Manage episode 281965023 series 2853540
Claudia Galan is a San Antonio- and McAllen-based attorney and owner of the Galan Law Firm, PLLC. She specializes in immigration and family law. Her areas of focus are family-based permanent residency and citizenship petitions, deportation defense, divorce, custody rights, and adoption. She also works cases dealing with criminal defense, title transfers, property disputes and preparation of wills. She works primarily with immigrants that are victims of crime and Spanish-speaking residents of South Texas. Claudia approaches her clients’ cases with considerable care because she understands from her own life experience the pressures immigrants face every day. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Monclova, Coahuila, Claudia moved to the U.S. and lived as an undocumented immigrant for three years. At age 21, Claudia gained permanent legal residency and became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Claudia studied law at St. Mary’s School of Law and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas Pan American). She was admitted to practice law in Texas in May 2019 by the State Bar of Texas. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Southern District Court in Texas. As a college student, Claudia worked with asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico border and with low-income residents in San Antonio to provide them with pro bono legal services. She also worked at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where she learned much about the inner workings of the agency charged with processing petitions and appeals for green cards and other immigration benefits. In July 2019, just two months into her independent practice, Claudia represented Francisco Galicia, a then 18-year-old U.S. citizen who was unlawfully held by the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly a month. Claudia secured his release after his case gained national media attention. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, and going on walks with her dog, Frida.
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