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Bertha Alicia Zuniga

Immigration Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.9   135 reviews

also known as Bertha A. Zuniga

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  • Licensed for 44 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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2024 AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE AWARD. MOST EXPERIENCED IN COMPLEX IMMIGRATION CASES. U.S. IMMIGRATION JUDGE, RETIRED. BOARD CERTIFIED. AWARD FOR "WARRIOR ADVOCATE", IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW SECTION, STATE BAR OF TEXAS, DUE TO EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATION IN COMPLEX IMMIGRATION REMOVAL MATTERS.

I have dedicated my career to zealously fight for justice and to fearlessly protect immigrant's rights for 42 years.  I am not a young lawyer but an attorney that has lived and experienced changes in Immigration laws throughout 42 years.

I was in private practice in El Paso, Texas for 15 years.  As an attorney in private practice , I was well known for my common sense yet aggressive approach in representing clients from different countries.  I was appointed the nation's first Mexican-American female U.S. Immigration Judge on April 2, 1995.  I retired as a U.S. Immigration Judge on April 2, 2015.  As an Immigration Judge, I was well known for my dedication and determination to be fair and just, as well as a trailblazer in applying the law to novel issues.   I issued noteworthy decisions including the granting of asylum to female victims of femicide in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; those fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico; and female victims of domestic violence.  Other noteworthy decisions include the granting of applications for cancellation of removal and other waivers available under immigration law.   I authored thousands of decisions in removal and deportation proceedings.  I mentored many new Immigration Judges and DOJ/EOIR attorneys.  I authoried the Aggravated Felony Outline since 2000 available in the DOJ/Virtual Law Library and on the internet.

 

I have been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 15 years. 

 

After my retirement as a United States Immigration Judge, I decided to utilize all my skills, knowledge, and experience in defending those in need of immigration representation.  In December of 2015, after a brief period in Houston, Texas, I returned to San Antonio, Texas and set up my own law office. I am elated to be back where I started in the private practice of law.  Since my retirement in April, 2015, I have been fearless in my representation of immigrants in removal proceedings.  Since I was an Immigration Judge, I am fully familiar with how Immigration Judges need to follow the law and will not stand by while your rights are violated by new immigration judges that are not fully familiar with immigration law. I will protect your rights.  If you hire me, I will be the one representing you and advocating for you.  

Since I have been in private practice, I have been successful in my defense of legal permanent residents in removal proceedings.  I have obtained termination of removal proceedings in several cases as I have put the government (DHS) to the task of having to prove their case and they have been unable to do so.  I am hired often to enter my appearance after other younger and less experienced lawyers fail in their representation.  If you have been denied, I may be able to investigate your case and save you from deportation.   have developed a special skill in representing asylum seekers from all countries in the world including MEXICO,  CUBA, BRAZIL, AFGHANISTAN, EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, GUATEMALA, SYRIA, PAKISTAN, INDIA, CHINA, UBEKISTAN, TAJEKISTAN, etc.,  Recently, I've been successful in the representation of gays, transgender and HIV positive individuals in removal proceedings.  

I am also very knowledgeable in applications for individuals to become legal permanent residents through family members petitioning for them.   If you have a dicrect amily member in the military, you may be eligible for a special permit called the "Parole In Place".

I am pleased to be of service to my community and to search for ways to save you from deportation.

 

 

