Kathleen M. Gaber

Principal, Schaumburg
Phone: 847.734.8811

Kathleen Gaber, Chair of the firm's Business Immigration Practice Group, has more than 30 years of legal experience representing and advising corporations on issues relating to business immigration and related employment issues. She manages the firm's immigration practice, consisting of more than 15 attorneys and paralegals, which files approximately 2,500 petitions and applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Labor (DOL) each year.

Ms. Gaber represents clients in acquiring nonimmigrant and immigrant visas in a variety of categories, including investors, multinational transfers, specialty occupation workers, extraordinary artists and performers, students, and researchers, among others. She also assists clients in acquiring U.S. citizenship and performing I-94 audits, as well as counseling on immigration ramifications of mergers and acquisitions and other immigration-related employment issues. Her clients consist of publicly traded and privately owned corporations, as well as individuals, located throughout the United States and on six continents, across a variety of industries, such as transportation, construction and equipment, food, banking and financial, health care, high tech and automotive.

Ms. Gaber is a frequent speaker on immigration issues for clients and organizations and has been quoted in print and on air for National Public Radio. She is a member of several foreign Chambers of Commerce.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gaber was employed with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a General Attorney in the Chicago District Office and as an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. She also represented INS as Appellate Counsel before the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Virginia.

Representative Matters

  • Non-Immigrant Visa Applications: Extensive experience with E-1/E-2 investor visas, Blanket L and Traditional L visas used by multinational corporations throughout the world in transferring employees to the United States.

  • Immigrant Visa Applications: Extensive experience on employment based categories for multinational executives and managers.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Other Corporate Restructurings: Advises employers and corporations on the immigration ramifications of corporate changes in ownership to minimize the corresponding visa impacts.

  • Worksite Compliance: Conducts audits on immigration law compliance issues including labor (wage) requirements, I-9 Employee Identification and Work Eligibility Verification audits and document retention requirements.

  • Immigration Related Investment Strategies: Works closely with individuals/corporations entering the United States for the first time to advise on the optimal legal structure and immigration law issues to ensure appropriate staffing of newly established entities.

  • Education and Training: Regularly conducts seminars, workshops and informational sessions for organizations and clients on a multitude of immigration law policy, practice and strategy issues.

Practice Areas


  • Croatian


  • Emory University, J.D., 1985
  • University of Michigan, B.B.A., 1981 and B.A., 1982 in Speech Communication (Evans Scholar)


  • Illinois
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Evans Scholars Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association


  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Top Women Lawyers, 2005-2006, 2012, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, 2003-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2017