Michelle V. Alonzo
Michelle Verdiguel Alonzo earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from St. Mary's University's in San Antonio, Texas and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.
As a first-generation American, Mrs. Alonzo's interest in immigration law piqued through various volunteer engagements at St. Mary's School of Law Center for Legal and Social Justice. Mrs. Alonzo translated for indigent Spanish-speaking persons meeting with their student attorneys in preparation of their removal cases and other immigration applications.
During law school Mrs. Alonzo was an Alternative Dispute Resolution Advocate and Regional Finalist in 2006, and a proud member of the STCL Hispanic Law Student Association. While in law school, Ms. Alonzo found her passion in the area of immigration law and both worked and clerked for various immigration law firms in the Houston area.
Prior to joining Chavez & Valko, Mrs. Alonzo worked with a Dallas area firm focusing on deportation defense and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as preparing waivers for clients proceeding before the U.S. consulates abroad for their immigrant visas. Most recently, Mrs. Alonzo worked at another Dallas area firm handling employment-based immigration petitions for business clients. She has also practiced immigration law in Houston, Texas, where she assisted clients with family-based immigration, deportation defense and naturalization.
Mrs. Alonzo is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas. Ms. Alonzo is also fluent in Spanish. She resides in Carrollton with her husband and three sons.
*Not licensed to practice law or represent clients in matters of State law in Louisiana; But Authorized by Federal Law to advise and represent clients only in Immigration matters in Louisiana and throughout the United States.
- Panelist, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U visas, Fort Worth Police Department with Women's Institute (Instituto de la Mujer), November 17, 2012
- Presenter at "Las Llaves del Éxito" on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, University of North Texas - Dallas Campus, October 27, 2012
- Participant, "Es el Momento" Education Forum , Mountainview Community College in Dallas, Texas, October 13, 2012
- Panelist, "Es el Momento" Education Forum , Education Forum in Ft. Worth, Texas, October 9, 2012
- Panelist, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Mexican Consulate in Dallas, September 8, 2012