After receiving his B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University, Attorney Christopher Bergin attended Indiana University School of Law from which he graduated Cum Laude in 1992. He moved to Chicago after graduation and began working for the Victor C. Neumann Association, a not-for-profit agency helping integrate developmentally disabled and mentally ill adults into community-based residential settings.
In October of 1997, after several years of working with the community-based organization Centro Sin Fronteras, Attorney Bergin helped start the Sin Fronteras Law Program, a not-for-profit legal program created to assist the surrounding Mexican immigrant community with legal services. The overwhelming majority of cases were immigration related. In addition to the legal program, Attorney Bergin volunteered his legal services at multiple immigration workshops sponsored by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez. He worked for the Sin Fronteras Law Program until the beginning of 2008. During his time at the law program, he learned that coupling political and community power with legal strategies resulted in winning cases which were legally unwinnable.
Bergin was the attorney for Elvira Arellano, a woman arrested at O’Hare Airport for working a job cleaning out airplanes. As the mother of a United States citizen, Elvira decided to fight to stay with her son in the United States. While she was subject to immediate removal from the U.S., Attorney Bergin used the political help of Congressman Gutierrez and Senator Richard Durbin along with the support of Centro Sin Fronteras to get a private bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives which automatically stayed her removal from the U.S. Three years later, after the stay finally expired, Elvira refused to turn herself in to Immigration & Customs Enforcement and instead sought sanctuary in her church. After a year in sanctuary, Elvira left the Church and traveled to California to speak about the immigrant rights movement. She was arrested by a large contingent of heavily armed ICE agents and removed from the United States. She continues to fight for the rights of those less fortunate in Mexico and is an on-going inspiration to her attorney.
In 2008, Attorney Bergin opened his own private practice and moved into the Offices of Johnson, Jones, Snelling, Gilbert and Davis. There he gained great insight from seasoned attorneys while learning to run his own law office. Finally, in November of 2011, Attorney Bergin moved to Shiller Preyar Law Offices where he is currently Shiller Preyar’s Immigration Litigation lead attorney. Attorney Bergin has handled more than 4000 immigration court cases, completed over a thousand immigration applications and interviews and consulted with thousands of clients.
Attorney Bergin lives in the South Austin Neighborhood of Chicago with his wife of 16 years and their two children. He enjoys politics, reading, hiking and other outdoor activities.