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Originally from El Paso, Mr. Rivera was raised in Houston, graduating from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, where he majored in both Sociology and History. After spending two years as a social worker for the Alief School District, Mr. Rivera attended Florida Coastal School of Law, were he earned his law degree. During his last semester of law school, he served as a legal clinician for the Office of the Attorney General of the Bahamas in Nassau. Following completion of his law degree, Mr. Rivera attended the University of Houston and graduated with a Legal Masters in International Law. Prior to working for De Mott, McChesney, Curtrigth & Armendariz, Mr. Rivera has worked for several years in immigration law firms in both Houston and San Antonio, practicing in the areas of removal defense and employment-based immigration.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 85%
    7 years
  2. Family: 10%
    7 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    7 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Javier has an expansive and in-depth knowledge of immigration law and above all, is compassionate towards clients. I highly recommend him.


    Varsha Shirhatti
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    Lucero Saldana Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendariz, LLP

601 Sawyer, Suite 280
Houston, TX, 77007

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendariz, LLP

8930 Fourwinds Drive, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX, 78239

De Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendariz, LLP

611 South Congress, Ste. 430
Austion, TX, 78704



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2016
Pro Bono CollegeTexas State Bar2016
Who's WhoLatino American Who's Who2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDe Mott, McChesney, Curtright, & Armendariz, LLP2015 - Present
AttorneyWilly, Nanayakkara, Rivera & Goins2012 - 2015
AssociateFrye Steidley Oaks & Benavidez2011 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas: Committe on Laws Relating to Immigration and NatiionalityMember2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association- AILAMember2015 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Texas Lutheran University Alumni Board of DirectorsBoard Member2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dhuka v. Holder No. 12-60169 (5th Cir. 2013)Precedential Decision Issued After Oral Argument
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterMaster of LawsN/A2010
Florida Coastal School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2009
Texas Lutheran UniversitySociology/ HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Young Lawyers Association- 10 Minute Mentor10 Things All Criminal Defense Attorneys Need to Know About Immigration2016
Immigration Basics CLEImmigration Basics2015
Faith and ImmigrationImmigration2013