Rebecca R. Garcia MassiatteMember
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Rebecca provides personal and dedicated immigration services to a variety of corporations and individuals as well as to non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Rebecca advises corporate clients on a wide variety of immigrant and non-immigrant matters.
Rebecca provides support with developing strategies for workforce compliance, assisting with due diligence and other immigration issues arising from mergers and acquisitions and addressing and developing I-9 program practices. Corporate clients benefit from her expertise in developing strategies to enable companies to build effective immigration policies and procedures that support business objectives and employee needs. Rebecca also assists individuals in obtaining visas and in the processing of immediate relative green cards and naturalization.
Before starting her immigration practice, Rebecca served as a judicial law clerk for the San Antonio and Harlingen Immigration Courts (EOIR) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to founding JMA, she practiced at prominent national and regional law firms.
Awards and Recognition
Texas Rising Star in the field of Immigration by Texas Monthly magazine (2009-2014)
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2013-2014)
International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2014)
Education and Admissions
Rebecca graduated with honors from Texas State University and holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Washington University School of Law. During her law school tenure, she was a founding member of the Global Studies Law Review and earned recognition for her community service work, for which she was named Public Service Law Student of the Year. Rebecca is admitted to practice in Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Memberships and Community Involvement
Rebecca is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Attorneys Serving the Community (Membership Co-Chair 2011-2014), and is a fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
As an active member of the legal community, Rebecca has served in several prestigious industry groups, including as an appointed Member on the State Bar of Texas Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality Committee (Member, 2008-2010; Vice Chair, 2010-2011; Chair 2011-2014; Advisory Board Member 2014-2015). Rebecca has served in AILA in various capacities, including: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service-Texas Service Center Liaison (2009-2011); Verification and Document Liaison (2011-2012); 2012 National Annual Conference Committee (2011-2012); Co-Coordinator for the Dallas, Texas Section of AILA (2011-2014); and Co-Chair Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico AILA Chapter Spring 2014 Conference (2014).
Rebecca regularly speaks on immigration issues at industry conferences. She also educates business organizations both large and small, providing training on immigration compliance and assisting in the creation of corporate immigration programs and policies.