Esther Contreras is a principal in the Firm's Immigration Practice Group, and provides immigration solutions to corporate clients such as foreign investors, U.S.-based companies hiring foreign workers and multinational companies transferring foreign employees to the United States. Her clients span a wide range of industries, such as information technology, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, financial services, health care, retail, mining, education, technical services and the arts. Ms. Contreras also represents executives, professionals, researchers, scientists and artists. Ms. Contreras' practice comprises all aspects of nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship and worksite enforcement, including Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and E-Verify compliance.
Ms. Contreras is admitted to practice in Illinois and is actively involved in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), currently serving as Chair of the Social Security Administration Committee, the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, and serves on the fundraising committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). Ms. Contreras is a former Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Immigration and Nationality Committee and a former board member of the University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Association. Ms. Contreras provides pro bono legal services for The Joffrey Ballet and indigent clients through Chicago's Legal Assistance Foundation.