Solomon D. Gilliam
Obtaining Green Cards, Pardons & Fighting Deportations… We keep families together!
Family Immigration Law
Gilliam grew up an only child, raised in the West Suburbs of the Chicago land area. After completing his high school education, he thereafter moved to the city of Chicago where he would spend the next twenty (20) years of his life.
During that time, Gilliam, heavily influenced by his parents’ love for Latin culture and its people completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a major in Spanish language. While attending UIC, Gilliam chose to delve deeper into the study of Spanish by completing a year of his coursework in Spain at the Universitat de Barçelona.
Before attending DePaul College of Law in Chicago’s Loop, Gilliam married his college sweetheart and began to raise a family in the City.
While studying law at DePaul, Gilliam took on a variety of coursework from International Business to working for community-based not-for-profits at the DePaul Legal Clinic. Gilliam states that he chose to study law: “in order to help people… People that have no voice or that are under-represented or disenfranchised… those are the first people that come to mind.”
Like many young lawyers who are anxious to start fighting cases’- but who do not have much experience- Gilliam started his career working at a Criminal Defense law practice in Cook County.
“Going to trial on misdemeanor traffic tickets gives you [the confidence] to start setting everything for trial… and that was the standard protocol back at that [law] firm- to force the State to prove its case if they didn’t give [us] what we thought was a fair offer for our clients.”
After gaining confidence in the courtroom through his trial experience, Gilliam left that small, boutique practice to test the waters of a larger private practice. That law firm handled several different areas of practice. Among one of the areas was Immigration.
In a short time, Gilliam was offered the opportunity to learn how to handle cases before the federal Immigration Courts. Extremely exited to take his Criminal Defense knowledge to another level, Gilliam pounced on the opportunity.
In Houston, Gilliam learned how to fight Deportation cases. After a few weeks of formal training, Gilliam would later travel around the United States representing clients, primarily in Removal Defense hearings.
To date, attorney Solomon Gilliam has represented thousands of clients and assisted in handling thousands of family immigration cases. Gilliam has personally appeared before the U.S. immigration court in cities all over the country, including: Chicago, Nashville, Detroit, Memphis, Buffalo, Louisville, Phoenix, Houston, and Seattle. He has filed appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and successfully re-opened cases, won pardons for clients convicted for criminal offenses and also for those clients who simply crossed the U.S. border without inspection or proper documentation.
Mr. Gilliam has a solid network of immigration & criminal defense attorneys that are able to assist in his litigation of cases.
“Chicago Immigration Attorneys is about keeping families together- estamos aquí para mantenerle a su familia unida. And we study the law closely. Then we compare the law with the facts of the case to find a legal solution to your family’s immigration needs. ”
Attorney Gilliam is passionate about keeping people of all backgrounds’ families together. When asked about what exactly drives his passion, Gilliam responded:
“Families are the nucleus of every community. It’s the building block of our society- and the more diverse the better. I love my family and cannot imagine having to live apart from them. How can [we] be our best if we cannot live with our moms and dads or husbands and wives and children?”
Together, Gilliam and his wife raise their four children in the Chicago area. Gilliam’s wife works full-time and, fortunately, Gilliam’s parent’s reside nearby to help keep an eye on the children. Gilliam in-laws came to the United States from Guatemala and currently reside just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Gilliam’s greatest enjoyment in life is spending quality time with his family. Gilliam also enjoys travel, fine dining, watching his children compete in football and wrestling, reading and watching classic films. Gilliam knows exactly how important family is and he is committed to keeping your family together.