Mr. Milla by our previous attorney, who felt that our case had ‘hit the wall.’ In our opinion, R. Milla was the best thing that happened to our case! After over three years filled with nothing but frustration, we’ve asked for Robert’s help. Our case was based on marriage to US citizen and had some roadblocks along the way, but thanks to Robert’s expertise, we are very happy campers now, planning our first vacation abroad!”

    Diana & Robert

  • The best layer in Chicago!

    “No words can describe what Robert Milla did for me! My case was complicated and before I found Robert I went from door to door …. getting more and more frustrating and hopeless! Most of the law firm gave me no chance!Others asked way more money then Robert …with really low posibility of wining! He was not only knowledgeable, professional, but also very approachable making the whole process much less stressful. Dealing with legal issues could be super nerve-racking, and I was very glad that Robert helped me with understanding my situation and evaluating all the options in the easiest way possible. I knew I was in good hands. Before Robert I had a really bad expirienc with some other attorney which not cost me a lot but also worsened my situation !Thats why you really should do your resurce on finding a good lawyer you can trust ! Robert Milla is 100% one of them ! I definitely recommend Robert Milla to anyone who needs legal assistance regarding immigration law. Robert You saved my LIFE! I can’t THANK YOU enough!”

    Patrycja M.

  • The best legal group I've ever had the pleasure of working with in my life.

    “Justin Hoefflicker and his team went above and beyond to help us every step of the way. We are a small digital health startup, and without Justin, our company would potentially not be able to continue operations. He helped us secure an H1B visa for our Technical Co-Founder, and went above and beyond through preparation of materials, explaining the process, answering a million follow-up questions (that's an understatement), taking the time to meet and discuss contingencies when he absolutely didn't have to, helping us file a complete Request-for-Evidence (RFE) and not charging us for the additional work, and ultimately, helping us secure the H1B in the end. Even if we hadn't gotten the H1B, I'd still be submitting this review as it's fully merited and Milla & Associates is by far the best legal group I've ever worked with. They're honest, they actually care, they do great legal work at appropriate rates, they actually follow through, they get everything done on time, and they go above and beyond to make sure expectations are set correctly in what can be a very difficult and touchy legal-sphere (immigration). I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to work with them, and I wish we had a similar experience with every legal group we had to work with. Thank you Justin and team.”

    Rob Castellanos

  • He is amazing

    “He is amazing attorney. I recomend him to few friend earlier and they are satisfied. I would always recomend him. He help us with honest advice. And he will do everything to win your case. He is not taking money if he can't win the case. He will spend time with you with lot of pation and he is a very good, amazing listener. Thank you Robert Milla”

    Ana G

  • He is very friendly, cool, patient and understanding.

    “I had a great experience having Robert as my attorney. He is very knowledgeable (he knows ins and outs of immigration matters). He is very friendly, cool, patient and understanding. He addressed all my questions and concerns. He is very responsive and organized. Any time I contacted him or his office, I had received my answer without any delay. He offers meaningful advice regarding your specific case. I highly recommend him for anyone in need of immigration attorney.”

    S. K.

  • One of the best Lawyer in Chicago

    “I heard about this lawyer from one of my classmate. He was saved from being deported by Mr. Milla and that's when I finalized him to handle my case of filing and getting papers through my spouse. Mr. Milla handled all the paperwork and all I had to do is just sign the papers and my filing was done with such an ease. He was there with us in our interview too and more than myself I trusted his decisions and instincts and I was correct. I was really lucky that my friend recommended him to me and I am sure you will feel the same ones u successfully finish your case with him. Result: Application for adjustment of status to permanent resident (“green card”) approved”

    Ishani

  • Rest assured, Robert will be my choice!

    “I was recommended to Mr. Milla by a friend of mine who used him for her permanent residency application as well. Both my husband were touched by the fact that Robert took the time to get to know us during our first meeting with him, before we began the application process. Rest assured, Robert will be my choice as I go to apply for my citizenship in the next few years!”

    Surabhi

  • They were very succinct and punctual with our case, and we felt well prepared for our interview with USCIS.

    “Robert Milla and his legal assistants are always spot on! They were very succinct and punctual with our case, and we felt well prepared for our interview with USCIS. Everything went great, and my husband received his conditional green card without issue.”

    A. P.