About Peter Messersmith, The Messersmith Law Firm, PA


The Messersmith Law Firm only handles US immigration matters.


15 Time Award-Winning Lawyer

2,000+ Cases Approved

The Messersmith Law Firm is a full-service law firm, concentrating on immigration law. We have special expertise in work visas, family based visas, visa waivers, green cards through family and employment and asylum. We are well known for our zealous and creative advocacy on behalf of our clients.


Our philosophy explained

Mr. Messersmith believes that your legal matters should be handled promptly and efficiently. He always keeps his clients informed about their legal matters. Mr. Messersmith guarantees that he will handle your legal matter personally and he will not have assistants or paralegals handle your case.

Reasonable Fees

No hourly Fees; Every Case is Handled on a Flat Fee Basis

We charge $300 for your first in-person consultation and a discounted rate of $150 for a consultation over the phone.  A Consultation is one appointment for a time period of 30 minutes or less.

We accept cash, checks, wire transfers, credit cards, and are now accepting payments made in Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash.

Top Notch Immigration Services

You will receive top notch immigration services at The Messersmith Law Firm. We guarantee personalized legal services, a high rate of success, and very reasonable fees. At The Messersmith Law Firm, you will always get more than what you pay for. While the majority of our clients are referred to our law firm, we are open to take new cases if we feel we can help you achieve your goals. We have no doubt that you will refer everyone you know to us once your case is approved! Our goal is to get your case approved in the shortest amount of time possible yet strive to keep our fees reasonable!

High Success Rate

Since 2002, we have successfully helped thousands of clients worldwide.  Our clients include universities, fortune 500 companies, large and small enterprises, and individuals from various backgrounds.  Thousands of clients and thousands of approved cases.  The results are astonishing!

Award Winning Attorney

It takes years of dedication, devotion and experiences to have a successful law practice for 18 years but to be awarded 15 times in 18 years, you truly have to be extraordinary.  Attorney Peter Messersmith is an extraordinary lawyer whom you can trust.

Reasonable Fees

Many lawyers bill at an hourly rate and send clients monthly statements informing them of their bill. In all of our cases we bill a flat fee. This means that we will quote you a fee and that will be the total amount that you will pay for our legal services.

Award Winning Immigration Attorney Peter Messersmith

Peter Messersmith
Senior Immigration Attorney

Mr. Messersmith has won many awards for excellence in the field of immigration law.

Award nameGrantorDate granted
NominationLawyers of Distinction2019
NominationPremier Lawyers of America2019
Client’s ChoiceAvvo2018
NominationLawyers of Distinction2018
Excellence AwardUS Institute of Trade & Commerce2018
Client’s ChoiceAvvo2017
Top Lawyers in IllinoisThe Legal Network2017
Top 3 Immigration lawyers in Chicago, ILThree Best Rated2017
Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in the State of IllinoisThe American Society of Legal Advocates2017
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client’s ChoiceAvvo2016
2016 Legal Awards NominationAcquisition International AI Legal Awards2016
10 Best Immigration Attorneys for Illinois NominationAmerican Institute of Legal Counsel2016
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client’s ChoiceAvvo2015
Clients’ Choice AwardAvvo2015
Top Lawyers in IllinoisAmerican Lawyers Media2015
Clients’Choice AwardAvvo2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Lawyers in IllinoisAmerican Lawyer Media2014
Best of Business Award for ChicagoSmall Business Community Association2013
Top Lawyers in IllinoisAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Clients’ Choice AwardAvvo2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Clients’ Choice AwardAvvo2012



Mr. Messersmith holds an unrestricted license to practice law from the State of Illinois since November 2002.  He has practiced law continuously since 2002 and his practice is limited to immigration law.

Previous Experience

Before opening The Messersmith Law Firm, Mr. Messersmith gained extensive practical experience clerking for the Honorable Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird, the Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County as an extern as well as clerking for the Honorable Timothy C. Evans, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as an intern.


Mr. Messersmith earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School in 2002.

Professional Associations

American Immigration Lawyers Association 2003-2013

Chicago Bar Association 2010-2011

American Bar Association 2002-2003

Professional Publications

J1 Waiver Options for Physicians in JD Supra 2010

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