Walker Gates Vela PLLC, attorney's at law

Inbound U.S. and outbound global employment and investor immigration

Matthew practices inbound U.S. and outbound global immigration law, with a focus on employment and investor immigration. He has been regularly recognized as a Top Attorney in Immigration Law by Austin Monthly and by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Immigration Law.
Matthew currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section, and he has served on the planning committee and presented at the TexasBarCLE Advanced Immigration Law conference. He is an active member of the San Antonio Bar Association as Chair of the International Law Section, the Austin Bar Association, the American Constitution Society Austin Lawyers Chapter Board, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on the Global Migration Section and University Committee.

Prior to starting the Immigration Section with MW Law, Matthew handled a high volume of inbound U.S. and outbound global immigration matters, working with individuals, entrepreneurs, investors, startups, Fortune 100 companies, and ultra high net worth individuals as an attorney with one of the largest international immigration law firms, for the better part of a decade.

Before being admitted to the bar, Matthew interned with Catholic Charities of Dallas in their Immigration & Legal Services Department, Chief United States District Judge Orlando L. Garcia for the Western District of Texas, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Chief Counsel, including at the Texas Service Center in Dallas and Field Office in Irving, Texas.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish graduating magna cum laude from Austin College and his Juris Doctorate degree from Baylor Law School, where he received the distinction of Public Interest Fellow and was the first graduate of its Leadership Development program.