Lopez & Freshwater PLLC, is an immigration law firm dedicated to providing for the legal needs of immigrant families. We are passionate about protecting immigrants’ rights, and believe strongly that all immigrants deserve to have an attorney who will really listen to their concerns and will offer honest and effective legal advice and representation. Whether you need assistance applying for Citizenship, defending a loved one facing deportation, or petitioning for a family member to obtain permanent resident status, our attorneys will be with you every step of the way.
 

My name is Patricia Freshwater, and I am an attorney and partner with Lopez & Freshwater PLLC. I am passionate about protecting immigrants’ rights, and am committed to providing effective legal representation in a wide range of immigration matters, from helping people apply for U.S. citizenship to defending immigrants facing deportation and separation from their loved ones. My practice areas include: family based visa petitions, naturalization and citizenship, deportation and removal defense in Immigration Court, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asylum, waivers, Violence Against Women Act and U visa cases for victims of crimes, employment visas, and deferred action for childhood arrivals.
 
Prior to opening Lopez & Freshwater PLLC, I completed a two year Equal Justice Works Fellowship with Catholic Charities of Dallas Immigration & Legal Services. This fellowship program expanded the legal services already offered by the organization by creating a new legal representation and advocacy program to serve the increasing number of immigrants in North Texas being detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement. As part of this program, I provided twice monthly legal consultations to immigrants detained at the Rolling Plains Regional Jail & Detention Center in Haskell, Texas, distributed legal materials to detainees whom we were unable to represent, and provided detainees with strong claims to relief from removal with legal representation in Immigration Court. I also developed and implemented a pro bono attorney program, recruiting both attorneys at large law firms and members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association to volunteer their time and legal skills. Over the course of the project, I conducted consultations with over 670 immigrants. I provided 96 immigrants with full legal representation, including 32 cases placed with volunteer attorneys whom I then mentored and guided throughout the case. I provided immigration law training for over 100 volunteer attorneys.
 
Prior to my work with Catholic Charities, I was an Associate Attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. I was also a law clerk for a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. I attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where I was a member of the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review.
 


  • President’s Trump’s Executive Orders, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2017)
  • Understanding the Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2017)
  • Representing Central American Asylum Seekers in Immigration Court, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (2017)
  • Representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2017)
  • Legal Clinic for Immigrant Children, Presentation for the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (2016)
  • Introduction and Updates to Immigration Relief for Immigrant Children and Families, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2016)
  • Representing Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (2016)
  • Representing Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (2015)
  • Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens, Presentation at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (2015)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Presentation at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (2015)
  • Immigration Law After the Demise of DOMA, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2014)
  • Representing Non-Citizen Clients After Padilla v. Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education Presentations at the Dallas Bar Association and the Denton County Criminal Bar Association (2013)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Presentations at St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, and All Saints Catholic Church (2012)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Presentation at Comunidade Crista Brasileira de Lewisville (2011)
  • Representing Immigrants in Removal Proceedings, Continuing Legal Education Presentation for Volunteer Attorneys (2010)
  • Immigration Law and Crimes: Defenses to Removal, Speaker at Continuing Legal Education Presentation organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (2010)
  • Applying for Asylum in Immigration Court, Continuing Legal Education Presentation for the Dallas Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney Program (2010)
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars 2018: Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars 2017: Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars 2016: Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars 2015: Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers, Texas Rising Stars 2014: Immigration Law
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Board Member (2018)
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Co-Chair of Unaccompanied Minors Action Committee (2015-2017)
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Texas
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Dallas Gay and Lesbian Bar Association
  • Advisory Committee for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Jiroko Lopez
Fluent in Spanish and English.

My name is Jiroko Lopez and I focus my law practice on immigration cases. I represent immigrants applying for status with USCIS, immigrants who are in removal proceedings before the Dallas Immigration Court, and immigrants seeking stays of their removal orders before Immigration Customs Enforcement.
 
My passion for immigration began when I was an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University. The university hired me to interview immigrants in the DFW area as part of an anthropological study. Through the interviews I learned about the inequality and poor working conditions that immigrants suffered. I listened to stories describing the hardships that immigrants endured in order to seek better opportunities in the United States. This experience propelled me to become an attorney and advocate for immigrants and their rights.
 
