immigration & naturalization law

6752 Rock Spring Rd.

Suite 110,

Wilmington, NC 28405

LAW  PLLC

HELEN TAROKIĆ

immigration & naturalization law

Ph: 910.509.7145

6752 Rock Spring Rd.

Suite 110,

Wilmington, NC 28405

Fax: 910.509.7144

LAW  PLLC

HELEN

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Ms. Tarokic obtained her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2006, with awards for mentoring and promoting the concerns of women in the legal profession. Prior to law school, she was a business immigration paralegal at Zulkie Partners LLC, in Chicago, IL (2000-2003). She graduated summa cum laude from Lake Forest College near Chicago, Illinois, in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in International Relations.

From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Tarokic has served as the AILA Carolinas Chapter ICE Liaison, improving the communication between immigration lawyers and the ICE detained and non-detained officers.

She has been a featured speaker at many national and international immigration conferences, including: the AILA Paralegal Conference in Washington, D.C. (2010; topic: naturalization); and the AILA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada (2008; topic: I-140 ability to pay/business immigration), the AILA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD (2015; topic: removal defense/case management), and the AILA Midwinter CLE Conference in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten (2017; topic: law practice management/immigration).

She has also authored articles for seminar publications and presented on topics nationally such as I-140 “ability to pay” issues for employment-based petitions; and she writes an article on a periodic basis for the AILA Carolinas Chapter regarding T visas (human trafficking visas).

Ms. Tarokic has been an immigration attorney since 2006, counseling clients in both English and Spanish. As a first-generation American, she also speaks Croatian.

Ms. Tarokic has been featured in the Wilmington Business Journal for her work in immigration. She is a passionate advocate for immigrants and their employers, families, and communities.  Her parents immigrated to the US in the 1960s, moving from the portion of Yugoslavia that later became the country of Croatia. She met her husband, Ante Tarokic, while a student in Croatia studying Croatian language at the Filozofski Fakultet in Zagreb, Croatia one summer during her undergrad studies. They now have two children.

When Ms. Tarokic graduated from Lake Forest College (near Chicago) with a degree in psychology and a minor in international relations, she found a job at the law firm of immigration attorney Paul Zulkie in Chicago. At the time, Paul Zulkie was the President of AILA National, so she had a glimpse of what her career could be in 30 years if she put her mind to it. Having studied abroad in Mexico, Chile, and Croatia, Ms. Tarokic loved working with immigrants.

“From the moment I started working there, I knew this was something I could do for the rest of my life,” says Ms. Tarokic, who went on to graduate from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Despite her busy schedule and family life, Ms. Tarokic also conducts community sessions on immigration law. Finding a need in the community and to educate immigration attorneys about T visas for victims of human trafficking, Ms. Tarokic organized a Human Trafficking two-day intensive seminar for May 19 and 20 at UNCW’s Morton Hall. Most such conferences cost hundreds of dollars to attend, but Ms. Tarokic made it free so that not only attorneys could attend, but also so that their paralegals, and therapists, and students and law enforcement, as well as others helping victims of human trafficking, could attend this inter-disciplinary seminar. It’s the first of its kind in Wilmington, North Carolina.

She has also coordinated AILA volunteer attorney participation for free naturalization clinics and spoken at schools and non-governmental organizations on topics including worksite enforcement and powers of attorney for immigrants.

She was voted a Top Young Attorney in North Carolina Rising Stars in 2012-13, and 2015-16, before being named a 2017 Super Lawyer. In 2016 her firm won the UNCW Community Partner Award for Excellence in University Engagement, for their work coordinating Spanish speaking student volunteers to assist deportation defense attorneys in Dilley Detention Center in helping refugee babies and their mothers to be freed from immigration detention.

Contact Helen at Helen@TarokicLaw.com.

Helen Tarokic

HELEN TAROKIC, Esq., Attorney (English & Spanish)


Helen L. Tarokic, Esq. is an immigration attorney who counsels both individuals and businesses in all aspects of immigration law, including citizenship, employment-based immigration, humanitarian and victim visas, and removal defense. She advises clients nationwide and abroad. She is one of the few attorneys in North Carolina who handles investment visas, O-1 cases, and PERM labor certification (types of employment-based immigration cases), and she has been on the cutting edge of T and U visa law practice.

Ms. Tarokic is Board Certified by the North Carolina State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and is one of only 33 NC Board Certified Immigration Law Specialists in the State of North Carolina. Ms. Tarokic is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Since immigration falls under federal law, Ms. Tarokic can represent individual and business clients throughout the U.S. and abroad in their U.S. immigration matters. She is admitted to practice in the NC Courts as well as the Federal District Court for the Middle District of NC.