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Asonye & Associates Team

Uche O. Asonye, Attorney Managing Partner

Uches Pics 017 640x480 2Uche O. Asonye started this firm in 1993 with a dedication to providing all clients with high quality service. Since that time, the firm has grown to become a premier firm in the area of immigration and employment law.
Mr. Asonye has been selected as a Leading American Attorney . To be selected as a Leading American Attorney, attorneys must receive multiple recommendations from their peers in a statewide survey conducted by American Research Corporation. Fewer than 8% of the state's attorneys are Leading American Attorneys. Mr. Asonye was selected as a Leading American Attorney in both of his practice areas: Employment and Immigration Law.
Mr. Asonye received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago. He is admitted to Illinois state courts, U.S. District Court (Northern District of Illinois), U.S. Tax Court, and the Federal Trial Bar. Mr. Asonye became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1987. He received a Bachelor's degree with honor from DePaul University in 1985, majoring in Accountancy and Computer Science. Mr. Asonye graduated at the top of his high school class prior to attending DePaul University.

Renee C. Fell, Attorney

20161020 102251 480x640Renee is an attorney at Asonye & Associates. She has significant experience representing clients in a variety of matters, including whistleblower claims, discrimination claims under Title VII, Illinois Human Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation suits, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, breach of contract, defamation, and related labor and employment torts. Renee has represented clients before Federal and Illinois state courts, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and private arbitrators. Renee has been admitted to practice before the bar of the Supreme Court of Illinois, as well as in federal court at the Northern District of Illinois.

Renee obtained her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, graduating in 2013. In law school, Renee received a CALI Award for excellent achievement in Appellate Advocacy, in which she briefed and argued a pregnancy discrimination case on behalf of the plaintiff-employee. During law school, Renee also clerked for the Cook County Public Defender and worked as an intern to Commissioner Timothy A. Simon at the California Public Utilities Commission. 

Jonathan Downin, Attorney

Downin Bio PictureJonathan Downin is an Associate Attorney with Asonye & Associates. He has extensive experience in the field of immigration with many successful petitions for both business and personal immigration clients. Among Jonathan's accomplishments are numerous immigrant and non-immigrant visa approvals including those in the following categories: H-1B, National Interest Waivers, L, EB, and O; permanent residency and labor certification. In addition to his expertise in immigration, Jonathan also has considerable experience with intellectual property rights issues and dispute resolution, trademark filings, corporate document drafting, and contract-to-closing real estate deals. Jonathan has been admitted to practice before the bar of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Jon Jones, Attorney

Jon JonesJon is an attorney at Asonye & Associates. He has significant experience assisting clients in a variety of matters, including claims under Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Alien Torts Statute. Jon has advocated for clients before Federal courts, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Jon has been admitted to practice before the bar of the Supreme Court of Illinois, as well as by the Supreme Court of Minnesota.

Jon obtained his law degree from University of Minnesota Law School, graduating in 2018. In law school, Jon served as a student attorney with the Human Rights and International Advocacy Clinic. During law school, Jon also worked as an extern for the Honorable Kevin Burke at the District Court of Minnesota in Hennepin County, Minnesota and took part in the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (Maynard Pirsig) Moot Court.

Prior to attending law school, Jon graduated from Drake University, where he earned a degree in History and Law, Politics, and Society.

 

Gail Asonye, CPA/Business Operations Manager

Work Photos - December 2012 127 640x480Gail received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University. Her Major was Accountancy, with a Minor in Computer Information Systems. Gail has several years of experience as a Manager and Consultant for such companies as Price Waterhouse, and Computer Language Research/Research Institute of America.

Sedenia Johnson, Office Manager

DSCN1018 640x480Sedenia Johnson is the Officer Manager at Asonye & Associates. She has earned her Associates in Applied Science with her major as a Paralegal from Northwestern College in 2009. Sedenia is currently a member of Alpha Beta Gamma, a Business Honor Society.

She currently assists all staff members with various legal tasks and other administrative duties. Sedenia dedicates herself to the law firm of Asonye & Associates and continues to enhance her life activities and education.

Aya Kassar, Law Clerk

Aya KassarAya Kassar is a Law Clerk at Asonye & Associates. She is a third-year law student at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. During law school, Aya completed a judicial externship at the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, an internship in prison civil rights litigation, and worked for UIC Law's International Human Rights Clinic. Aya placed as an octo-finalist at the Dean F. Herzog Moot Court Competition and aspires to become a litigator and advocate. Prior to attending law school, Aya received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies with a minor in English Language and Literature from Benedictine University in 2019. Aya is also a fluent speaker and writer in Arabic.

Natalia Miller, Law Clerk

Natalia MillerNatalia Miller is a Law Clerk at Asonye & Associates. She is a first-year law student at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Law. Prior to pursuing legal studies, Natalia worked with international students at both private colleges and public institutions in Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. She has 7 years of experience in cultural adaption counseling, advising students on F and J visa regulations, and identifying community resources for refugee resettlement.

Prior to attending law school, Natalia received her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and International Relations from Northern Michigan University in 2014. While Natalia was studying abroad in Vienna, Austria in Fall of 2012, she discovered her passion for immigration law, human rights, and legal advocacy. She currently assists all staff members at Asonye & Associates with immigration processes, legal drafting and research, and administrative duties.

Natalia is proficient in both oral and written German.

Daniel Asonye, Law Clerk

DA 640x480Dan is a Law Clerk at Asonye & Associates. He is currently enrolled at Southern Illinois University School of Law where he is a member of the law school's Law Journal as well as a member of the school's Moot Court team.

Dan is also civically engaged having organized voter registration drives and public demonstrations. From 2018-2020, Dan was an aide to the Mayor of Chicago's political team. Beginning in June 2021, Dan served as the First Vice President of the Young Democrats of Illinois.