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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.
  • The Best Lawyer

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Atty. Robert Milla, Ms. Sylvia and the rest of the staff of Milla Law firm. The team was of great help in processing my papers and documents, from the application of my Green Card until the application of my U.S. Citizenship. Not to mention how patient Mr. Robert Milla was when answering my questions and paying attention into knotting all the loose ends to make sure that everything goes well for me to achieve the outcome I was aiming for. I would definitely recommend Robert Milla Law Firm not only for his compassion and empathetic demeanor in relating to his clients but also because of his undeniable skills in handling cases in immigration. His assistants are also commendable for being so helpful and attentive. Until now I'm still overwhelmed that I immediately got the schedule of my Oath Taking Ceremony few days after my interview for the application of my U.S. Citizenship. I have no regrets in seeking legal help and advice from this office, and I will definitely hire their service for the petition of my family.”

    A.G.

  • BEST Lawyer, Highly recommended!

    “Mr. Robert Milla supported the naturalization case for my husband and me. He is very reliable attorney. With his support, our cases went very smooth without any issues. It took much shorter time than our expectation. We truly appreciate his professional services!!”

    Ai

  • Robert Milla is the best attorney ever

    “Super helpful and professional.”

    Lizbeth Ortega

  • Amazing lawyer

    “I have had the best experience hiring Robert milla he has an amazing knowledge, experience and dedication he was passionate on representing us as his own family. Very professional and honorable i would truly recommend anyone who needs help and guidance to give Robert milla a call you will not regret your decision”

    Delacruz family

  • As of today I am a proud and happy American citizen

    “After 4 years of anguish of what will happen with my case I almost had given up. I kept thinking I had ruined it for my kids and we might have to go back. I met Robert when I was almost burned out from all the worries. It felt like meeting an old friend and we had a talk and went through options. He leaves the big words when he works to get the case done, not to show you that he is a great lawyer. But if you trust your heart you will see that you just got lucky stumbling on him. No false promises, I knew all the time where my case was standing and the risks I could face. He thinks ahead and covers all the gaps to get the case done. Later I learned that he actually teaches immigration classes as well but even when he is busy he gets right back to you answering your questions and giving updates. I am very happy I had Robert by my side in my most difficult time and will always keep wishing him well. Thank you Robert you will always have a fond place in our hearts : )”

    Eli L.

  • THANK YOU doesn't quite cover it. - Exceptional, trustworthy ...

    “Result: DACA and employment authorization granted First let me start by saying THANK YOU doesn't quite cover it. Robert is an exceptional attorney! He pays attention to the details. We received no further request for evidence, & it was all over in 2 months. He made us feel very comfortable with the entire process and I was not as intimidated, as I had been in the past with other lawyers that I had worked with. He was always responsive by email or phone and kept us well-informed. Which helped manage any anxiety we might have otherwise had. For the first time in my 26 years in this country I have some normality to my life! With DACA secured, next I look forward to working with Robert on our marriage case and becoming a permanent resident! I know I can trust Robert to guide us through whatever is needed. I highly recommend Robert Milla to any one seeking an immigration attorney. I plan on passing his name along to any family, or friends who may need his services in the future! Thank you Robert!”

    Janeth

  • HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Amazing service and very good to work with!

    “I am a US citizen. In 2017 June I planned to file for my mother’s permanent residency. At that time my mother was in US on B2 ( visitor visa). I googled for best immigration attorney in Chicago -Milla & Associates popped up! Let me tell you, Robert and his team lived up to the reviews!!! We started with talking to Robert and he provided hours worth of advise to file permanent residency for my mother. Robert was very patient and answered all our questions and spotted an issue with our case right away. He gave us the option to file myself or to go via him. I went with option of filing myself hoping the issue he spotted won’t become a trouble. Even after deciding to file myself, I had a few follow up questions which he answered over the phone. 4 months later we got a NOID( notice of intent to deny) for the same reason Robert spotted in the first place. We hired him for Respone to NOID. It was such a stressful time preparing and providing supporting documents for the rebuttal response within 30 days. Robert and his team guided what docs needed to be prepared and answered our questions promptly, and was ready to help with any queries and follow up questions. Robert prepared a very strong rebuttal response to the NOID and sent on time. During the period of waiting for an answer from USCIS, he promptly answered my concerns on renewing EAD for my mother. Robert always had a very specific, accurate and clear answer to any queries. And many months later we received an RFE for response to NOID( which in itself is a BIG relief) as NOID was off the plate and USCIS was giving us one more chance. Robert and his team again stepped up to the challenge and gave very specific detailed guidance to prepare the right set of documents and verified and sent them on time. And in September we got the best news we were praying and hoping to hear for the last 2 years, my mother’s Permanent Residency is approved!!! We are very grateful to God and thankful to Robert and his team! We highly recommend Milla and Associates!!! Sincerely, Anna and Dan H.”

    Anna and Dan H.

  • 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.”

    Anonymous

  • Excellent Service, Highly recommended.

    “Result: Change of status from visitor to student approved Robert is a skilled lawyer, he has helped me in filing the change of status from visitors visa to student visa. I strongly recommend him for all immigration matters. He is very kind, humble and down to earth and helping.”

    Uvais

  • 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.