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Karen-Lee Pollak

Immigration Attorney at Addison, TX

4.8   74 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 23 years
    California - CA 27 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karen-Lee

Learn Karen-Lee’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Immigration attorney handling Immigration and Visa Petitions, Family & Employment-Based Petitions, US Citizenship & Non-Immigrant Visas.

    28 years

ASK QUESTIONS HERE | 888-740-1401

I lead our Immigration Practice Group.  My education has taken place literally worldwide and from coast to coast.  I obtained my law degree in South Africa and am licensed by the State Bar of California and State Bar of Texas.   As an immigrant myself and the former chair of the immigration practice of the Dallas office of a large international law firm, I understand what a critical and life-changing decision it is moving family or employees to the United States.   I focus on both family and corporate based immigration representing athletes, spouses, authors, individuals and fortune 500 corporations with their immigrant and non immigrant visa needs.  My dedication and efficiency enables me to manage my busy life as a lawyer, wife and parent of two active children.

Awards

Client's Choice 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2016 2015 2014 + 4 ...
Top Contributor 2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2016 2015 2014 + 2 ...

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Location

Karen Pollak
15455 Dallas Parkway
Suite 600
Addison, TX, 75001

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  74 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2011
Outstanding !!
The simple and short of it, is that Karen secured our permanent residency aftter 7 years and 4 different attorneys. I could not believe how she turned a very difficult situation around for me and my family. Excellent service, attention to detail. Strongly recommend Karen to anyone in the immigration process.
Posted by Solomon | September 30, 2009
A perfect experience !!
I was sponsored by my wife for permanent residency. We requested assistance from Karen and her firm. Karen from the very first day took pain in assisting us with our case and was very professional. Her Customer Service is excellent. She kept us updated & equipped with all the information we needed. I would do business with her again in future & I've suggested family and friends to do business with her. It's a blessing to have a good attorney like Karen to take pain for your legal needs whether it's immigration or any other legal matter.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney!
Karen helped me throughout my process and patiently answer all my questions about my h1b, green card and EAD. It's a long way and hard way but we finally made it.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
IMMIGRATION
PERFECT; VERY HELPFUL.awesome. thak you for precious help. very proffesional.
Posted by martin | April 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
not enough words to say thank you!!!!
Never in my life thought I would ever want to leave a lawyer a positive review :) But Karen, I say this faithfully, I do not have the words to thank you for everything you and Isela did for our family! You ladies made the process easy and we knew what to expect and when to expect it. Thank you for helping us go from a B1/B2 to that EAD with parole and today getting to that IR6 Greencard!! None of this would be possible with out you! cant wait to work with you again!
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Posted by Juliana | August 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EB-2 and Green Card
Last week we received the most dreamed card for me and my family, first the working permit(EB-2) a year ago and now The Green Card, this process was very smooth and easy with Pollak and her team, specially thanks to Isela Resendiz, great support and most important, very clear process since the first meeting to the last steps, no surprises or extra payments(very common with lawyers). Thanks you so much and keep doing this great job.
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Posted by Josh | January 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped my lovely mother’s dreams come true
Karen and Isela are the best in this line of work. I have known Karen for years now and she helped me on this long journey right from the point of helping me with my green card and my citizenship to successfully organizing in a meticulous fashion the paperwork for my mom’s green card and the great news is that my mom got her green card approval and stamp at the US Consulate in Mumbai India in the first week of Jan 2020. This is the best thing which could have happened at the start of a new year. Karen is one of the most amazing wonderful person I have come across in my life and she is not only a great lawyer but also I love and respect her as family. We have grown a strong bond over the years and I wish her great success in the years to come. Regards Josh
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing
She is amazing. You know what's more great about her? You can directly talk to her when you call their office with no hassle. I have never seen an attorney so great about their client service.
Posted by Michele | August 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration lawyer
Karen has been helping us through our green card process. She is professional and thorough. I highly recommend
Posted by Alexey | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EB-1 approved
I highly recommend Ms. Pollak for all your immigration problems. I have a Ph.D. and Karen-Lee helped me to file the application for the EB1-EA green card. She has a soft voice and business-like attitude. She always responded quickly and spot-on to my questions and emails. You can be confident that she will find the best option for you. In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I qualify for the green card. I thought the number of citations wasn't enough. She evaluated my case and suggested to apply for EB-1EA first and if it didn't go through, we would have reapplied for NIW EB-2 category. She explained what documents to collect and she built my case. All my documents were submitted on time. To my surprise and joy, my i-140 was approved within 7 days and i485 was approved within 3 months. She is the person that not just formal to her job but cares about you as a client. I remember, In the middle of our application preparation I had to transfer to a different university and international department totally confused me with my H-1b transfer. At some point, they told me I had to reenter the country which would take months for me to come back. I decided to call Karen-Lee and consult with her. After listening, she gave me the advice that eventually eliminated those issues and let me stay in the country. It was beyond our green card dealings. Ms.Pollak as a lawyer is worth every penny. Her fees are pretty standard. I know there are firms that refund attorney's fee for denied applications. But I think they have a more automated approach to the application process and are not as involved in your particular situation with all the little details as Karen-Lee is. Don't be cheap on such serious issues as immigration, hire only the best lawyers. And she is the best one.
