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Raed Gonzalez

Immigration Attorney at Houston, TX

4.6   18 reviews

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GONZALEZ OLIVIERI LLC is based in Houston, Texas. The firm represents both corporate and individual clients in all 50 states and territories. The firm has been founded by Mr. Raed Gonzalez, a senior litigator with extensive immigration litigation experience in immigration court as well as in the federal district and appellate court. Mr. Gonzalez earned his J.D. (Cum Laude, 1996) from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, where he was also associate editor of the law review. As part of his JD, in 1995 he studied comparative constitutional law at the University of Barcelona (Spain) taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He received his L.L.M. in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center (1998).

His published precedent decisions include Manuel Flores Ledezma v. Gonzalez, 415 F.3d 375, 380 (5th Cir. 2005) (the first case to interpret the real ID Act in the 5th Circuit), Perez-Pimentel v. Mukasey, 530 F.3d 321 (5th Cir. 2008), McCarthy v. Mukasey, 555 F.3d 459, 462 (5th Cir. 2009) (where he challenged the visa waiver entrants rights to adjust status), and most notably on his win before the U.S. Supreme Court of the U.S. in Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307, 2319 (2008) and most recently on his second grant of certiorari before the Supreme Court of the US on a collaborative effort in Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, _____ S.Ct. ____, 2010 (June 21, 2010). He has been featured in Who’s Who in American Immigration Law, Who’s Who in America, Univision, the New York Times after successfully representing Kevin Cassasola, the Honduran migrant child portrayed in the Oscar nominated HBO documentary "Which Way Home" in his asylum case, he is a frequent contributor to the Houston Chronicle, featured and interviewed by July Banderas as an expert on immigration on Fox News "America’s News Headquarters", and featured on Greta Van Susteren’s "On the Record" and many more national and international media.

GO LLC is proud to continue Mr. Gonzalez’ distinguished record and dedicated service to our immigration clients by specializing in U.S. Immigration & Nationality law. We vouch to represent individuals who need such assistance throughout the United States and around the world.

When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to a vulnerable group, everyone's rights are at stake. We are dedicated to defending those rights, combating public and private discrimination against these groups and promoting comprehensive immigration reform. We are committed to the principles of our constitution and that the United States is a melting pot composed of immigrants. We are proud to say that we will continue to defend and preserve those principles and rights. 

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Licensed for 23 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Fwy.
Suite 550
Houston, TX, 77098

