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USA Guide

Immigration — Texas

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Outstanding immigration team with a stellar track record in the full range of corporate immigration matters. Offers comparative analyses of immigration options in addition to processing. Acts for an impressive client roster and is noted for its global capabilities.

Strengths One client heaps praise on the group's abilities: "They're excellent, very responsive. They are creative in helping our business meet its immigration needs."

Another source observes: "They take the time to get to know your organization, what you do, the projects you're involved in. They are able to provide us with the advice we need to make the right business decisions."

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Fudge's practice encompasses all aspects of US business immigration law. Sources say that Fudge is "proactive, executes well and looks out for the client's interests."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Routinely acts for foreign investors and startups in connection with securing EB-5 visas. Also adept at acting for corporations, as well as individuals and families with a range of issues, including work permits, visas and citizenship. Full-service assistance includes litigation and appellate services.

Strengths Sources consider Foster to be "an excellent firm," with one interviewee describing the group as "very knowledgeable - they've been in the industry for a long time and are specifically focused on immigration."

Work highlights Provided ongoing immigration services to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony, including filing O-1 petitions for some of the world's top talent.

Notable practitioners

Judy Lee's practice spans a variety of immigration services, with a focus on employment-based immigration. Sources say: "She's very intellectual. If someone poses a problem to her she's going to really think about it, not just answer off the cuff."

John Meyer specializes in nonimmigrant and EB-5 solutions for clients. Meyer is a "strategic planner, adept at helping clients navigate through the process," note observers.  

Charles Foster chairs the firm and is a widely venerated figure in the market. He advises on all aspects of business immigration, and is lauded by interviewees for his "wealth of knowledge."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Impressive boutique adept at advising employers on the full range of immigration matters, including nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence. Continues to serve clients in the key immigration areas of application, compliance and program and policy support. Noted for its strong international presence.

Strengths One client asserts: "I get the best service of anybody that I know, my matters are handled immediately and I couldn't ask for a better relationship."

Sources also highlight one impressive component of the firm's service: "A major advantage is their excellent reminder system, by which they provide notice well in advance regarding employees who need some type of immigration support or visa extension."

Notable practitioners

Paige Taylor advises clients in the technology, energy and engineering industries, among others, in connection with matters such as Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) processing and I-9 compliance. Sources say that Taylor is particularly "excellent in the labor certification area," where "she has a great depth of experience."

Shawn Orme is "proactive, good at strategizing and looks out for the interest of his clients," say sources. He has substantial experience with developing and implementing global immigration solutions for large and midsized businesses.

Steven Ladik is an "excellent attorney," assisting corporate clients to address complex immigration matters, including layoffs and the immigration aspects of M&A. Sources describe Ladik as "very knowledgeable in his field" and note that he "deals with the government effectively."

The "very smart" Kristi Taylor focuses on assisting corporate clients with their immigration programs. Taylor is well versed in employer sanctions cases, workforce reductions and I-9 issues. She is "very prompt and responsive, and is able to explain complex issues in a way that nonexperts can comprehend," notes one interviewee. 

Kelly Cobb is particularly noted for her handling of visa issues for clients in the oil and gas sector. Sources say that Cobb is "very meticulous about her work" and is "highly regarded by her clients and her peers."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Offers an array of services within the immigration field to a broad base of clients, including those from the healthcare, education and construction sectors. Specialist expertise spans compliance, E-Verify and M&A. Regularly advises on complex, cross-border matters.

Strengths One client reports that "they find solutions that are not just the obvious; if there's a problem they take time to research and come back with a proposal which I've not heard of before."

Market observers note: "They are networked and have relationships with officials. They have demonstrated that they have the tools to help bring challenging situations to a positive outcome."

Notable practitioners  

Kathleen Campbell Walker heads up the firm's immigration department and handles all aspects of business immigration. Sources say that she is "an excellent lawyer" who is "proactive in terms of helping clients and has an intimate knowledge of consular processing matters worldwide."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded team handling employer-side immigration matters, including obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, as well as compliance advice. Capable across an array of industries, including energy and financial services. Also provides counsel on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions.

Strengths One client highlights: "Any time I need out-of-the-box, creative thinking, they're the ones I would go to."

Work highlights Successfully filed a complicated H-1B visa recapture, allowing a manufacturer and distributor of materials for large-scale construction products to hire a qualified foreign national as a project manager.

Assisted a national retailer with I-9 and E-Verify compliance for thousands of onboarding employees.

Significant clients National Oilwell Varco, LinkedIn.

Notable practitioners

Maggie Murphy specializes in nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, as well as I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Sources say that Murphy is "very creative; she fights hard for the client and she's able to get things done that other attorneys can't do."

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Skilled immigration team proficient in a variety of issues, including temporary and PERM immigration visas and immigration under special circumstances. Specialist expertise in I-9 verifications and worksite compliance. Regularly acts for individuals and small and medium-sized companies.

Strengths Observers describe the team as "organized, diligent and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners  

Richard Gump is a "specialist in I-9 verifications" and "particularly knowledgeable about work site sanctions and investment visas," report market observers. He handles a broad range of immigration matters for businesses and individuals.

