Eric D. Ledbetter, Partner


Eric Ledbetter is a partner and immigration attorney specializing in complex business immigration matters for U.S. and global companies. 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 PERM foreign labor certification and 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. Citizenship & Immigration Service (CSC). 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)
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D.)
    • Awarded a merit-based research assistantship at the UCLA Williams Institute
  • Indiana University (B.A.)

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. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CSC), AILA 2017–2018
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago, Budget Committee
  • 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 (2012–2016: 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)