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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped my dad
My dad was placed into removal proceedings (detained) and this firm got him back to his family.
Posted by Ana Solomon | January 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
He did excellent job
Posted by Luis | August 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Raed Took Our Case When Nobody Else Would, and Won!
We needed a waiver and several other lawyers told us it was impossible. Thank God we found Raed and trusted him! He took us through the entire process and now my family is back together at last. If you have a difficult case that needs an attorney with experience and creativity, Raed is your man. I was particularly impressed that he personally took our phone calls and promptly answered emails at critical points in our case. I can't thank him enough for what he did for my family.
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Posted by LATANYA | June 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
When others said noway!! Mr. Gonzalez said there's a way
My husband's case was a difficult one, he was detained had two felonies and several other issues one his record. We met with several different lawyers that told us there was no way possible that the judge would let him remain here in the US. We met with Mr. Gonzales three days before my husband's first hearing we hired him that day and Mr. White was at the hearing that Tuesday. Mr Gonzales explained how he was going to beat this case even though it was going to be very difficult. He brought so much comfort knowing that it was possible. There was no beating around the the bush he was straight to the point. He said it will take about 4 months to get him home and it took exactly 4 months. He's home now!! Thank you Attorney Curtis White and Mr Gonzalez
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Posted by Hans | September 28, 2013
He will do i right!
I contacted Mr. Gonzales via email and got a response within minutes. He is very reachable and excellent in communication. We went to see him on Friday and our green card application was in the mail by monday. Great office staff. The fair pricing makes this law firm even more recommendable.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2013
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Our experience with Mr. Gonzalez was outstanding. Mr. Gonzalez is very knowledgable, honorable, and respectful. Mr. Gonzalez made us feel very comfortable working with him. We consulted with several different attorneys and chose Mr. Gonzalez because of his experience, knowledge, and his confidence.
Posted by nitinkumar | January 25, 2013
Waiting for my dreams to come true !!!!!!!!!
First of all, I didn't hire him. I was in detention center when I saw him first time. I came out from detention with out paying any bond. I got married to USC and got over with interview and received EAD recently. now waiting for my GC approval. I seen many times in court house that every attorneys and judge respect him. several attorney came to him to solve the problem inside the court house. I truly recommend Mr. Raed Gonzales for immigration process. now, lets see what he can do for me to get rid of these immigration procedures. I have faith in GOD as I do in him.
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Posted by Nick | December 13, 2012
First Class Immigration Lawyers
Raed and his team have been extremely professional and extremely helpful in helping my family and I achieve our dream of becoming permanent residents, I can not praise him and his teams knowledge and expetise highly enough, they are number one!!!! Thank you!!!!
Posted by JhoanaTorres | November 13, 2012
Sinply THE BEST!!
My fiancee and I decided to hire Raed and it really was the best decision! Raed take my immigration case and in just days I'm ready for my fingerprints appointment and work permit! This process may have taken longer, but thanks to Raed my dream will be real before Christmas!! Thanks Read! We highly recommend Raed, the most professional, responsible and reelable lawyer!
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Posted by John | October 30, 2012
Raed Gonzalez is among the best immigration attorneys I've ever known
Raed is one of the most knowledgeable, capable attorneys I have ever known. Almost everyone I know who practices immigration law (particularly removal case) in the Houston area knows that Raed is the go-to person for how to handle the toughest situations. He is hugely respected by judges, government attorneys, and other attorneys. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2012
Raed Gonzalez, Esq. - One of the very best immigration attorneys in Houston, Texas
Raed handles various types of immigration cases with excellence. I can honestly recommend Raed for your immigration matters without reservation but don't take my word for it- schedule an initial consultation and get a feel for him yourself. Within a matter of minutes you will see that his staff is responsive and honest and Raed genuinely cares about helping you. You have nothing to lose other than the opportunity to be represented by one of the very best in the profession. Raed is a shining star.
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Posted by Geraldo | October 29, 2012
Has what many attorneys are missing...
Commitment...Mr. Gonzalez took my relative's case whereas other attorneys had failed to commit, Raed is highly recommended.
Posted by Sergio | October 29, 2012
Outstanding Immigration Attorney
Raed Gonzalez help me on my fiancee immigration case, and it was the best decision i could made, he know the law and all options that in our case we had, thanks Raed....
Posted by Isaias | October 5, 2012
Amazing in EVERYWAY, if you want aresolution to your case Raed is your attorney
Immigration law is complex and changing rapidly, and our case was very complex, however Raed approached it in everyway possible. Our case/story was in the local press and T.V. all thanks to Raed. Our case stalled and ICE (immigration) would not budge even after Raed filed multiple petitions however Raed never gave up and through his hard work and support we got the news yesterday that immigrations has closed our case and they are not seeking deportation. Our lives have changed forever and the future looks very bright. If you want and attorney that will get results and find every avenue possible to win your case Raed is your man!
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2012
the best attorney, very effective, professional and super helpful
Mr. Gonzalez is highly recommended. He is very efficient, super helpful and he is a fighter. Mr. Gonzalez was very sincere and straight forward concerning our options, and he told us exactly what to expect. He went beyond and did everything to find a solution for having my father released from detention when he was not eligible for bond. He spoke to deportation officers, supervisors and government attorneys and filed a parole. Mr. Gonzalez and his team replied promptly to all questions and concerns. All phone calls and emails were promptly returned. He handled the case very professionally and he had a creative attitude at court. He was very considerate and willing to fight for us. I am very glad I found him and would highly recommend him to anyone with immigration issues. For my future immigration issues I sure hire him again. His professionalism was a great surprise to me after the previous unpleasant encounters with several attorneys.
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Posted by Guadalupe Montes | March 10, 2012
He saved my father!!!
Our attorney told us there was nothing to do for our father because he had plead guilty to a criminal offense many many years ago and now was considered an aggrvated felony. We consulted with three more and got the same advice. After my father was deported, someone mentioned me Mr. Gonzalez. Skeptical, I went for a consult. Mr. Gonzalez figured out that the offense was not in fact an aggravatedf felony and the previous attorney had made a mistake. Mr. Gonzalez cancelled the deportation, reopened the case and made my dad a legal permanent resident all over again filing a pardon. It pays to hire someone with knowledge. If he can help you he will tell you. If he cant, he will tell you as well. We still recommend clients to him. No dissapointments yet.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2015
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Horrible
I hired this attorney about 2 years ago and since the beginning we got assigned to 3 or 4 times and so many mistakes, and one day we go to the office and we ask him what was happening since we didn't know anything about our case and during the conversation he yelled at me saying he could talk however he wanted to me and he broke our contract and threw all our paperwork towards me and my son . I would NEVER recommended him and his associates. It's a waste of time and money!!!
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Posted by Samantha | October 29, 2014
Horrible Experience!
I went about 3 weeks and he made no sense and the way his staff is dressed is really unprofessional. I tried to communicate with him after our initial interview because I forgot to explain some other things and i was not able to reach him after many messages I decided to just go back but after waiting outside for more than 3 hours then was informed he was in lunch and would not be back. I do not recommend if your time is valuable just go to another attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Litigator
  • Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Associate for Litigation
  • Foster Quan
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Head of Litigation
  • Quan, Burdette, & Perez
  • 2004 - 2009

