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Thomas Esparza Jr.

Immigration Attorney at Austin, TX

4.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1977
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    As of March 18, 2020 my office has transitioned to 100% remote processing of immigration cases. You can communicate with us through email, phone and In an abundance of caution we have no in person contacts with our clients.

    46 years, 15,000 cases

Thomas Esparza, Jr., Attorney at Law, A Professional Corporation

Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law

 La Madrid Building , 1811 So. 1st., Austin, Texas 78704



 •      McAllen High School-1970.

•      Texas A & M University-1974, Worked part time

•       University of Texas, School of Law-1977.  Edited the Law school paper, Worked part time


•      Licensed to practice November, 1977.

•      Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1980

•      Board Certified Specialist - Immigration and Nationality Law, October 1985 to present

•      Waco-McLennan County Legal Aid-1977-1978.

•      Private Practice in Austin, Texas, 1978-present.

•      Capital Area Mexican-American Lawyers, President, 1988-1989.

•      State Bar Committee-Laws Relating to Immigration, 1985-1988 & 1998 to 2001.

•      Member, State Bar College-1997 to present.

•      Member, University of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Conference Planning Committee, 1996 to 2010.

•     Chairperson, Texas Oklahoma & New Mexico chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, 2005-2005

Chairman - Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs  2008 to present.

Executive Committee - Immigrant Services Network of Austin 2008 to present.


•      Justice of the Peace, Precinct Four, Travis County, Texas 1981-1982.


•      Becker Community School Advisory Council, 1982-Present.

•      Austin Community Education Volunteer of the Year 1995.

•      Center for Battered Women, Founding Member, Board Member 1988.

•      Austin Mardi Gras, President, 1982, Founding Member 1981.

•      Austin Police Department-Task Force on Crimes Against Foreign Nationals.

•      "Citizenship, the 100 Questions" video for Political Asylum Project and ACTV.

•      Travis County Bar Association Conference; Immigrant Crimes and Criminal Law, 1999.

•      Host "Ask an Attorney" and "Dialogue" Sponsored by Travis County Television

 •      Manager Oak Hill Youth Sports Association 12U Bronco Girls All Stars


• Family Based Immigration and Criminal Activity 2011 prepared for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar 

• Immigration Law and Crimes, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002 for the Advanced Criminal Defense Lawyer Conference

• Nueva Vida Con Inglés, Co-written with his mother, Esther La Madrid Esparza, this book teaches English as a Second Languages, ©1987, 1990, 1992 and 1997.

• El Camino: A Guide to Amnesty or Legalization Benefits (English and Spanish)©1986.

• Humpty Dumpty & Friends in the Southwest, A bilingual three book series with cassettes.

• Rocking Horse Rhymes, A two book bilingual series with matching cassettes.

• Esther’s Playhouse, Interactive preschool learning software.

• Citizenship, The 100 Questions, Book & Cassette, bilingual citizenship self study guide ©1998, 2002. 2010, and 2011



