Attorney Biography

As an immigration attorney, Lakshmi maintains an active practice that provides various immigration services.  She handles both employment and family based immigration cases, which includes assisting companies sponsor foreign nationals and helping individuals apply for non-immigrant status, legal residency and citizenship in the United States.

Lakshmi has assisted clients in a variety of immigration cases and she represents clients in removal proceedings before the immigration courts in Chicago, Illinois.  The Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Ltd. handles cases such as:

  • Employment visas (including, H1-B visas, O and P visas, J visas, L visas, R visas, TN visas)
  • Legal Permanent Resident (green card) status through Employment
  • Family sponsorship and spousal/fiancé visas
  • Adjustment/Change of Status
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Student visas
  • Lakshmi also works on Asylum/Refugee and VAWA cases

The Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Ltd. serves all immigrant communities.  Lakshmi understands the needs of immigrants as her family immigrated to the United States.  Lakshmi’s family is from Tamil Nadu, India and she is fluent in Tamil.

Lakshmi received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign.  Lakshmi is admitted to practice law in Illinois and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (federal court).  Lakshmi is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Lakshmi is recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law.  She has received this distinction in 2016 and 2017.  Lakshmi is active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA – Evanston/Northshore, serves on the Human Resources Committee of the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, and presently serves on the Social Security committee for the AILA Chicago Chapter.  In addition, in 2012 Lakshmi was elected to be a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  Lakshmi is also a member of Northshore LAW, a collaborative of women attorneys.



My wife and I were in a very difficult situation regarding our visa statuses; however Lakshmi was able to assist us through her knowledge of immigration law and willingness to research a variety of options. Furthermore, the personal attention that we received from Lakshmi allowed us to be aware of all of the details regarding our case.

Family-Based Immigration Client

Lakshmi is a compassionate lawyer and is impressive in her knowledge and skill of immigration law.

Non-immigrant Visa Client

We have been working with the Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan, Ltd. for several years and have been impressed with the professionalism and level of service we receive. Lakshmi is a competent and thorough attorney and my company has benefitted greatly from her skilled services.

Business Owner President

Lakshmi’s knowledge of immigration law and ability to navigate the immigration system is exceptional. She was persistent and responsive which was key to obtaining the required visas for my family.

Family-Based Immigration Client

I own a start-up company that is growing and needed an immigration lawyer who would be able to explain the immigration process and guide me through each step. Lakshmi was the perfect lawyer. She was attentive to my company’s needs, understands the law and was able to get my employees the required visas they needed. Lakshmi has been a valuable advisor regarding immigration law to my company.

Consulting Firm CEO