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I began my career as an attorney handling insurance, personal injury and employment law cases. I got into immigration law when my husband and I adopted a child from Russia. We were two lawyers, and we needed help to navigate the complex immigration process. After our experience with the adoption, I started receiving calls from other attorneys and individuals who knew of my experience. I began practicing immigration law beyond pro bono cases in 2003, and it is now where I spend the majority of my time.

I like immigration law because it allows me to help people unite their families and live the American dream. I am often frustrated by the current state of the law when I see deserving people whose families are being torn apart without remedy or recourse.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    13 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    26 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

The Nelson Law Firm, P.C.

River Square Center, Suite 310
Franklin Ave. and 2nd St.
Waco, TX, 76701

The Nelson Law Firm, P.C.

River Square Center, Suite 310
Franklin Ave. and 2nd St.
Waco, TX, 76701

The Nelson Law Firm, PC

P.O. Box 1
Waco, TX, 76703



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Nelson Law Firm, P.C.2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Waco Regional Immigration CenterBoard Member2007 - 2009
Waco-McLennan County Bar AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
State Bar of Texas, Litigation SectionCouncil Member, Officer, Chair Emeritus1996 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crime Victim VisaReceived permanent residence
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Publication nameTitleDate
Waco Tribune-HeraldImmigration backlash has disturbing parallels with 'mudbloods' of Harry Potter series2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
March MeetingImmigration Fact and Fiction2011
Hispanic Students Association Monthly MeetingImmigration Basics2011
Baylor Hispanic Heritage Month ForumThe DREAM Act2011