Michaela Muresan is an Of Counsel attorney with the Jarecki Law Group. She has extensive experience in a broad range of immigration matters, including employment-based, family-based, and naturalization. Currently, Michaela focuses her practice in representing clients in employment-based immigration matters.
Michaela began practicing immigration law in the non-profit setting, first at the Central American Resource Center (“CARECEN”) in Washington, DC, and then as a justice AmeriCorps fellow at the National Immigrant Justice Center (“NIJC”) in Chicago, Illinois. Michaela represented clients with temporary protected status, managed complex naturalization cases, and represented unaccompanied minors before the immigration court and at the asylum office.
Michaela then moved into private practice in 2015, when she started representing employers seeking to sponsor foreign workers to work and live in the United States. She handles both temporary work visa petitions as well as employment-based green card sponsorships. What drives Michaela is helping clients plan strategically to ensure their staffing needs and retaining talent in the United States.
Michaela enrolled in law school to pursue a career in immigration law. She was President of the Immigration Law Student Society and she obtained a certificate in Public Interest Law, with a heavy focus on immigration law. During law school, Michaela worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation, in Evanston, Illinois, where she learned about the many legal needs of the disenfranchised.
Michaela was born in the region of Transylvania in Romania and she moved to Chicago with her family at the age of sixteen. Having studied international law in college, Michaela decided to pursue a career in immigration law, a local aspect of international law. Due to her immigrant background and her love of languages and culture, immigration law was also a natural calling for Michaela.
Prior to law school, Michaela worked as a paralegal at Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC, a Chicago law firm specializing in consumer protection class action litigation.
Michaela is admitted to practice in Illinois. Michaela’s bar admission authorizes her to practice federal immigration law throughout the United States. Michaela is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (“AILA”) and she is active in the Chicago Chapter of the organization, actively serving on various committees.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, May 2011
- President of the Immigration Law Society
- Public Interest Law Certificate
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, and French, May 2006
- Summa Cum Laude
- Bronze Tablet Honors
In addition to Romanian, her native language, Michaela also speaks French and Spanish. She lived in Paris, France for a year, where she studied at Sciences Po alongside France’s future politicians.
In her spare time, Michaela loves to spend time with her two young children. She also tries to read mystery novels, listen to live music, and to explore new cuisines.