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Posted by Mohammed | November 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer!
Ms. Pollak is one of the best attorneys for immigration. I was searching for the best lawyer in Avvo and after our initial conversation with her I knew she would be the best person to work for my wife's immigration case. Ms. Pollak has been always very positive and helpful. She assisted us in every possible way and was always there to assist us. She is very polite and patient and always gives the best advice and her assistant Ms. Lowrey was very helpful and always there for assistance. I would highly recommend Ms. Pollak as she goes above and beyond to make sure your situation is taken care of and that everything gets done accurately. Thanks to Ms. Pollak my wife is a proud permanent resident of the United States of America. We really appreciate for all her help and want thank to her for her part.
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Posted by Chandra | November 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration attorney in Dallas area
Hired Karen for Employment based green card.We approached Karen knowing she is one of the most respected and decorated attorney in immigration world.I am impressed with her excellent Avvo rating and reviews. Karen has been extremely helpful through out the green card process. She has always been patient enough to answer all our questions and always prompt in responding to our emails typically within an hour or so even at times when she was away from her office . Karen and her Team ( Secretary Melinda ) is highly Professional & updated her client regularly about each and every development in case. We received our green card in about 15 months. Thanks to Karen for making this happen so fast for us even today when there is a long wait time for applicants from India. Karen -Lee Pollak has excellent client satisfaction ratings and proven track record of success . I strongly recommend her to everyone for Immigration needs.
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Posted by Darren | August 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
L1A Visa Application
Working with Karen was an absolute pleasure, from the very first phone call Karen was precise, professional and honest in her opinions and advise. We have heard 'nightmare' stories how applications can go wrong and how important it is to select the correct immigration attorney. Without a doubt we found the best person for the task and would highly recommend Karen and her team. We were awarded our visas most timeously and without any complications. We thank Karen and her team for making this experience so seamless.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great work on H1B Application
I worked with Bellunnally Law Firm to apply for a H1B work visa. They are professional and efficient throughout the whole process. Karen is a great communicator, which makes the application process much smoother than I expected. Thank you so much for your work!
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best immigration attorney in DFW (my case: NIW-EB-2)
I self-filed my NIW - EB2 with Attorney. Pollak. During the process, she and her team (Ms. Melinda Lowrey) were freindly and responsed promptly with passion. She responded immediately for a RFE we received related to substantial improvement of my documents, and her responsiveness and knowledge about US immigration law are potentially one of the reasons we (I and my wife) received the Green cards. She did an excellent works for my case with her passion. I strongly recommend her for your future immigration issues.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great work!
I have been in the immigration system for over 26 years, and have experienced good bad and even ugly immigration attorneys. Karen - Lee is one of the best. 1. She didnt try to scare me with the worst possible outcomes for my case. A lot of attorneys do. She listened to all my concerns and provided me a very realistic evaluation of my situation. She has experience with many types of immigration circumstances, mine had criminal complications and she knew how to handle it. 2. She is confident in her abilities, and she knows how to make her client feel at ease. 3. She didnt recommend unnecessary actions/filings. Many attorneys recommended thousands of dollars in unneeded work. Karen-Lee is not cheap, but she provides excellent value for the price. I will recommend her for her abilities, she is the best I have ever experienced in the DFW area.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, fast and professional! Recommended (H1B and CG)
Karen and her team managed a H1B visa transfer and the entire CG process. She's very knowledgeable and prompt to respond questions, file paperwork and respond to RFEs (if any). She managed my entire job sponsored CG, supporting all the way from the PERM to the I-485, the process was very smooth and even got my CG before expected (16 months from beginning to end) - this was in great part due to Karen's responsiveness. Highly recommended for any immigration related services.
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Posted by Khalid | September 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Immigration attorney
Karen gave us the best advice for green card application. She is very knowledgeable of the process and therefore very confidence in her advice. She is very prompt with her replies and pays attention to your questions. I strongly recommend her for immigration matters.
Posted by Consuelo | September 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
KAREN-LEE AND HER TEAM ARE AMAZING!!!
Karen-Lee and her team (Thank you Melinda!! :) ) were amazing throughout my entire GC process, my visa renewal and every single step in the long and tiring processes of getting a green card. They have the knowledge, the experience and patience to deal with every type of client (I was the one asking the 20K questions). THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!! YOU ROCK!!!
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Posted by Hao Xu | July 4, 2015
My Best Laywer
Karen has helped me for 5 years from getting my H1B to Green Card. She is very helpful. She response to my email super fast. She is very knowledge and know almost everything about immigration. She send me news about immigration perodically. You won't regret to hire her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Pollak PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bell Nunnally & Martin, LLP
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Goins Underkofler Crawford & Langdon
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Darrell W. Cook & Associates
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP
  • 1998 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Witwatersrand
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • Liberal Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • ICE vs. Le
  • Order of Removal Withdrawn
  • ICE vs. Nguyen
  • Order of Removal Withdrawn

