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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.
  • Highly recommend!

    “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 approved and I received my Green Card in just a few months. Robert was always up-front and honest about the possible outcome, answered all our never-ending questions and addressed all concerns. The phone calls and e-mail communications were always answered in a timely and professional manner. 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! Result: Application for adjustment of status to permanent resident (“green card”) approved after filing a mandamus action in federal court for an unreasonable delay”

    Anonymous

  • Knowledgeable and Accessible Immigration Attorney

    “Result: Application for adjustment of status to permanent resident (“green card”) approved Robert Milla has been our attorney for years as my wife and I waited and waited for DOMA to be struck down and he was right there the minute it happened to represent us in attaining her Permanent Resident Status. We couldn’t be happier with Robert's expertise, availability to talk with us and answer all our questions and skillfully represent us throughout the past few years of this important process. I highly recommend him to any family with immigration issues. He is very knowledgeable and accessible to his clients.”

    Anonymous

  • Would have been lost without them!

    “Fantastic firm and most notably my wonderful attorney Justin Hoefflicker. He was clear and easy to understand, helpful and able to think outside the box to answer our questions and various what if scenarios. We would have been lost without him deciphering the response letters from the USCIS. Thank you Justin!”

    Amber Carser

  • Robert is the best immigration lawyer ever!

    “I just followed his instructions and guidance to prepare my file documents. He helped me out threw entire my case with no delay green card process. He knows all answer. He always replies my email on time. Thanks for help me out on each step.”

    Ronak

  • Excellent Lawyer

    “I am glad i went to Milla & Associates, they helped us to solve a sensitive case for our family, They have done a great job and Robert was very kind and supportive during the whole process. Thank You!”

    Alexis

  • Very satisfied!

    “I am so happy to get Justin to help with my case! He is very professional and knows what he is doing. Looking forward to starting next step with him. Definitely will recommend him to my friends.”

    Carrie

  • 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.”

    Guillermo

  • 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

  • Complicated N400 case!

    “I found Milla & Associates through Avvo as he had great ratings and reviews by previous clients. I had a fairly complicated case of immigration for naturalization N400) through a spouse as I had been out of the country for very large chunks of time. Robert was an excellent guide in terms of how to approach the case and what documents to include/exclude in order to make my case stronger. He was thorough with his research and very well acquainted with the whole process. Despite my super complicated case, he put it forward in such a way that it was a smooth approval. He made our immigration journey stress free and having him next to me at my interview made me feel confident since he is very competent! I highly highly recommend him for any immigration law cases”

    Hani

  • Justin is knowledgeable, experienced and respectful

    “Justin is a great lawyer, he provided an excellent service and been super helpful and responsive to all my questions and concerns. Justin is knowledgeable, experienced and respectful. It was a pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking the need of an attorney.”

    A. M.