Dickinson Wright PLLC Expands in Texas with El Paso Office

July 10, 2017
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm is opening its second Texas office with the addition of four attorneys in El Paso. Joining the firm are Kathleen Campbell Walker, Mark Walker, Mario Franke and Heather Frayre.

“We are thrilled to join the Dickinson Wright family and to open the firm’s second office in Texas within the past year,” said Mark Walker. “We feel that Dickinson Wright offers an ideal blend of superb quality legal services with superior client service. Our immigration and commercial litigation practice will complement the firm’s already nationally-recognized practices.”

“We are very excited to be joining the Dickinson Wright firm, which has had a long term focus on servicing international mobility and trade needs as evidenced by their Toronto office and affiliate office in China,” said Kathleen Walker. “The El Paso office location represents a strategic cross border opportunity for legal services, which complements the firm’s existing bi-national expertise regarding the northern border.”

“Kathleen Walker and Mark Walker bring preeminent qualifications to Dickinson Wright, immediately strengthening our immigration, commercial litigation and international trade practice areas,” said William T. Burgess, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “We’re also excited to join the El Paso business community, to expand our presence in Texas, and to continue to expand service offerings to our clients in key practice areas.”

Below is a description of Dickinson Wright’s new attorneys and their practices:

Kathleen Campbell Walker, Member – Ms. Walker is known internationally as a leader in the field of immigration law and has practiced for over thirty years. She is a former national president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). www.aila.org. She is a previous recipient of the AILA Founder’s Award given from time to time since 1950 to the person or entity who has had the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy in the preceding period. She is one of 11 lawyers in the United States ranked in Band One by the Chambers and Partners independent lawyer ranking service in its Global Guide. She is board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is also ranked AV preeminent with Martindale-Hubbell.

Her immigration law practice focuses on business and family-based immigration, consular processing, employer sanctions/worksite enforcement, immigration audits, security checks, waivers, admissibility, and citizenship and naturalization. Her clients include hospitals and other healthcare providers, major global manufacturing companies, energy and energy service companies, defense contractors, construction companies, real estate and finance firms, cities, hospitality and hospitality service companies, agricultural businesses, professional employer organizations, educational institutions, convenience store businesses, food service franchisees, investors and entrepreneurs, ranches, equestrians, performing artists, families, and individuals. She is board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Walker received her B.A. from Texas Tech University and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

Mark C. Walker, Member – As a trial and appellate lawyer for over 30 years, Mr. Walker has more than 75 verdicts and 30 appeals to his credit, which demonstrate his commitment to bring tenacity and creativity to the resolution of difficult cases. He counsels clients to assume that every case will go to trial, in order to put them in the best position to make informed decisions on the best resolution of a broad array of business, commercial, product liability, administrative, regulatory, and tort and negligence matters. He also counsels clients on election and campaign finance law issues. He has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1990, was on the examination commission of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a frequent speaker on litigation issues at state and national conferences.

Mr. Walker is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers. Mr. Walker received his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.

Mario Franke, Of Counsel – Mr. Franke focuses his practice on business, commercial, product liability, tort and negligence matters. He is also experienced in federal and state labor and employment litigation matters. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Frank Montalvo, Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of New Mexico. Mr. Franke received his B.B.A. and his M.P.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Heather Frayre, Of Counsel – Ms. Frayre’s practice focuses on immigration law, counseling clients on a full range of matters including non-immigrant visas, permanent residency and citizenship. She has extensive experience with a wide range of non-immigrant classifications, such as H-1B, L-1, TN, J-1, E, O-1, and P-1, among others. Her corporate immigration experience spans a wide array of industries, including technology, athletics, manufacturing, construction, education and international trade. She has counseled large Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies and small business clients with immigration filings, consular and cross-border issues and compliance strategies. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Frayre received her B.A. from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.