2011 N. Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL.
(312)578-1230
contact@scottimmigration.com

Our Team

Your Go-To Immigration Resource

ATTORNEYS

Lisa Scott
Senior Attorney

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Founder, and owner, and attorney of Scott Global Migration Law Group, has just celebrated her 30 year anniversary of practicing immigration and nationality law. In those three decades she has cultivated her expertise across all variety of immigration cases; from employment-based cases for multinational corporations to immigrant petitions for individuals and more.

As the first member of her family to be born in the United States, Lisa was raised by her working class grandparents. She  attended Vassar College through scholarships and grants and received her law degree from Case Western University School of Law. Lisa worked under the tutelage of Austin T. Fragomen of Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen, which set the stage for her career in immigration law.

With her daughter off at the University of Maryland, Lisa remains avidly interested in education and often speaks to university students on the complicated avenues of the immigration process.

If you would like for Lisa to speak at your college or university please contact us.

Lisa’s Credentials: Lisa is among the 5% of women lawyers included in the Inaugural edition of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™. This register utilizes a rigorous peer rating system and is given only to those lawyers who demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. Lisa has been selected by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve as an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Lisa has again been included in the prestigious and international compilation of noted experts in her field. For three years in a row, Lisa has been included in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, a listing of 639 immigration lawyers around the world noted for their legal excellence in the field of immigration law.

As a long-standing member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Lisa has served as an elected Chair of the Greater Chicago Chapter along with several other leadership roles. In addition, she was an elected Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Section of the Chicago Bar Association. Solicited for her expertise in all aspects of immigration law, Lisa has appeared on such local television shows as Chicago Tonight and the Law Channel and has been interviewed by National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets.

Best Immigration Lawyer

“Outstanding Immigration Lawyer. I have known Lisa for almost 20 years. She first helped me get my green card and later my US Citizenship. She came with me for my citizenship interview and made sure that all went well. I entirely trust Lisa and her decisions. As a result, I recommended Lisa to my brother and Lisa got him his green card as well. I strongly recommend Lisa Scott to anyone looking for an honest and extremely knowledgeable immigration attorney.” – Bharat on AVVO.

 

Vivian R. Khalaf
Of Counsel

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Vivian R. Khalaf is Of Counsel to Scott Global Migration Law Group. She is an experienced litigator who has successfully represented individuals in immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal District Courts.  She also focuses a large part of her practice on family law, with an emphasis on Islamic matrimonial issues. Ms. Khalaf speaks English and Arabic, and she represents a multitude of individual and corporate clients from various regions in the Middle East. 

Education:
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.

Admissions:
State of Illinois. United States District Court—Northern District of Illinois

 

Omar A. Abuzir
Of Counsel

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Omar A. Abuzir is Of Counsel to Scott Global Migration Law Group. He has been practicing immigration law for over 18 years, concentrating on litigation in Federal District Court and matters that come before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court). He has represented numerous individuals in or facing deportation and/or removal proceedings, as well as individuals seeking immigrant or non-immigrant status or relief from the USCIS. He speaks English and Arabic.

Education:
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.

Admission:
State of Illinois. United States District Court—Northern District of Illinois.

 

Lori Hauser
Associate Writer

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Lori Hauser is an attorney and an experienced legal researcher, writer and editor. In addition to working as an associate writer for Scott Global Migration Law Group, she has worked as a legal writer and editor for law firms, treatise authors, and legal publishers. She has also taught legal research and writing in undergraduate and paralegal studies programs.  Lori began her career as a litigator in private practice in New York.

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D.
Cornell University, B.S.

Admissions:
State of New York
United States District Courts — Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

 

STAFF

Kasia Rechmal
Senior Paralegal and Administrative Assistant

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Kasia Rechmal, our essential Paralegal and Senior Administrative Services Manager, joined Scott Global Migration Law Firm in 2007. An immigrant from Poland and now U.S. citizen, Kasia has an insider’s perspective of the complexities and challenges of immigration law processes and policies. Among the many responsibilities Kasia carries out is her role as liaison between clients and the firm’s lawyers; she works closely with our diverse range of clientele, from corporate to individual while also running office operations with minimal direction and maximum organization. Her mastery of immigration law documentation, technology, telecommunications, and everything in between, allows the firm’s lawyers to focus on cases, secure in the knowledge that the firm is under expert management by an accomplished team worker. She speaks English and Polish.

Education:
University of Gdansk (Poland), 
Master of International Relations with a minor in Electronic Business.

 

Caroline Thiriot
Law Clerk

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Caroline Thiriot has a background in French law and Common law, with specializations in International law and Human rights. She recently immigrated to the U.S. and has first-hand experience of the complexity and hardships of the immigration process. In addition to her passion for composing music and writing (sociology essays and science-fiction novels), Caroline has volunteered in France and Cambodia for causes such as LGBT rights, the Rule of law, Education and Poverty relief. She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Education:
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, LL.M.
University Sorbonne-Assas, Master of International and Human Rights
Medical School of University Paris Descartes, Master of Medical Ethics
University Cergy-Pontoise, Double LL.B. (French law and Common law)
Univerisity Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, Bachelor of Philosophy

Admission:
State of New York: not licensed yet, authorization pending.

 

Aleksandra “Ola” Miezin
Paralegal

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Aleksandra “Ola” Miezin is originally from Poland. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of three.  After graduating from high school, she decided to follow her roots back to Poland in order to pursue her university studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she earned her Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations. During her graduate studies, Aleksandra had the opportunity to spend a year studying at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille in northern France. An avid supporter of global mobility, she also has extensive experience working in a multicultural environment through her volunteer work for ESN, a student organization that works to facilitate the integration of international students during their time abroad. Aleksandra’s immigrant background and experience living abroad have instilled in her a deep appreciation for the challenges and the value of the immigrant experience. She speaks Polish, English and French.

Education:
Jagiellonian University (Poland) and Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille (France), Master of Intercultural Relations.

Shelby Rainford
Paralegal

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Shelby Rainford grew up in Springfield, Illinois. In addition to her passion for reading and writing creative non-fiction, Shelby devotes her time to volunteering. In the past years, she has helped organizations such as Habitat for Humanity in Illinois and Florida, the Carol Halterman Matheson’s Ballet and English School in Nicaragua, Red Bird Mission in Kentucky and the Rochester Public Library and 826CHI in Illinois.

Education:
Blackburn College, B.A. Professional Writing with a minor in Computer Science.

Ingrid Rendon
Paralegal

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Ingrid Rendon received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University where she acquired not only the skills necessary to critically examine social institutions but the passion to fight for social justice. Ingrid volunteered with CALA Chicago, providing legal services to a variety of social groups. Born in Mexico but was raised in Harvard, Illinois, since the age of one, Ingrid has both experienced the “American” life in addition to possessing the unique insight in the plight and struggles of the immigrant community. Because of her experiences and critical interpretation of immigration policy, she plans on attending law school to pursue a career as an immigration attorney. She speaks English and Spanish.

Education:
Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. Sociology.

Kate Meulemans
Intern

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Kate Meulemans is originally from Portland, Oregon, but has also lived in Washington, California, Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Illinois. Kate studies Philosophy at DePaul University and has a minor in American Politics. Following her undergrad, Kate plans to attend law school and study a field where she can help others.

Education:
DePaul University, B.A. Philosophy with a minor in American Politics.