Casas Immigration , Ltd.

A Law Firm Founded By Immigrants, For Immigrants.

Meet Attorney Carla M. Casas

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CARLA M. CASAS

MANAGING ATTORNEY/OWNER

Casas Immigration , Ltd. visas, Temporary Status, Citizenship

Carla M. Casas is the Managing Attorney and Owner of Casas Immigration, Ltd. and has been practicing law since 2002. A native of Peru, Carla immigrated to the United States in 1980. Having personally experienced the difficulties of the immigration system, she has a unique perspective when handling immigration matters and an intimate understanding of the struggles her clients face. It is because of her own immigrant experience that she chose to focus her practice on immigration law. Carla feels fortunate for the opportunity to pursue her goals in the United States and is passionate about helping other immigrants do the same.

Carla began her career as an associate at Foley & Lardner and later at McGuireWoods, both large national law firms in the Chicago area. She has also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, as a staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Labor.

As a federal trial attorney, Carla successfully prosecuted numerous cases arising under various federal labor statutes and regulations, including the Immigration and Nationality Act H-1B visa program and the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”). Carla’s work was instrumental in recouping unpaid wages for many immigrant workers under the FLSA, including a settlement of $225,000 for several immigrant restaurant workers who had been victims of minimum wage and overtime violations at a Chinese buffet in Georgia. This settlement was named as one of Top Georgia Settlements of 2012.

Despite her many career accomplishments, Carla’s true passion has always been working with the immigrant community, of which she is proudly a member. As a result, she chose to leave her position with the federal government to focus exclusively on immigration law. Immediately prior to starting Casas Immigration, Carla served as a full-time volunteer attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, where she successfully represented clients in removal proceedings, as well as in filing applications for benefits with USCIS and the Immigration Courts. Carla brings her many years of experience as a trial attorney to the practice of immigration law and takes pride in zealously advocating for all her clients.

Carla is a native Spanish speaker and can efficiently and emphatically help clients with their concerns and questions, both in Spanish and English. Carla enjoys international travel, conducting “Know Your Rights” workshops in her community, taking road trips, snow skiing and spending time with her family in Florida.

Carla resides in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago with her canine babies, Tumi and Miski.

Professional Experience

  • 2002 - 2005, Health Law Associate, Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • 2005 - 2006, Litigation Associate, McGuireWoods LLP
  • 2007 - 2008, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • 2008 - 2009, Civil Rights Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund ("MALDEF")
  • 2009 - 2014, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Labor

Education

Andrews University, B.A. Mathematics

University of Florida College of Law, Juris Doctor (JD)

bar admissions

Supreme Court of Florida
Supreme Court of Illinois
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. Dist. Ct. M.D. of Florida
U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. of Illinois
U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. of Georgia

professional memberships

Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Legal Advisory Board Member, Arise Chicago

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Daniela Olivares

Supervisory Paralegal/Office Manager

Daniela Olivares is a supervisory paralegal and office manager at Casas Immigration, Ltd. Daniela supervises the firm’s legal assistants and also assists the attorney with all types of family immigration cases, as well as VAWA, U visas, various types of waivers and cases in immigration court.

Daniela obtained her bachelor’s degree in Translation (English and German) from the University of Concepcion, one of the top ranked universities in Chile. Before moving to the U.S., she interned at the University of Chile’s Anthropology Department and occasionally worked as a freelance translator.

Daniela is a native of Chile and immigrated to the United States in 2018. Having personally experienced the immigration process, she can relate to the firm’s clients on a very personal level and takes pride in helping to guide their immigration journey. Daniela is a native Spanish speaker and is also fluent in English and conversational in German.

In her free time, Daniela enjoys landscape photography, traveling and doing outdoor activities with her family.

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Rosio Mendez

Legal Assistant

Rosio Mendez is a legal assistant at Casas Immigration, Ltd.  Rosio assists the attorney with all types of family immigration cases and brings over 15 years of legal experience to the law firm.

Rosio obtained her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Pre-Law from Aurora University. She then went on to complete her master’s degree in Criminal and Social Justice at Lewis University.

Rosio has worked in various capacities in the legal field since 2005. She worked at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, first as a victim advocate, later as an intensive probation officer and most recently as a supervisor for Victim Services. She has also served as a docket clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and as an intake coordinator at the Denton County Friends of the Family Domestic Violence Shelter in Dallas, Texas. In her free time, she volunteered at Light of Hope where she was a teacher and taught citizenship classes.

As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rosio personally witnessed her parents go through the naturalization process and she warmly remembers those who helped them along the way. It is because of this experience that she’s made it her life mission to serve, especially those in her community.

Rosio speaks English and Spanish fluently and is currently learning Tagalog, as her husband is Filipino. Rosio enjoys all types of music (especially K-pop), travel, spending time with her family and her 8-year-old dog, Cooky Monster. Rosio resides in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and her canine baby, Cooky.

Contact Information

Contact us today at (312) 971-7221 to schedule your initial consultation.  

5731 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60634

carla@casasimmigration.com

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday Through Friday, Closed Saturday & Sunday

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