Elisabeth Carlson has been an attorney with Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd. since 2009. She focuses her practice in the area of immigration and nationality law, including family-based immigration, removal defense, humanitarian immigration (U Visas, VAWA, asylum and SIJS), and naturalization.  As such, she regularly practices before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, the Citizenship & Immigration Service and Consulate offices abroad.

Ms. Carlson has been selected by the Illinois Super Lawyers List in 2020 and as a Rising Star in immigration 2014-2019.  In addition to practicing law, she has served as an adjunct professor in immigration at Northwestern Law.

During law school, she worked at the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review as a judicial law clerk at the San Francisco Immigration Court.  While obtaining her degrees, Ms. Carlson studied abroad in Chile and Mexico; she speaks Spanish.

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of Iowa, B.A., 2004
  • State of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit, 2010
Professional Associations & Membership American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Chicago Chapter
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement Detention/Enforcement & Removal Operations Liaison, co-chair 2016-present; committee member 2015-2016, 2012-2014
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement Office of Chief Counsel Liaison, committee member, 2015-2016
  • Legal Services for Detainees, co-chair, 2013-2015; committee member, 2012-2013
  • Social Security Administration Liaison, committee member, 2014-2015
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review, committee member, 2011-2012
  • Ethics and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, committee member, 2010-2011
Chicago Bar Association
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, Vice-chair, 2012-2013
Invited Speaker
  • AILA, Midwest Regional Conference, "U Visa Adjudication Trends," Discussion leader, October 9, 2020, held virtually, Chicago, Illinois.
  • AILA, Chicago Chapter Litigation Conference, "Inadmissibility and 245i- Tricks of the Trade," Discussion leader, November 20, 2015, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Chicago Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Annual Conference, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) – Updates, Trends and Best Practices,” Discussion leader, January 14, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Chicago Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Annual Conference, "From Jail to Bail," Discussion leader, January 15, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.
  • AILA, Chicago Chapter Litigation Conference, "Stateside and Provisional Waiver Update," Discussion leader, October 18, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
  • AILA, Chicago Chapter Ethics Conference, "Sticky Ethical Situations in Removal Defense Practice," Panel member, May 11, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Spanish