Meet Our Board
Daniel Thomann has been practicing immigration law almost exclusively for eight years. He is licensed in Missouri and Illinois, a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and admitted to practice before the Fifth, Seventh, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Daniel is a sole practitioner in Chicago. He is currently co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee, past EOIR co-liaison for the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), past Pro Bono Committee co-chair for the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of AILA, and a member of various local and national legal organizations. Daniel has participated as a panelist on asylum and related topics – particularly on matters involving recent arrivals from Central America – at various AILA regional conferences and the 2015 AILA Annual Conference. Daniel’s practice is national in scope and focuses largely on immigration related litigation and appeals, as well as removal defense. He has represented and currently represents children in asylum and SIJS proceedings in court and through USCIS, including remote representation before the Memphis Immigration Court. Daniel is a mentor in the ABA’s Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants Initiative and he has been actively involved in the AILA response to family detention, volunteering at Artesia, New Mexico, and Karnes and Dilley, Texas, and representing families pro bono before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Fifth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts. Prior to practicing immigration law Daniel worked as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and maintains close ties with local and regional groups working for the protection and integration of immigrants. He is also on the Spanish Language Advisory Board of Illinois Legal Aid Online – a nonprofit entity that educates pro se litigants about various legal rights and procedures through the use of written and video content.
Daniel was raised in Argentina and Uruguay before moving to Kansas City, Missouri with his parents. He enjoys soccer and rugby and is on the boards of the Argentina Chicago Foundation and the Chicago Lawyers Rugby Football Club.
Jacob Briskman is a sole practitioner in Chicago and licensed to practice in Illinois as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar) and the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Jake has been practicing law for 8 years, and he handles a diverse caseload including immigration and related litigation, as well as some family, criminal, and civil matters. He is a member of AILA and a regular participant in the AILA Chicago Chapter’s Pro Bono Bond Project. He has been actively involved in AILA’s response to family detention, volunteering at Artesia, New Mexico and Dilley, Texas, and working on the remote bond preparation initiative. He regularly gives Know Your Rights presentations to Spanish speakers at churches and other community groups, and has also educated the community on specific issues, such as the recent ICE raids, the November 20, 2014 announcements, and DACA. He volunteers regularly with Instituto del Progreso Latino at naturalization workshops and with CVLS. His pro bono caseload includes unaccompanied children, and he recently obtained SIJS for a Honduran unaccompanied children that was referred through CVLS. Jake formerly hosted a general interest radio program at Loyola University in Chicago, and he has maintained relationships with various area organizations devoted to assisting immigrants. Prior to attending law school, Jake was as a caseworker for nearly two years with Lifelink Latino Family Services (LLFS), in Cicero, Illinois. LLFS is a nonprofit organization that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services would contract to manage cases. Jake was a caseworker in the area of placement of children leaving foster care. He was responsible for the children’s and custodians’ needs, supervising visits, and giving testimony in court proceedings, and had frequent interaction with government actors, foster parents, teachers, social workers, doctors, therapists, and others – his experience in this field allows Jake to guide attorney volunteers through the representation of unaccompanied children, helping them understand available resources and client needs.
Jake is interested in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and hosts a podcast on this and related topics. In the summers, Jake is the co-captain of men's baseball team 'Mexico' in the Chicago Men's North league.
Chris Elmore is a sole practitioner in Chicago and licensed to practice in Illinois as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has been an attorney for nearly 4 years and has practiced immigration law since June 2014. His practice is focused on family-based relief, asylum, VAWA and U-Visa relief primarily for domestic violence victims, and removal defense. Through continued involvement in the Justice Entrepreneurs Project, Chris was able to provide over 600 hours of pro bono legal service in both 2014 and 2015 and partnered with the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) to provide legal services to low income individuals seeking immigration benefits and to victims of domestic violence and crime. Chris has been actively involved in AILA’s response to family detention, volunteering at Artesia, New Mexico and Dilley, Texas, and working on the remote bond preparation initiative, including parole requests and bond determination appeals. He has experience representing Adults with Children and unaccompanied children outside of the family detention context as well, including SIJS and asylum through the immigration courts and USCIS. Chris also dedicates a significant portion of his practice to helping domestic violence victims and their children. He has partnered with Family Rescue in Chicago’s South Side to find ways to provide discounted legal representation to many domestic violence survivors. Chris has formed additional partnerships with local organizations to provide legal services, including running a monthly pro bono legal clinic at Universidad Popular, as well as, providing legal services for clinics at the Irish American Heritage Center, Community Activism Law Alliance, and Justice For Our Neighbors. Chris has additionally been of counsel with several nonprofit organizations, including Leaders for Christ International and the Center for the Formation of Leadership International, Inc. Recently, Chris participated in several service trips to Central America which have included medical services, building projects, visits to orphanages, and meetings with government officials to facilitate the provision of resources to populations in need. Chris has had extensive experience dealing with government agencies. While in law school he was an extern at the Chicago Immigration Court, the DHS-ICE Office of Chief Counsel’s Office at the Chicago USCIS Field Office, and the USCIS Chicago Field Office itself. Additionally, Chris currently serves on the AILA Chicago Chapter’s Asylum Liaison Committee.
Chris comes from a large family with members from six countries. He enjoys rock climbing and volunteering in his community, and plays guitar in a band.