Charla Truett offers extensive experience in employment-based immigration matters, including labor certification and work site compliance. Truett is "a good advocate" who is "articulate and concise," say sources. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides a wide spectrum of immigration services to both businesses and individuals. Special experience with acquiring the full range of visas, and extensions thereof, for clients. Also well versed in the PERM residency process.

Strengths Clients confirm that "they possess many areas of proficiency and their commitment to excellence makes it an easy choice for us when it comes to entrusting our legal matters year after year."

Another client gives their endorsement: "We continue to use them, they're really impressive and responsive so we're happy, they make our life really easy."

Work highlights Provided a range of services to Sparrows Offshore, including consular processing for H-1B and H-4 renewals, a reduction in force issues and a consultation on alien labor certification matters.

Represented Vitro Packaging's employees in multiple registrations and applications, including E-1 registrations and L-1 and EAD applications.

Significant clients Vitro Packaging, Sparrows Offshore, AirCargo America, Data Management, Opera San Antonio.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators state that James Prappas "has a great deal of knowledge of the system, experience and some very good contacts within the government side of immigration." Prappas offers a broad business immigration practice covering all aspects of strategic planning and the immigration aspects of corporate transactions.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Respected Dallas boutique providing comprehensive corporate immigration support. Services include nonimmigrant visa services, I-9 compliance immigration policy support and immigration-related due diligence. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" Harry Joe is known for his corporate immigration experience, handling compliance issues, due diligence review and immigration program development, among other matters.

Rebecca Massiatte is an "excellent attorney with excellent experience," say sources. Massiatte's clients range from corporations and individuals to NGOs and educational institutions. Her skills in immigration matters associated with M&A and the development of I-9 program practices are especially noteworthy.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Established immigration boutique handling everything from visa and asylum applications to defense against deportation. In addition to its thriving family-based practice, the firm is noted for its skills in representing individuals and businesses.

Notable practitioners

Craig Miley's immigration practice is wide-ranging, including business and family immigration and removal work. Miley is "excellent, very knowledgeable, and able to handle anything that walks through the door," notes one admiring observer. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Provides inbound and outbound immigration support to corporate clients, including on I-9 issues and hiring and termination decisions with regard to foreign nationals. Also assists families and individuals with green card and naturalization applications.

Strengths Clients admire that "the quality of work is excellent" and note that "they're proactive and they make it very easy and stress-free."

Value for money One client avers: "They've done a fantastic job and they're very competitive in their rates as well. They do a fantastic job of being competitive in the market."

Work highlights Represented WorldVentures Holdings in connection with all of its inbound immigration matters, including TN visas, H-1B work permits and PERM proceedings.

Acted as outside immigration counsel to DataLogix Texas. Among other matters, the team handled a significant number of H-1N nonimmigrant visa petitions and PERM residence processes.

Significant clients AbiMar Foods, APS Technology, Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association, DokaUSA, Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Notable practitioners  

Irina Plumlee's practice encompasses both business and family immigration, with a specialist knowledge of EB-5 immigration proceedings. Plumlee has the "ability to take complicated, detailed technical and administrative content and make it simple to follow," notes one client.

Sources say that Gary Ilagan gives his clients an "excellent service." Ilagan focuses on family and employment-based immigration law, and is particularly active on behalf of clients in the healthcare and IT sectors.

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Senior Statesmen

Foster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Foster chairs the firm and is a widely venerated figure in the market. He advises on all aspects of business immigration, and is lauded by interviewees for his "wealth of knowledge."

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Law Office of Harry Gee Jr & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Gee of Law Office of Harry Gee Jr & Associates is a "meticulously good lawyer with an expansive knowledge of the law," remarks one source. His practice is especially strong in nonimmigrant visa matters and employment immigration.

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Quan Law Group, PLLC

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Sources say that Gordon Quan of Quan Law Group, PLLC is "knowledgeable about business and family immigration; he's a good advocate and very skillful in terms of navigating the political aspects of immigration." He offers a broad practice covering both business and family immigration.

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Shivers & Shivers

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very creative and hard-working" Robert Shivers of Shivers & Shivers continues to be recognized for his wealth of experience in all aspects of  immigration law. Areas of strength include deportation and removal proceedings and visa applications.

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Senior Statesmen

Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources report that Peter Williamson of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry is an "extremely good litigator; he's clever and can distinguish nuances and find solutions that many lawyers don't otherwise know about." He has expertise in all aspects of immigration and nationality law.

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Eminent Practitioner

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Fudge's practice encompasses all aspects of US business immigration law. Sources say that Fudge is "proactive, executes well and looks out for the client's interests."

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Star Individuals

Dykema Cox Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathleen Campbell Walker heads up the firm's immigration department and handles all aspects of business immigration. Sources say that she is "an excellent lawyer" who is "proactive in terms of helping clients and has an intimate knowledge of consular processing matters worldwide."

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Reina Bates & Kowalski

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that Brian Bates of Reina Bates & Kowalski is "probably the go-to person for the deportation arm of US immigration law." Bates is excellent at litigating removal proceedings before the US authorities, including the Supreme Court.

