Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez, 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.
 


Fluent in Russian and working knowledge in German and Japanese.

My name is Lisa Schwamkrug, and I am an attorney and partner in Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez, PLLC. I focus my practice solely on immigration law and my practice includes a wide range of immigration cases. I represent people who are fleeing persecution in applying for asylum in the U.S., U.S. citizens or residents petitioning for their family members, and residents applying for U.S. citizenship. My work includes employment-based visas, investor visas, Violence Against Women Act petitions for victims of domestic violence, U visas for victims of violent crime, special immigrant juvenile visas, religious worker visas, and appeals. I also represent immigrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and who face deportation in Immigration Court. Each immigration case is unique and I believe that every immigrant deserves an attorney who will listen to their problems and issues, evaluate their case, provide an honest assessment, and give them accurate legal advice.
 
Prior to opening Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez, PLLC, I was the supervising attorney for the defense removal team at Catholic Charities of Dallas Immigration & Legal Services where I also represented immigrants in removal (deportation) proceedings in Immigration Court, as well as many other immigration cases. I have extensive experience representing detained immigrants in removal proceedings, asylum applicants, and victims of domestic violence. I was also previously an Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted criminal cases. My experience in the DA’s office practicing criminal law is useful in my immigration practice, because criminal issues often have a profound impact on an immigration case. I have testified as an expert witness on immigration law. In May 2016 I was honored to have been voted D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas for Immigration Lawyers.
 
I graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law. During law school, I served as the president of the International Law Society and competed in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. I also studied abroad at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, studying comparative law and the Russian legal system. While in law school I was a law clerk for Hurley, Reyes & Guinn. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Area Studies.
 


  • Admitted to practice in Texas and before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to practice in Texas and before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas — Immigration Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association International Law Section and Immigration Law Section
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • American Center for International Policy Studies (AMCIPS) – Research Fellow
  • Voted D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas for Immigration Law – 2016
  • Presenter: Introduction and Updates to Immigration Relief for Immigrant Children and Families: Dallas Bar Association (August 2, 2016)
  • Presenter: Keeping Up With the Visa Bulletin Changes: Dallas Bar Association (November 2015)
  • Presenter: Know Your Rights and Overview of Immigration Options: Pilot Point Church (2015)
  • Presenter: Dallas Hispanic Bar Association CLE on Unaccompanied Minors (2014)
  • Presenter: Immigration Panel Discussion: National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region III Conference, Fort Worth, TX (2014)
  • Presenter: Overview of Immigration and update on Farmers Branch litigation and harboring, Resident Shield Apartment Managers meeting, Dallas, Texas (2014)
  • Presenter: Immigration Law After the Demise of DOMA, Dallas Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, (2014)
  • Presenter: Overview of Immigration Options for Young People, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Dallas, Texas (2013)
  • Presenter: Know Your Rights, Neema Gospel Church, Richardson, Texas (2013)
  • Presenter: Know your Rights and Over view of Immigration Options, Mt. Pleasant School District, Mt. Pleasant, Texas (2013)
  • Presenter: Representing Non-Citizen Clients After Padilla v. Kentucky, Dallas Bar Association Criminal Law section, Dallas, Texas (2013)
  • Presenter: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, St. Michael Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas (2012)
  • Presenter: Immigrants: Know Your Rights!, St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Plano, Texas (2012)
  • Presenter: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Plano, Texas (2012)
  • Presenter: Immigrants: Know Your Rights!, Presentation at Comunidade Crista Brasileira de Lewisville, Texas (2011)
  • Presenter: Immigration Program Management Training, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Dallas, Texas (2011)
  • Presenter: “Immigration Law and Crimes: Defenses to Removal.” Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), Dallas, Texas (2010)
  • Presenter: “Representing Immigrants in Removal Proceedings – Pro Bono Attorney Training.” Fulbright & Jaworski, Dallas, Texas (2010)
  • The Russian Mail-Order Bride Industry: From Russia for Love, To America in Danger, Published at www.amcips.org (2004)
  • Drug Cases: Some Rocks for Your Pocket. A Short Outline for Your Own Drug Case Notebook, co-authored with David M. Guinn, Jr. Presented by David M. Guinn, Jr. at Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association CLE
  • Defending a Bond Forfeiture Case, author, Presented by Danny Hurley at bail bondsmen continuing education seminar
My name is Patricia Freshwater, and I am an attorney and partner with Schwamkrug, Freshwater & Lopez, 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 Schwamkrug, Freshwater, & Lopez, 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.
 


  • 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 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, Co-Chair of Unaccompanied Minors Action Committee (2015-2016)
  • 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 Schwamkrug, Freshwater and Lopez, 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)
  • 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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