Emily R. Summers



Emily Summers advises clients on immigration compliance matters including I-9 and E-Verify regulations and counsels employers in the development of immigration policies. Emily prepares and files non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions and labor certification applications with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. Emily also has experience representing individuals in adjustment of status, immigrant visa and naturalization applications and interviews.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Emily worked as an associate with an immigration law firm in Chicago where she represented corporations, small businesses, hospitals, non-profits and individuals and families in immigration matters. She regularly guided clients through the employment-based permanent residency process, and advised clients on non-immigrant visa issues pertaining to H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, E-2, J-1 and F-1 visas, among others.

During law school Emily assisted immigration legal clinic clients with Special Immigrant Juvenile and Temporary Protected Status petitions as well as guardianship and other family law matters.


Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. Iowa Law Review (administrative editor) (2017)

Grinnell College
B.A. in Sociology (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • “Remote Employment and COVID: Effect on Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications”
    Invited Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association Webinar, March 2021
  • “How COVID-19 Continues to Impact the Practice of Immigration Law”
    Invited Panelist, Chicago Bar Association Webinar, January 2021
  • “Third Party Placement: Reviewing the New and Revisiting the Old”
    Invited Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association Webinar, December 2019
  • "Prioritizing Failure: Using the 'Rocket Docket' Phenomenon to Describe Adult Detention"
    Author, 102 Iowa L. Rev. 851 (2017)

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Erie House Naturalization Clinic, 2018 – present
  • The Crisis Center of Johnson County, 2014-17
  • Iowa City Community Advocates, 2016-17

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Chicago Chapter: ICE Workplace Enforcement, Committee Co-Chair; Nationality Committee Member; New Members Division, Former Chair)


  • University of Iowa-Boyd Service Award, Highest Honors, 2017
  • University of Iowa College of Law Phillip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award Nominee, 2017
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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