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 $200 for a phone consultation. For an emergency phone consultation (a phone consultation scheduled in 24 hours or less) or an in person consultation, our consultation fee is $400.  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 Ethereum.

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 name Grantor Date Granted
Nomination Lawyers of Distinction 2021
2021 Chicago Best Award City’s Best Awards 2021
Client’s Choice Avvo 2021
Acquisition International Legal Awards 2020 Nomination Acquisition International 2020
Nomination Lawyers of Distinction 2019
Nomination Premier Lawyers of America 2019
Client’s Choice Avvo 2018
Nomination Lawyers of Distinction 2018
Excellence Award US Institute of Trade & Commerce 2018
Top 3 Immigration lawyers in Chicago, IL Three Best Rated 2017
Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in the State of Illinois The American Society of Legal Advocates 2017
Top Lawyers in Illinois The Legal Network 2017
Client’s Choice Avvo 2017
Nomination Legal Elite Awards 2017
10 Best Immigration Attorneys for Illinois Nomination American Institute of Legal Counsel 2016
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2016
2016 Legal Awards Nomination Acquisition International AI Legal Awards 2016
Client’s Choice Avvo 2016
Client’s Choice Avvo 2015
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2015
Clients’Choice Award Avvo 2015
Top Lawyers in Illinois American Lawyers Media 2015
Clients’Choice Award Avvo 2014
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2014
Top Lawyers in Illinois American Lawyer Media 2014
Best of Business Award for Chicago Small Business Community Association 2013
Top Lawyers in Illinois American Lawyer Media 2013
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2013
Clients’Choice Award Avvo 2013
Client Distinction Award Martindale-Hubbell 2012
Clients’ Choice Award Avvo 2012



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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