Immigration Attorneys with over 90 years of combined experience in immigration law. The team concentrates primarily on removal defense, family-based immigration, litigation and appeals, naturalization and U.S. citizenship claims. Part of the practice serves corporate America to petition foreign professionals, multinational managers, athletes, and individuals with extraordinary abilities.
Both Joseph Reina and Brian Bates are Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Bates was Board Certified in 1984. Mr. Reina has been Board Certified since 2000. Each served for six years on the immigration and nationality law examination committee for the State Bar. Both have been repeatedly chosen by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America. Each are active members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and each has chaired the Texas Chapter of AILA.
JOSEPH REINA has successfully litigated numerous cases on behalf of aliens resisting deportation, including the precedent cases, Matter of Quilantan and Matter of Deanda-Romo. In 2002, Joe’s peers ranked him among Texas top five immigration lawyers in a survey conducted and published by The Texas Lawyer.
From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Reina served as Chair of the Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter of AILA. He has also served on the National Liaison Committee of AILA to the Executive Office for Immigration Review. From January 2005 to April 2006 Mr. Reina was officially engaged as counsel to the Consulate of Mexico in Dallas on matters involving U.S. immigration law. He is licensed in Texas and Washington, D.C.
BRIAN BATES has practiced immigration law for over thirty years and has extensive litigation experience representing clients in immigration courts, as well as before federal district and appellate courts.
Many of Mr. Bates’ immigration cases have resulted in published appellate decisions. In 1988, Mr. Bates received the AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award from for a court victory that affected thousands of amnesty applicants. He won a rare second Litigation Award for his 1996 asylum case, Abel Masieh v. INS, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Bates served as Chair of Texas Chapter of AILA from 1993 to 1994, and for three years was Chairman of the National Liaison Committee of AILA to the Executive Office for the Immigration Review. In 1998, Mr. Bates received the AILA Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his work in assisting other immigration lawyers.