The Arkell Immigration Team

Jim Arkell

Of Counsel | Immigration Law

Contact Number:  (309) 828-6241


F. James Arkell is a 1989 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. Jim has a vast array of legal experience including extensive experience in immigration. In 1998, after 9 years as a trial lawyer, he co-founded Retro Studios and in his capacity as General Counsel handled all immigration matters for the company, including H1-B, TN and applications for permanent residence. Retro Studios was acquired by Nintendo, and after successfully transitioning control to Nintendo, he traveled extensively around the world. Upon his return he joined the Dunn Law Firm as a partner where he, along with Mark T. Dunn and Thomas J. Arkell represented various universities and colleges in the State of Illinois. Mr. Arkell subsequently accepted a position to become a law professor. He spent 11 years as a full professor at Shenzhen University School of Law and also taught courses as an adjunct at Peking University Graduate School. He recently spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor teaching Law and Ethics courses at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. During his time as an academic, Mr. Arkell continued to consult with the Dunn Law Firm immigration practice and remained active and current with respect to U.S. immigration law. Mr. Arkell currently exclusively practices immigration law focusing primarily on National Interest Waiver, Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Professor or Researcher matters for clients from top universities and research Institutions from around the country. His 16 years as a university professor provides him with a unique perspective and he is able to work seamlessly with faculty members, researchers, post docs and graduate students to efficiently complete their immigration matters.