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We ourselves are a proud team of immigrants and the children of immigrants. We take seriously our job to help people to explore their immigration options and to achieve permanent residence in the United States.
Vinesh Patel is the founder of The Vinesh Patel Law Firm PLLC. He grew up in Midland, Texas, the child of immigrants that resided on 3 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe) before settling in the United States. Above all, Mr. Patel strives for honesty and excellence in his immigration practice. If there is a way to fix your status, he will find it. If there is a way to stop your deportation, he’ll stop it. He will leave no stone unturned. And when it’s impossible to help — he’ll tell you so. He’ll save you the heartache and pain of false expectations you might get elsewhere.
Mr. Patel received a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, graduating with distinction. He earned his law degree from The University of Michigan Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and California. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is admitted to practice in the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Robert Urenda is an associate attorney at The Vinesh Patel Law Firm, PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Urenda worked at another local immigration firm handling deportation defense cases and affirmative cases before the USCIS. He grew up in Dallas, Texas after having lived in South Korea for five years as a young child. Mr. Urenda’s passion for immigration law stems from the fact that he is a child of immigrants; his great grandparents having immigrated from Mexico.
Mr. Urenda received a B.A. from Tulane University, graduating cum laude. He earned his juris doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Mr. Urenda first realized his passion of immigration law while participating in the immigration law clinic at UT law school. After law school, Mr. Urenda received a fellowship to work at The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, a nonprofit outside of Denver, Colorado, specializing in deportation defense of detained individuals. He later moved back to this hometown and has been practicing immigration law in Dallas since. He is licensed to practice law in Texas. Mr. Urenda is bilingual in English and Spanish.
As a child I never really took into account how much my parents weren’t able to do being [undocumented] immigrants,” recalls Antonio Alcala Jr., the oldest child of Santiaga Galindo and Antonio Alcala, a Mexican couple living in Texas.
“[As I got older] it really affected me. There was always the fear of not seeing them again, of struggling to make a living. [I worried] I’d have to quit school to dedicate myself to work and care for my siblings [if they got deported.]”
Antonio’s mother, Santiaga originally came to our law firm about her husband, Antonio senior. Both parents were undocumented, but Antonio senior had a criminal record for domestic violence – issues they had long since resolved through counselling. Still, Santiaga knew that the ICE was cracking down on immigrants with records, and she didn’t want her family to get torn apart.