Eric D. Ledbetter, Partner


Eric Ledbetter specializes in complex business immigration matters for prominent individuals and the employees of global corporate clients. He represents investors, doctors, scientists, researchers, engineers, business executives, entertainers, and high-tech workers. He has broad experience with H, L, O, TN, B, E, and other types of non-immigrant visa status, as well as J-1 waivers and permanent residency based on EB-1 Outstanding Research, Extraordinary Ability, and Multinational Management. Mr. Ledbetter serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association's national liaison committee for the U.S. Department of Labor. He advises on complex issues involving PERM foreign labor certification. Mr. Ledbetter also advises companies on a range of workplace issues, including immigration and I-9 compliance, E-Verify best practices, and avoidance of discrimination claims based on alienage and citizenship status.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • Indiana University (B.A.)
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
    • Awarded a merit-based research assistantship at the UCLA Williams Institute

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 2009
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Supreme Court of California, 2006

Professional and Civic Activities

  • U.S. Department of Labor National Liaison Committee, AILA 2014–2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago, CLE Committee Vice-Chair
  • National Immigrant Justice Center (Pro Bono Asylum Counsel)
  • Quarles & Brady National Clean Energy Industry Initiative
  • Quarles & Brady Research Institutions Initiative

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2012–present: Immigration)
  • Awarded the 2010 Distinguished Service Award by the Chicago Volunteer Lawyers Service Foundation
  • Named to "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch" by Chicago Lawyer magazine (Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2010)