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Attorney Vanessa R. Alonso

Attorney

Vanessa R. Alonso

Vanessa is a passionate advocate with over ten years of experience serving and advocating for immigrants. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, a city that borders Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. El Paso provides a safe and culturally rich environment. Surrounded by a large family and a circle of friends, Vanessa learned the importance of love, family, and community. 

Always passionate about helping people and those in need, she was an enthusiastic volunteer in high school and college. Vanessa attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. While obtaining her degree, Vanessa’s desire to help others grew, and she decided to apply to law school. Vanessa attended the University of Toledo College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. 

While in law school, her desire to serve the immigrant community was sparked by a summer internship with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. She spent the entire summer conducting outreach to migrant farmworkers throughout the state of Ohio, advising them of their legal rights and assisting them in seeking relief. Many of their issues were lack of lawful status. While meeting with individuals working picking vegetables in the fields, Vanessa felt she found her calling. Vanessa continued with the non-profit through the remainder of her law school career.

After becoming licensed by the State of Texas, she spent the next seven years working at large immigration law firms helping thousands of people by dynamically defending them against deportation, obtaining their Green Cards, and ultimately attaining their U.S. Citizenship.

In 2017, Vanessa, guided by her passion for those she served, decided to open her own law firm, so she can provide the personal and dedicated attention she knew her clients deserved. Vanessa prides herself in making her clients feel at home in her office. In addition to running the law firm, Vanessa also keeps the Latino immigrant community informed of U.S. immigration policy changes and availability of relief via Spanish radio stations and social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Spotify, and Instagram.

She and her husband Christopher Alonso, who is also practicing partner at the law firm, have three wonderful children. And they go out of their way to be a resource to their community, their clients, and their family. Together they strive to be one family defending the unity of other families.

Vanessa is a passionate advocate with over ten years of experience serving and advocating for immigrants. She grew up in El Paso, Texas, a city that borders Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. El Paso provides a safe and culturally rich environment. Surrounded by a large family and a circle of friends, Vanessa learned the importance of love, family, and community.

Always passionate about helping people and those in need, she was an enthusiastic volunteer in high school and college. Vanessa attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. While obtaining her degree, Vanessa’s desire to help others grew, and she decided to apply to law school. Vanessa attended the University of Toledo College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.

While in law school, her desire to serve the immigrant community was sparked by a summer internship with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. She spent the entire summer conducting outreach to migrant farmworkers throughout the state of Ohio, advising them of their legal rights and assisting them in seeking relief. Many of their issues were lack of lawful status. While meeting with individuals working picking vegetables in the fields, Vanessa felt she found her calling. Vanessa continued with the non-profit through the remainder of her law school career.

After becoming licensed by the State of Texas, she spent the next seven years working at large immigration law firms helping thousands of people by dynamically defending them against deportation, obtaining their Green Cards, and ultimately attaining their U.S. Citizenship.

In 2017, Vanessa, guided by her passion for those she served, decided to open her own law firm, so she can provide the personal and dedicated attention she knew her clients deserved. Vanessa prides herself in making her clients feel at home in her office. In addition to running the law firm, Vanessa also keeps the Latino immigrant community informed of U.S. immigration policy changes and availability of relief via Spanish radio stations and social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Spotify, and Instagram.

She and her husband Christopher Alonso, who is also practicing partner at the law firm, have three wonderful children. And they go out of their way to be a resource to their community, their clients, and their family. Together they strive to be one family defending the unity of other families.

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Attorney Christopher L. Alonso

Attorney

Christopher L. Alonso

Chris is originally from New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, from Troy University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Chris obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX. Chris is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, as well as federally licensed in the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas.

Prior to becoming a licensed Attorney, he served as Special Agent for over ten years in federal law enforcement. Chris has investigated countless criminal cases ranging from capital murders, sexual assault offenses, to organized drug distribution crimes. He has worked jointly with several federal and law enforcement agencies. Chris now uses his vast experience in law enforcement to assist his clients in their representation and his advocacy. Chris also notably served his country for nearly two decades in the U.S. Army having served overseas in combat operations.

This country became prosperous through immigration. Immigrants flee to this country for safety and opportunity. Chris fiercely defends his clients’ rights in immigration proceedings. Using their experience, Chris and his team work tirelessly to ensure their clients receive the best representation and have the opportunity to present their unique stories before the tribunal.

