Finding an Immigration Attorney


In accordance with applicable university regulations, International Student Services (“ISS”) does not provide specific attorney referrals. As such, the immigration attorney list is not a comprehensive resource, is provided to students as a convenience, and should not be construed as an endorsement of the individuals and/or firms listed herein.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a U.S. federal government agency aimed at protecting consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices. One of their strategic goals is to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. The FTC’s Consumer Information website (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/) contains a significant amount of helpful information related to both preventing and responding to incidents like financial scams, immigration scams, identify theft, and many other consumer complaints. ISS encourages all international students to review the information at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ so they are better informed and prepared to identify issues. If you believe you have been subject to any form of scam or identify theft, ISS strongly recommends you review the information at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ in detail and take the action(s) recommended by the FTC. Some of the most relevant FTC webpages that may be of interest to international students include the following:

10 Tips on Hiring an Immigration Attorney

  1. Ensure that the attorney is experienced in immigration law and that he or she devotes a majority, if not all, of his or her practice to immigration matters.
  2. Interview a minimum of two attorneys before making your decision—be weary of attorneys who will not take the time to meet with you before taking your case.
  3. Ask friends and colleagues if they have suggestions or experiences with the attorneys you are considering.
  4. Discuss the fee up front and in detail; do not hire an attorney that will not provide you with a detailed, written, fee agreement.
  5. For immigration matters it is usually customary and preferable to negotiate a fixed fee for service.
  6. Be concerned if the proposed attorney fee is too low as it may indicate that the attorney may not be providing all necessary and customary services.
  7. Remember that you are hiring the attorney and that you have the right to ask questions about his or her professional credentials and practice experience.
  8. Hire an attorney that communicates with you well on both a personal and professional level.
  9. Avoid making your decision based on cost alone—the best attorneys will generally not charge the lowest fees. 
  10. Prepare for your initial interview in advance & be punctual: bring your immigration documents; a list of questions, and prepare a written narrative of your situation (the narrative should be fact based, clearly indicate in the body that is intended for communication with your attorney).

10 Questions You Should Ask When Hiring an Immigration Attorney

  1. How many years of experience does the attorney have practicing immigration law and what percentage of his or her practice is devoted to immigration cases?
  2. Does the attorney have specific experience with your type of immigration case?
  3. Is the attorney Texas Board Certified in immigration law?
  4. Is the attorney a member of the America Immigration Lawyers Association?
  5. What is the attorney’s Martindale peer review rating?
  6. Does the attorney charge by the hour or by a fixed fee; how much will he or she charge to take my case; is the entire fee or a percentage required up front; does the fixed fee include an appeal if my petition is denied by USCIS?
  7. What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case and what are the chances of my success?
  8. Will my case be delegated in whole or in part to a paralegal or an associate attorney?
  9. How long does the attorney estimate it will take to resolve the case?
  10. How will the attorney and his or her support staff communicate with me about the status of my case?

Resources for Finding Immigration Attorneys

  1. U.S. Department of Justice List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/list-pro-bono-legal-service-providers
  2. American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Immigration Lawyer Search Tool at: www.aila.org.
  3. The American Bar Association (“ABA”): www.abanet.org.
  4. Martindale.com.
  5. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) (search “Finding Legal Advice”).
  6. State Bar of Texas: www.texasbar.com.
  7. The Texas Lawyer Referral Service: 1-877-9TEXBAR.
  8. The Yellow pages: www.yellowpages.com (search: “Immigration Attorney”).
  9. Ask your friends or colleagues.
  10. Ask respected professionals in the community such as accountants, attorneys practicing in other specialties, ministers, doctors etc.

Please Note: Only initial consultation fees are listed. Fees and charges for taking on a case after consultation vary greatly and depend on the specific case. All consultation fees listed on this website are subject to change at any time. 

Will Calderon of Calderon Legal Group

Website: https://www.calderonlegalgroup.com/
 
Location:
100 N. Parker Ave., Suite 112
Bryan, TX 77803
 
Contact:
Will Calderon, 832-261-5500
will@calderonlegalgroup.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: Cancellation of Removal 42A/42B, DACA renewal, family/spousal petitions, Employer/H1B, Citizenship, Temporary Protected Status, Immigration Bond, Deportation Defense, Green card, Student Visa Help, Waivers

Consultation Fee: $0, phone consultation available

Rushton Law Firm

Website: http://rushtonlaw.com/
 
Location:
3833 South Texas Ave., Suite 216
Bryan, TX 77802
 
Contact:
979-422-6881
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: solely a U.S. immigration firm so they specialize in various areas of U.S. immigration law

Consultation Fee: $100 initial consultation
 

Rodriguez & Gimbert P.L.L.C.