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Law Offices of Richard A Gump Jr PC

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Richard Gump is a "specialist in I-9 verifications" and "particularly knowledgeable about work site sanctions and investment visas," report market observers. He handles a broad range of immigration matters for businesses and individuals.

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JMO Firm, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very knowledgeable" Harry Joe is known for his corporate immigration experience, handling compliance issues, due diligence review and immigration program development, among other matters.

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Ladik is an "excellent attorney," assisting corporate clients to address complex immigration matters, including layoffs and the immigration aspects of M&A. Sources describe Ladik as "very knowledgeable in his field" and note that he "deals with the government effectively."

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Foster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Judy Lee's practice spans a variety of immigration services, with a focus on employment-based immigration. Sources say: "She's very intellectual. If someone poses a problem to her she's going to really think about it, not just answer off the cuff."

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Paul Parsons PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Parsons of Paul Parsons PC is "extremely knowledgeable about family immigration matters and business." Peers have a "high opinion of him, he works really hard and takes care of his clients."

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Graham of K&L Gates is a "knowledgeable business immigration lawyer with prior government experience," notes one interviewee. He handles matters such as investor immigration, visas and permanent residency applications for a broad range of business clients.

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JMO Firm, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Rebecca Massiatte is an "excellent attorney with excellent experience," say sources. Massiatte's clients range from corporations and individuals to NGOs and educational institutions. Her skills in immigration matters associated with M&A and the development of I-9 program practices are especially noteworthy.

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Miley & Brown PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Miley's immigration practice is wide-ranging, including business and family immigration and removal work. Miley is "excellent, very knowledgeable, and able to handle anything that walks through the door," notes one admiring observer. 

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paige Taylor advises clients in the technology, energy and engineering industries, among others, in connection with matters such as Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) processing and I-9 compliance. Sources say that Taylor is particularly "excellent in the labor certification area," where "she has a great depth of experience."

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kelly Cobb is particularly noted for her handling of visa issues for clients in the oil and gas sector. Sources say that Cobb is "very meticulous about her work" and is "highly regarded by her clients and her peers."

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC is a "real go-getter," who is "very knowledgeable and up to date." She offers experience of all immigration and employment visa matters, as well as advising on I-9 and E-Verify compliance.

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Bracewell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Victoria Garcia of Bracewell LLP provides clients with comprehensive legal guidance regarding business immigration matters. Garcia's "depth of knowledge in this area is worth noting," reports one interviewee, who continues: "She's able to see the big picture as well as the required minutiae of the complicated rules and regulations."

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Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that Gary Ilagan gives his clients an "excellent service." Ilagan focuses on family and employment-based immigration law, and is particularly active on behalf of clients in the healthcare and IT sectors.

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Ansbach & Ghouse, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Cindy Kang Ansbach of Ansbach & Ghouse, PLLC is noted for her corporate immigration services to domestic, foreign and international companies. She is a "skillful business practitioner" with experience of a broad range of matters affecting clients in the healthcare, oil and gas and IT sectors, among others.

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Fisher Broyles

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Lashus of Fisher Broyles continues to win the plaudits of market observers for his business immigration practice. He is particularly identified for his expertise in I-9 law, and is described as "a very knowledgeable, super-smart guy."

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Foster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Meyer specializes in nonimmigrant and EB-5 solutions for clients. Meyer is a "strategic planner, adept at helping clients navigate through the process," note observers.  

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Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Maggie Murphy specializes in nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, as well as I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Sources say that Murphy is "very creative; she fights hard for the client and she's able to get things done that other attorneys can't do."

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Shawn Orme is "proactive, good at strategizing and looks out for the interest of his clients," say sources. He has substantial experience with developing and implementing global immigration solutions for large and midsized businesses.

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Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Irina Plumlee's practice encompasses both business and family immigration, with a specialist knowledge of EB-5 immigration proceedings. Plumlee has the "ability to take complicated, detailed technical and administrative content and make it simple to follow," notes one client.

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Bell Nunnally & Martin

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen-Lee Pollak of Bell Nunnally & Martin is "brilliant at what she does," states one observer. Pollak represents both businesses and families across a range of immigration matters, both procedural and contentious.

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Jackson Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Commentators state that James Prappas "has a great deal of knowledge of the system, experience and some very good contacts within the government side of immigration." Prappas offers a broad business immigration practice covering all aspects of strategic planning and the immigration aspects of corporate transactions.

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Shivers & Shivers

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Shivers of Shivers & Shivers handles business immigration matters as part of a broader practice that also encompasses family immigration cases. Her expertise includes I-9 audits and temporary and permanent visas.

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart" Kristi Taylor focuses on assisting corporate clients with their immigration programs. Taylor is well versed in employer sanctions cases, workforce reductions and I-9 issues. She is "very prompt and responsive, and is able to explain complex issues in a way that nonexperts can comprehend," notes one interviewee. 

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Law Offices of Richard A Gump Jr PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Charla Truett offers extensive experience in employment-based immigration matters, including labor certification and work site compliance. Truett is "a good advocate" who is "articulate and concise," say sources. 

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