Jennifer Nissen is one of the founders of Chenhalls Nissen and has been practicing immigration law since 2005
Jenny’s practice areas include both employment-based and family-based immigration, with her primary practice focused on employment-based immigration. Jenny works with employers in obtaining temporary work visas and permanent resident status for their foreign national employees, including the filing of PERM applications, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, and both temporary and permanent visas for religious workers.
Jenny is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Association of Women Lawyers. Jenny served as the Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2016 to 2017, and previously served as Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Jenny was named a 2015 Wisconsin Leader in the Law Honoree. She was recognized as a 2015 Michael Maggio Pro Bono Honoree for her volunteer work with the American Immigration Lawyers Association Artesia Project assisting Central American women and children seeking asylum in the United States. In 2014, she received a Distinguished Public Service award from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jenny graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin in May 2005. During law school, Jenny was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated in the Wisconsin Innocence Project. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in December 1998. Between those academic programs, she spent a year working as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer and two years working in social services. Jenny has studied Spanish in Guatemala.
Kelley Chenhalls is one of the founders of Chenhalls Nissen and has been practicing immigration law for over 14 years.
Kelley graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School and was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin in May 2003. Her practice areas include both employment- and family-based immigration as well as the following: nonimmigrant visas such as H-1B, E-3, L-1, O-1, and J-1; religious worker visas; temporary protected status; naturalization; and permanent residence for professionals. In particular, Kelley’ practice focuses on the medical field, working with doctors, scientists, and other medical professionals to achieve their immigration goals. In that niche area, she files PERM applications, J-1 waiver applications, NIW petitions for both physicians and advanced degree professionals, and EB-1 petitions for outstanding professors/researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability.
Kelley is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and served as the Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter from 2012 to 2013. She was the Vice Chair for the Chapter from 2011 to 2012, and served as Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. She is currently serving on AILA’s national Health Care Professionals/Physicians Committee and is the Chair of AILA’s national Membership Committee.
Kelley is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association as well as the International Medical Graduates Taskforce, where she serves on the Calls Committee. She has presented and spoken on Immigration Law to other attorneys for LawReviewCLE and the Society of Family Lawyers.
In 2014, Kelley received a Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice. She also was recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” by M Magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2015 and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in the field of Immigration. In 2016, Kelley was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal for its annual “Women in the Law” event where the journal recognizes outstanding women lawyers in the state of Wisconsin.
In addition to her law degree, Kelley was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Political Science – International Affairs by Marquette University in 2004. She also graduated cum laude with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Marquette University in 1999. She taught English and U.S. history in Grindsted, Denmark and studied Spanish in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Kelley can speak and write in Spanish.
Kelley is passionate about immigration law and has been active in her support for immigration reform. She participated as a Legal Observer at the May Day March of Voces de la Frontera in 2010, and has lobbied for immigration reform in Washington, D.C. while working as a Coordinator for AILA’s National Day of Action in 2012, an AILA advocate in 2013, and on behalf of the International Medical Graduates Taskforce in 2016.