Amelia Cardenas


Strategic Counselor

The U.S. immigration system is complex, and Amelia is experienced in helping her clients successfully navigate it. Whether advising multinational corporations, small businesses, or individual investors, Amelia’s guiding principle is empathy: she takes the time to understand her clients’ unique industries, interests, and goals. The insights she gains lead to tailored, strategic advice and advocacy.

Amelia has experience with a broad range of immigration petitions, applications, and processes. She has helped multinational corporations transfer key employees to the U.S. both temporarily and permanently, she has successfully petitioned for employment authorization for degreed professionals and top artists and entertainers, and with her help, foreign investors have been able to start new businesses in the U.S. and acquire permanent residence.

As a former trial lawyer with experience litigating in federal court, developing corporate compliance programs, and conducting internal investigations, Amelia also brings a unique perspective to immigration-related government enforcement actions. She is comfortable negotiating with government officers and is prepared to take cases to court if necessary.

In addition to her client work, Amelia has made pro bono service and community involvement key features of her practice. She is the founder and head instructor of Bulldog TKD, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation providing free Tae Kwon Do classes in low income communities. She provides pro bono legal representation for clients referred by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and the Human Rights Initiative. She is also a proud product of the Dallas public schools and is passionate about improving the educational pipeline.  She is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class of 2016, a program designed to inspire and educate the future leaders of Dallas.

Amelia is also a small business owner and is intimately aware of the challenges her entrepreneurial clients face in starting new businesses.  She founded a publication company focused on children’s books that develop character.  Its first release, The Spirit Post, is a Christmas-themed book and toy that encourages children to do acts of kindness.


Amelia earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009, earning Honors in Legal Research and Writing.  She attended the University of Texas at Dallas on a full scholarship and earned a B.A. in Literary Studies with Highest Honors in 2006.


  • Founder and Instructor, Bulldog TKD
  • Member, 2016 DAYL Leadership Class
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Author and Co-Creator, The Spirit Post
  • Volunteer attorney, Human Rights Initiative
  • Volunteer attorney, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

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