Attorneys and Staff

Gerald Cipolla

Gerald Cipolla – Founder/Principal Attorney

Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member of Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Bar Admission since 2000

Gerald has been practicing law since 2000.  As an experienced immigration lawyer, he has successfully represented hundreds of immigration clients to gain their visas/green cards through either investment, employment, family or humanitarian reasons.  He is a frequent speaker and writer on U.S. immigration and is an active advocate for U.S. immigration via his articles to the media and other publications.

Gerald has a diverse background.  He studied and lived in many countries, including France and Sweden for part of his Juris Doctor degree, Finland for his MBA, and China for his Master’s degree in Law. His personal experiences, as well as his years of experience as an Immigration lawyer instilled him a great passion for Immigration Law, enabled him to have an excellent understanding of what his client is going through and what it’s like to be an Ex Pat in a foreign country. Throughout Gerald’s professional career as a lawyer, he successfully represented many business owners to bring their skilled workers to the U.S., as well representing professional individuals to obtain their permanent resident status (green card status) in the U.S.

Gerald’s legal background as an Immigration Attorney, combined with his diverse academic achievement with an MBA, MS Computer Science and Biological Sciences background enable him to competently handle complex and sophisticated Business and Employment based applications cases such as Investor visas such as EB-5 program and E visas, EB green cards, H1B visa, L1 and other related immigration matters. Gerald routinely works with sophisticated  entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and other skilled professionals and has successfully represented many clients in obtaining their green cards and visas.

Gerald served as an Adjunct Law Professor in the City Colleges of Chicago, IL where he taught the law of Contract and Business Law. He is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Gerald is a strong advocate who loves working with people, listening to people, exploring and striving to deliver the best immigration solutions to their problems.

BAR ADMISSION

Illinois 2000
Licensed to practice Federal Immigration law in all 50 States

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

Member of the Chicago Bar Association
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

LEGAL EDUCATION

Juris Doctor – DePaul University,Lund University (Sweden),Tulane University (France)
Master of Law (LLM) in Chinese and International Law – City University of Hong Kong (China)

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION

Master in Computer Science – University of Chicago
MBA – DePaul University, Helsinki School of Economics (Finland)

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

B.S. Biological Science – DePaul University


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Natallie Santana – Associate Immigration Attorney

Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Member of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico (BAPR)
Puerto Rico Bar Admission since 2010

Natallie is an Immigration lawyer.  She has been working with the Cipolla Law Group since January 2014 where she received in-depth training under our principal lawyer Gerald Cipolla.  While working as a team member of the Cipolla Law Group, she has worked on and become skilled in matters including family, employment and humanitarian based applications.  As an immigration lawyer, Natallie continues to be a key team player at the Cipolla Law Group, providing excellent legal services to our clients.  She has embraced the team approach of Cipolla Law Group of treating clients as she would want to be treated.

Natallie earned her law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (J.D., 2010). As a law student, she interned for the Honorable Francisco Besosa and Honorable Jay A. Garcia-Gregory at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, where she performed legal research and drafted opinions on a variety of civil and criminal law issues. Natallie also holds an advanced degree in bankruptcy law from St. John’s University School of Law (LL.M., 2012). As an LL.M. student, she externed for the Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, Natallie is bilingual in English and Spanish. Her multilingual capability and experience with federal courts allow her to provide excellent services to our diverse clientele at our law firm.

Outside the office, Natallie is a long-distance runner, avid reader, orchid enthusiast, and vintage vinyl record collector.

BAR ADMISSION

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 2010 (Practice limited to immigration law)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico (BAPR)
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Associations (AILA)

LEGAL EDUCATION

J.D., magna cum laude – Pontifical Catholic University (Puerto Rico)
LL.M., Bankruptcy Law – Saint John’s University, School of Law (New York)

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

B.A., Political Science and Latin American & Latino Studies – Fordham University (New York)

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Spanish and English


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Katherine Sin – Administrator

Bachelor of Laws LLB – Cardiff University (United Kingdom)
Master of Laws LLM – City University of Hong Kong

Katherine is the Administrator in Cipolla Law Group. She oversees the day to day operation and responsible for planning and implementing business strategies for our law firm. Katherine grew up in Hong Kong and was educated in England for most of her secondary school education. She received her LLB(Hons) Law degree from Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom, one of the Russell Group universities in the United Kingdom (equivalent to the Ivy League in the U.S.) and her LLM Master Degree in Law from the City University of Hong Kong. She is also a certified Mediator from DePaul University. Having lived and studied in Asia, England, Wales and the United States, her international experiences gave her the passion to meet people from around the globe and assist them with their legal matters. Katherine speaks, reads and writes fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. When Katherine is not working, she loves to read the bible, travel, cook, play with her cats and spend time with her boys.

LEGAL EDUCATION

LLB(Hons) Bachelor of Laws – Cardiff University (UK)
LLM Master of Laws – City University of Hong Kong (China)
Certified Mediator – DePaul University

LANGUAGES

Fluent in English and Chinese