Nicolas Chavez

Nicolas Chavez

Location:
Fort Worth, Texas
Phone:
817-332-1100
888-562-0398
Fax:
817-332-1106
Email:

* Board Certified, Immigration Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

** Legal Advisor to the Mexican Consulate in Dallas

Nick Chavez is an expert in immigration and naturalization law.  Specializing in helping individuals who are seeking solutions for obtaining lawful status or citizenship in the United States.  

He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has represented several notable immigrants including a Grammy-nominated artist, a racecar team member, and a highly accomplished muralist. He has written publications for local media and has been featured in radio and television shows to discuss developments in immigration law relevant to the community.

He is regularly invited to speak at lawyer conferences and community events on various immigration topics. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is presently serving as a member of the AILA Amicus Curiae Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Nick is also a published cartoonist. He has published several legal cartoons over 20 law-related cartoons for national magazines such as The National Jurist and Immigration Law Today.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2004
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 2001

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • Juris Doctor (JD) - 2001
  • University of Houston Immigration Clinic - 2000
  • University of Texas at El Paso
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors

Presentations

  • Ethics and Practice Management. State Bar of Texas, Immigration Law 101 Conference. Houston, TX (2016).
  • Federal Case Law Update. UTCLE Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law. Austin, TX (2015).
  • I-601 v. I-601A Waivers. State Bar of Texas, 13th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Course. Houston, TX (2015).
  • Whose Burden is it Anyway? AILA National Conference. Boston, MA (2014).
  • Federal Court and BIA Update. AILA National Conference. San Francisco, CA (2013).
  • Strategies in Complicated I-751 Cases. AILA National Conference. Nashville, TN (2012).
  • Hot Topics in Family-Based Adjustments. UTCLE Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law. Austin, TX (2012).
  • Strategies for Success in Problematic Naturalization Cases. AILA Audio Seminar (2011).
  • A Mock USCIS I-130/I-485 Adjustment of Status Interview. UTCLE Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law. Austin, TX (2011).
  • Yippee-Kai-Yay, This Is How It’s Done Before the BIA: Appellate and Motions Practice before the BIA. AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference. Oklahoma City, OK (2011).
  • Review of I-751s in Removal Proceedings. AILA National Conference. Washington, D.C. (2010).
  • When Marriages Go South. AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference. Playa de Carmen, Mexico (2010).
  • A Practical Guide to Removal Proceedings: A Two-Day Workshop and Training on Removal, Relief and Adjustment. UTCLE Immigration Law Conference. Dallas, TX (2010).
  • Unauthorized & Unethical Practices of Immigration Law – Concerns, Tips and How to Get Involved. AILA Texas Chapter Fall Conference. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2008).
  • Removal Proceedings: The New Practice Rules. UTCLE Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law. San Antonio, TX (2008).
  • Immigration Law & Employer Compliance, Sterling Institute CLE Seminar, Dallas, TX (2008).

Publications

  • Chavez, N., & Curiel, R., “The Art of the Initial Consultation in Immigration Practice,” Texas Bar CLE, Immigration Law 101 Course Book, Chapter 8, State Bar of Texas (2016).  
  • Chavez, N., “Overview and Recent Updates on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers,” Texas Bar CLE, 13th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Course Book, Chapter 8, State Bar of Texas (2015).
  • Chavez, N., Mendez, M., & Smith, P., “Whose Turn Is it?: Allocation of Burdens of Proof in Removal Proceedings,” Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases 503 (AILA 2014-15 Ed.).
  • Chavez, N., Crow, M., & Graves Jr., W., “Recent Developments and Strategic Considerations in § 212(h) Waiver Practice,” Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases 664 (AILA 2013-14 Ed.).
  • Burton, J., & Chavez, N., “Removal of Conditional Status in Immigration Court: Shifting Jurisdictions and Burdens,” Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases 138 (AILA 2012-13 Ed.).
  • Chavez, N., & Nayar, L., “Happily Ever After for an Unhappily Married Foreign National: Effects of Divorce on Spousal-Based Immigration Cases,” University of Texas at Austin School of Law CLE Immigration & Nationality Law Conference (2012).
  • Chavez, N., Haynes, J., & Smith, D., “I-751s in Removal Proceedings: Lessons on How to Stop Worrying and Love the Law,” Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases 586 (AILA 2010-11 Ed.).

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (2003-Present) 
  • AILA Amicus Curiae Committee (2011 to present)
  • Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Dallas, TX (2004 to present)
  • Immigration Legal Advisor, Mexican Consulate, Dallas, TX (2011 to present)
  • Texas Bar CLE Planning Committee, Austin, TX (2015)
  • University of Texas CLE Planning Committee, Austin, TX (2010-2012, 2015)
  • AILA-USCIS Dallas Field Office Liaison Committee (2007)
  • Immigration and Nationality Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Leadership Fort Worth (Class of 2011)
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
  • Dallas Bar Association

Languages

  • Spanish