Anderson Leal has extensive immigration law experience. He is authorized to practice before all federal courts of the United States, which includes the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and all federal immigration courts. His immigration practice includes representation in employment and family based immigration and removal proceedings. Mr. Leal has successfully obtained immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for investors, outstanding professionals and athletes, intercompany transferees for managers and executives. He also has helped families reunite in the United States, and successfully represented clients in removal proceedings including asylum and cancellation of removal for permanent residents and non-permanent residents. Mr. Leal’s experience also includes claims of citizenship and naturalization applications.
Mr. Leal is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated as an attorney in 2002 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He immigrated to the United States as an athlete in 2002. Mr. Leal initiated his career in the United States as an ESL teacher and later obtained an LLM in International Law from the University of Houston in 2007. In 2012, he was admitted as an attorney to the New York State Bar. Soon after obtaining his license, he became the legal director of the non for profit organization Houston America For All. He later moved into private practice, but continues representing clients in a pro bono capacity. Mr. Leal is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.