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Katie Hawkinks







Katie Hawkins is a former educator, having taught children of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds in Guatemala, Hong Kong, and rural South Louisiana.

Ms. Hawkins grew up in Central Illinois and attended high school and college in North Louisiana. Ms. Hawkins graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in English and Creative Writing. After watching several of her students struggle amid various legal battles, Ms. Hawkins began her legal education. Ms. Hawkins graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law as a two-time Equal Access to Justice Fellow and National Mock Trial Semifinalist, having practiced with a 3L Bar Card at Texas A&M University Family Law and Benefits Clinic since January 2017.

Ms. Hawkins began her legal career immersed in family law. In an effort to serve families of Texas better, she used her immigration experience from her internship at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Laredo, Texas, and her experience communicating with and representing whole families to begin her career in immigration. Ms. Hawkins now enjoys representing clients on a wide range of immigration matters.

Ms. Hawkins has experience writing and handling various legal claims, appeals, and litigation. As immigration is a field of law which changes often and holds many opportunities for improvement, Ms. Hawkins is excited to challenge unfairness, seek justice, and advocate for her clients.

Ms. Hawkins lives in Grandview, Texas, with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, writing poetry, playing jazz clarinet, and exploring the zoos and museums in DFW with her family.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2019


  • Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law), Fort Worth, Texas
    • J.D. - 2018
  • Louisiana Tech University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2013
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Psychology
    • Minor: English
    • Minor: Creative Writing

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers
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“Mr. Chavez I cannot THANK YOU enough for helping us in reuniting our family. The WAIVER you completed for my husband was EXCELLENT. We will forever be grateful to you and your professional staff. I knew from my first consultation that you were sincere about helping your clients. You are an example of what a great attorney is. I HIGHLY recommend your law firm to everyone.“

– Elizabeth C., Crowley, TX (I-601 Waiver of inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico)

“I am the General Counsel for a global internet security company. I have been working with Martin and his team for over three years on immigration matters including permanent residence, intracompany-transferee, investor’s, and H-1B matters. My experience has been outstanding. Martin or anyone in the firm always respond promptly and professionally. I usually work on very tight deadline and Martin and his team have always helped us achieve our goals. In my experience in comparison to working with other immigration lawyers, Chavez & Valko makes the complicated and burdensome process feel like a breeze. I would recommend Chavez & Valko to anyone who wants precision, promptness and professionalism.”

– Alexandra Albro, General Counsel, ESET ESET

“My husband WAS detained in a detention center, facing the possibility of deportation. As of today, my husband is home . . with the judge granting his cancellation of removal, and he was able to keep his permanent resident status here in the United States. . . The law firm of Chavez & Valko was wonderful to work with, guiding us through this long and difficult process with such conviction and compassion, that they gave my family and I that peace of mind of hope and encouragement that everything will be fine. . . I highly recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko to anyone with immigration matter(s). . . Please continue doing what you do because you guys really do change lives. ”

– Removal client, Dallas, TX (Cancellation of Removal of Lawful Permanent Resident)

“My family and I would like to thank the attorneys from the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko LLP for the great work fulfilled in my immigration case which had a happy ending. . . the immigration law argued that a criminal case like the one I had was eligible for deportation and my options were minimal. . . With their experience and great knowledge in immigration law, their perseverance and professionalism, they were able to win my case in my favor in Dallas immigration court (EOIR). I would like to give special thanks to the law firm of Chavez & Valko, who was with us at all times giving us support, security and great optimism.”

– Cecilio & Family, Dallas, TX (Defense against deportation in immigration court with 212(h) Waiver and Cuban Adjustment)

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