Attorney Profile

Attorney Teresa Messer practices exclusively in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality law and has represented clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as before U.S. Consulates and Embassies, and the Immigration Court. Her immigration legal experience, commitment to her clients, and dedication to the legal profession has been recognized and awarded by the State Bar of Texas, The National Advocates, Avvo, and Lead Counsel. She has also been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers for inclusion in its 2017 Rising Stars list.

Attorney Messer’s own experience as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees cultivated her desire to assist other immigrants early on in her life. This desire ultimately led her to her calling – to help immigrants navigate through the complexities of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law.

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While in law school, Teresa worked in Thailand for BPSOS Coalition to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery in Asia where she assisted refugees, survivors of torture, and victims of human trafficking in applying for refugee status, seeking appropriate legal remedies, and preparing for resettlement.  In addition, Ms. Messer represented individuals, families, and children in their applications for asylum and refugee protection, special immigrant juvenile status, and deferred action (DACA) when she was a Student Attorney in the South Texas College of Law Asylum and Human Trafficking Clinic. Because of her volunteer work assisting immigrants and refugees while she was still a law student, she received the Pro Bono Honors Program Certificate by South Texas College of Law.

As an undergraduate at the University of Houston, Ms. Messer established a student organization that provided services such as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED preparation, college admissions assistance, and clothing donations for refugees living in Houston. Ms. Messer was later recognized by the Darfurian Association of Greater Houston for her volunteer contributions to the refugee community of Houston.

Ms. Messer has written several immigration legal articles which have appeared in publications such as Law360 Expert Analysis, the University of Houston’s Online Law Journal, and Houston Young Lawyers Association Pocket Parts. She has presented on immigration law topics for organizations such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the South Asian Bar Association, the Katy Bar Association, the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the National Business Institute, and Lawline.

Ms. Messer enjoys teaching and mentoring law students. She has guest lectured a family immigration course at Thurgood Marshall School of Law and supervised law students at the South Texas College of Law Asylum and Human Trafficking Clinic.

Ms. Messer believes it is important to give back to her community. She has volunteered her immigration legal services at non-profit organizations such as YMCA International Services, United We Dream, Kids in Need of Defense, and Lawyers Against Human Trafficking. Today, she serves as a board member of the Houston Northwest Bar Association, BPSOS (Boat People SOS), and Lawyers Against Human Trafficking. Teresa also serves on the AILA National Committee on VAWAs U’s and T’s, as well as the State Bar of Texas Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality Committee. Attorney Messer received her Juris Doctor Degree from South Texas College of Law and is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.

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