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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. 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 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.
  • Great job guys!!!

    “My husband and I hired Robert to handle our marriage based residency case. We met with several attorneys. Robert was our last one. He was very patient and answered all of our questions. We didn't feel rushed at all. After we walked out of the consultation my husband and I looked at each and knew Robert was the one. This process can be complicated, but Robert and his team made it very simple. His legal assistant, Daniel, was a pleasure to work with. They were both very responsive, which is important in dealing with these matters. He prepared us for our final interview and everything turned out great! No problems, no issues. Great job guys!!!”

    Dan

  • 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

  • Successfull case

    “Robert helped me to get my permanent residence in 1 year he accepted my case. I spent years trying with immigration and I did was not successful but robert succeeded by asking the right questions”

    Francis S

  • The BEST in Chicago Town!

    “I met a few lawyers for my Citizenship / N400 filing. My case was complicated and most of the lawyers I met were willing to do it but didn't give me the confidence that will go through. Finally I met Robert, who explained every single detail, chances of approval and course of action in case of a denial and how to proceed. Right then and there, i decided I wanted to go with him....Thank You Robert for all the help and for attending the interview with me...Decision was made in 30 days and I'm waiting to attend the Oath Ceremony now... Thank You!!”

    VL

  • Thank you Mr. Robert for helping us to build American Dream.

    “I am very happy with the professionalism and constant follow up with my case. Mr. Robert is a great attorney who helped me a lot to achive my permanent residency and citizenship. All the communication and Coordination were very easy and convenient through email and phone. Thank you Mr. Robert for helping us to build American Dream.”

    Sarker

  • 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.

  • Mr. Robert is an amazing, humble and extremely knowledgeable ...

    “Words just cannot express how grateful I'm to Robert Milla for all his efforts and dedication towards my case. It was a very complicated case and I had consulted a lot of attorneys in Chicago who were just not that confident in proceeding with my case. Then I met Robert and his knowledge and determination showed me light when I was almost about to give up. He was confident and Knowledgeable and did a meticulous job with my case especially when ​I had very less time to apply. I'm so relieved and happy that I got my green card within a week of the interview. Mr Robert is an amazing, humble and extremely knowledgeable attorney. He gives a lot of attention to detail. I'll never forget that he helped me when I was most in need of help. It was easy to work with ​Robert and legal assistant Maria. They made the process very smooth and kept me informed throughout the process.​ ​I couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable, friendly, and courteous attorney.​ ​I appreciate His genuineness and humbleness. I highly recommend him for all immigration needs and I will definitely use your services again in future.”

    Sameena

  • Knowledgeable and confident

    “Robert worked on my case that was hopeless to be solved for the past 8 years, spending a huge amount of money with other lawyers. Robert said it from the beginning and told me what would it take to get this done. Despite my doubts, Robert stayed consistent with his answers and confident with the outcomes. Finally, I got an approval letter from USCIS for my wife. Thank you Robert for everything you have done for me!”

    Anonymous

  • Robert has been absolutely amazing!

    “Robert has been absolutely amazing! My husband and I used his services for our marriage based green card application. Our case was not complicated, but we are so happy we hired Robert. He was nothing but helpful and would always make time to schedule a meeting with us or jump on the phone to guide us through the process and answer our (many) questions. On top of him being friendly and approachable, he knows the immigration law inside out. We can not recommend Robert enough to anyone applying for a marriage based permanent residence.”

    Anonymous

  • Robert, he was calm, supportive and had a lot of knowledge ...

    “My husband applied for my green card and we prepared the documents on our own, but unfortunately I got an RFE for the same documents which we had already submitted. So we thought of hiring a good lawyer for our case, I called up a few lawyers and explained them my case to get 1 free initial consultation, out of the ones we called, I really liked Robert, he was calm, supportive and had a lot of knowledge on such cases. I quickly decided that I would go with him for my case. We met him the next day and discussed our case in detail, soon after we got a list of documents that were needed by his office, we promptly replied, he prepared our case again , we had dew meetings in between and finally my case was approved, He also helped a lot with our interview preparation and also came with us to the interview venue , where he spent more than 2 hours with us explaining the process, he also appeared with us in the interview and was a great support. I finally cleared the interview under his expert guidance. I would definitely recommend him to my friends.”

    Anonymous