Kalman D. Resnick

F 312.604.2609
Kalman Resnick is a Shareholder with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym., Ltd. Mr. Resnick’s more than 40 years of experience as an immigration law practitioner and his vast knowledge of a multiplicity of immigration practice areas contributes to his ability to counsel and advocate for his clients in the field of immigration law.

In addition to immigration law, Mr. Resnick practices in the areas of labor and employment law, civil rights, and constitutional law.

Mr. Resnick has practiced immigration law since 1973. He has extensive experience in virtually every area of immigration practice, including business immigration, family unification, asylum and refugee matters, nationality and citizenship issues, employer sanctions and other employment related immigration matters, and the defense of foreign nationals under removal proceedings.

He has litigated immigration cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including litigating Silva v Bell, 605 F. 2d 978 (7th Cir. 1979), which resulted in the recapturing of 144,999 visa numbers that were illegally charged against the Western Hemisphere numerical limitation and the distribution of these numbers to natives of the Western Hemisphere awaiting immigrant visas. During the pendency of Silva v Bell, the Court of Appeals protected over 500,000 natives of the Western Hemisphere from deportation and granted them employment authorization.

Mr. Resnick’s clients include multinational corporations, medium and small-sized businesses, universities, medical centers, and individual foreign nationals and their families. He counsels corporations, unions, universities, and other non-profit organizations concerning institutional immigration policies and practices, including employment-related immigration issues.

Mr. Resnick has decades of experience representing clients in the fields of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitration, wage and hour matters, and the litigation of labor and employment matters.

Upon graduation from law school in 1973, Mr. Resnick received a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship to work at the 18th Street Neighborhood Legal Services Office of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. In 1976, he obtained private foundation funding to open the Legal Services Center for Immigrants, one of the nation’s first legal services advocacy centers for immigrant rights.


University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1973)
Oberlin College (B.A. 1970) — Magna Cum Laude — Phi Beta Kappa


U.S. Supreme Court (1982)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1976)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1976)

Professional Recognition

Recipient of Reconocimiento Alfonso Garcia Robles from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) (2017)
Recipient of Monsignor Romero Award from Centro Romero (2016)
Recipient of the Rabbi Robert J. Marx Social Justice Award from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (2012)
Community Recognition Award from the Mosque Foundation (2008)
AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
Illinois Leading Lawyers
Included on the Illinois Super Lawyers® list (2005-2024)
Recipient of awards for advocacy on behalf of immigrants and immigrant communities
Leading Lawyer — Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
Named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment and Civil Rights Lawyers Guide (2022-023)

Memberships / Associations

Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member, National Lawyers Guild Immigration Project
Member, Chicago Council of Lawyers
Board Member, Immigrant’s List, America’s # 1 Pro-immigrant Political Action Committee

Presentations & Publications

Mr. Resnick is a frequent speaker at professional and community conferences on various immigration and employment law topics.



Representative Matters

Served as co-lead counsel in the landmark federal class-action case in immigration law that successfully challenged the U.S. State Department’s Western Hemisphere immigrant visa allocation practices between 1968 and 1976, resulting in injunctive orders preventing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of people, authorizing their lawful employment in the United States, and recapturing and re-issuing 144,996 immigrant visas for natives of Western Hemisphere Countries.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation which resulted in the United States Supreme Court’s decision establishing the right of state and local governmental workers to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the right of lawful permanent residents to employment with the United States Postal Service.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the right of refugees and asylees to receive Illinois States Scholarships.

Represented the plaintiffs in the litigation that established the rights of unemployment insurance claimants to due process of law in the adjudication of their claims, including their rights to adequate notice and fair hearings.

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