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10 S. Riverside Plaze Ste 875, Chicago, Illinois 60606

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  Christopher Helt
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  Helt Law Group
  10 S. Riverside Plaze Ste 875
   (888) 739-6794
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Nationally recognized immigration attorney Christopher Helt, Esq. utilizes over two decades of immigration law practice to assist clients navigate the complexities of immigration law.  With a focus on removal defense (deportation matters), Mr. Helt provides legal counsel to immigrants appearing before the U.S. Immigration Court, federal district court, federal circuit courts and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Helt was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Loyola Academy, Loyola University Chicago (graduating cum laude), and Loyola University's School of Law.  His practice concentrates in federal immigration litigation involving political asylum, refugee law and deportation/removal proceeding matters before the U.S. immigration court (the Executive Office for Immigration Review) and federal court. He has attained an "AV" (Preeminent Rating) lawyer-rating by his peers, the highest lawyer-rating possible by Martindale-Hubble.

Mr. Helt has been twice-qualified as an expert witness in federal jury trials for immigration/asylum-related matters, and is a member of the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, and 11th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the bar to U.S. Supreme Court, amongst other bar admissions. He is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in American law and has appeared on local, national television and national radio news programs (CNN, WBBM-TV, WLS, FOX NEWS, BBC and NPR radio). His cases and clients also have been featured on a regular basis in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. He has appeared on national ABC, NBC, CBS news and news programs, (Dan Rather's Eye on America interview of Mr. Helt, "Collateral Damage of the War on Terrorism", CNN national news, and on the front page of the New York Times (10/13/97) and featured in Time Magazine ("Does This Boy Deserve Asylum"), CBC ('If they send me away, my life is gone':  Meet the U.S. asylum seekers at risk in new crackdown)

Mr. Helt has appeared on the covers of Chicago Lawyer Magazine ("New Era of Immigration Law") and was featured and in a Chicago Reporter Magazine cover story entitled "Winning Asylum". 

Mr. Helt is the first to successfully win an asylum claim based on a child's autism in 2001.

Mr. Helt's pro bono work covers a wide-spectrum of clientele. He frequently provides pro bono representation to the poor and underclass, and also currently serves as an active member of the ABA's Military Pro Bono Project.

Mr. Helt currently serves as the pro bono general counsel and a board member to the "Chicago FBI Explorers", a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization which partners Chicago-area youths with members of the Chicago FBI who volunteer educational services, provide leadership skills, mentoring and community outreach.

Mr. Helt has been an invited panelist speaker to law students on asylum and other immigration issues at Northwestern University School of Law on numerous occasions, and has traveled to Washington, D.C., personally meeting with members of U.S. Congress to argue for changes in immigration law and on behalf of his clients. He frequently speaks publicly and to private organizations in Chicago, Memphis, and Atlanta.

In 2004, a documentary was made about the harsh realities of U.S. mostly-Muslim "Special Registration" program, entitled Patriot Acts. The film received three-stars (3) from the Chicago Tribune and was featured on the cover of its film section ("Chicago-based `Patriot Acts' Shows Strength of Human Spirit." 3/26/04). The film highlighted those affected by that law, including his clients. The film also featured Mr. Helt's professional and personal life.

Mr. Helt previously served as an adjunct faculty member Loyola University of Chicago and has taught separate courses on immigration policy and sociological perspectives on terrorism to undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2013, Mr. Helt traveled to Pakistan to assist in an immigration matter on behalf of his client and appeared before the National Press Club of Pakistan and also as a guest on Pakistan's Morning with Farah Show.

Mr. Helt is an Illinois Super Lawyer and has been previously featured in ALM's Chicago Top Rated lawyer, a distinction for attorneys who have attained the highest rating possible for legal and ethical standards amongst their peers and members of the judiciary by Martindale-Hubbell.

You can contact Mr. Helt at 888.739.6794

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