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I have proudly practiced immigration law with honesty and great enthusiasm since opening my practice in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 1984. Previously employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in Cleveland, Ohio, where I attended law school, I was immediately drawn to the immigrant population because I saw the parrallels of their lives to my own American story. I was born in Mississippi, and grew up in poverty in the segregated Deep South. I always knew, however, that with a goal, education and hard work, I could improve my life. I wanted something better, and a new life.


That's what immigrants want. In this country, they can achieve the American dream. I have been so proud to help foreign nationals along this path. Since 1984, I have helped thousands of foreign nationals improve their lives and that of each successive generation through acquiring legal status, US citizenship, and fighting off deportation. My accomplishments are well-attested to by the fact that most of my new clients come to my office as referrals from prior clients with the highest recommendation. 


But, there have been some bruises along the way, as this site ( seems to proudly report for the gain that they receive from advertisers. Avvo is prominently reporting that I have been disciplined by the State Bar Association. Inasmuch as they have no interest in giving you the full facts, I would like to honestly and openly do so here. Several years ago,  I was dealing with illness which became progressively worse -- to the point that I missed a lot of time at work and even offered clients the opportunity to pick-up their files. Ultimately, I was sanctioned by the Bar, but at no time was I prohibited from continuing my practice. This was my greatest professional adversity; however, I took full responsibility for this unfortunate and unpreventable turn of events. 


Through medical treatment, and my faith in God, I am healthy and fit!  I have come a long way and have fought many battles to get to where I am today. I have learned from all of my life experiences, good and bad, and I continue to grow in a very positive manner. I remain equally committed to fighting just as hard for my clients today as I have done in the past. A number of my return clients have commented that I am now a better Attorney than ever before. They continuously attest that my reprimand was simply an aberration, saying it does not represent how I have conducted my practice. I so appreciate each client for standing by me and my practice. I look forward to my next 25 years of being the "best immigration lawyer that you could find anywhere." 



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    32 years



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

212 S Mesquite St Ste 2f
Arlington, TX, 76010


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199208/17/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Fully Probated Suspension
    issued in TX, 2004


    Fully probated suspension means an attorney is technically suspended but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities during the suspension to make sure that he or she does not repeat the behavior.


Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Presidential CitationNational Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education1996
Special Service AwardMigration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Catholic ConferenceN/A
Achievement AwardU.S. Congress, 21st District, OhioN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Ollie R. Jefferson1984 - Present
Legalization SpecialistCatholic Charities1986 - 1988
Immigration OfficerImmigration & Naturalization Service (INS)1980 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Association for the Advancement of Colored PeopleN/AN/A
Texas State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Lawyers GuildN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Deportation / Removal DefenseClient let off of deportation plane
15 year administrative battle, green card grantedLawful permanent resident status granted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Immigration News(office newsletter)N/A
Fort Worth Star-TelegramAttorney was quoted in articles and attorney's opinion pieces were publishedN/A
Arlington Star-TelegramAttorney quoted in articles and attorney's opinion pieces were publishedN/A
The Arlington Morning NewsAttorney quoted in articles and attorney's opinion pieces were publishedN/A
The Dallas Morning NewsAttorney quoted in articles and attorney's opinion pieces were publishedN/A
The Dallas ExaminerAttorney quoted in articlesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Alcorn State UniversityN/Apre-lawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Various since practice openedImmigration & Nationality LawN/A