Carlina Tapia-Ruano has been concentrating her practice in the field of immigration law for more than three decades. She has handled a wide range of immigration issues based on family and employment, and has extensive experience in litigation related to immigration. Ms. Tapia-Ruano was president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national bar association of more than 14,000 lawyers and law professors. She was the first Hispanic elected to this position. Ms. Tapia-Ruano has served as liaison on several committees with the federal government. She has served as President of AILA Chicago Chapter, as a former President of the Immigration Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association, a former Board Member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and a former member of the City of Chicago Immigration Advisory Board. She was also a Commissioner on the ABA Immigration Commission, and has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Presidential Commission on the Rights and Responsibilities of Hispanics of the ABA. She was recently appointed by the Illinois State Senators, to serve on the Senate Selection Committee for Judicial, US Attorney, and US Marshall Nominations. She was an adjunct professor of immigration law at the IIT-Chicago Kent Law School, and at the De Paul University School of Law in Chicago. Ms. Tapia-Ruano has testified before the US Congress about the USA PATRIOT Act and is a frequent lecturer on immigration laws to attorneys across the United States. Since she is bilingual, she appears frequently in Spanish-language television programs and other means of communication. She holds an AV rating (very high to pre-eminent) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and appears in the Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America, and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" in Illinois, by the Leading Lawyers Network. In 2004, she received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Wesleyan University in Illinois, where she received her BA, alma cum laude. She obtained her J.D. from the De Paul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Tapia-Ruano is a US citizen, who emigrated to the United States from Cuba.
Jeffrey W. Gunn, admitted to Illinois State bar in 1984; admitted to the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; to the United States District Courts for the States of Illinois (Northern and Central Districts), Michigan (Eastern District), Indiana (Northern District), and Colorado; and to the Trial Bar for the Seventh Circuit. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel. Education: Illinois Wesleyan University and Loyola University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1977), DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1984). Public Service: Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center, Chicago, since 1986. Language: Spanish.
Tristan Gunn has been admitted to the Illinois State Bar as a licensed Attorney. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 2011 and his BA in Philosophy from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2004. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mr. Gunn had been employed as a legal assistant for two respected Immigration Law firms in the city of Chicago. Mr. Gunn has worked for TAPIA-RUANO & GUNN P.C. since it's formation in 2006, starting as a Legal Assistant before becoming the Office Manager and then finally an Attorney. Mr. Gunn has studied Spanish abroad in Mexico and Cuba. He is fluent in Spanish, having obtained a Diploma of Language Certification from the school of Encuentros in the State of Morelos in Mexico.
Elena is a senior paralegal at Tapia-Ruano & Gunn P.C., with several years of experience working on cases involving family-based immigration law. Elena is also currently a law student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, in Chicago, and is the elected 1L Evening Student Representative for IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Bar Association. Elena holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, Illinois, with a major in English Literature. She has lived and studied in Spain where she obtained a Diploma of Language Certification from the Enforex Spanish Language School in Madrid. She is fluent in Spanish.
Maria Alvarado obtained her Bachelor's in Science in Biological Sciences and Master's in Nursing through the Graduate Entry Program from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a first generation Mexican-American and has extensive experience in matters related to immigration laws, having worked as a paralegal in immigration firms for several years. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied French and Italian.
Cecilia graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. Throughout her professional career, Cecilia has worked directly with people through a wide variety of community organizations that serve as advocates for communities. Cecilia is currently a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL in the School of Public Service in the Leadership and Policy Studies program. She is fluent in Spanish.
Mercy graduated from St. Vincent DePaul Commercial School in Honduras. She has extensive experience in matters related to family-based immigration law, having worked as a legal bilingual secretary in immigration firms for over a decade. She also has years of experience working with various national businesses in the export, cosmetic, and medical world. Throughout her professional career, she has worked directly with people. Mercy is a naturalized citizen who emigrated to the U.S. from Honduras, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Esmeralda graduated from Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois, with an Associates in Arts. She has experience working as an assistant with other immigration attorneys in Chicago, and with immigrants from various countries. Esmeralda fluent in Spanish.
Nathaniel graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. At IWU, he participated as a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team and played the cello in the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra. He is pursing a Psy.D in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL with a focus in either child and adolescent psychology or traumatic stress psychology. Throughout his educational and professional career, Nate has traveled to many different countries and worked directly with underrepresented populations both on a domestic and international scale. He is fluent in Spanish.