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 university faculty, researchers, qualified Ph.D. students, and scientists in a wide variety of disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, aerospace, nanotechnology, medicine, engineering, materials science, sociology, aerospace, and genetics.
Mr. Arkell’s approach is meticulous and his results reflect it. Mr. Arkell’s vast knowledge of the NIW requirements and process allow him to answer client questions immediately and decisively so the NIW petition can be prepared, filed, and approved in an efficient and timely manner. Having gone through the immigration process himself, Mr. Arkell also understands the human element of this process. He respects the importance and urgency felt by his clients to complete the NIW application quickly and successfully so that his clients can concentrate on their field of expertise and not worry about their immigration status in the United States.
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 extensively around the world. Upon his return he joined the Dunn Law Firm as a partner where he, along with Mark T. Dunn and Thomas J. Arkell represented various universities and colleges in the State of Illinois. Mr. Arkell subsequently accepted a position to become a law professor. He spent 11 years as a full professor at Shenzhen University School of Law and also taught courses as an adjunct at Peking University Graduate School. He recently spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor teaching Law and Ethics courses at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. During his time as an academic, Mr. Arkell continued to consult with the Dunn Law Firm immigration practice and remained active and current with respect to U.S. immigration law. Mr. Arkell currently exclusively practices immigration law focusing primarily on National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professor or Researcher matters for clients from top universities and research Institutions from around the country. His 16 years as a university professor provides him with a unique perspective and he is able to work seamlessly with faculty members, researchers, post docs and graduate students to efficiently complete their immigration matters.
Ed McKibbin has practiced law for over 25 years including 15 years as an attorney at Illinois State University. Prior to practicing law in McLean County, McKibbin practiced law at Haessler Sullivan Klein and McKibbin, Ltd. in Nebraska.
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 Immigrant Petitions and Adjustment of Status applications. She also has experience in drafting National Interest Waiver, Outstanding Professor or Researcher and Extraordinary Ability Petitions. Ms. Rinkenberger regularly utilizes her paralegal studies degree and training, and constantly monitors multiple immigration-related web sites, listservs and publications for new developments in immigration law.
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 the world. Mr. Miquiabas earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Kayla Clark earned her associate’s degree in Applied Science from Illinois Central College and has several years of paralegal experience. As an immigration paralegal, Mrs. Clark is primarily responsible for drafting forms for immigrant petitions and adjustment of status applications. (I-140; I-485; I-765, I-131).
Kerry Hohstadt 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 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 experience includes drafting H-1B petitions, applications for labor certification (including PERM), employment-based petitions for alien workers (I-140s), applications for adjustment of status (I-485s) and preparing materials regarding I-9 compliance. Carrie is a cum laude graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where her major was International Studies.
Samantha Stills has over eight 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 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.
Shanice Mardis works primarily on family-based and citizenship applications. Mrs. Mardis focuses on applications for permanent residence including adjustment of status and consular processing. She also assists with naturalization applications, consular processing, petitions to remove conditions and K-1 status. Prior to serving as an immigration paralegal, Mrs. Mardis served as a legal secretary and legal assistant since 2010 and was responsible for various administrative tasks. Mrs. Mardis is passionate and dedicated to helping our clients with their immigration applications. Mrs. Mardis is originally from Belize in Central America and she is also fluent in Spanish.
Rachel Claveria earned her Associates degree in Political Science at Heartland Community College and both her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Paralegal certificate from Illinois State University. She has experience with immigration both personally and professionally. She primarily assists with National Interest Waiver and Extraordinary Ability cases.