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1998
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Universiat de Barcelona
  • Comparative Constitutinonal Law, Antonin Scalia
  • 1995
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico in San Juan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
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Legal Cases

  • Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, Certiorari
  • Petition for certiorari GRANTED
  • McCarthy v. Mukasey, 555 F.3d 459, 462 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Petition denied case published as a precedent
  • Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307 (2008)
  • Certiorari was GRANTED
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Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Houston's Top Immigration Lawyer
  • H Houston Magazine
  • 2012
  • Harvey Nachman Award
  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
  • 1996

Publications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Unlawful Presence
  • 2013
  • UT Conference on Immigration 2012
  • Unlawful Presence
  • 2012
  • Unlawful Presence
  • AILA TX Chapter Conference on Immigration
  • 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Unlawful Presence and Status Violations
  • 2012
  • AILA DC Chapter
  • Adjustment of Status
  • 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • CAN THIS OR SHOULD THIS GO TO FEDERAL COURT?
  • 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Dada or Nada
  • 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • CRIMINAL MATTERS IN IMMIGRATION CASES:
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Removal Proceedings Today
  • 2009
  • Pro BAR
  • Motions to Reopen and Reconsider
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fundamentals of Immigration
  • Adjustment of Status
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (15)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Raed for many years and thus have first-hand experience of how hard he works to ensure successful outcomes for his clients. Raed is a fantastic attorney, thinks outside the box, and is able to craft creative arguments when necessary."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Raed is knowledgeable in all matters of the immigration issues. He zealously represent client in Immigration Court."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his commitment and dedication to his clients, and our profession. He has exceptional advocacy skills and works tirelessly on behalf of our immigrants, never afraid to take the most challenging cases."
Immigration Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gonzalez is a truly gifted lawyer. His knowledge, professionalism, and zealous advocacy put him at the pinnacle of the legal community. I am very familiar with his work, and I would not hesitate a moment to recommend him to anyone with an immigration matter."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Raed Gonzalez volunteers free time answering questions on AVVO to assist those needing help with immigration problems. He is well respected by both judges and attorneys. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Raed is great! He is professional, diligent and always willing to mentor other attorneys. Bye gives the highest level of service!"
Immigration Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Raed not only for his depth knowledge on Immigration law, but for his willingness to share it with fellow lawyers."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Raed in immigration litigation and he is a fellow immigration attorney in the community. He zealously advocates for his clients, and is very professional and personable. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Raed Gonzalez is among the brightest lawyers I know. He is an outstanding attorney to whom I refer my immigration cases. He has appeared in the United States Supreme Court and is meticulous about keeping updated on the newest laws. Every client I have referred him has raved about him. I recommend him without hesitation"
Immigration Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Raed has a combination of a great legal mind with practically that is essential in representing persons in removal proceedings."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Raed is an immigration litigator with very broad experience. He is extremely talented and a true expert in solving complex immigration matters in court. His geniune personality will easily make him stand out from the rest. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Raed is a consummate professional who cares about his clients and who is always on top of the law. Those who seek his legal counsel will be glad they hired him. I can't say enough good things about Raed, and I'm honored to have him as a colleague!"
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Raed is a tireless advocate for immigrants and their families. He is professional, knowledgeable, and passionate about immigration law."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is a very good lawyer who handles difficult immigration cases. He is very responsive and will get back with you promptly. I recommend him to anyone who needs immigration help."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Raed Gonzalez has extensive immigration court experience and has demonstrated this over many years as a practicing immigration attorney in Houston, Texas."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He cares greatly for his clients and fights passionately for their interests. He also has had great experience having twice successfully argued matters before the United States Supreme Court."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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