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Ruth Adela McChesney

Ruth Adela McChesney

also known as Ruth A. Lozano McChesney

About me

Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Senior Partner Ruth Lozano McChesney, born in Mexico, immigrated to the United States as a child when her father took a position as a medical doctor with a Texas hospital. She was raised in a Spanish speaking home and has resided in San Antonio since 1994. She has practiced with the firm since 1998.

Ms. Lozano McChesney has extensive experience in all facets of immigration and nationality law. Primarily focusing in business immigration matters, she represents, advises and provides legal strategy to organizations ranging from Fortune 100/Global 500 to small local businesses in various industries such as healthcare, restaurant, energy, construction, research, religion, technology, and education. Providing comprehensive legal representation for over a decade, she has obtained temporary work visas (E1, E2, E3, H-1Bs, H-2As, H-2Bs, L-1As, L-1Bs, Os, Ps, Qs, R-1s, TNs) and lawful permanent residency (EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4, EB5) for individuals and their families, and has provided corporate counsel on issues ranging from mergers and acquisitions to Department of Labor (DOL) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I-9 and employer compliance audits. Ms. Lozano McChesney has cultivated expertise in advising foreign national investors and U.S. corporations in all areas including the establishment of EB-5 regional centers.

She has successfully represented clients in an array of professions including researchers, professors, international executives and managers, investors, engineers, IT professionals, accountants, priests, Hebrew instructors, national security experts, medical doctors, nurses, physical therapists, Olympic athletes, circus performers, construction workers, airplane mechanics, landscapers, and chefs.

Ms. Lozano McChesney obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso and earned her Juris Doctorate from St. Mary's University School of Law. Licensed to practice in Texas, she is a member of the State Bar, charter member of its Immigration and Nationality Section, and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Lozano McChesney is also licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  Ms. Lozano McChesney is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Additionally, she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Bar Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos (San Antonio, Austin and Houston). She has been published in professional journals, is a frequent invited speaker at Continuing Legal Education conferences and an invited speaker at universities.

Currently, Ms. McChesney serves as elected Council (2013-2015) for The State Bar of Texas’ Immigration & Nationality Law Section and was the Chair of its Grant Committee (2012-2014).  Ms. McChesney is also a member of the Practice Management Committee of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chair of the Women in International Business Group of the Free Trade Alliance and is on the Board (Vice President) of the San Antonio Bar Association’s International Law Section.  Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization, American Gateways.  Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Free Trade Alliance (2011-2013) and on the Board of its Mexico Forum Committee.  She has also functioned as The State Bar of Texas’ Immigration & Nationality Law Section’s elected Vice President of Employment Based Issues (2012-2013).  Previously, she served on the Immigration Legislation Sub-Committee of the Texas Chapter of AILA (2011-2012), as the Liaison to the Texas Workforce Commission for the Texas Chapter of AILA in 2004, and as co-liaison in 2005.


Languages spoken: Spanish, French, English, German, Portuguese

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    18 years, 4 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • David Joseph Trevino

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    David Trevino Immigration Attorney
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  • Amy J. Thomas

    Ruth McChesney is an outstanding immigration attorney. She is the Managing Partner of DMCA LLP, and she heads the Labor Immigration section. Immigrants and employers benefit from her expertise, experience and dedication.


    Amy Thomas Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz, LLP

8930 Fourwinds Drive Suite 106
San Antonio, TX, 78239-1971


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199801/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law FirmUS News & World Report2015
Best Law FirmUS News & World Report2014
Best Immigration Litigation Department (DMCA)Texas Lawyer2013
Best Lawyer in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDe Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendáriz, LLP2002 - Present
Managing PartnerJoseph B. De Mott & Associates, LLP2000 - 2001
Associate AttorneyJoseph B. De Mott & Associates, LLP1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Antonio Free Trade Alliance - Women in International BusinessChair2014 - Present
American Bar Association - Women in International Law CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - Present
San Antonio Bar Association - International Law SectionVice President2014 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionExecutive Council2013 - Present
San Antonio Free Trade Alliance - Women in International BusinessCommittee - Membership Chair2013 - 2014
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionVice-President, Employment Issues2012 - 2013
San Antonio Free Trade AllianceBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Bexar County Women's Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Hispanic National Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Women RainmakersCommittee Member2009 - Present
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - Present
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of CommerceMember2007 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionCharter Member2007 - Present
San Antonio Free Trade AllianceMember2006 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2005 - Present
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionMember2002 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
San Antonio Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionMember2001 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association -Practice Pointers, Tips for Handling Complex CasesRepresenting Entrepreneurs2014
AEM -Asociacion de Empresarios MexicanosLos Expertos Opinan - Tipos de Visa2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)Immigration Issues for Small and Mid-Size Employers2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas Chapter)Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals - Summaries2013
ISAAC ProjectVisas for Religious Workers2012
Free Trade AllianceThe EB-5 Employment Creation Visas2012
SA Players MagazineThe DREAM Act -How the United States can benefit from an untapped resource living in its shadows.2011
San Antonio Business JournalProfile in Immigration Workplace Law - Ruth Lozano McChesney2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas Chapter) - Spring ConferenceKazarian -EB1 Extraordinary Ability, EB1 Outstanding Professors & Researchers, EB2 Exceptional Ability2011
ISAAC ProjectPetitioning for Ministers & Religious Workers - What Churches Need to Know about R-1 Visas2010
Texas Lawyer MagzinePERM Streamlines Foreign-Labor Recruitment Process2006
Texas Lawyer MagazinePERManent Changes2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Texas System, El PasoN/ABBAN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SA CPA Society & SABA International Law Section Joint MeetingDown the Rabbit Hole: An Introduction to Employment & Investment Based Immigration2015
Spring 2014 Employment SeminarObtaining H-1B Status & Employment-Based Immigration2014
FTA Women in International BusinessWomen in Business: Untapped Opportunities in Global Business2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association Fall ConferenceAin't He A Genius - Immigration Visas for the Exceptional (EB-1, EB-2)2014
American Immigration Lawyers Annual ConferenceRepresenting Investors & Entrepreneurs2014
SAC 2013 International Education WeekWere do we go from here? A primer on immigration options2013
ISAAC Summer Basic Immigration Law InstituteReligious Workers2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter) - Spring ConferenceNon-Immigrant Options for Small Employers2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas Chapter) - Fall ConferencePERM II - Post Filing Issues2013
Latin America Caribbean ForumEmployment Creation Visas2012
ISAAC Summer Basic Immigration InstituteReligious Workers2012
LawlineI-9 ICE Investigations2011
AILA Tx Spring ConferenceGettin’ a Handle on I-140s: Current Trends in Adjudications2011
ISAAC Project - Strangers Among Us - reaching loving serving the immigrant communityPetitioning for Religious Ministers and Workers2010