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Joseph Reina

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Joe has practiced law for over twenty-six years and has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law since 2000. From 2003 to 2009, Joe served on the immigration and nationality law examination committee of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

A statewide survey of his peers, conducted and published by The Texas Lawyer, ranked Joe among five top immigration lawyers in Texas. He has appeared in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.) from 2002 to 2015 and in Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) from 2006 to 2013.

Mr. Reina has handled hundreds of deportation cases successfully, including Deanda-Romo, 23 I&N Dec. 597 (BIA 2003) and Quilantan, 25 I&N Dec. 285 (BIA 2010), precedents decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has also filed numerous successful federal lawsuits against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Joe has successfully sued the Department of State in several cases, achieving about-face reversals of originally adverse decisions, despite “consular nonreviewability.” Mr. Reina also represented Ultrax Records, Inc. and its principal, Mr. Tommy Quon, who discovered, first managed, and promoted white rapper Vanilla Ice.

At the request of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Joe authored a chapter of THE WAIVERS BOOK – ADVANCED ISSUES IN IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE, an important reference for immigration lawyers across the United States. He has authored well over thirty other articles on immigration law, including 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), “Hyperequities”: 212(c) and Cancellation of Removal After  Matter of Jean, 7 BENDER’S IMMIGRATION BULLETIN 1549 (Dec. 15, 2002), and “Hyperequities” II: The Removal Case in Detention, published by the University of Texas School of Law. He has been recognized as an expert on immigration law by several federal and state courts, and has been called as an expert witness by the Department of Homeland Security.

From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Reina was chairman of the Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter of AILA. In 2003 and 2004, he served on the National Liaison Committee of AILA to the Executive Office for Immigration Review – the agency that houses the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. From January 2005 to April 2006, Mr. Reina was officially retained as counsel to the Consulate of Mexico in Dallas on matters involving U.S. immigration law.

Joe has served as adjunct professor of immigration law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. He frequently speaks at immigration-law conferences, and has trained the staff of several non-profit immigration-service providers. Catholic Charities of Dallas has recognized his outstanding mentoring of lawyers representing detained aliens resisting deportation. He has been a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for over fifteen years.

Mr. Reina graduated from Georgetown University in 1984 (B.S.F.S.). In 1987, he graduated from the University of Houston Law School, which he attended on an academic scholarship from the Lillian Kaiser Lewis Foundation. He also completed programs at the University of Dijon (1982) and the University of Salamanca (1984). He is fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish.

Joe is a certified SCUBA instructor (NAUI), and frequently conducts technical dives using closed-circuit rebreathers. His marine photography appears at www.fluctuat-nec-mergitur.com. His sons, Hadrien, Pascal, and Lair-Émile are also avid divers. A licensed pilot, he often flies himself to court appearances and other professional engagements.

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