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Sonali Patnaik – Managing Attorney

Attorney Sonali Mehta Patnaik has practiced Immigration and Nationality Law in Dallas since 2004. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. After gaining experience at reputable Dallas Immigration firms, Sonali launched Patnaik Law Office in 2006 to provide clients with the direct and personable legal service only available through a small firm. For the past 11 years, she has secured positive outcomes for her clients, from complicated investment and employment based petitions before USCIS, AAO and U.S. Embassies abroad, to Adjustment,  Asylum, VAWA and Cancellation of Removal cases before USCIS, Immigration Court, and The Board of Immigration Appeals.

Sonali is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree in Plan II from UT as well.  She currently serves as the Dallas Section Co-Chair of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) (, on the Ex Comm of the DFW South Asian Bar Association, and is a member of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association. She is a frequent presenter on Immigration topics in CLE’s and before attorney and community groups.  She has also given her time to Dallas non-profits who aid immigrant communities, such Mosaic Family Services, Chetna DFW and Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling Service.

Sonali was born to immigrant parents in Miami, Florida, and is a first generation Indian American. With roots in India, England, and Kenya, her upbringing has given her a unique understanding of the goals and struggles of the immigrant family. She speaks Gujarati and Spanish, and can be reached at


Green Cards

January 28, 2016 It has been a very pleasant experience with Patnaik Law Office right the beginning of the process until we finally got the Green Cards. Followup and Communication at every phase was incredible. – V. Tatipamula

E-2 Visas

July 25, 2014

"Sonali certainly has had the knowledge and skills to help me. However, what I appreciate the most is that she has taken the time to explain the process and my options to me.

She replies to my phone calls and emails promptly. Immigration had been the most stressful issue in my life, until I started using Sonali. Previously I tried other attorneys be fore Sonali, but I always felt lost and uncertain. Sonali gave results and peace of mind. I'm very grateful for all she has done for me."

– Robert, an E-2 Visa Client

Very Satisfied

September 21, 2014 Well I am very satisfied with the help and the support that I had while being under Patnaik Law Office. And also they were very nice and understanding. – J Flores

For H1 Visas

May 27, 2013 "I have worked with Sonali on getting my H1 visa and a transfer later. It has been a very smooth and stress free process." – Sneha, an Employment Client