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Cheryl Kilborn

Sr. Associate Attorney

Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as an Illinois Rising Star in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Cheryl provides strategic counsel to clients on all aspects of U.S. employment-based immigration (nonimmigrant, immigrant, compliance, and related matters), including I-9 and E-verify compliance.

Cheryl has experience advising a diverse range of clients in numerous industries, including: financial services, automotive, agricultural, manufacturing, technology, real estate, and more. For employers large and small, Cheryl works closely with employers to provide key insights and strategies for developing an immigration program that works for the employer and the employees. 

As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Cheryl stays on top of the latest issues to keep clients informed of critical developments in this ever-changing field. She represents employers and individuals before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to joining the Meltzer Hellrung team, Cheryl worked for a prominent national immigration practice with particular experience in guiding clients on the immigration aspects of corporate acquisitions and restructuring, reductions in force, successor in interest, as well as ancillary employment immigration matters such as I-9 compliance, E-Verify, and Audits.

Cheryl graduated cum laude from Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a concentration in international and comparative law, where she served as articles editor of the Chicago-Kent Journal of International and Comparative Law. She also received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence for highest marks in the Family & Employment Based Immigration Practice course. During law school, Cheryl served as a judicial extern with the honorable Judge Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, as well as a one-year legal externship with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), where she gained invaluable experience enabling her to provide legal advice in the most complex areas of immigration law.