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Practice Areas
  • J.D., George Washington National Law School, 2006
  • B.S., Duke University, 2002 (economics)
Honors & Distinctions
  • Named a 2017 Most Influential Minority Lawyer in Chicago by Crain's Chicago Business
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
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Tejas Shah


Tejas is a partner at Franczek P.C., leading the firm’s immigration practice and serving as a member of the Labor & Employment and Higher Education Practice Groups.

Tejas is committed to helping employers and individuals comply with the complex requirements of U.S. immigration law. As employers increasingly seek to hire and retain talented foreign national employees, he is committed to helping employers efficiently and economically sponsor workers for permanent residency through labor certifications and in multiple temporary visa categories, such as H-1B, O-1, E-2, R-1, E-3, and L-1. He services employers of all sizes who seek assistance with audits by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure compliance with I-9 recordkeeping requirements and employers’ responsibility to verify their employees’ work authorization, preventative counseling and internal audits, and guidance to ensure compliance with evolving immigration rules, executive actions, and legislation. For start-up businesses and small business owners, Tejas has successfully worked with investors to secure work visas and permanent residency through the EB-5 program and represented store owners victimized by robberies to obtain legal crime victim status through “U” visas. He also represents individual foreign nationals in removal proceedings, family-based permanent residency and citizenship applications, and litigation in federal district courts and Courts of Appeals.

Tejas is actively involved with and has been appointed to leadership positions in many immigration-focused associations and bar associations. He served as the 2014 president of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago. He is currently the co-chair of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America’s immigration committee, and, starting in mid-2015, he will become chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s International and Immigration Law Section Council. He also previously chaired the New Members Division for the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, served on the Customs and Border Patrol Liaison Committee, and the liaison committee to the local office of the USCIS, and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the SABA Foundation and the Associate Board of the Indo-American Center of Chicago. He volunteers extensively with pro bono agencies and chaired the “Cyriac Kappil” Indo-American Clinic for three years.

Before joining the Firm, Tejas was selected for a judicial clerkship with the Superior Court of St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and then practiced at two immigration-focused law firms in Chicago. He also previously clerked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focusing on employment discrimination claims, in Washington D.C. He speaks Hindi/Urdu, Gujarati, and French.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • No Small Matter: Identifying the Unique Legal Concerns for Smaller Businesses; Hinshaw & Culbertson; August 28, 2017; Chicago, IL 
  • Changes in Immigration Policy and Implications for Students, Families, and Schools; Loyola University Education Law Year in Review; June 27, 2017; Chicago, IL
  • Navigating Change – Immigration Issues Affecting Schools; The Large Unit District Association (LUDA) Spring Symposium; June 8, 2017; Oak Brook, IL
  • Navigating Change – Immigration Issues Affecting Schools; Franczek Radelet Annual School Law Conference; February 10, 2017; Chicago, IL
  • How Can We? For Student Issues; Franczek Radelet Annual School Law Conference; February 10, 2017; Chicago, IL
  • 2016 Immigration Law Update: Changes that Affect your Practice and Clients, ISBA Intl. and Immigration Law Section, Webinar, January 22, 2016
  • Beyond the Business of Immigration ABC's, CBA/YLS Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, January 7, 2016 (live program)
  • Getting Incorporated: An Introduction to Hiring Nonimmigrants for the Newer Practitioner, AILA Chicago Chapter Fall Conference, October 16, 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Impact of Immigration Issues on School Districts; DuPage County Regional Office of Education; August 10, 2015
  • 2014 Immigration Accountability Executive Action: A Constitutional and Policy Perspective; 12th Annual South Asian Bar Association of North America Convention; June 11, 2015; Orlando, FL (panelist)
  • Immigration Overview: Relevance to General Practitioners & Criminal Defense Attorneys; Peoria County Bar Association; March 11, 2015; Peoria, IL (co-presenter)
  • Update on Compliance/Audit Issues; American Immigration Lawyers Association Midwest Regional Conference; March 9, 2015; Chicago, IL (moderator)
  • ABCs of EB-1 & EB-2 National Interest Waivers, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Fall Business Conference, October 2014, Chicago, Illinois (panelist)
  • Employer Compliance Requirements under U.S. Immigration Law, Chicago Bar Association (CBA) - International and Foreign Law Committee Meeting, September 2014, Chicago, Illinois (panelist)
  • How Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Affect the Tech Industry, ITech Lawyers Conference - Asia-Pacific Region, January 2014, Bangalore, India (panelist)
  • Immigration Law Update (webinar), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) - International and Immigration Law Section, November 2013, Chicago, Illinois (panelist)
  • Tax and Immigration Rules for Global Professionals, NASABA (webinar), October 2013 (moderator)
  • Civil Rights Implications of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, September 2013, Chicago, Illinois
  • Employment-Based Permanent Residency Options, CBA, November 2012, Chicago, Illinois
  • Immigration Options for Foreign Graduate Students and Hot Topics in Immigration, Indiana University, October 2012, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Immigration Options for Artists and Entertainers, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, September 2012, Chicago, Illinois
  • Getting Politically Correct, Network of Indian Professionals, April 2012, Chicago, Illinois
  • Immigrating to India and Indian Business Etiquette, Northwestern Law School - India Law Travel Group, February 2012, Evanston, Illinois
  • Immigration law guest lectures, Marquette University and Chicago-Kent, 2011-2012
  • EB-1 and EB-2 Self-Petition Permanent Residency Options, AILA - New Members Division (Chicago Chapter), February 2011, Chicago, Illinois
  • Immigration Options for International Physicians, Illinois Advocate Masonic Medical Center, February 2011, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Publications


  • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Publishing (2017)
  • Young Lawyer of the Year in Cook County, Illinois State Bar Association (2015)
  • Cornerstone Award, South Asian Bar Association of North America (2015)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2010)