Ryan Helgeson, Associate Attorney
Ryan M. Helgeson is an Associate in the Chicago office of Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Business Immigration practice group.
He counsels clients on all aspects of corporate immigration law, including E, H, L, O, P, R and TN visas, permanent residency and naturalization. Mr. Helgeson also has experience providing training and functional know-how to clients to better equip them to recognize and proceed with candidates who have immigration needs. Among other tasks, Mr. Helgeson also performs internal I-9 audits and has experience representing employers in their dealings with ICE audits. During law school, Mr. Helgeson served as a legal intern for the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and as a student supervisor for the Domestic Violence Courthouse Pilot Project.
M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas, Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
M. Mercedes Badia-Tavas is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the U.S. Immigration & Global Mobility Practice with 28 years’ experience. She provides legal & business guidance to clients globally. This includes I-9 compliance, audits, investigations, training, due diligence, internal policy development, and obtaining employment-based visas (B, H, L, O, P, TN, E), PERM applications, EB1 Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher/Prof., EB2 National Interest Waiver & EB5 investor residency status. She prides herself on using legal skills with accuracy and ingenuity in this complex area to represent, advocate, lobby and litigate as needed. She was Chair of the AILA-Chicago Chapter, recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Immigration (2016-2020), & by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers (2018). https://btlaw.com/en/people/mercedes-badia-tavas