Chris is a fierce litigator who upholds the principle that all his clients deserve 100% of his effort in their cases. Chris understands the clients he defends are going through the most difficult time in their life, and Chris will do everything in his power to ensure they receive the defense they deserve. Chris prides himself on his law firm providing client-focused representation. 

Chris and his wife Vanessa have three beautiful children. Every day they understand what they do in their professional life is to return their clients safely and soundly to their respective families.

Chris is originally from New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, from Troy University, as well as a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Chris obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, TX. Chris is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas, as well as federally licensed in the Northern, Western, and Southern Districts of Texas.

Prior to becoming a licensed Attorney, he served as Special Agent for over ten years in federal law enforcement. Chris has investigated countless criminal cases ranging from capital murders, sexual assault offenses, to organized drug distribution crimes. He has worked jointly with several federal and law enforcement agencies. Chris now uses his vast experience in law enforcement to assist his clients in their representation and his advocacy. Chris also notably served his country for nearly two decades in the U.S. Army having served overseas in combat operations.

This country became prosperous through immigration. Immigrants flee to this country for safety and opportunity. Chris fiercely defends his clients’ rights in immigration proceedings. Using their experience, Chris and his team work tirelessly to ensure their clients receive the best representation and have the opportunity to present their unique stories before the tribunal.

Chris is a fierce litigator who upholds the principle that all his clients deserve 100% of his effort in their cases. Chris understands the clients he defends are going through the most difficult time in their life, and Chris will do everything in his power to ensure they receive the defense they deserve. Chris prides himself on his law firm providing client-focused representation. 

Chris and his wife Vanessa have three beautiful children. Every day they understand what they do in their professional life is to return their clients safely and soundly to their respective families.

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Attorney Anna Lichtenberger

Attorney

Anna Lichtenberger

Anna is an avid advocate with years of experience defending clients with immigration issues and concerns.  Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a border city to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Anna understands the diverse issues and challenges immigrants and their families face. 

Upon high school graduation, she received a scholarship from St. Mary’s University. Focused on her studies and committed to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in English. Desiring to stay at the school she so loved, Anna applied and was accepted to St. Mary’s University School of Law where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, graduating Cum Laude.

It was during a summer break in law school that Anna accepted an internship position with American Gateways where she saw firsthand the challenges faced by immigrants. Her passion in the field of immigration law grew, and it was an area she wanted to explore further upon graduation. An avid reader and writer, Anna authored “Undocumented Citizens of the United States: The Repercussions of Denying Birth Certificates” published in St. Mary’s Law Journal in 2018. 

Anna’s career as an attorney began with a general practice law firm where she quickly learned the clients’ diversity and uniqueness and acquired invaluable experience within the San Antonio judicial system. She later joined Alonso & Alonso where she put into practice her abilities and experience from having interned with American Gateways. Alonso & Alonso has given Anna the opportunity to help the immigrant community who find themselves seeking guidance on the multitude of immigration issues.

Anna married her high school sweetheart, Jesus, in 2018. At the present time they are enjoying their time together and plan to continue to travel. 

Anna is an avid advocate with years of experience defending clients with immigration issues and concerns.  Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, a border city to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Anna understands the diverse issues and challenges immigrants and their families face. 

Upon high school graduation, she received a scholarship from St. Mary’s University. Focused on her studies and committed to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in English. Desiring to stay at the school she so loved, Anna applied and was accepted to St. Mary’s University School of Law where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, graduating Cum Laude.

It was during a summer break in law school that Anna accepted an internship position with American Gateways where she saw firsthand the challenges faced by immigrants. Her passion in the field of immigration law grew, and it was an area she wanted to explore further upon graduation. An avid reader and writer, Anna authored “Undocumented Citizens of the United States: The Repercussions of Denying Birth Certificates” published in St. Mary’s Law Journal in 2018. 

Anna’s career as an attorney began with a general practice law firm where she quickly learned the clients’ diversity and uniqueness and acquired invaluable experience within the San Antonio judicial system. She later joined Alonso & Alonso where she put into practice her abilities and experience from having interned with American Gateways. Alonso & Alonso has given Anna the opportunity to help the immigrant community who find themselves seeking guidance on the multitude of immigration issues.

Anna married her high school sweetheart, Jesus, in 2018. At the present time they are enjoying their time together and plan to continue to travel. 

Franja Citas