Alexandre A. Afanassiev, Attorney
Mr. Afanassiev intimately understands what it means to be foreign-born because he is from Russia and initially came to Houston as a foreign student. His experience in immigration law began at the University of Houston Law Center, where he was a student-attorney at the school’s immigration law clinic. There he dived into the field and found great satisfaction helping indigent clients and battered spouses seek asylum or protection from deportation. This experience has determined his future in legal profession as an immigration attorney.
Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, Mr. Afanassiev also serves on the board’s Exam Commission. In addition, he is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association.
One of his noteworthy successes was the appeal of an immigration case to the U.S. Supreme Court in Alexis v. Holder, 09-955 (2010), which he ultimately won in collaboration with his colleagues, allowing his client to return back to the United States after being deported away from his family.
Mr. Afanassiev has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list from 2013-2015 and Texas Super Lawyer list from 2015-2016. Honorees are chosen by Thomson Reuters’ legal division and comprise a very small percentage of Texas lawyers.
Mr. Afanassiev’s educational background includes associate degree from the San Jacinto College (South) earned in 1998, same year he was named best male student and best international student. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and political science, from the University of Houston in 2000. While at the University of Houston, Mr. Afanassiev was named Outstanding Graduate in the College of Social Sciences and was the recipient of the Department of Economics “Joel Sailors Award.” He earned his law degree at the University of Houston Law Center in 2003.
Mr. Afanassiev has been a guest lecturer at the South Texas College of Law, Federal Litigation and Immigration Law Class, and at the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic Class. He has been a co-panelist at American Immigration Lawyer Association national conventions and Texas chapter conferences, as well as at State Bar of Texas CLE seminars. He has spoken on a variety of topics including the representation of clients seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act, seeking waivers on grounds of inadmissibility, litigating waivers under the Adam Walsh Act, motion practice before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and on immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
Mr. Afanassiev is fluent in Russian language. His hobbies include travel, alpine skiing, tennis, diving, painting, and Russian history.
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