Matthew Dillinger has been an attorney at Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd. since 2013.  Mr. Dillinger focuses on employment-based and family-based immigration matters, including EB-1, EB-2, and EB-5 petitions, National Interest Waivers; Nonimmigrant Visas, including H-1Bs, L-1s, and E-2s; and Naturalization.  He also has expertise in waivers of inadmissibility and Adam Walsh Act subject petitions, among other things.  In addition, he works with clients on other matters including civil disputes, business entity formation, and landlord-tenant disputes.

Mr. Dillinger is also an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University’s Institute for Paralegal Studies.  Prior to joining the practice of Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd., Mr. Dillinger worked at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation where he prosecuted administrative violations on behalf of the State of Illinois.

While in law school, Mr. Dillinger externed for the Office of the Chief Counsel, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, where he primarily focused on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  He also worked on a variety of immigration cases, including Provisional Hardship Waivers and Religious Worker Visas, while at the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent’s Immigration Clinic.

Mr. Dillinger has lived and worked abroad in Kakegawa, Japan and Santiago, Chile.

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2013
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for highest mark in Immigration Law and Policy
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for highest mark in Comparative Law
  • The Evergreen State College, B.A., 2005
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Professional Associations & Membership
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter
  • Matt Dillinger, Friend Request Pending: Does a Rare Victory Before the Seventh Circuit Mean Sex Offenders Will Finally Receive Fair Treatment from Courts?, 8 SEVENTH CIRCUIT REV. 374 (2013).
  • Blocking Syrian Refugees From Illinois Is Misguided, Chicago Sun Times, Nov. 18, 2015, (
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