Daniel M Kowalski
We are a full service immigration and nationality law firm. Our clients receive the best possible legal services in solving their immigration challenges.
All of our attorneys are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and admitted to practice in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Washington D.C., and Washington State. Our staff includes persons from seven different countries and speak seven languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Armenian, Hindi and Urdu. In addition, our staff originate from a range of countries, including: the United States, Argentina, Armenia, El Salvador, Colombia, India and Mexico.
Daniel M Kowalski
Reina, Bates & Kowalski
Immigration Law Group
3355 Bee Caves Rd #307
Austin TX 78746
Tel: 512 383-0007
Fax: 512 383-0009
Daniel M Kowalski, a native of Denver, Colorado, has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1985. As an undergraduate Mr. Kowalski majored in Spanish, in which he is fluent. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977, where his record earned him induction into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
After earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1984 from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Kowalski began practicing immigration law in Colorado. Since then, he has also practiced immigration law in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and now Austin, Texas.
His numerous litigation successes include Matter of Sanchez, Int. Dec. 3283 (BIA 1996) (limiting INS's use of in absentia exclusion hearings) (AILA amicus brief co-author); Sibanda v. District Director, 881 F. Supp. 1494 (D. Colo. 1995) (reversing INS district director's denial of voluntary departure); Dulane v. INS, 46 F. 3d 988 (10th Cir. 1995) (reversing BIA denial of suspension of deportation); Turri v. INS, 997 F. 2d 1306 (10th Cir. 1993) (reversing BIA denial of suspension of deportation); Marczak v. Greene, 971 F. 2d 510 (10th Cir. 1992) (setting standards for judicial review of detention decisions by INS); Lanza v. Ashcroft, 389 F.3d 917 (9th Cir. 2004) (holding that the IJ's refusal to hear the alien's asylum claim because he arrived 20 minutes late was an abuse of discretion and directing the BIA to remand to the Immigration Court); and Alarcon-Chavez v. Gonzales, 403 F.3d 343 (5th Cir. 2005) (criticizing the BIA"s streamlining procedures and directing the BIA on remand to clarify the reasons for its decision).
Mr. Kowalski is a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (former Colorado Chapter Chair; former national Board of Governors) and the American Law Institute. He serves on the Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration.
In addition to frequent speaking and writing for bar associations and continuing legal education seminars, Mr. Kowalski joined the world of legal publishing in 1996, becoming Editor-in-Chief of Bender's Immigration Bulletin, published by LexisNexis. He also edits the Immigration Law & Procedure: Desk Edition for LexisNexis and is the Online Editor of a free daily website, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition - www.bibdaily.com
Mr. Kowalski has taught immigration law as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law.
The recipient of many honors and awards (Denver Bar Association Special President's Award, for Commitment and Excellence to Volunteer Legal Services (Thursday Night Bar Immigration Project (1988)); Denver Bar Association "Barrister's Ball" Pro Bono Award Co-Recipient (Thursday Night Bar (1993)); American Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award (1993 Co-Recipient); Attorney of the Year Award, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Seattle (1998); Community Service Award, AILA (Washington Chapter (1998)), Mr. Kowalski now serves on the Board of American Gateways.
Mr. Kowalski is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, the Western District of Washington, the District of Colorado, and the Western District of Texas. Licensed to practice law by Colorado and Washington state, Mr. Kowalski is currently making application to the State Bar of Texas under Rule XIII.
Rounding out his activities in law and publishing, Mr. Kowalski was named a "Border Justice Fellow" in 2003 by the USC Annenberg School of Communication's Institute for Justice Journalism, and in 2006 he served as IJJ Faculty. In 2009, Mr. Kowalski will write a weekly online column for IJJ.