Awards

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Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015
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ZUNIGA LAW, PLLC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Fatima | April 20, 2024
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Amazing Lawyer!!
She helped my mom and dad get their residency. After joining the army at 18, she helped my parents get a permit to stay here while I turned 21. Once I did everything quickly sent and although my mom had to go through the interview process, she was there every step of the way. Now she is helping my husband with his residency as well!
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Posted by Joao | April 15, 2024
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Incredible lawyer
Bertha Zuniga is the best immigration lawyer I have ever met. She helped me stay in the U.S.A. at impossible odds. She is the hardest working, lawyer I have met after having many that only cared about money, I will be eternally grateful to her for helping me remain in the U.S.A.. Thank u for everything
Posted by Said | April 11, 2024
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Best immigration attorney
She did for me and my wife . what other attorneys couldn't do.before we hired her I had no hope in my case . i taught it was over.till i hired her she was honest and have passion for her work. everything she said to me it happened and on time.i couldn't ask more than what she did for me and my family. after I was like died she brought me to life . hiring her was the best choice I made .I'm be thankful forever for what she did for us
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Posted by Penny | April 10, 2024
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Honest and Straightforward
When I had no hope, Bertha gave me hope and restored my faith. I truly wished she had been our first lawyer with our immigration case. She was straightforward about the process and honest about how hard it is to win an appeal. We won the appeal because she cares about people and she has the experience that we needed. After talking to many lawyers that would not help us..... God sent us right to Bertha and gave us exactly the help we needed!
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Posted by Tracey | February 29, 2024
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Best Immigration Lawyer in Texas
In 2015 I was detained for 6 weeks in Houston for a minor incident in 1998. I went through 3 different immigration lawyers, paid thousands of dollars and they did absolutely nothing to help me for the 9 years I was on parole. But in 1 year of meeting Mrs Zungia she cleared up my case at an affordable rate and is now assisting me become a US citizen. Don't waste your time looking for another immigration lawyer (others are like sleazy car salesman) Mrs Zungia is a former immigration judge. She knows the immigration law like the back of her hand and has a fantastic team backing her up.
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Posted by Maliha | January 23, 2024
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Excellent immigration lawyer! Highly recommend!
I would like to express most sincere thanks to miss zuniga for her legal expertise in our case. I’m beyond pleased with our experience. Thank you for going through the intricate details in the case. She has been professional, straightforward and diligent. Our case has been complicated, but she figured it out with all her knowledge and effort. She has been always available to talk to. She no doubt has the best advocacy skills. If you are looking for a hardworking, knowledgeable, attorney miss zuniga is the best. She is excellent at what she does. It has been an honor to have her representation.
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Posted by Libertad | September 19, 2023
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Excelente abogada
"Dra.Zuniga." reprento cómo una ,madre,psicóloga,consejera ,abogada, el caso de Mi Hermano Alejandro Romero.. para que se pudiera quedar en el país, con toda su autoridad hablando con bases y demostrando pruebas, la señora Zuniga con su dinamismo ,experiencia pudo ganar el caso tan difícil . mis padres estuvieron pagando mucho dinero con varios abogados y nada resolvían... Gracias a Dios contactamos con Dra. Zuniga , excelente abogada y muy profesional. Gracias mi doctora en nombre de toda mi familia ...
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Posted by Yasnay González | August 29, 2023
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La mejor abogada de Texas .Excelente, increíble y profesional.
Quedo para siempre agradecida con la abogada Zuńiga, su amplio conocimiento en las leyes de inmigración, profesionalismo ,sinceridad ,dedicación son solo algunas de las tantas cualidades que posee ,sin usted y su gran trabajo en mi caso nada hubiese sido posible ,Gracias a todo el apoyo y excelente preparación que me brindó ganamos mi asilo político usted es increíble que Dios me la bendiga siempre .
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Posted by Vanessa Chavez | June 20, 2023
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Best immigration attorney ever!!
She didn’t just relieve the stress I had but also my family’s. She was very reassuring and didn’t waste any time to get what she needed. Her pricing is fair and doesn’t change with time, as many other lawyers do. After searching and losing money on other lawyers, I finally found Mrs.Zuniga, who affirmed me that it was a difficult case but if there was a percentage that we could win, WE WOULD and WE DID! It was a blessing to have her take my case, will definitely be recommending her to family and friends.
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Posted by Sharon | June 16, 2023
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Excellent Lawyer!!
Ma. Bertha Zuniga is an excellent lawyer!! My husband got detained by immigration with a 10 year deportation and she assisted me throughout this process!! Many lawyer rejected my case because of how difficult and complicated it was, but thank the My husband was release a few days ago and our family has re united after months of being separate with the help of Ms. Zuniga!! From the first moment I met Ms. Zuniga I saw in her someone who is knowledgeable, straight-foward, honest (100%). I couldn’t be more happy!! If you need a immigration do no hesitate to contact Bertha Zuniga!! May God bless with her always!
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Posted by Marlon | June 14, 2023
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Best immigration Attorney!!!
Ms. Bertha Zuniga is ABSOLUTELY the Best immigration attorney you can have! Extremely knowledgeable, professional, honest and trustworthy!
Posted by Antonio | June 5, 2023
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Precise and to the point
Attorney is to the point, knowledgeable, and precise. We took our case to Attorney Zuniga after three failed attempts and several law firms and ended in a successful case! Could not be more grateful and appreciative.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2023
