Maria F. Kallmeyer, Partner


Maria Frenn Kallmeyer practices in the firm's Labor and Employment Group and specializes in advising clients on all aspects of employment-related immigration law. She counsels large and small corporations on employment strategies, corporate immigration compliance, and visa processing for foreign national employees. Prior to joining Quarles & Brady, Ms. Kallmeyer worked at two national business immigration law firms in Boston. Ms. Kallmeyer's experience includes

  • Advising employers and employees regarding nonimmigrant visa status, including B, E, H, J, L, O, P, and TN categories.
  • Managing the filing of PERM applications for several major corporate clients, including responding to PERM audits when necessary.
  • Representing multinational managers, outstanding researchers, and individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, or business, through the permanent residency process.
  • Counseling clients on consular issues, including counseling and preparing foreign nationals for visa application interviews.
  • Conducting I-9 audits and advising clients with regard to compliance and discrimination issues.
  • Advising clients on a wide variety of immigration-related matters, including citizenship, marriage petitions, asylum applications, U.S. Coast Guard Letters of Determination, and the effects of criminal acts.
  • Advising health care employers and physicians on J-1 waivers, H-1Bs, and the permanent residency process for physicians.

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Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2018)
  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
    • International Law Certificate with distinction
    • Participated in the Immigration Law Clinic
  • Boston University (B.A., cum laude, 2003)
    • Majors: International Relations; Hispanic Language and Literature
    • Common Ground Award for Multicultural Awareness

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, fellow, 2019
  • International Medical Graduate Taskforce, member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter CBP Committee, member
  • Chicago Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Quarles & Brady Chicago Women's Forum
  • Quarles & Brady Diversity Committee, member

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2014–present: Immigration)


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