About

FValdezLaw PC is an immigration law firm serving individuals, families, and employers. Founder Frances E. Valdez, J.D. became an immigration lawyer because she believes that every person has a human right to live freely and to pursue their dreams. She brings more than ten years of experience in removal defense, in family and employment immigration law. Frances also has extensive experience consulting with non-profit organizations in developing and managing community legal service programs. Under her direction, the firm approaches each case as though it were for a family member or close friend, giving a personalized approach to every case.

Frances Valdez

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (J.D. 2005)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (B.A. 2002)
Professional Associations, Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Latino Giving Houston – Past President and Member
  • Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
  • State Bar of Texas: Hispanic Issues Section
  • Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston
  • Houston GLBT Political Caucus – Board Member 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Texas Chapter Citizenship Chair 2013 to Present)
  • United We Dream – Board Member 2013 to 2015
  • State Bar of Texas: Legal Service to the Poor in Civil Matters Standing Committee 2006-2012
Pro Bono
  • Citizenship Workshops – Neighborhood Centers Inc., Mayor’s Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
  • DACA Workshops – United We Dream
Honors
  • UH Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Friends of Women’s Studies; honored as featured Conversationalist at annual Table Talk – March 2017 
Speaking Engagements/Webinars
  • AILA Citizenship Day: Naturalization Application Training — 2013, 2014 & 2015
CLE
  • AILA Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma Chapter Spring Conference 2017 – April 2017
  • ILRC, Defending the Undocumented; CA MCLE – March 2017
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting June 2015: Immigration Upheaval in Texas – DACA, DAPA and the Unaccompanied Minor Crisis
  • National Immigration Project CLE April 2015: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • 40 Hour Course in Immigration Law November 2014 & January 2016

Carlo S. Torres

Education
  • Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D. 2015)
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas (B.S. 2007)
Professional Associations, Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Member of the National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG)
  • Volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Volunteer with Houston Unites
Pro Bono
  • Citizenship Workshops- Neighborhood Centers Inc.
  • DACA Workshops- United We Dream

Clarissa L. Valdez
Paralegal

Clarissa L. Valdez joined the firm in 2009. She works closely with clients, drafting applications and petitions while guiding clients on the collection of supporting documentation for filing with the government. Clarissa also assists with research as needed.

Away from the office, Clarissa spends most of her time with her family and volunteering. She is an active member of the Junior League of Houston, Inc. In 2009 she joined four other Houstonians to found Latino Giving Houston, where she currently serves as treasurer. Clarissa is starting her second year as a board member of the Hispanic Health Coalition where she serves as the group’s secretary. She is an active member of the Paralegal division of the State Bar of Texas and also a Paralegal Member of the Texas Bar College.

Roberto Valdez
Office Manager

Roberto Valdez joined the firm in 2012. He graduated from the University of El Paso with a degree in Economics. Roberto is the person you will most likely have the most interaction with on a daily basis. He is usually the first person in the office and the last one to leave. Nothing makes him happier than having the privilege to help the immigrant community alongside his smart and talented daughters. He is the joy of the office. He enjoys spending time with his grandsons and sailing when the weather permits.