About Us

Matthew Myers

A Message
From the Chair

Matthew Myers

Welcome to the Immigration & Nationality Law Section website! Our Section includes over a thousand immigration attorneys in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors working in every sub-specialty area within immigration law from employment and investor immigration to removal defense. Our Section Officers represent a diverse cross-section of the geographic areas across Texas and sub-specialty areas within immigration law, and established Committees within the Section Council seek to provide value to membership in all areas.

The constantly shifting sands of immigration law practice require members to closely monitor changes in laws, enforcement policies, and procedures which may impact our clients. This website provides tools which may be of use to immigration practitioners or non-immigration practitioners (i.e. criminal or family law) whose cases have an immigration component across Texas, including a reservoir of immigration CLEs and quarterly section bulletins which cover important changes in immigration law.

Our objective is to provide meaningful support to all members of the Immigration & Nationality Law Section. We look forward to sharing with you the insights and ideas of leading practitioners and scholars in the immigration field in the coming year. We welcome your ideas and input into your section, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to present a CLE, write an article, or otherwise have a suggestion how the section can give back to membership.

Sincerely,
Matthew Myers
2020-2021 Chair

Leadership

Matthew Myers

Chair

Texas Bar College; Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Immigration Law; Top Attorney in Immigration Law by Austin Monthly.

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Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers practices employment and investor immigration law assisting with cases across Texas and the United States. After handling a high volume of complex immigration matters for the better part of a decade with one of the largest international immigration law firms, Matthew recently started his own inbound U.S. and outbound Global immigration law practice as a Partner with MW Law. He currently serves as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, and he is an active member of the Austin Bar Association on the Lawyer Well-Being Committee and the San Antonio Bar Association as Vice Chair of the International Law Section. Matthew earned his B.A. from Austin College and his J.D. from Baylor Law School.

Neena Wiora

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

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Neena Wiora

Neena Wiora practices employment based immigration law in Dallas, Texas with Gupta and Wiora, P.C. She received her B.B.A. and JD degrees from SMU in 1986 and 1990 respectively. She was a Trial Attorney will the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Tax Division from 1990 – 1995, prior to beginning her practice in employment based immigration.

In addition to her legal practive, Neena serves on the BOD of the non-profit organization, Junior Players Guild and is active in Attorneys Serving the Community.

Melody Poole

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation. Texas Bar College. Galveston County Young Lawyer of the Year.

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Melody Poole

Melody Poole practices immigration law in League City, Texas. Prior to opening her law office, Melody worked as a staff attorney for Lone Star Legal Aid. Melody currently serves as a director on the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section and is appointed as an attorney member to the Grievance Oversight Committee of the Texas Supreme Court. She previously served six years on a District Grievance Panel, two as Chair, and as President of the Galveston County Bar Association, and President of the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Texas at Dallas and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Claudia Hernandez

San Antonio Mexican American Bar Association from 2016 – Present, 2021 President-Elect; San Antonio Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Section from 2015 – Present, Co-chair in 2015; alumna of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy; alumna of the Latina Leadership Institute

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Claudia Hernandez

Claudia Hernandez is an attorney at De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP where she practices immigration and civil law in San Antonio, Texas. Her primary focus is in deportation defense. She has successfully litigated numerous deportation cases in federal administrative courts and helped reunite families. Additionally, Claudia has aided immigrant families in adoption proceedings in Texas civil courts and aided victims of violence. Claudia is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor Law School. While she attended school, Claudia worked with various groups, including the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Southwestern Voter Registration Education Project and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She is a part of the leadership committee for the GED Endowment and Scholarship Program which seeks scholarships to cover GED courses and exams for low income students. She was the former co-chair of the San Antonio Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Law Section and is an alumna of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy, and the Latina Leadership Institute.

Amy Thomas

Brandon Roché

Nominated for “World’s Best Dad” by 2.5yo daughter.
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Brandon Roché

Brandon Roché practices immigration law in Houston, TX. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2002 and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2008; he also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras from 2003-2005.

Whitney Drake

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Whitney Drake

Whitney is a Senior Staff Attorney at American Gateways where she represents low-income clients in a variety of matters, including asylum, family petitions, naturalization, and humanitarian visas. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas School of Law. Before joining American Gateways, Whitney served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Priscilla R. Owen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a legal fellow at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis.

Teresa Coles-Davila

Board Certified Immigration & Nationality Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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Teresa Coles-Davila

Teresa Coles-Davila is the managing attorney for the Law Offices of Teresa Coles-Davila & Associates, P.C. since 2003 focusing her practice solely on immigration law. She was a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law from 2000-2002 and an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1999. She received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX). She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1998 and became board certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2006. Ms. Coles-Davila has served as the AILA / EOIR Liaison from 2007-2015, and also previously chaired the San Antonio Bar Association Immigration & Nationality Law Section from 2008-2015. Ms. Coles-Davila has served as a Family Based section Vice President for the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, Vice President for the Detention and Removal section, and currently serves as Secretary for the Immigration and Nationality Law Section.

Christine Cha-Sartori

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Christine Cha-Sartori

Christine Cha-Sartori is a Senior Attorney at Foster LLP’s Houston, TX office. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center with an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Christine served as a law clerk at the University of Houston Office of the General Counsel and as Association of Women in Law (AWIL) Scholarship Director assisting in establishing the AWIL Ann Dinsmore Forman Scholarship to honor advocates of women’s issues in areas such as gender equality, domestic abuse, and women’s health. Her practice now primarily focuses on corporate immigration serving a wide clientele of small and mid-sized companies as well as large multinational corporations.

Roy Petty

Lisa Sotelo