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Esparza Thomas Jr Immigration Specialist Pc
1811 South 1st Street
Immigration Specialist w/40 years experience
Austin, TX, 78704-4251
Thomas Esparza, Jr. A Prof. Corporation
Board Certified Specialist Immigration and Nationality Law
1811 S. First
Austin, TX, 78704-4251
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  5 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great and quck response on AOS
Thank you so much sir Thomas Esparza, for the invaluable response giving me clarity on the decisions to take. God bless you Sir!
Posted by Lina Marin | June 20, 2013
"Thomas Esparza is the chaman"
Mr. Thomas is the lawyer that you need and you always want to keep in your contacts, close to your hands. The first day that I came in to his office, I had a lot of confusion and sadness as my case was dropped by another lawyer seemingly without hope. As soon as Mr Esparza saw me, he told me: we will work together, I'm going to do my best to re build your case and we will rock it, and he did it. He and his team did an excellent job and He made my case easier than it was, everyone won. Mr. Thomas Esparza and his team are professionals, fast, kind, friendly and effective. they are the lawyer you want to work with. I recommend Thomas and his team with all my heart.
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Posted by E B | July 6, 2011
You're the best!
I have a very difficult case, different name that I entered, misdemeanor , just tough. Waited for 15 years being like this because I am scared to face it, until we heard our friend mentioned Atty. Esparza. He helped me all the to the immigration in San Antonio. It's worth what we paid. Now I'm a new man.
Posted by Kathy | April 21, 2011
Thank you
This is the best Immigration lawyer you can find... he helped my family most of all my mom and i couldnt thank him enough. thanks to him my family and i have accomplished big things =) i reccomend him to all my friends and other family members and they have amazing results =) i wouldnt doubt going to him for advise or help again
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2013
Made our situation Much worse
We trusted Mr. Esparza to help us to attain my wife's citizenship. We assumed that he would be looking out for our best interest. Mr. Esparza's legal aid made a mistake thereby putting us in a situation where our family is at risk of being torn apart. When we confronted Mr. Esparza about the mistake, he refunded us some of our money. I looks like from his other ratings, he normally does a great job but beware! If there is a mistake, he will drop you and not take responsibility for his mistake!
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President-Lead Counsel
  • Thomas Esparza, Jr. A Professional Corporation
  • 1977 - Present
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Travis County, Texas
  • 1981 - 1982


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Texas A & M University
  • Bachelors
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Cancellation of Removal victorhy
  • approved-client now a permanent resident
  • Rwandan Refugee
  • Successfully obtained withholding of removal
  • Citizenship for a Dead Man-Green Card for his spouse
  • Green card granted


  • Immigrant Services Network of Austin
  • Executive Committee, web site host, translator, graphics support
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member,Past Chairman Texas Chapter
  • 1980 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Oak Hill Youth Sports Association
  • Manager-Bronco Girls softball-Falcons
  • 2010 - 2012
  • South Austin Optimist Little League
  • Board Member, Safety Officer, Manager
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Becker Community School Advisory Council
  • President
  • 1981 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Austin Community Education Program
  • 1995


  • Star Light Press
  • Citizenship, the 100 Questions, 4th Edition
  • 2010
  • Humpty Dumpty & Friends in the Southwest
  • three book childrens poetry books
  • 1992
  • Citizenship-The 100 Questions
  • Citizenship Study Guide
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • 331 District Court-Travis County Courthouse
  • Immigration Law for the Travis County District Attorney Office
  • 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyer's Assn Fall Conference
  • State Immigration Legislation in TX, Ok, & NM
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (22)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Esparza provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of hundreds of published answers to consumer questions on and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Esparza is skilled and knows the law well, too. Kudos."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Esparza is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with his time and expertise. I recommend him."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well-respected and a benefit to the Avvo community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Thomas professionally for many years. He is the immigration lawyer I most often refer my own clients to and to whom I turn for advice when immigration issues come up in my criminal defense practice. Very knowledgeable and helpful."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I started to pay attention when I read his posts on and his experience and resume provide all the evidence you need to know that he is a complete master."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Esparza provides very informative answers to tough questions on AVVO. His genuine respect for immigrants no matter their background is extemely evident through his words and actions. Any person in need of legal assistance can be rest assured to get professional and ethical representation from Attorney Esparza. I feel honored to endorse Attorney Thomas Esparza Jr."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Esparza Jr is by far the most compassionate immigration lawyer of our time! He dispenses wisdom with absolute compassionate and with a very easy going personality. I an sure it makes each of his clients feel that client is the only client he has, and makes that client feel hopeful in a very hopeless situation. Wisdom freely given."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Since I do not practice immigration law, I have read with great interest the articles written by Thomas and his responses to the many questions posed on this site. Here in Arizona, I often deal with family law issues which are complicated by immigration considerations. Thomas' insights have been very helpful."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I am familiar with Mr. Esparza from his many insightful and intelligent answers to questions posted on Avvo. Always willing to help out and give good concise answers. In the end, you may need to hire an attorney to get to the outcome you seek, but at least here you can get a good start with his informative answers, blogs, and legal guides."
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