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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


Excellent Experience

May 27, 2013 "Sonali was very professional and prompt in dealing with my case. I would not hesitate to recommend her to a friend." – Rohit, an Immigration Client

The best lawyer I ever had

May 27, 2013 "Sonali is a winner. She lets you know what is going on in as much detail as you want. Your case is treated as if it is of the upmost importance. Sonali is a professional who works hard. But Sonali is quite human, friendly, and she is always cheerful. Sonali had a healthy flexibility when dealing with me and the case. Out of the 20 to 30 emails I sent to her, she replied to each one the next day. She is far superior to any lawyer I had previously." – Mark, an Immigration Client

Great Results, Personable, Expert

March 10, 2013 "We really like her professional demeanor and knowledge of the murky immigration issues, and she was quick to contact the relevant authorities when there were some issues my my application. Strongly recommended!!!" – Prashaanth Ravindran (Immigration client)

Hard working attorney, will get you through…

March 10, 2013 "Helped one of my family member back to US after having 10 years bar. She worked so well. She is also honest and reasonable." – Jimmy, an Immigration Client