Matthew L. Hoppock

Matthew L. Hoppock

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Overland Park, KS

The Hoppock Law Firm, LLC
 | 10985 Cody St., Suite 130
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: 913-267-5511
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer
Attorney Profile

I represent individuals in immigration-related litigation and appeals, visa proceedings, and immigration court. I have represented immigrants in immigration courts around the country, although most of my Immigration Court work is before the Kansas City Immigration Court. 

I also represent immigrants in their appeals to the BIA and in reviewing BIA decisions in the federal courts of appeals. Much of my recent appellate work has involved challenging impediments to review of motions to reopen for immigrants already deported, including appellate victories on the "departure bar" in the 7th and 5th Circuits. I've also litigated the government's restrictive interpretation of the phrase "particular social group" in Gatimi v. Holder. Other litigation has involved challenging immigration court transcripts and admission of evidence, criminal immigration issues, and representing immigrants on appeal who were pro se in immigration court.

I also represent immigrants in visa petitions and applications for other benefits. That includes litigating immigration issues and denied petitions before various U.S. District Courts under the Administrative Procedures Act as well as writs of habeas corpus and writs of mandamus.

I am current chair of the Kansas and Missouri chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the past president of the Kansas Bar Association's Immigration Law Section, and am a member of the steering committee for the federal litigation section of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

About Matthew Hoppock

Admitted: 2008, Kansas

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Speaker - AILA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV on the topic of marriage-related visas, same-sex marriages, and divorce. 2016., 2016
  • Speaker - AILA Annual Convention in Washington D.C. on the topic of ethics related to marriage-based visa petitions., 2015
  • President - Kansas Bar Association Immigration Law Section, 2013
  • CLE Speaker - Best Practices in Stays of Removal and Filing Form I-246, 2013
  • CLE Speaker - "Witness Protection & UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime" - Sponsored by American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 28, 2012., 2012
  • CLE Speaker - "Asylum, VAWA, and U Visa," sponsored by Husch Blackwell, August 10, 2011. , 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Bremer v. Johnson, 834 F.3d 925, 929 (8th Cir. 2016) – Remanding for the District Court to resolve whether the Adam Walsh Act applies only to the filing of visa petitions (rather than the adjudication of visa petitions). The implication is that if the AWA only prohibits the filing of certain visa petitions, then it doesn’t apply to visa petitions that have already been filed and receipted. “We agree with the Bremers that whether Mr. Bremer’s petition has already been filed, and if so, whether Clause (viii) is inapplicable, are predicate legal questions over which the district court has jurisdiction.”, 2016
  • Gonzalez–Vega v. Lynch, 839 F.3d 738 (8th Cir. 2016) – The Eighth Circuit concluded that it had jurisdiction to review decisions regarding administrative closure, and it remanded to the BIA to consider in the first instance whether to administratively close the case, because the BIA had not addressed that question when it was asked to previously. , 2016
  • Tula Rubio v. Lynch, 787 F.3d 288 (5th Cir. 2015) - holding that immigrant's admission as a passenger in a car was sufficient to be considered "admitted in any status" for purposes of cancellation of removal requirement.   , 2015
  • Limbeya v. Holder, 764 F. 3d 894 - Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit 2014.  Won reversal from the Eighth Circuit on the question of whether an asylum application was "frivolous" such that immigrant was barred for life from immigration relief. , 2014
  • Alphonsus v. Holder, 705 F.3d 1031 (9th Cir. 2013) Won reversal of BIA decision finding that "resisting arrest" was a "particularly serious crimes" which barred an applicant from applying for withholding from removal., 2013
  • Musau v. Carlson, 499 F. App'x 837 (10th Cir. 2012).  Won reversal of denied habeas claim, finding court had jurisdiction to grant habeas to stay deportation for certain witnesses eligible for protection under a UN treaty. , 2012
  • Lari v. Holder, 697 F.3d 273 (5th Cir. 2012), as revised (Nov. 8, 2012). Appealed "departure bar" decision and won reversal, including a precedent decision from the Fifth  Circuit rejecting the "departure bar" for motions to reopen immigration proceedings., 2012
  • Flores v. Holder, 699 F.3d 998 (8th Cir. 2012) Won reversal of denied asylum claims based on failure by trial court to apply correct law and agency failure to explain its appellate decision., 2012
  • Omondi v. Holder, --- F.3d ----, 2012 WL 851111 (8th Cir. 2012). Won remand to the BIA for consideration of whether incomplete appeal transcript required reversal, as missing portions of testimony were relevant to whether the alien could corroborate his otherwise-credible testimony., 2012
  • Villatoro-Lopez v. Holder, 445 Fed.Appx (7th Cir. 2011)(unpublished). Successfully appealed denial of asylum application, challenging agency's failure to swear in Spanish interpreter and to correct material errors in transcript.  , 2011
  • Marin-Rodriguez v. Holder, 612 F.3d 591 (7th Cir. 2010).  Appealed "departure bar" decision and won reversal, including a precedent decision from the Seventh Circuit rejecting the "departure bar" for motions to reopen immigration proceedings.  , 2010
  • Gatimi v. Holder, 578 F.3d 611 (7th Cir. 2009).  Won reveral of asylum denial for family afraid of persecution in Kenya based on former membership in a particular social group., 2009
Office Location for Matthew L. Hoppock

10985 Cody St.
Suite 130
Overland Park, KS 66210


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