Thomas J. Arkell
Thomas J. Arkell

Partner

Thomas J. Arkell is a senior partner in the Dunn Law Firm, LLP in Bloomington, Illinois, which was founded in 1915. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and he has been licensed to practice law for over twenty years. Mr. Arkell was a F-1 international student and then a permanent resident before obtaining his U.S. citizenship. Tom has extensive expertise in filing National Interest Waiver (NIW) immigrant visa petitions for college and...

Jim Arkell
Jim Arkell

Of Counsel

F. James Arkell is a 1989 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Jim has a vast array of legal experience including extensive experience in immigration. In 1998, after 9 years as a trial lawyer, he co-founded Retro Studios and in his capacity as General Counsel handled all immigration matters for the company, including H1-B, TN and applications for permanent residence. Retro Studios was acquired by Nintendo, and after successfully transitioning control to Nintendo, he traveled...

Stacy Rinkenberger
Stacy Rinkenberger

Immigration Practice Manager

Stacy Rinkenberger has been with the Dunn Law Firm for over ten (10) years and has over twenty (20) years of experience working exclusively on immigration matters, including both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. Ms. Rinkenberger worked for Caterpillar for ten (10) years as an immigration paralegal prior to joining the firm. Ms. Rinkenberger has extensive experience in employment based immigration applications including filing H-1B petitions, PERM labor certification applications, I-140...

Bong Miquiabas
Bong Miquiabas

Immigration Counsel

Bong Miquiabas has extensive professional experience in U.S. immigration. A former State Department consular officer, he adjudicated U.S. visas in Mexico and Hong Kong. He later served as the Director of International Student and Scholar Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, working with the Office of General Counsel on immigration matters. In addition, he has worked in journalism for one of the top newspapers in Asia and in corporate communications for one of the largest corporations in...

Brian Puckett
Brian Puckett

Senior Immigration Paralegal

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College. He has worked as a U.S. immigration law paralegal since 2005, including work at both large business services firms and small immigration-specialized firms with top U.S. immigration practitioners. With over 15 years of experience working primarily with employment-based immigration processes, his extensive experience includes E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1 (including New Office L-1A), TN, O-1, B-1/B-2, PERM labor certifications, EB-1/2/3 I-140,...

Kayla Clark
Kayla Clark

Paralegal

Kayla earned her associate’s degree in Applied Science from Illinois Central College and has several years of paralegal experience. As an immigration paralegal, Kayla is primarily responsible for drafting forms for immigrant petitions and adjustment of status applications.  (I-140; I-485; I-765, I-131).

Kerry Hohstadt
Kerry Hohstadt

Paralegal

Kerry received his Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Eastern Illinois University and has an associate’s degree from Illinois Central College. Mr. Hohstadt has been with the firm for several years and assists in the drafting of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professor Researcher, O-1A and National Interest Waiver petitions.

Carrie Tahtamouni
Carrie Tahtamouni

Paralegal

Carrie has been associated with the firm for over thirteen (13) years and has over twenty-one years of experience working exclusively on immigration matters. Prior to joining the Arkell Immigration Team, Carrie worked on employment-based immigration cases at one of the largest firms in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Tahtamouni also previously worked in the legal department of a large corporation providing support for the entire cycle of the employment based permanent residence process. Carrie’s...

Samantha Stills
Samantha Stills

Paralegal

Samantha has over eight (8) years of office managerial and administrative experience with a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University. She is responsible for receiving and directing all incoming telephone calls on immigration matters, in addition to greeting immigration clients in person, and she also assists with retainers, billing, immigration file management and preparing filings and materials for delivery.

John Barrett
John Barrett

Paralegal

John has his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University with Gamma Upsilon writing honors. As an immigration paralegal, John recently joined the firm and assists primarily on NIW EB2 matters.

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