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John Nechman is a partner in the Houston, Texas law office of Katine and Nechman L.L.P., where he focuses on immigration law.  He is also an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.  He is a past chair/president of several national, state, and local legal organizations, and he is a frequent speaker on immigration, business, human rights, criminal, and GLBT/HIV-related legal issues.  He has twice been named a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” attorney by Texas Monthly Magazine and is the recipient of the 2004 Stonewall Law Award for Excellence in Advocacy, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2005 Political Equality Award, the 2007 State Bar of Texas’s Judge Norman Black Award, and the 2007 Outsmart Magazine Statue of Liberty Award.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 80%
    17 years, 500 cases
  2. International Law: 10%
    17 years, 100 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    17 years, 500 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Annie Banerjee

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Annie Banerjee Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul C. Looney

    When it comes to immigration, John not only knows the law but is well-informed about new laws and potential laws. He is a very caring attorney, taking care of his clients and their immigration issues from start to finish. When I have questions regarding immigration issues with my clients, John is the person I call. He answers or quickly returns calls and gives me all the information I need. I highly recommend John Nechman.


    Paul Looney Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Katine & Nechman L.L.P.

1834 Southmore Boulevard
Houston, TX, 77004-5947


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199908/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Houston Pride Celebration Male Grand MarshallPride Houston, Inc.2013
Judge Normal Black AwardState Bar of Texas2007
Statue of Liberty AwardOutsmart Magazine2007
Texas Super Lawyers Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2005
John Walzel Political Equality AwardHuman Rights Campaign2005
Award for Excellence in AdvocacyStonewall Law Association Greater Houston2004
Texas Super Lawyers Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Unsung Hero/Heroine AwardHouston Community College2003
Award of ExcellenceBallet Fiesta Mexicana2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Houston Law Center2009 - Present
Partner and Attorney at LawKatine & Nechman L.L.P.2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSouth Texas College of Law2003 - Present
ESL InstructorHouston Community College1995 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Hollyfield FoundationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
The Lazarus HouseBoard of Directors2013 - Present
National Immigration Justice CenterMember2009 - Present
International Financial Management AssociationCo-Chairman2007 - Present
Asia Society of HoustonMember2007 - Present
Organization of Chinese AmericansMember2007 - Present
World Affairs Council of HoustonMember2007 - Present
Asian American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Cámara de Empresarios Latinos de HoustonMember2007 - Present
National Hispanic Professionals OrganizationMember2007 - Present
International Lesbian and Gay Law AssociationMember2004 - Present
Houston Latino HIV Task ForceMember2004 - Present
Blueprint HoustonDelegate2003 - Present
Lesbian and Gay Law Association of New YorkMember2003 - Present
International Lesbian and Gay AssociationDelegate2003 - Present
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights CommissionCooperating Attorney2002 - Present
Lambda LegalCooperating Attorney2002 - Present
National Center for Lesbian RightsCooperating Attorney2002 - Present
Texas Pro Bono CollegeMember2002 - Present
Amnesty InternationalMember2002 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Hispanic Issues SectionMember2002 - Present
Dallas Gay and Lesbian Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Asian-Pacific Interest SectionMember2001 - Present
Texas State Bar CollegeMember2001 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues SectionChair and Member2000 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Hispanic Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Stonewall Law Association of Greater HoustonPresident and Member1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Federation of Gay Games International Advisory BoardBoard Member2004 - 2007
Immigration EqualityCo-Chair and Board Member2002 - 2006
Ryan White Planning CouncilMember2001 - 2003
Ballet Fiesta MexicanaBoard Member and Legal Counsel2001 - 2004
National Lesbian and Gay Law AssociationCo-chair and Board Member2000 - 2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Texas System, AustinInternational BusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoLatin Art/LiteratureAssociate Degree1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio AppearanceImmigration, Civil Rights, HIV, and GLBT Community Issues2009
Radio AppearanceImmigration, Civil Rights, HIV, and GLBT Community Issues2009
Radio AppearanceImmigration, Civil Rights, HIV, and GLBT Community Issues2008
Radio AppearanceGuest Speaker on Immigration, Civil Rights, HIV, and GLBT Community Issues2008
Symposium on GLBT Immigration Issues"Love Knows no Borders"2002
International War Tribunals Symposium"The ICC and the International War Tribunals"2002
Embrace, A Celebration of Freedom and EqualityKeynote Speaker, Freedom and Equality2002
Brown Symposium"How Globalization affects GLBT Rights"2002