Joseph Reina

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Dallas, TX

Reina & Bates
 | 1140 Empire Central Drive, Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: 214-905-9100
Fax: 214-905-9510
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2017, 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    As an attorney with Reina & Bates, Joseph Reina represents clients in matters of immigration law in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas. Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, he is also a Lead Counsel verified in immigration law by Lead Counsel. Admitted to practice since 1987 in Texas, he is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English.

    Mr. Reina has been named among the Five Top Immigration Lawyers in Texas by the Texas Lawyer and given the Prudential Award for Excellence in Health Law. Along with the state of Texas and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of International Trade, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    An adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Mr. Reina teaches immigration law. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science before attending law school at the University of Houston Law Center. There he graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor on a scholarship from the Lillian Kaiser Lewis Foundation.

    He is extensively involved in local chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is on the organization’s National Liaison Committee for Immigration Review in the Executive Office. Mr. Reina volunteers his time as a SCUBA Instructor for the National Association of Underwater Instructors and a member of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono College.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Immigration

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    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2017, 2020

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    About Joseph Reina

    Admitted: 1987, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.reinaimmigrationlawyers.com/attorney/reina-josep...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.), 2002 to 2015
    • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006 to 2013 
    • Karl F. Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy
    • The Texas Lawyer, Ranked among Five Top Immigration Lawyers in Texas
    • Listed as one of Texas' five "Top-Notch" immigration lawyers in a survey conducted and published by, The Texas Lawyer, 2002
    • Prudential Award for Excellence in Health Law
    • Order of the Coif
    • Listed consecutively since 2003, Best Lawyers in America, 2003
    • Outstanding Mentor Award, Catholic Charities of Dallas, 2002

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law, 2000

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Liaison Committee of AILA to the Executive Office for Immigration Review
    • New Mexico Chapter of AILA, Chairman, 2005 to 2006
    • Texas, Oklahoma Chapter of AILA, Chairman, 2005 to 2006
    • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality law examination committee
    • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1990
    • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1990
    • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1990
    • Admitted to State bar of Texas, 1987
    • Texas, 1987
    • Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2000
    • Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1989

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • SCUBA instructor (NAUI)
    • Member, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Immigration Lawyers on a Tightrope: Balancing the Duty Toward the Truth and to One's Client, University of Texas School of Law, 27th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, (Oct. 15-17, 2003).
    • Coming to America:  The "Immigration Dartboard" - A Graphic Presentation of Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Avenues into the United States, 14 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 672 (June 1, 2009)
    • The Waivers Book - Advanced Issues in Immigration Law Practice
    • Adjunct Professor of immigration law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
    • Fear of Cancer and Increased Risk of Cancer: Problems with Gideon and A Proposal Within, 7 The Review of Litigation 39, 1987
    • "Hyper Equities" II: The Removal Case in Detention, University of Texas School of Law, 27th Annual Conference on Immigration and Naturalization Law, (Oct. 15-17, 2003).
    • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, "A Day in the Life of a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer," (July 25, 2003).
    • Understanding Family-Based Immigration, State Bar of Texas, State Bar College "Summer School 2003," (July 24-26, 2003).
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: How to Set Yourself Apart From the Pack, 29 Solo & Small Firm Workbook, published by The Texas Lawyer, June 9, 2003.
    • Understanding Family-Based Immigration, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Course, (May 8-9, 2003).
    • Walking a Tightrope or the Plank: Balancing the Duty Toward the Truth and to One's Own Client, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Course, (May 8-9, 2003).
    • "The Immigration Dartboard": Understanding the Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Avenues into the United States, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Course, (May 8-9, 2003).
    • Legislators Must Look to the Past Before Changing Immigration Laws, The Texas Lawyer, Oct. 8, 2001.
    • Walking a Tightrope or the Plank? Immigration Issues for the Employment Lawyer After September 11, 2001, State Bar of Texas High Tech Litigation, (Feb. 20-21, 2003).
    • "Hyper Equities": 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal After Matter of Jean, 7 Bender's Immigration Bulletin 1549 (Dec. 15, 2002)
    • Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing, University of Texas School of Law, 25th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, (Oct. 10-12, 2001).
    • Fear of Cancer and Increased Risk of Cancer: Problem's With Gideon and a Proposed Solution, 7 The Rev. Lit. 1987.
    • Coming to America: The "Immigration Dartboard" Revisited - A Graphic Guide to Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Avenues into the United States, 14 Bender's Immigration Bulletin (Jan. 15, 2009).
    • Divorce in the Immigration Context, State Bar of Texas, Texas College for Judicial Studies, Advanced Family Law Seminar and Boot Camp, (August 2008)
    • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: What you Don't Know Can Hurt You, State Bar of Texas, 34th Annual Criminal Law Course and Criminal Law Boot Camp, (July 28-31, 2008).
    • Becoming a Permanent Resident of the United States: Consular Processing vs. Adjustment of Status, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Institute, (Feb. 28-29, 2008).
    • Navigating the Immigration Maze, University of Texas School of Law, 31st Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, (Oct. 17-19, 2007).
    • Don't Tread on Me - Again: Reentry After Removal, 2007-08 Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook 471.
    • Immigration Issues in Family and Juvenile Practice, State Bar of Texas, Texas College for Judicial Studies, Advanced Family Law Seminar, (April 23-27, 2007).
    • Consular Processing Around the Deportation and Unlawful Presence Grounds of Inadmissibility in Changing Times, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Institute, (Feb. 22-23, 2007).
    • Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing, University of Texas School of Law, 30th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, (Oct. 2006).
    • Immigration Issues and Children, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, (2006).
    • Four Common Grounds of Inadmissibility/Waivers, University of Texas School of Law, 29th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, (Sept. 21-23, 2005).
    • Love and Marriage Run Amuck: Where Family and Immigration Law Meet, State Bar of Texas, Texas College for Judicial Studies, Advanced Family Law Seminar, (Aug. 9-12, 2004).
    • Navigating the Minefield of Unlawful Presence, State Bar of Texas Immigration Law Course, (May 6-7, 2004).
    • Waivers in Removal Proceedings - Fighting the "Decline of Discretion," AILA Texas Chapter Winter Conference, (Nov. 2003).

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Board precedent wins include Matter of Deanda-Romo (2003) and Matter of Quilantan (2010). Have also successfully challenged the doctrine of "consular-nonreviewability" in numerous suits in federal court against the Department of State, resulting in about-face reversals of adverse decisions by consular officials.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Dijon, Dijon, France (through Georgetown University), 1982
    • Georgetown University, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C., B.S.F.S., 1984
    • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1987
    • University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (through New York University), 1984

    Industry Groups

    • A.I.L.A.
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    Office Location for Joseph Reina

    1140 Empire Central Drive
    Dallas, TX 75247

    Phone: 214-905-9100

    Fax: 214-905-9510

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