Julia Bikbova is an established practitioner, with over 13 years of diverse experience in civil litigation, immigration, white collar crimes defense, and international law. The focus of her practice is to deliver the results to her clients, be it as a zealous advocate in court or a strategic advisor, while remaining compassionate and mindful of her clients' ultimate needs, goals and budgets.
Julia is uniquely positioned to advocate for the individual clients as well as serve the interests of small and mid-size businesses. As a former immigrant, she knows what it takes to listen and understand clients' needs. Given the athletic and coaching background, education in finance, accounting, and law, experience as a small business owner and as a litigator, she is trained to approach any case strategically and put all effort necessary to achieve the goals set.
Julia immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1992 with her family. In the U.S. she continued her professional skating career for five years, being a member of the U.S. National Figure Skating Team. After retiring from competitive skating in 1998, she focused on coaching competitive ice skaters and her education.
Julia's legal experience commenced during clerkship for Cook County Public Defender's office in 2005-2006 during law school. After graduationng law school in January of 2007, Julia joined as an attorney the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. As a litigation associate with focus on white collar crime defense and complex civil litigation, the experience included representation of clients accused of financial crimes, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, USCIS Form I-9 non-compliance, Antitrust statutes violations, and clients involved in cross-border and international disputes, proceedings, and investigations by various foreign and U.S. authorities. Julia spent over 4 years working part of the defense team of Mikhail Khodorkovskiy and Platon Lebedev, the then-jailed executives of Yukos Oil Company.
Since 2012, Julia has been a solo practitioner. She is able to offer legal representation to clients who cannot afford the legal services by large law firms but who nevertheless desire and deserve to be represented by an experienced and dedicated attorney. The team at Bikbova Law approaches each case, no matter how high the stakes are, with attention to detail and relentless dedication to clients' objectives. Before commencing representation of a client in any case, be it on a defense side or a Plaintiff's work, Julia conducts thorough research of the facts and law, develops strategies, often taking creative approach, and explains to clients the process and her analysis of what could or should be expected. Among the most notable recent representations during the past eight of Julia's practice are certification of a class of plaintiffs in a suit by former employees truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors against an employer-interstate transportation company under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, having successfully defeated two appeals in Illinois Appellate Court and secured a settlement for nearly 1000 truck drivers-members of the class; dozens of settled cases for plaintiffs or defendants in Wage & Hour and other commercial disputes; representation of a parent-foreign national in a highly contested international child custody case; successful resolutions of breach of contract, truth-in-leasing regulations, consumer fraud and wage act violation disputes, and victories before the USCIS and Immigration Court.
Bikbova Law Offices, P.C. is actively prosecuting class action claims by truck drivers against employers- transportation and logistics companies that misclassify them as independent contractors and deny the drivers' earned compensation. In addition to multiple class action claims currently pending in state and federal courts, the firm prosecutes similar Wage & Hour claims on individual basis.
In addition to civil litigation matters, Julia is a relentless advocate for immigrants' rights in Immigration courts, as well in cases an clients' applications in review by the Department of Homeland Security.
Julia values and appreciates her involvement in and contribution to the Russian and Ukrainian speaking communities of the Greater Chicago area. She is a vocal advocate for human rights in immigrant communities and for the voices of the Holocaust Survivors and veterans of WWII in Chicago.
Since 2018, Julia regularly appears on RTVi, a Russian language international TV network based in New York, as a legal commentator and expert on issues of Constitutional Law.
In addition to English, Julia is fluent in her native Russian, and has a working knowledge of Ukrainian.
Bachelor of Science, Finance, School of Management, George Mason University, 2003
Juris Doctor, The John Marshall Law School, 2007
L.L.M. Tax Law, Candidate, The John Marshall Law School
Law School Honors:
Winner, 2005 Scribes Best Brief Award (ABA American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects);
Jessup International Law Moot Court: Best Memorial Award, 1st Place (North Central Region), 3d Place (Dillard World Competition), Finalist (Baxter World Competition).
Law Review Competition:
New York State Bar Association Albert S. Pergam International Law Review Competition.
Cook County Public Defender’s Office, JMLS Trial Advocacy Clinic.
President, JMLS International Law Society; Founder, JMLS Society of Russian-Speaking Law Students.
U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Immigration courts and Board of Immigration Appeals.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
National Immigration Project
Northwest Suburban Bar Association
Professional and Community Leadership and Volunteer Service:
Co-Chair, Immigration Law Section, Northwest Suburban Bar Association
Board Member, Council of Jewish Elderly
PRO BONO Service
Chicago Association of Veterans of WWII.
Legal assistance and representation of Holocaust Survivors, including as volunteer service part of JUF Legal Services and CVLS
AWARDS & HONORS
U.S. National Figure Skating Team member;
Elected Member of Athletes Advisory Committee of the USFSA (1995-1998);
Recipient of Women’s Sports Foundation Grant (1995, 1996); Winner, HIAS Scholarship (2005, 2006);
Winner, 2006 International Bar Association Scholarship;
Abuse of Legal Process in Khodorkovsky’s Case, The Globe, May 2007;
The Impact of Changes in U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Private International Law, NYSBA Int’l Law Review Competition, 2006.
THE SHAPIRO LAW GROUP
Mr. Shapiro received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and his Jurist Doctor degree in Law from DePaul University. He is licensed to practice before the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Shapiro is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Shapiro has been practicing law since 1971. He is the founder and principal partner of his firm, which has offices in Northbrook and Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Shapiro is a Chicago immigration attorney who has specialized in Immigration Law for more than 25 years. His law firm represents corporate clients in all areas of immigration and nationality law. Mr. Shapiro specializes in assisting companies seeking to transfer Employees and their families from countries around the world to the U.S. Mr. Shapiro’s firm also helps companies obtain work visas allowing U.S. Employees to be employed and reside in countries outside of the United States. Mr. Shapiro has processed visas and other immigration matters with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its local offices throughout the U.S. and at American Consulates throughout the world.
Although Mr. Shapiro is a Chicago immigration attorney, he has been a frequent speaker at educational and professional seminars throughout the United States addressing issues in the areas of immigration and nationality law. Mr. Shapiro frequently prepares training materials for corporate clients keeping them informed about the most recent changes in immigration law.
Areas of Practice:
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Employees of Multi-National Corporations
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Employees of U.S. Companies
Labor Certification Application Processing
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Health Care Professionals
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Nurses in Hospitals & Nursing Homes
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Physicians
Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS for Physical Therapists
Family Based Non-Immigrant and Immigrant VISAS
Immigrant VISA (Green Card) Processing through Employment-Based Sponsorship
Immigrant VISA (Green Card) Processing through Family-Based Sponsorship
Consulate Processing for Immigrant & Non-Immigrant VISAS at U.S. Consulate
S. Supreme Court Illinois
S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois Jurist Doctor
University of Illinois Bachelor of Science
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association