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Raymond Barbosa

I want to welcome you to Barbosa Law Group.

I have a law and graduate law degree (Taxation) from New York University School of Law, an M.B.A. (finance) from New York University Stern School of Business, and a B.S. degree (accounting) from Fordham University. I am admitted to practice in New York and in Illinois. I am also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court,the Federal District Courts: Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of Illinois; and in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

I am a member of the Hispanic Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. I am also a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY. I have been practicing law for over 20 years. My approach to practicing law is to be innovative, to think outside of the box, in order to fulfill my clients' needs. I also believe in providing efficient and thorough counsel.

In addition to being an attorney, I am also a certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Maryland and a real estate broker in the state of Illinois. I also speak fluent Spanish and have a working knowledge of Italian.

I decided to start my own practice, after twenty years of experience at two Fortune 500 companies, because I wanted to branch out into different areas of law and to do more one-on-one basis work with clients.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT. Being an attorney is only part of who I am. I am also dedicated to my community. For this reason, I am on the board of Streetwise (www.streetwise.org), an organization dedicated to empowering the homeless to becoming self-sufficient and productive members of society.

I am also an active member of the Chicago Bar Association. Specifically, I am Chair of Chicago Bar Association's Foreign and International Law Committee and have previously also been the Vice-Chair for this Committee.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY. And I believe in encouraging the next generation to strive for higher and higher goals and to better themselves. This is why I have been a professor at Governors' State University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students tax and corporate law. I have also taught taxation at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law.

I have two sons: Evan, who attends and plays football for Brown University in Providence, R.I.; and Grant who attends and plays basketball for Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. For fun, I dance Argentine Tango and Salsa; I golf; and I like to travel.

Please browse around this website to learn more about myself and Barbosa Law Group. And please do not hesitate to call us at (312) 223 9885 or email us at info@barbosalaw.com for an appointment.

Karen Li

Of Counsel Attorney

My specialty within Barbosa Law Group is immigration law. I am a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. I also have a Master's degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in International Relations, specifically in international conflict resolution and negotiation. After law school, I decided to be closer to my family and moved back to Chicago, where I had grown up.

My previous legal experience includes interning at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition in Washington D.C. as well as at a private law firm. My experience has ranged from filing H1-B petitions to affirmative asylum to appealing to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for stays of deportation, among many other things.

I am fluent in French and Mandarin Chinese. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Bar Association. I am licensed to practice in Illinois. I am also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

As a former United States Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa, where I was a Community Health Educator, I have developed an awareness of the global impact of disease. I taught ways of preventing AIDS and other STDs, established a condom vending network, and encouraged safe pregnancy and good child nutrition. My time in Gabon has left an indelible mark on my outlook on life and on my professional approach. In addition, my interest in conflict resolution continues and I strive to integrate this interest with my legal profession in the form of mediation.

Alex Ogoke

Of Counsel Attorney

I have a law degree from Michigan State University College Law, graduate law degree (Taxation) from University of Missouri School of Law, a Master in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University, and a B.S. degree (Criminal Justice and Accounting) from Arizona State University. I am admitted to practice in District of Columbia and in Illinois. I am also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, and in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

I am a member of the Cook County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

I am also a member of the Rotary Club International and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. I mentor young adults in my church.

George Oparanozie

Of Counsel Attorney

I have a law degree (litigation) from Thomas M. Cooley Law in Michigan, B.A degree (Political Science and Criminal Justice) from Kean University in New Jersey, and A.A.S degree (Paralegal) from Essex County College in New Jersey. I am admitted to practice law in State of Illinois and in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In addition to practicing law, I am an adjunct instructor at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois. I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and American Bar Association..

I am a mentor in the Mentor/Mentee Program of the Multi-cultural Office, Moraine Valley Community College (2009-2010); Founder and President of Charitexx, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that mentored trouble teens in poor neighborhoods in Central New Jersey (1999 2003); Volunteer Attorney, World Relief of Du Page County, Illinois (2010).