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Just go on and hire her, you won't regret it
Her profile says it all, 100%. I had a very difficult case and was in removal proceedings after a failed asylum case amongst other issues. After spending upwards of over 60k with other attorneys throughout my journey, I found Ms. Zuniga on this site. I was very impressed by her profile and reviews. Ms. Zuniga is very upfront and honest in telling you what she thinks about your case. When I hired her, she was very specific about what she needed from me. I did not divert from that, when I tried, she set me right back on track. I remember feeling discouraged about my case, and she also set me right back on track by encouraging me. She is very personable and easy to work with. Removal order was entered in 2015. Other attorneys kept misleading me and charging me, and eventually I found Ms. Zuniga. My case should have taken years, even after the master hearing, but since I hired her, 1 year to date, I am here to say that we WON the case and cancellation of removal was granted. Best part, it was granted without me having to go to trial. What an absolute miracle. Speaking of attorney fees, VERY FAIR. And for me personally, working the magic in my case in exactly one year, I couldn't have asked God to direct me to a better attorney. A piece of advice also to those seeking services, be very involved in your case and ask questions. Ms. Zuniga is very personable. In conclusion, I will say it again, HIRE Ms. Zuniga to represent you and you will not regret it.
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Posted by Nancy | May 8, 2023
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The best lawyer in Texas!
We are so thankful with Lawyer Mrs, Zuniga and her Team, for the great efforts with my husband's case. Obtaining a victorious relieved and most of all getting my husband's released, after 9 months of sadness and painful awaiting. We highly recommend her greatest job in what she does to all people who needs the best of the best concerning immigration cases. Thank you! Mrs, Zuniga.....!
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Response from Bertha Zuniga May 8, 2023
Your husband's case was emotionally very excruciating and, legally it was one of the most difficult cases I've had. I'm glad the family is now together. Blessings....Ms. Zuniga
Posted by Harold calbo | May 3, 2023
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Exelente
La mejor abogada que existe de migración. Una persona honesta, trabajadora y sobre todo con amor a lo que hace estoy muy agradecido con todo su trabajo en general, la mejor abogada que existe
Posted by Gladys Dominguez | April 28, 2023
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Highly recommend
Ms.Zuniga is the best attorney ever! She is so straightforward and always looks into every single detail she can go help you! We can’t thank her enough for everything she did for my dad! We are so thankful for her for fighting so hard and my dad was able to stay in the US and granted his Permanent Residence card!
Response from Bertha Zuniga April 29, 2023
I want to thank you because you spearheaded the effort for your father to win the case. I told you how it could be won and if it were not for your commitment and love for your father and for your family, I would not have been able to do it. Your cooperation was essential to winning this case ! May you and your family always be blessed. You are a wonderful family !!!!!
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Posted by Roan | April 17, 2023
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Marvin Espinoza
Debo decir que la abogada Bertha Zuniga es una persona que dedica el tiempo a lo que le gusta hacer , ayudar a personas con casos difíciles de inmigración. Sus habilidades para ganar el caso de mi papa son impresionantes. Gracias a la preparación que le dedica a cada caso . Ella es una persona de enfoque disciplinada al igual que su equipo de trabajo . Cada caso es differente pero ella está dispuesta a defender cada caso hasta el final su enfoque, dedicación,entrega es increíble . Por esta razón aseguró que es una persona que ama lo que hace . El caso de mi papa lo tomo y defendió en tiempo récord . Si alguien tiene algún caso de inmigración difícil la recomiendo ya que es la persona adecuada para solucionarlo. Saludos abogada .ATT Roan Espinoza
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Posted by Kenneth | February 8, 2023
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Amazing Attorney
When an injustice was done to my wife based on a false misleading statement in an official report Bertha Zuniga did the impossible and had a denied decision overturned that could not be appealed. She really knows the law. We recommend her to anyone seeking great representation on immigration issues.
Response from Bertha Zuniga February 9, 2023
Your wife is blessed to have you as a husband who does not give up ! Thank you for allowing me to correct the injustice perpetrated against your wife !
Posted by Gonzalo | January 25, 2023
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Bertha Zuniga saved me from Deportation.
My name is G. Gonzalez born in Mexico . In 2018 i was charged with a 3rd degree felony and was sentenced to 5 years TDC. And my family hired B.Zuniga to help me get my deportation reversed. She went to work and fought for me and in 2021 Bertha Zuniga shocked me and amazed me when she won in court and my deportation was overturned .Me and my whole family are very happy to have met and hired miss Zuniga. She is truly the best Immigration attorneys out there. Thank You miss Bertha Zuniga and God Bless you. Gonzalo G. ,48 in Waco Texas.
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Response from Bertha Zuniga January 26, 2023
Mr. Gonzalez: Thank you for believing in me and for having the patience to have your case resolved favorably. Many people give up and don't want to fight for justice. You were willing to be patient and have faith. You are truly the one that should be congratulated. Without your patience and faith, winning the case would have not been possible!!!!!! Congratulations and may God Bless you!!!!
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Posted by Norman | January 2, 2023
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Highly Recommended!
We were in desperate time and needing an immediate help from an Immigration Lawyer. Every search we make, Atty, Zuniga's name always comes up. We were skeptical at first because she is in San Antonio and our son's case is in Houston. But we decided to get a consultation and she did not hesitate to accept our son's case. We were expecting a hearing by January 2023 but the Judge granted us a December 20 hearing. It was a miracle! With Atty. Zuniga's knowledge and expertise in Immigration Laws, I am confident that she can handle any case or even complicated cases. Thank you, Atty, Zuniga!
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • ZUNIGA LAW, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States Immigration Judge
  • U.S. Department Of Justice
  • 1995 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Bertha A. Zuniga
  • 1980 - 1995

