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Sonali Patnaik

also known as Sonali Metha Patnaik

About me

Attorney Sonali Mehta Patnaik is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has practiced Immigration in Dallas since 2004.  She has had substantial success in all levels of Immigration practice, from complicated applications before USCIS, AAO and U.S. Embassies abroad, to asylum, adjustment, and cancellation cases before the Immigration Court and appeals.    

Sonali was born to immigrant parents in Miami, Florida, and is a first generation Indian American. With roots in India, England, and Kenya, her upbringing has given her a unique understanding of the goals and struggles of the immigrant family. 

In 2008, she expanded her practice to include Estate Planning, to serve demand from satisfied immigration clients.

Sonali is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and a frequent “Know Your Rights” presenter at the Immigration Court in Dallas. She has also given her time to Dallas non-profits who aid immigrant communities, such as Mosaic Family Services, Chetna DFW and Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling Service. 

She speaks fluent Gujarati, and a basic level of Spanish.   She can be reached at .


Languages spoken: Gujarati, Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    12 years, 800 cases



Fixed (always)

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Contact info

Patnaik Law Office

4144 N. Central Expressway
Suite 225
Dallas, TX, 75204


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200408/17/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2013
Public Interest Law AwardUniversity of Texas School of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyPatnaik Law Office2006 - Present
AttorneyChavez & Gallagher2005 - 2006
Associate AttorneyReina and Associates2005 - 2005
Student AttorneyUT Immigration Clinic2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Dallas chapter)Dallas Section Co-Chair2013 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Immigration CouncilMember2006 - Present
American Immigration Law FoundationMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)Member2005 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Section 204(l) Widow Adjustment of StatusI-485 Granted.
P-3 Visas for DancersApproved
I-130, Consular Processing, I-601A Stateside Waiver with Derivative ChildrenAll cases granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Texas System, AustinHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
University of Texas System, AustinPlan II HonorsBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AILA TX/OK/NM Spring Conference 2015T and U Visas2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)H-1B Site Visits2014
North Texas DreamTeam DACA MegaClinicDeferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals2013
Laotion National ConferenceNaturalization and Adjustment of Status2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Texas chapter)Immigrant Visa Waivers and Parole2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Dallas chapter)Immigrant Visa Processing2013
Pro-bono Legal ClinicDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals2012
EOIR Know Your Rights PresentationsRights and Relief Options in Removal Proceedings2009