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I am a law graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law admitted to the State Bar of Texas to practice. Having spent most of my childhood witnessing my Colombian mother and aunt experience various obstacles to their residency, I have firsthand knowledge of what a difference a sincere and competent Immigration Attorney can make.

For that reason, I have targeted my experience to gain a thorough understanding of several areas of Immigration Law including Removal Defense, Family-based and Employment-based Immigration & Consular Processing. In these areas, I have come to research and brief issues regarding Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of Removal, Waivers under 212(h), 212(i), and former 212(c), etc. I have successfully represented clients for H-1B and L-1A petitions, I-360 Widow Petitions along with I-601 waivers, and for the new I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver.

I believe that these experiences have provided me the practical skills, client interaction and legal judgment necessary for the increasingly competitive and demanding Immigration Law market. I am also fluent in reading, writing and speaking the Spanish language in the interest of facilitating open communication with clients.

Specialties: Immigration Law: Removal Defense, Family-based Petitions, Adjustment of Status


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
  2. Family: 10%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kelley Noemy Escobar

    Robert Cates is an excellent attorney. He is knowledgeable, understanding and most importantly, experienced. He treats all of his clients with respect and truly understands their situations. He is honest and straightforward with clients in terms of expectations. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Robert, a great lawyer indeed!


    Kelley Escobar Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Brooke Villani Burton

    I previously worked with Robert for several years. Robert is a very thorough and competent attorney. He is a patient person who is always willing to go the extra mile for clients or co-workers.


    Jennifer Burton Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Cates Law, PLLC

1011 W. Lewis St., Ste. C
Conroe, TX, 77301


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201201/09/2016
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerCates Law, PLLC | Immigration Law Group2015 - Present
Associate AttorneyJaime Barron, P.C.2012 - 2015
Staff AttorneyCatholic Charities St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance2012 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
L-1A visaApproved
Humanitarian ParoleParole approved
I-601 for Widow of U.S. CitizenApproved
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2011
Baylor UniversityPolitical Science and SpanishOther - Bachelors2008