Carlina Tapia-Ruano, Chicago Immigration Attorney

Carlina Tapia-Ruano


Carlina Tapia-Ruano has been concentrating her practice in the field of immigration law for over three decades. She has handled a broad range of family and employment based immigration matters and has extensive experience in immigration related litigation. Ms. Tapia-Ruano is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national bar association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors. She is the first Hispanic ever to be been elected to this position. Ms. Tapia-Ruano has served as a liaison to various federal government offices, she has been Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Section on Immigration Law, and was a prior board member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Ms. Tapia-Ruano has testified before the US Congress on the USA PATRIOT Act, is a frequent lecturer on immigration law to attorneys all over the US, and appears frequently on Spanish-language television programs. She is a past Commissioner of the ABA Commission on Immigration. Ms. Tapia-Ruano was recently appointed, by the ABA President, to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee to the ABA Presidential Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. She taught immigration law at IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She holds a rating of AV (very high to preeminent) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory has been listed in Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers Network and has repeatedly been named a "Super Lawyer" in Illinois. Ms. Tapia-Ruano is a naturalized citizen who emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, and speaks fluent Spanish. In May of 2004, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, the institution, which awarded her a BA alma cum laude in 1977. She obtained her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, in Chicago, Illinois.

Jeffrey Gunn, Chicago Immigration Attorney

Jeffrey Gunn


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, Chicago Immigration Attorney

Tristan Gunn


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 itís 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 Gunn - Tapia Ruano & Gunn - Chicago Immigration Attorneys

Elena Gunn


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 - Tapia Ruano & Gunn - Chicago Immigration Attorneys

Maria Alvarado


Maria Alvarado obtained her Bachelorís in Science in Biological Sciences and Masterís 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 Mendoza - Tapia Ruano & Gunn - Chicago Immigration Attorneys

Cecilia Mendoza


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.

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