Website: https://www.bryanlawyer.com/
 
Location:
308 E. 27th Street
Bryan, TX 77803
  
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: Deportation defense, Visa petitions, DACA cards

Consultation Fee: $0 initial consultation
 

Philip Rodriguez V of Youngkin & Doss, P.L.L.C.

Website: http://www.youngkinlaw.com/
 
Location:
3131 E 29th St, Building D, Suite 200
Bryan, TX 77802
 
Contact [email preferred]:
Philip Rodriguez, 979-776-1325
philip@youngkinlaw.com
 
Available Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin Chinese

Specialty: Family-based U.S. immigration and naturalization including but not limited to: status applications, consular processing, fiancé and student visas, removal of conditions on residency, advance parole, and applications for citizenship, DACA.

Consultation Fee: $100 for 30 minute consult, but this is typically waived for A&M students

Laura Leon Law, PLLC

Website: https://www.lauraleonlaw.com/
 
Location:
 1716 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 300 
 Bryan, TX 77802

 
Contact:
979-691-7107
LauraLeonLaw@gmail.com
 
Available Languages: English, Spanish

Specialty: Student Visas, Change of status, DACA, Consular processing, Lawful Permanent Residency, Political asylum, Citizenship, and other U.S. immigration topics 

Consultation Fee: Free 15 min phone consultation, $100 for in-person appointments

Please Note: Only initial consultation fees are listed. Fees and charges for taking on a case after consultation vary greatly and depend on the specific case. All consultation fees listed on this website are subject to change at any time. 
 

Will Calderon of Calderon Legal Group

Website: https://www.calderonlegalgroup.com/
 
Location:
708 Main St. 10th floor
Houston, TX 77002

 
Contact:
Will Calderon, 832-261-5500
will@calderonlegalgroup.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: Cancellation of Removal 42A/42B, DACA renewal, family/spousal petitions, Employer/H1B, Citizenship, Temporary Protected Status, Immigration Bond, Deportation Defense, Green card, Student Visa Help, Waivers

Consultation Fee: $0, phone consultation available


Jason Finkelman of Finkelman Immigration Law Firm

Website: www.finkelmanlaw.com
 
Location:
One Congress Plaza
100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Contact:
Jason Finkelman, 512-348-8855
jason@finkelmanlaw.com

 
Available Languages: English 

Specialty: An immigration law firm specialized solely on employment-based and family-based work visas, green cards, and citizenship. Works with students to help obtain U.S. work visas and permanent residence.

Consultation Fee: : Contact Jason Finkleman to discuss consultation fees
 

Law Offices of Michael Ponder

Website: http://www.visadeinmigrante.com/
 
Location:
5807 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78745
 
Contact:
512-300-0810
michaeljponder@gmail.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: solely an immigration law firm, but specializes in consular processing of immigrant visas, family-based adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, political asylum, employment-based adjustment of status, Violence Against Women Act cases for residency, Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), U visas, T visas, family unity, temporary protected status, and document review services (for $500)

Consultation Fee:  $70 phone consultation, $120 in person consultation
 

Tidwell, Swaim & Associates

Website: https://tsalaw.com/​

Location:
12770 Coit Road, Suite 700
Dallas, Texas 75251
 
Contact:
David Swaim, 972-385-7900
jds@tsalaw.com
 
Available Languages: English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese

Specialty: Various types of immigration law for employment and family based immigration, especially experienced with the transition from F-1 to H1B to employment-based PR petitions.

