Raed Gonzalez, JD, LLM, Chairman
Raed Gonzalez was born in Puerto Rico. He earned his B.A. (Cum Laude, 1992) and J.D. (Cum Laude, 1996) from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he was also associate editor of the law review. As part of his JD, in 1995 he studied comparative constitutional law at the University of Barcelona (Spain) taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He received his L.L.M. in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center (1998).
Mr. Gonzalez is a senior litigator at Gonzalez Olivieri LLC. Previously he was the head of litigation at Quan, Burdette and Perez and a Senior Associate Litigator at FosterQuan where he gained considerable litigation experience. He handles immigration hearings all over the U.S. including Puerto Rico, as well as in the federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Gonzalez is admitted to the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 9th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Southern District of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
His published precedent decisions include Manuel Flores Ledezma v. Gonzalez, 415 F.3d 375, 380 (5th Cir. 2005) (the first case to interpret the real ID Act in the 5th Circuit), Perez-Pimentel v. Mukasey, 530 F.3d 321 (5th Cir. 2008), McCarthy v. Mukasey, 555 F.3d 459, 462 (5th Cir. 2009) (where he challenged the visa waiver entrants rights to adjust status), and most notably on his win before the U.S. Supreme Court of the U.S. in Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307, 2319 (2008). Dada was no ordinary win. This case changed the landscape and forced the Department of Justice and DHS to change their regulations regarding voluntary departures granted in immigration court. Most recently, he had a second grant of certiorari before the Supreme Court of the US on a collaborative effort in Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, Unpublished (June 21, 2010). Finally, in June of 2015, Mr. Gonzalez won the U.S. Supreme Court case of Mata v. Lynch, 135 S.Ct. 2150 (2015). In Mata the Supreme Court held in an 8-1 decision that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in holding it did not have jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of an untimely motion to reopen. This is an incredibly important step in getting the Fifth Circuit to review decisions of the BIA, particularly for clients who have been victims of fraudulent and ineffective attorneys.
Mr. Gonzalez has been featured in Who’s Who in American Immigration Law, Who’s Who in America, Telemundo, Univision, and the New York Times after successfully representing Kevin Cassasola, the Honduran migrant child portrayed in the Oscar nominated HBO documentary “Which Way Home.” Mr. Gonzalez has been a frequent contributor to the Houston Chronicle and for his efforts with AILA in supporting comprehensive immigration reform he was featured and interviewed by July Banderas as an expert on immigration on Fox News “America’s News Headquarters”, and featured on Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” and on Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Justice and many more national and international media.
Mr. Gonzalez is a frequent speaker on immigration and an avid supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. Mr. Gonzalez participated as a speaker in the American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference on Immigration held in Puerto Rico, he was part of the faculty organizing the University of Texas Conference on Immigration held in the fall of 2012, and was the course director for the 2012 AILA Midsouth AILA Conference and the AILA Texas, OK and NM Chapter ‘s Immigration Fall Conference. He was the 2012 Course Director of the State Bar of Texas Conference on Immigration 101; a speaker at the SBOT 2012 Advanced Immigration Conference on the topics of unlawful presence, bond hearings and hearing on the merits; a speaker at the AILA National Conference in Nashville TN, where he presented on unlawful presence; a speaker at the State Bar of Texas 2011 Advanced Immigration Law Course on grounds of inadmissibility and removability; a speaker and member of the organizing committee for the 2011 University of Texas Continuing Legal Education Immigration Conference on Practical Guide to Removal Proceedings; a speaker and organizer of the 2010 UT Conference Immigration with an Update on Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court Cases, 2010; speaker at the AILA 2011 National Conference in San Diego, CA, on Advanced Federal Litigation: CAN THIS OR SHOULD THIS GO TO FEDERAL COURT?, speaker at the 2010 AILA National Conference on Washington DC, on Dada or Nada, Voluntary Departure after Dada v. Mukasey; speaker on the 2009 American Bar Association Commission on Immigration and the ProBAR Conference “Removal Proceedings Today: A Practical Training on How to Successfully Defend Your Clients in Immigration Court, Motions to Reopen and Reconsider; speaker at the Texas Chapter Conference on Immigration in Playa Del Carmen, 2009 and 2010 among others.
Mr. Gonzalez has been honored as Top Lawyer 2012 and again in 2013 in the Fall 2013 issue of H Texas Magazine. and Texas Monthly. He has also been recognized as Super Lawyer 2013 by the Super Lawyer Organization. Only a few Immigration Attorneys are afforded these honors. The annual list recognizes the top lawyers as determined by a peer voting process.
Mr. Gonzalez is a recurring Pro Bono counsel for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston, Houston, Texas, the US Department of Health Administration for Children and Families Office of Refugee and Resettlement, the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (PROBAR), South West Key Program, Houston, Texas, NALEO, the Mexican Consulate, Houston Texas, and individual cases involving Violence Against Women Act cases and unaccompanied minor cases. Mr. Gonzalez has been recognized as a Champion of Justice Society as a supporter of access to justice for his contributions to the Legal Aid programs in Texas with the State Bar.
Mr. Gonzalez acts as an adviser to the Harris County Public Defender’s Office. He is also President of the Board for the Immigration Counseling Center, a nonprofit entity located in Houston, Texas.
GO LLC is proud to continue Mr. Raed Gonzalez’ distinguished record and dedicated service to our immigration clients by concentrating his practice in U.S. Immigration & Nationality law. We vouch to represent individuals who need such assistance throughout the United States and around the world.
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC is conveniently located at 2200 South West Freeway, Suite 550, Houston, Texas 77098.