About Thomas J. Arkell

Thomas J. Arkell

Combining a passion for athletics with his expertise in the field of law


Thomas J. Arkell has been licensed to practice law for over 20 years in Illinois and the District of Columbia. He earned both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Throughout his career, Mr. Arkell has focused on immigration law. For several consecutive years, Chicago Lawyer Magazine has named Mr. Arkell a “Leading Immigration Lawyer.”


Though Mr. Arkell is a lawyer by trade, he has always been passionate about athletics.  Mr. Arkell, a native of Vernon in British Columbia, played for the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, where he earned the honor of “Rookie of the Year.” After being offered a contract by the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and recruited by several NCAA Division I college hockey teams, including Harvard and Brown, Mr. Arkell accepted a scholarship to play hockey for the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame.  At the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Arkell earned a monogram as a freshman and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame Monogram Club. Although a series of injuries ended his athletic career, Mr. Arkell now takes great pride in helping athletes with their immigration needs so they can travel with greater ease during their careers and ultimately remain in the United States after their careers are over. He has assisted many professional athletes and coaches with obtaining United States citizenship and permanent residence.

Mr. Arkell combines his passion for athletics with his expertise in immigration by assisting professional athletes, coaches, scouts and management with immigration services. He has secured work visas, green cards and citizenship for many high profile players and coaches in the National Hockey League, but his interests are not limited to hockey. In addition to his success with NHL players and coaches, he has also assisted athletes and coaches in multiple sports, including MLB, NCAA, Olympic and World Champions.