RC Immigration LLC
Christina Coleman - Founding Partner
Christina develops and executes immigration strategies for a wide range of corporate clients in a variety of industries, including U.S. companies seeking to hire foreign workers and multinational companies transferring foreign employees and executives to the U.S. She also represents foreign investors, and serves as immigration counsel to a corporate services law firm with particular emphasis in assisting European interests in the United States. In addition, she assists individuals with family-based visas and represents individuals on a pro bono basis in a variety of immigration proceedings and applications. Previously, she practiced as a litigator at Sidley Austin, where she defended companies in complex federal and state litigation, including multi-district litigation. She earned her J.D. at Loyola University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude. In addition, she holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Medieval Studies from Yale University, a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and English Literature from Dalhousie University. She has significant experience working with students, and taught English for one year at the Lycee Condorcet in Paris, France after obtaining her undergraduate degree. Originally from Canada, she came to the U.S. in F-1 student status and naturalized in 2006.
Samantha D. Lloyd - Partner
Samantha concentrates in complex corporate immigration matters for companies of all sizes, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1, O-1, TN, and E-1/2 nonimmigrant visas; PERM Labor Certifications and EB-2/3 immigrant petitions; and EB-1 Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher/Multinational Manager immigrant petitions. Samantha also frequently participates in pro bono clinics, and actively represents low income individuals in a variety of matters, including Special Immigrant Juvenile cases. Samantha is a Chicago native, and she earned her J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated with a double major in Spanish and Political Science. After graduating from U of I, Samantha deferred law school for a year to teach English to high school students in Soria, Spain. In her free time, Samantha enjoys travel, meditation, and the practice of yoga.
Ann Peters - Of Counsel
Having worked with diverse populations from all over the world, Ann provides not only representation but also compassion for her clients. Ann regularly represents detained and non-detained clients in the Chicago Immigration Court as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Asylum Office. Ann also represents clients who are facing removal, or applying for a benefit affirmatively, seeking Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention Against Torture, U-Visa protection for victims of crimes, and those self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), in addition to other areas of removal defense and family-based immigration. In 2012 and 2014, Ann received recognition from Chicago Volunteer Legal Service (CVLS) for her commitment to pro bono work and her efforts to further equal access to justice. Ann remains active as a volunteer with CVLS and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Juliana Ximenes - Legal Assistant
Originally from Brazil, Juliana came to Chicago in 2014 on an F-1 visa to study Intensive Academic English at Solex College, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA. After graduating from the program, Juliana became an International Student Advisor. In this position, she was responsible for assisting international students in the admission process from abroad, as well as advising and guiding potential students regarding the degree program best suited to their skills and abilities. Drawing on her first-hand experience as an immigrant, Juliana is exceptionally motivated to aid other foreign nationals in achieving their dream of studying and living in the United States. Prior to coming to Chicago, Juliana earned her Law degree at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, one of Brazil’s premier universities. Juliana speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
In May 2015, our co-founding partner and dear friend, Bradley Richards, passed away very suddenly. Throughout his legal career, at Fragomen, Vedder Price, and most recently Richards Coleman Immigration Group LLC, Brad demonstrated not only outstanding skill but also a true passion for immigration law and above all, his clients. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, his friends, and his family.