Maria is the founder of the firm. She has been recognized nationally as a leading immigration attorney. In June 2013, she was awarded an American Immigration Lawyers Association President’s Commendation, “For Always Fighting for What’s Right.” In July 2010, Maria was the recipient of the Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Since 2004, she has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in the area of immigration law. She has been involved in the field of immigration law since August 1990.
Maria obtained her B.A. degree magna cum laude from the University of Dayton (Ohio) in International Studies and Spanish in 1990. She then spent four years working with detained noncitizens on the Texas-Mexico border, first for Catholic Charities and then for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), including two years as an accredited representative. Between 1994 and 2008, she trained law students and traveled to ProBAR during law school breaks with the Asylum Law Project. She received an award for Outstanding Service in Defense of Human Rights through Asylum Representation from ProBAR in 1995. Maria received her J.D. degree cum laude in 1997. She served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Immigration Law Clinic from 1997 to 1999.
Maria was the recipient of two National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL, now Equal Justice Works) Equal Justice Fellowships to work with the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota in St. Paul (1997 – 1999) and the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago (1999 – 2001). In the aftermath of the 1996 legislative overhauls of the immigration laws, she wrote the second and third state-focused manual on the intersection of criminal and immigration laws and trained public defenders in Minnesota and then Illinois about the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions. In 1999, Maria received the Human Rights Volunteer Award from the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.
Maria is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is active on the national and local levels. In 2004, she was awarded the Chicago AILA Chapter’s Minsky Mentor Award. She served for two years (2008-2010) as the vice-chair of the national AILA-Executive Office for Immigration Review, which meets twice a year with the leadership of the Board of Immigration Appeals and Chief Office of the Immigration Judge.
Maria is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association where she previously served as the Chair of its Immigration Law Committee. A long-time member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, she has served on the Board of Directors since 2009.
Licensed in Minnesota and Illinois, Maria is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Northern Illinois, Eastern Wisconsin, and Western Michigan as well as the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. Maria speaks Spanish fluently.
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Daniel W. Thomann
Daniel focuses on removal defense, appeals, and federal litigation. He also represents clients in family-based matters as well as applications for waivers, asylum and naturalization.
Daniel is a 2003 graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University in 2000. During law school, Daniel worked on criminal defense and civil litigation matters at a law firm in North Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Chicago in 2004 to work as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and continued to work in politics and advocacy until he entered the field of immigration law in 2007. In 2008, Daniel began working at a small law firm in the Little Village neighborhood, where he focused almost exclusively on diverse immigration cases. In January 2009, he started his own immigration practice in which he focused primarily on removal defense, appeals, litigation, and cases involving criminal issues. In 2013, Daniel joined Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C.
Daniel is admitted to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Chicago Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Missouri Bar Association, where he serves as immigration law editor for the Missouri Courts Bulletin. He is active on various committees of the Chicago AILA Chapter and serves as the legislative liaison for the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Daniel speaks Spanish fluently.
Kevin A. Raica
Kevin is a dedicated immigration attorney with nine years of experience representing a diverse range of clients before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of State, Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He received his J.D. in 2004 from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 2000.
While focusing his practice in the area of waivers, removal defense, and the consequences of criminal convictions on immigration status, Kevin also has a wide range of experience representing employers in their efforts to obtain visas for foreign workers. Kevin has conducted I-9 audits and advised employers about I-9 best practices. Kevin is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. He was named an Illinois Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. He is licensed in Illinois.
Julia focuses on removal defense, asylum, family based and business immigration, entrepreneur and investment based immigration. Julia represents individual clients addressing white collar crime and immigration issues. She also represents employers during Department of Homeland Security Form I-9 inspections as well as companies’ audits during acquisitions. Julia assists owners and employees of multinational companies wishing to establish offices in the United States to obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas. In addition, Julia assists world class athletes and coaches in their non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions.
Julia is originally from Kiev, Ukraine. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian. Julia is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance with honor distinction. Julia is a 2007 graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. During law school, Julia received the first place Brief Award in the regional round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, received the third place Best Brief Award in World Dillard Competition of Jessup Moot Court, and was a recipient of the 2005 ABA Society of Writers on Legal Subjects’ SCRIBES Best Brief Award. Julia completed a clerkship with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. She served as president of the International Law Society at The John Marshall Law School. Prior to completing her higher education, Julia was a National U.S. Figure Skating Team member and represented the United States at international figure skating competitions.
Julia worked as a litigation associate at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, focusing on complex litigation, international litigation, white collar crimes defense, and immigration and compliance work. Four years later, Julia opened her own boutique firm in 2011 with a diverse immigration practice focusing on removal defense, asylum, family and business immigration, and advisals to criminal defense counsel about the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions. In 2013, Julia joined Maria Baldini-Potermin and Associates, P.C.
Julia is admitted to practice in Illinois. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Association of Russian Speaking Attorneys.
Gretchen has been admitted to practice in Illinois since 2011. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of the Holy Cross in 2004. Gretchen became interested in immigration law after she graduated from college and worked at a not-for-profit education center in Los Angeles called South Central LAMP. In 2005, she moved to Chicago. Before attending law school, Gretchen worked for three years as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Chicago. While at DePaul Law, Gretchen was a student in the year-long Asylum and Immigration Clinic. She also interned at the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.
Gretchen is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Chicago Bar Association, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Gretchen speaks Spanish.
Kendra H. Scheuerlein
Kendra graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2013 with a certificate in Public Interest Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois. While at DePaul, Kendra served on the board for the Society for Asylum and Immigration Law, was a student in the Asylum and Immigration and Detention Clinics, and volunteered for ProBAR in Harlingen, Texas. Before and during law school, she worked for seven years as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm in Chicago, Illinois. Kendra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Evergreen State College in 2004. She became interested in immigration law after college when she worked for a not-for-profit development organization called Water For People in Guatemala, helping people access safe drinking water and toilets and teaching health and hygiene classes in village schools.
Kendra is a member of the American Bar Association, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Her applications to the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association are pending. Kendra speaks Spanish.