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1979
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Associations

  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Immigrant Rights Project
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Associatoin
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2024
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2023
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • "Warrior Advocate"
  • Texas State Bar, Immigration and Nationality Law Section
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Woman of Distinction Award Recipient for 2017
  • The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC)
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Board Certified - Immigration and Nationality Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Aggrqavated Felony Outline
  • Aggravated Felony Outline
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law Section Spring Conference
  • Representing Your Client In Immigration Court
  • 2017
  • 10th Annual Women's Conference
  • Women Empowerment
  • 2017
  • 2016 Annual AILA Conference
  • Present Impact of Family Immigration History
  • 2016
  • Houston Immigration Practitioners Meeting
  • Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
  • 2015
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Practicing in Immigration Court
  • 2012
  • Political Asylum Project of Austin
  • How to Present and Asylum Case
  • 2010
  • University of Texas School of Law Annual Immigration Conference
  • Aggravated Felonies
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bertha Zuniga's reputation precedes her and she is deserving of every ounce of sweeping approval and respect that she has earned in the legal community. Bertha is a tireless fighter and an equally compassionate counselor. When you hire Bertha, rest assured, she will channel all her energy to bust through barriers and to open doors for her clients. Make no mistake when it comes to legal wisdom; Bertha's engine is fueled by more than 3 decades of irreplaceable experience. I have conferred with Bertha on a number of complicated immigration matters and I am indebted to her for the selfless mentorship she's offered. I am proud to endorse this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Can't say enough wonderful things about Bertha Zuniga. Her knowledge and experience make her a great attorney and combined with her passion and compassion she is a phenomenal advocate! She is particularly well-versed in asylum and detention issues and I can't recommend her highly enough. She will do WHATEVER she can to assist a client!"

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San Antonio Immigration Lawyer Bertha Alicia Zuniga
Bertha Alicia Zuniga
Immigration Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 44 years
Virtual consultation available