Consultation Fee: 0$ email consultation, $80 initial phone consultation (refundable)
 

Eric M. Bernal & Associates, LLC

Website: https://www.ericmbernallaw.com/
 
Location:
8023 Vantage Drive, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78230
 
Contact:
210-544-5368 or toll free 800-653-2430
ericmbernallaw@gmail.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: Deportation, court representation, cancellation of removal, asylum, criminal defense/immigration, immigration appeals, family-based immigration, citizenship & green cards, work permits

Consultation Fee: $100 initial consultation
 

Law Office of Alfonso Venegas, PLLC

 
Website:  https://www.venegaslawfirm.com/
 
Location:
913 E. Harrison St.
Suite 6
Harlingen, TX 78550
8303 Southwest Freeway, Suite 260
Houston, TX 77074
 
Contact:
Harlingen: 956-622-4085        Houston: 713-333-0049
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: waivers, visas, deportation & removal, family-based immigration
  • Licensed to practice in U.S., Mexico, and Spain

Consultation Fee: $0 initial consultation
  

Foster LLP

Website: https://www.fosterglobal.com/
 
Location:
3 Greenway Plaza #800
Houston, TX 77046
 
912 S Capital of Texas Hwy #450
Austin, TX 78746
 
Contact:
Houston: 713-229-8733      
General #: 844-303-7326
info@fosterglobal.com
 
Available Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, German and French

Specialty: All areas of U.S. immigration law

Consultation Fee: $250 for attorneys, including partners Mr. Nestor Rosin and Ms. Avalyn Langemeier.

Maka Y. Hutson at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Website: https://www.akingump.com/en/
 
Location:
2300 N. Field Street, Suite 1800
Dallas, TX 75201-2481

 
Contact:
214-969-2781
mhutson@akingump.com
 
Available Languages: English and Russian

Specialty: Employment visas, permanent residency, naturalization, visa issuance abroad, family based U.S. immigration petitions, and other U.S. immigration topics

Consultation Fee: $0 initial consultation

Please Note: Only initial consultation fees are listed. Fees and charges for taking on a case after consultation vary greatly and depend on the specific case. All consultation fees listed on this website are subject to change at any time. 
 

David E. Gluckman of McCandlish Holton

 
Website: https://www.lawmh.com/
 
Location:
1111 East Main Street, Suite 2100
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Additional Office Locations in:
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Denver, CO
 
Contact:
David E. Gluckman, 804-775-3100
dgluckman@lawmh.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish

Specialty: All areas of immigration law except deportation defense (deportation defense is off the table for our students because it requires physical representation, which he can’t do from Virginia). Very knowledgeable about F-1 student issues and has previously presented with NAFSA.

Consultation Fee: $0 initial consultation
 

Ware Immigration

Website:  https://www.david-ware.com/
 
Location:
3850 North Causeway Boulevard, Suite 555 
Metairie, LA 70002
 
Additional Office Locations in:
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Centennial, CO (Denver Area)
Contact:
866-833-8308
 
Available Languages: Spanish, French, and Portuguese

Specialty areas: All areas of U.S. immigration law except deportation defense. Deportation defense requires physical representation.

Consultation Fee: $200 initial consultation, phone consultation available
 

Gasparian Spivey Immigration

Website: https://gsimmigrationlaw.com/
 
Location:
829 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
 
Contact:
504-262-9878
Kathleen Gasparian, kathleen@gsimmigrationlaw.com
Leah Spivey, Leah@gsimmigrationlaw.com
 
Available Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Specialty: temporary visas and status, employment-based petitions and applications, family-based petitions and applications, naturalization and acquisition of citizenship, humanitarian relief, prosecutorial discretion, DACA, advanced issues for individuals and removal defense. Kathleen Gasparian in particular is very knowledgeable about F-1 student issues and is an active member of NAFSA.

Consultation Fee: $150 phone consult, email consult is possibly free, but student will be charged for a more detailed consult

Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC

Website: https://www.imwong.com/
 
Locations:
  • Cleveland, OH
  • NY, NY
  • Columbus, OH
  • Chicago, IL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Minneapolis, MN
 
Contact:
216-438-9717
 
Available Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Cantonese, Thai and more.

Specialty: All types of U.S. immigration law

Consultation Fee: $200 initial consultation

Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network

 
Website: https://brazosimmigration.com/
 
Location:
107 Williamson Drive,
Bryan, TX 77801
 
Contact:
979-393-8228  
info@brazosimmigration.com
 
Available Languages: English and Spanish
 
Their Information, Referrals, & Assistance (IRA) Program will help with:
  • translation/interpretation of official letters and docs
  • immigration questions
  • navigating the legal system
  • legal aid
  • domestic violence support
  • discrimination cases
  • work-related issues