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10.0Kelley A. Chenhalls



Kelley Chenhalls is one of the founders of Chenhalls Nissen, S.C. and has been practicing immigration law for over 15 years. 

Her practice areas include both employment- and family-based immigration. In particular, Kelley’s practice focuses on the medical field working with doctors, nurses, scientists, dentists, and other medical professionals to achieve their immigration goals. She handles H-1B petitions, PERM applications, J-1 waiver applications, NIW petitions for both physicians and advanced degree professionals, and EB-1 petitions for outstanding professors and/or researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability.

In 2014, Kelley received a Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.  She also has been recognized on multiple occasions as a “Leading Lawyer” by M Magazine 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.  Kelley is a contributing author for the Illinois Practice Series, The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois.

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, as an AILA advocate in 2013, and on behalf of the International Medical Graduates Taskforce in 2016.


Marquette University Law School
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2003

Marquette University
M.A., International Affairs, 2004

Marquette University

B.A., cum laude with honors, 1999


Kelley served as the Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of AILA from 2012 to 2013, as Vice Chair from 2011 to 2012, and as Treasurer from 2007 to 2011.  She also served on AILA’s national Health Care Professionals/Physicians Committee from 2016 - 2017, and is the Chair of AILA’s national Membership Committee.

Kelley has presented and spoken on Immigration Law to other attorneys for LawReviewCLE and the Society of Family Lawyers.  She also studied Spanish in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.