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Dustin J. O’Quinn

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Business Immigration Attorney
Location: Houston, TX
Phone: 832-447-2870
Toll Free: 844-402-3900
Fax: 281-335-4774
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Immigration Experience

  • Manage world-wide Immigration practice at top regional multidiscipline firm, focusing on providing adaptive client service to businesses with a focus on the Technology and Energy industries.
  • Conduct internal Form I-9 audits and represent businesses before the Department of Homeland Security in government-mandated I-9 audits. Counsel businesses on all DHS compliance matters.
  • Represent energy companies in obtaining authorization to operate in the Outer-Continental Shelf.
  • Represent employers in the sponsorship of permanent residence for Outstanding Researchers, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Managers and Executives, and Professional Employers via rigorous Labor Certification and recruitment programs.
  • Secure nonimmigrant visa status for International Treaty Investors and Traders, Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Managers/Executives, Specialized Knowledge Workers, Specialty Occupation employees, NAFTA Professionals, Religious Workers, and Seasonal Workers.
  • Counsel individuals on family-based immigration, citizenship, and deportation matters.
  • Pro Bono representation of “Special Immigrant” applicants in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions before the DHS.
  • Fluent in Spanish.

Education

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW, AUSTIN, TX.
    • Doctorate of Jurisprudence: May 2005
      • Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law – Editor-In-Chief
      • Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights – Staff Editor
      • Political Asylum Project of Austin/American Gateways – Immigration Law Volunteer
      • Advanced Civil Litigation Law Clinic – First Place Winner
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Minor in Spanish: May 2012

Awards & Recognition

  • Texas Rising Star: Super Lawyers®, 2014, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America: Chambers USA, 2014, 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Houston: Houstonia Magazine, 2014, 2015

Professional Affiliations & Service

  • Human Rights Initiative: Board of Directors, 2013 -2016
  • State Bar of Texas: Vice President, Employment-Based Issues – Immigration Section, 2013 – 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association: Co-Chair – Texas Chapter Fall Conference, 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association: Co-Chair – Dallas Section, 2012 – 2013
  • J. L. Turner Legal Association: Board of Directors, 2013
  • State Bar of Texas: Vice President, Conference and Publications – Immigration & Section, 2013
  • Dallas Regional Chamber: Volunteer Committee Planner – Young Professionals, 2012 – 2013
  • Business Council for the Arts: Graduate – Leadership Arts Institute, (2012 – 2013)
  • Human Rights Initiative: Volunteer, 2013 – 2015
  • Catholic Charities: Volunteer, 2010 – 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2006

Speeches & Publications

Publications

  • Author, Homeland Security Dangers During Mergers and Acquisitions, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, July 2013.
  • Author, Completing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, in Form & Fundamentals (AILA 2012-2013).
  • Author, Workplace Enforcement at Every Turn, Tex. Law., April 2, 2012.
  • Co-Author, Know The Procedural Ins and Outs to Avoid Immigration Pitfalls, Tex. Law., Feb. 22, 2010, at 22.

Speeches

  • Speaker, Address to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas Chapter: H- l B Visas in the Medical Context (November 2014).
  • Speaker, Address to the National Oilwell Varco Global Human Resources Summit: Onboarding Employees in the United States: From Interns to Executives (October 2014).
  • Speaker, Address to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas Chapter: PERM Labor Certification Strategy (April 2014).
  • Speaker, Address to the Austin LGBT Bar Association: The Immigration Impact of Windsor and the Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (November 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to Goose Creek Independent School District: Immigration Options for Students & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Updates (August 2013).
  • Panelist, Employment-Based Immigration: Can Our Immigration Policy Foster Business? (March 2013.) (Public event held at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law; sponsored by the Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Wesleyan Immigration Initiative.)
  • Speaker, Address to Dallas Independent School District: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals & Immigration Options for Students (January 2013).
  • Speaker, Address to Goose Creek Independent School District: Immigration Options for Students & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Updates (November 2012).
  • Speaker, Address to the Texas Association of Vocational Adjustment Coordinators: The DREAM Act Policy and Immigration Options for Students (August 2012, September 2012).
  • Speaker, Address to the Paralegal Section, J. L. Turner Legal Society: Immigration Practice Dos and Don’ts (July 2012).
  • Speaker, National Address to the American Immigration Lawyers Association: PERM Labor Certifications – Laying the PERM Foundation (June 2012).
  • Speaker, Address to the American Immigration Lawyers Association: PERM Labor Certification Applications (April 2011).

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Positions

  • Berry Appleman & Leidan, LLP.: Dallas, TX
    • Senior Corporate Immigration Associate: January 2014 – January 2015
  • Gardere Wynne & Sewell, LLP.: Dallas, TX
    • Of Counsel: January 2012 – January 2014
  • Berry Appleman & Leidan, LLP.: Dallas, TX
    • Corporate Immigration Associate: November 2010 – January 2012
  • FosterQuan, LLP.: Austin, TX/San Antonio, TX
    • Corporate Immigration Associate: July 2008 – November 2010
  • DMCA & Associates, LLP.: San Antonio, TX
    • Corporate Immigration Associate: March 2007 – July 2008
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