Vice Chair of the firm’s Immigration practice, Esther Contreras provides immigration solutions to corporate clients including foreign investors, domestic businesses hiring foreign workers, and multinational companies transferring foreign employees to the U.S. She also represents individual executives, professionals, researchers, scientists and artists regarding their specific immigration-related needs. Her practice comprises all aspects of nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, citizenship and worksite enforcement, including Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify compliance.
Esther is valued for her ability to anticipate the needs of her clients. A staunch problem-solver, she considers cost, timing and longer-term issues at stake, as immigration decisions can have a reverberating impact even decades into the future. By understanding what is important to each client she serves, Esther provides customized solutions specific to their business objectives.
Esther’s clients span a wide range of industries, such as information technology, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, financial services, healthcare, retail, mining, education, technical services and the arts. A “people person,” Esther truly enjoys serving her clients from around the globe — getting to know them, understanding their experiences, and finding practical ways to overcome their challenges.
Notably, Esther is actively involved in various legal and business associations and currently holds leadership positions and has done so in the past. She also provides pro bono legal services for The Joffrey Ballet, indigent clients in need of U visa petitions through Chicago’s Legal Assistance Foundation and Spanish-speaking individuals for naturalization eligibility at community organized workshops through Instituto del Progreso Latino.