My goal is to help immigrants and their loved ones understand the complicated immigration laws in the U.S. I enjoy working with the local community to empower and legalize undocumented persons who are eligible for legal status. In 2013 I began a radio program called: Una Hora de Inmigracion con la Abogada Lopez. The program focuses on one aspect of immigration law each week so as to educate the immigrant community. I also give weekly presentations at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, Texas. I cover topics such as visas for victims of crime, the current immigration law reform effort, ways to protect against Notary Public fraud and how to properly pick an attorney.
 


  • Continuing Legal Education Presenter at Representing Unaccompanied Children and Families in Immigration Court and before US Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Relief in Immigration Court for Children and Families (2015)
  • Presenter to the Denton Christian Preschool: Little Known Immigration Paths Towards Residency and Updates on President Obama’s Immigration Policies (2015)
  • Panelist at the University of North Texas Latino/Mexican American Studies Conference (2015)
  • Weekly Presentations at El Consulado General de Mexico en Dallas (2014)
  • Presenter: Immigration Law 101, Genesis Women’s Shelter (2014)
  • Immigration Law After the Demise of DOMA, Continuing Legal Education Presentation at the Dallas Bar Association (2014)
  • Representing Non-Citizen Clients After Padilla v. Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education Presentations at the Dallas Bar Association and Denton County Criminal Bar Association (2013)
  • Presenter: Overview of Immigration Options for Young People, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Dallas, Texas, (2013)
  • Presenter: Overview of Immigration Options for Young People, Calhoun Middle School Denton, Texas (2013)
  • Presenter: Know Your Rights, Neem Gospel Church, Richardson, Texas (2013)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Presentations at St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, and All Saints Catholic Church (2012)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Presentation at Comunidade Crista Brasileira de Lewisville (2011)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Presentation at Barron Elementary Evening ESL Program and Forman Elementary School PTA Meeting and Daytime ESL Program, Plano, Texas (2012)
Daniele Volfe
Fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

My name is Daniele Volfe and I am an associate attorney at Lopez & Freshwater PLLC. I focus my law practice on matters exclusively related to immigration law. I represent immigrants who are applying for a variety of benefits such as Family-Based Petitions, Naturalization and Citizenship, Waivers of Inadmissibility, Violence Against Women Act and U Visa cases for victims of crime, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, Parole in Place for military families, Deferred Action, Asylum, Fiancé Visas, Employment-Based petitions, and immigration matters related to immigration court proceedings.
 
I am originally from Brazil and, as an immigrant myself, I understand the struggles of dealing with the American immigration legal system. My own immigration challenges moved me to become a passionate immigration law advocate. I believe that each and every immigrant should have access to competent and fair immigration representation.
 
I am licensed and admitted to practice law in all courts and jurisdictions in Brazil. In Brazil, I worked along a State Prosecutor on civil cases involving State matters by drafting Motions and Briefs for State trial courts. In the United States, I am admitted to practice law in New York, as well as in Federal Courts. I was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in May of 2013.
 


  • New York Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Brazilian Bar Association – Subsection Paraná
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Immigration Law Section
  • Justice for Our Neighbors – Member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014)
  • Panelist at the Citizenship Information Workshop, Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (2018)
  • Citizenship Workshop, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, Dallas (2018)
  • President’s Trumps Executive Orders and Their Immigration Consequences. Texas State Law SB-4 presentations at the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (2017)
  • Current Immigration Trends and Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Workers Defense Project, Dallas (2017)
  • Current Immigration Trends and Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Brazilian Itinerant Consulate, Irving (2017)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, First Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church, Garland (2017)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Advent Lutheran Church, Arlington (2017)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Casa Linda United Methodist Church, Dallas (2017)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Pleasant Mount United Methodist Church, Dallas (2017)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Brazilian Baptist Church, Bedford (2017)
  • Immigration 101, Presentation for a Sunday School at First United Methodist Church, Plano (2017)
  • Dallas Community Event – The Future of Immigration After Trump, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (2016)
  • Keynote Speaker, Justice for Our Neighbors, 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Award Dinner (2016)
  • Radio: Radio Catolica Cristo Rey, Dallas (2015)
  • Immigrants: Know Your Rights, Cockrell Hill United Methodist Church, Dallas (2014)
  • Radio: La Bonita FM, Irving (2014)
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