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Carlos G. Quintana

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Biography

Mr. Quintana grew up in an immigrant family and saw firsthand how difficult the immigration process can be on an immigrant’s entire family. Having parents who immigrated to the United States for a better life, Mr. Quintana was keenly aware of the various opportunities being a citizen of the United States provided and worked hard so that he could give back to the community that had provided him the motivation to succeed. Mr. Quintana was the first in his family to attend University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico. After completing his undergraduate education, Mr. Quintana dedicated himself to teaching in the bilingual school system in Madrid, Spain. After returning to the United States, Mr. Quintana attended law school at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In law school, Mr. Quintana became a Public Service Scholar. He participated in the Unemployment Action Project fighting for those denied unemployment benefits. He also interned and volunteered at Catholic Charities Immigration Services for the Archdiocese of New York in Manhattan. He also interned at the Brooklyn Family Defense Project and served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Gloria Sosa-Lintner in the New York County Family Court in the Borough of Manhattan.
 
Finally, Mr. Quintana participated in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, which focuses on the intersection of immigration and criminal law (crimmigration). After graduating from law school, Mr. Quintana completed a post-graduate fellowship at Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services and volunteered his time at Essex-Newark Legal Services—Family Law Unit fighting for victims of Domestic Violence in divorce proceedings. During this time after law school, Mr. Quintana applied and was admitted as an attorney at law in the States of New York and New Jersey.
 
Mr. Quintana then relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to dedicate himself to the practice of immigration law. It is in San Antonio that he and Ms. Peña met and decided to join together to provide the kind of quality legal representation that both partners believe everyone should have.
 
Admissions:
 
Supreme Court of New Jersey
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in and for the First Judicial Department
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Supreme Court of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 2013
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Psychology

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney in Juvenile Docket, 2013 to 2014
  • Volunteer Family Law Attorney, 2014

Representative Clients

  • Immigrants and their families

Past Positions

  • Immigration Attorney, Peña & Quintana, PLLC, 2015 - Present
  • Removal Defense Immigration Attorney, Private Practice, 2014 to 2015
  • Legal Advocate, Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, 2012 to 2013
  • Post Graduate, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2010 to 2013
  • Advocate, Unemployment Action Center, 2010 to 2013
  • Summer Intern, Legal Services NYC: Brooklyn Family Defense Project, 2012
  • Judicial Intern, New York City Family Court, 2012
  • Legal Intern, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 2011 to 2012
  • Legal Intern, United States Attorney's Office for D.C., 2011
  • Fraud Coordinator , Verizon Wireless (Heritage Alltel Communications)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Member, Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Texas Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee , Investigator, Present

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner

Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2013
  • New York, 2014
  • Texas, 2018

Honors

  • E. Nathaniel Gates Scholarship, 2010 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers-Rising Star, 2021
  • Best Immigration Lawyers in San Antonio-Expertise.com, 2020