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas, Immigration & Nationality Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dallas Bar Association Community Involvement Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Top Women Attorneys
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2023
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2023
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2022
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2021
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Individually Ranked, Texas Immigration (Band 3)
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2018
  • Dallas Top 50 Women Lawyers Award
  • Texas Diversity Council
  • 2018
  • Individually Ranked, Texas Immigration (Band 3)
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2017
  • Individually Ranked, Texas Immigration (Band 3)
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas: Immigration
  • D Magazine
  • 2014
  • Honoree
  • Montclair's Who's Who in Law
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • SAFM | Johannesburg
  • Employment-Based Immigration to the USA
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (9)
Endorse Karen-Lee
Immigration Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Pollak. I had numerous chances to review her responses to Avvo inquiries as a fellow immigration attorney. They were right on points and detailed. She is a highly recommended."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer...an extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is very professional at all times. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have reviewed many of Attorney Pollak's responses to complicated legal matters. Her thoughtful and insightful answers demonstrate that she has the utmost knowledge of Immigration law and is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is a great asset to the immigration bar and I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Pollak is one of the most giving lawyers in Avvo history. Her record of providing help to people is beyond elite. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free. Kudos. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Pollak's reputation proceeds her in the legal community. She is an exemplar of excellence and determination for her clients. If I were in need of an attorney, I'd strongly consider this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the accurate indications of professional competence is a selected area of practice. Attorney Karen-Lee Pollak concentrates exclusively on legal practice with the U.S. immigration law. For over 13 years this counsel amassed a considerably rich experience in delicate nuances of the current immigration law, thus offering a great blend of experience and professional growth. I may recommend attorney Karen-Lee Pollak without any reservations."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without hesitation. I met Karen-Lee while we were both participating in pro bono clinics in Dallas for Dreamers. She is a highly experienced immigration attorney, as well as a caring and relentless advocate for her clients. I am honored to call her a mentor and a friend."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable, experienced and professional. I would highly recommend Ms. Pollak for any immigration matter."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Attorney Pollak is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with her time and expertise on Avvo. I recommend her for immigration cases."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer's contributions to this site are invaluable. I happily endorse this lawyer's work, ability and charity to those asking for advice. Further, I like to endorse good lawyers, because I find the AVVO rating system to be dishonest and corrupt. Frequently, disgruntled litigants on the opposing side (not your clients) will bash a lawyer on this site, pretending to be "your" client. When this situation is brought to the attention of AVVO, Avvo refuses to do anything to investigate and remove the false, slanderous "client" reviews. AVVO is a mean petty internet blog site trying to make money off of lawyers, and does not care if the public receives truthful information."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with her time and expertise. I recommend her."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Pollak possesses a detailed understanding of immigration law. Her responses are well-reasoned and insightful. Accordingly, I would not hesitate to recommend her to clients seeking representation in Texas. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Addison Immigration Lawyer Karen-Lee Pollak
Karen-Lee Pollak
Immigration Attorney
Addison, TX
Licensed for 27 years