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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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  • 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


  • 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

  • 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 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. Listen here.
  • 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 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.
  • 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!”


  • The best between all lawyers

    “Justin Hoefflicker worked with me through two years to apply on green card through employment-based, he is knowledgeable. He becomes my friend during this two years. he was supporting me in every step and always explaining always explaining why behind why for every step.. highly recommended him and Robert”


  • We strongly recommend Robert

    “My wife and I hired Robert to handle my wife's greencard process while I was busy studying an MBA and could not dedicate much time to the process. We consulted with other lawyers and decided to go with Robert because he was very direct in his answers, gave honest and knowledgeable advice and because from day one he provided first class support and clarity on what the process would be like. My wife benefited greatly from his calmed demeanor and openness to quickly answer our questions and accommodate solutions for our case. We strongly recommend Robert, you will find a lawyer you can trust and that will help and guide your throughout every step of the process.”


  • Very satisfied and grateful!

    “After a long and difficult journey for my niece to obtain American Citizenship, from delay to denial, a big sigh of relief finally came for my whole family when her case/application got approved. Robert is intelligent . He is skilled, very knowledgeable of immigration laws, helpful and truly honest attorney . We are very satisfied and grateful to Milla and Associates law firm . I would definitely recommend Robert Milla and his firm .”


  • Great attorney and a great human being!

    “Robert is one of the best and most trustworthy attorneys I have ever met or worked with. What separates Robert from others is his commitment to winning and his willingness to fight for you, regardless of how hard it might get or how long it takes. He does not use his law degree or the severity of a case to intimidate you or, unlike some, he does not use fear as a way of getting you to hire him. Instead, you can sense from the get-go that he does this as a matter of calling: he wants to help people win their immigration battles because it is the right thing to do. He is down to earth, relatable, yet very effective. His ability to use language seamlessly to drive a point home was quite remarkable and refreshing to see. He is tactful, but does not shy away from stating the facts aggressively and in a manner that makes the arguments stick. This is not something many attorneys know how to do. He was also very responsive and very sensitive to avoid misunderstandings in any regard. He asked and listened to the feedback and was not focused on anything else but to get the job done--which is both rare and extraordinary. He was also very flexible with payments and the entire process. Robert is a down to earth, caring guy and a very, very competent attorney who will take care of you. We hope to work with him again in the future and would strongly recommend him to you, as well.”


  • Great Lawyer!

    “I needed help with a complicated immigration case for my family (parents-in-law and myself). Robert was very knowledgeable, culturally sensitive and courteous. He is very easy to deal with and seems to be a great person overall. I definitely recommend him to anyone who is seeking help with obtaining a green card.”


  • Thank you so much

    “I thank God for put Robert on my way. I had a complicated VAWA case due to domestic violence (DV), I had others immigration attorneys opinions where they did not give me much hopes because my short marriage. I got Robert's information from a DV organization, got a free consultation and with not doubt I hired him. He is an excellent attorney, knows what he is doing and how to put your case on the right path. As I mentioned my case was complicated and with God's help, Robert's made it easier. My DV case was approved with no inconvenience and got my interview 6 months after my approval, he prepared me one week before my interview and got me ready for the best and the worst scenario. Thank God in my interview I got approved on the spot and after a week I got my green card. Another important thing is that he is affordable, he has a huge heart and always answered my questions when I had any. I also want to thank his receptionist Sylvia, she was so kind and assisted me during my process after my assistant Maria was gone. If you need an attorney with experience, very reasonable price but with quality and compassion then Robert is the one you need.”


  • Excellent Lawyer! Helped out so much forever will be ...

    “Mr. Vicario had recently work on my immigration case. He always kept me informed in everything that was going on or if I needed other documents. he showed that he really genuinely cared about my case. I will forever be grateful with his hard work and dedication. now I am living a better life and worry free. I did speak to other lawyers before him but the minute I spoke to him I trusted him. I will recommend Mr. Vicario, he has worked on other family members cases and I been speaking to friends who need immigration services.”


  • Robert helped us file the waiver and it was approved today

    “My husband and I had a very complicated I601 and I212 waiver case and had to hire an attorney no matter what. With Robert’s guidance and expertise we were able to put together a very strong argument as to why my husband couldn’t live in Costa Rica and why he needed me with him. Robert helped us file the waiver and it was approved today, November 21st 2013!!!”

    Paula & Jacob


    “My wife Luiza and I were considering filing our marriage petition on our own, but after careful consideration decided to hire an attorney. We were referred to Robert and could have have been more pleased. It was a stressful time for both of us as our petition progressed, and Robert did an excellent job of explaining the process. Robert was friendly, calming, and knowledgeable. Having worked in the immigration field for over 5 years, I was very impressed with Robert's demeanor and ability to connect with Luiza and I. We could not thank him enough, and will be recommending him to any of our network contacts. Thanks again, Robert! Ben and Luiza”

    Ben and Luiza B.