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Thomas Esparza Jr.

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

Jacqueline L. Watson, Attorney at Law

Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law

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

512-441-0062 /


 •      McAllen High

•      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

• 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 or 



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Esparza Thomas Jr Immigration Specialist Pc

1811 South 1st Street
Immigration Specialist w/36 years experience
Austin, TX, 78704-4251

Thomas Esparza, Jr. A Prof. Corporation

Jacqueline L. Watson, Immigration Specialists
1811 S. First
Austin, TX, 78704-4251



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197708/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer of the YearAustin Community Education Program1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President-Lead CounselThomas Esparza, Jr. A Professional Corporation1977 - Present
Justice of the PeaceTravis County, Texas1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Immigrant Services Network of AustinExecutive Committee, web site host, translator, graphics support2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember,Past Chairman Texas Chapter1980 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1977 - Present
Oak Hill Youth Sports AssociationManager-Bronco Girls softball-Falcons2010 - 2012
South Austin Optimist Little LeagueBoard Member, Safety Officer, Manager2001 - 2009
Becker Community School Advisory CouncilPresident1981 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cancellation of Removal victorhyapproved-client now a permanent resident
Rwandan RefugeeSuccessfully obtained withholding of removal
Citizenship for a Dead Man-Green Card for his spouseGreen card granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Citizenship, the 100 Question 4th EditionCitizenship, the 100 Question 4th Edition2011
Star Light PressCitizenship, the 100 Questions, 4th Edition2010
Humpty Dumpty & Friends in the Southwestthree book childrens poetry books1992
Citizenship-The 100 QuestionsCitizenship Study Guide1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/AN/A1977
Texas A&M UniversityEducation/HistoryOther - Bachelors1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
331 District Court-Travis County CourthouseImmigration Law for the Travis County District Attorney Office2012
Advanced Criminal Law SeminarFamily Immigration & Texas Criminal Law2011
American Immigration Lawyer's Assn Fall ConferenceState Immigration Legislation in TX, Ok, & NM2009