About Nneka

Responsive and personal business immigration counsel

Nneka Umeh manages corporate immigration programs. With clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including professionals in finance, fashion, sports, music, health care, higher education, food and beverage, marketing, journalism and manufacturing, Nneka advises on:

  • Employment-based immigration program building
  • U.S. work authorization
  • Permanent residence and naturalization to U.S. citizenship
  • I-9 compliance

Nneka leverages both in-house and outside counsel experience to provide practical and business savvy advice to clients. Responsive and always with a big-picture strategy in mind, Nneka brings a personal touch to her interactions with employers and employees.

Nneka is highly engaged in the community, serving as the Quarles Women's Forum Chicago office chair and African American Business Resource Group national chair. Through her engagements with the community, Nneka maintains an impressive network of professional contacts.

Experience in Action

  • Developing and maintaining comprehensive immigration programs for employers and employees, including the full range of temporary (ESTA or visitor, E, H-1B, L, O and TN) and permanent visas (EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3, including Outstanding Research, Extraordinary Ability and Multinational Manager).
  • Counseling organizations on developing, maintaining and defending immigration compliance (including I-9 and E-Verify) through corporate restructuring for employee populations.
  • Analyzing global immigration processes to draft in-house policies and processes that incorporate the changing immigration landscape, while meeting internal business needs and budgets.
  • Consulting with c-suite executives on complex, emergency immigration and compliance matters to provide timely internal solutions.
  • Guiding the vendor selection process in-house while managing and monitoring vendor service levels with a collaborative approach.

Professional Recognitions

  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin “40 Under 40” (2021)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Sports Lawyers Association, African American Committee, co-chair

  • African American Business Resource Group, national chair

  • Quarles Chicago Women's Forum, chair

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago chapter, ICE Workplace Enforcement Committee, member

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