Kelley A. Chenhalls
Kelley Chenhalls is one of the founders of Chenhalls Nissen, S.C. She has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years.
Kelley's practice areas include both employment- and family-based immigration. In particular, her 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.
Among other honors, Kelley is the recipient of a Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice. She also was honored in 2016 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 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 and 2018.
Kelley is a contributing author for the Illinois Practice Series, The Law of Medical Practice in Illinois. She has presented and spoken on immigration law to other attorneys for LawReviewCLE, the Society of Family Lawyers, and the International Medical Graduates Taskforce. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and served as Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Wisconsin Chapter and as a member of the national Health Care Professionals/Physicians Committee and the Membership committee.
Kelley studied Spanish in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Activities & Associations
- Wisconsin Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chair, Membership Committee, 2015
Member, Health Care Professionals/Physicians Committee, 2016 - 2017
Chair, Wisconsin Chapter, 2012 - 2013
Vice Chair, Wisconsin Chapter, 2011 - 2012
Treasurer, Wisconsin Chapter, 2007 - 2011