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Lakshmi Nayar was born in Kerala, India. At the age of 6, her family migrated to Perth, Western Australia, where she resided until moving to Dallas in 1998. Lakshmi graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Politics and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with Honors. In 1999, Lakshmi earned her Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Lakshmi's interest in U.S. immigration law originated from her own experiences as an immigrant to the United States. After studying U.S. immigration law at the University of Michigan, she began her career in the immigration field in 2000 by volunteering at local non-profit agencies that provide immigration assistance to low income immigrants. In 2001, she joined a small immigration firm in Dallas and helped to develop it into one of the largest full-service immigration law firms in the state of Texas. Prior to starting her own immigration law practice, Lakshmi was the managing attorney of this firm.



During the course of her 13-year career in immigration law, Lakshmi has successfully handled a wide array of U.S. immigration and nationality matters. She has extensive experience with deportation defense (including cancellation of removal, 212(c) and 212(h) waivers for crimes, adjustment, de novo TPS claims, and bond hearings), family-based immigration (including adjustment of status and consular processing), waivers (for fraud, crimes, health-related bars, unlawful presence, and prior deportations), citizenship and naturalization, nonimmigrant visas, NACARA, and humanitarian relief (including temporary protected status, deferred action, and parole). She also has a special interest in assisting immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes obtain legal status in the United States.



Lakshmi is admitted to practice in New York and the Northern District Court of Texas. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project. She is fluent in Malayalam.


Languages spoken: Malayalam, English

Contact info

Nayar & McIntyre, LLP

800 W Airport Freeway
Suite 1012
Irving, TX, 75062

Nayar & McIntyre, LLP

PO Box 601614
Dallas, TX, 75360


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    16 years, 2.5 thousand cases



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  • James Daniel Stewart

    I endorse this lawyer. With Lakshmi your case is in good hands. She is an expert in all facets of immigration law.


    James Stewart Immigration Attorney
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  • Paul Parsons

    Lakshmi Nayar is a wonderful advocate for her clients. Anyone who retains her will be represented by a zealous, bright, cheerful, and caring advocate. Lakshmi is highly regarded by other immigration lawyers in Dallas, Texas and nationwide.


    Paul Parsons Immigration Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hessel E. Yntema AwardUniversity of Michigan School of Law1999
Scholarly Writing AwardUniversity of Michigan School of Law1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNayar & McIntyre, LLP2009 - Present
Managing AttorneyReina & Bates2001 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Northern District of TexasN/A2003 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)N/A2002 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
National Immigration ProjectN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawOther - Masters1999
Murdoch University School of LawLawLLB1997
Murdoch University, Western AustraliaPoliticsBA1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration Law 101 (2016)Family Based Immigration2016
University of Texas Immigration Law Conference 2015Happily Never After2015
State Bar of Texas- Immigration Law 101Family Based Immigration2015
Conference on Immigration LawHot Topics in Marriage-Based Immigration2012
CLINIC TrainingGood Moral Character in Naturalization Cases2005
Immigration Law ConferenceAffidavits of Support under INA 213A2004