Marisa Balderas Flores has over 10 years of immigration and international custody litigation experience. At Begum Peláez-Prada PLLC, Marisa assists clients with a wide range of corporate and employment immigration matters including E visas, EB visas, HB-1, L visas, and TN visas. Marisa also assists families wishing to file family-based petitions and citizenship applications. Marisa has vast experience in federal litigation and international custody matters filed under the Hague Convention. In 2013, Marisa successfully argued in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in R.G.L. v. Angelica Lopez Sanchez (5th Cir. No. 12-50783).
Prior to joining Begum Peláez-Prada PLLC, Marisa successfully ran and operated her own law practice, Law Office of Marisa C. Balderas, PLLC for nine years focusing on immigration matters. Marisa then joined Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. (FVPS) as the Director of Legal Services. At FVPS, Marisa oversaw the legal department and assisted victims of domestic violence with immigration matters under VAWA and U-visas. Marisa also advocated on behalf of victims in state district court on family law matters related to divorce, child custody and protective orders. At Begum & Peláez-Prada, Marisa assists corporate clients with employment, business and investor immigration needs. Marisa is fluent in Spanish and has helped many international clients. Marisa is admitted to practice the State of Texas, Supreme Court of the United States, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.
Marisa received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Entrepreneurial Studies from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Marisa also received a minor in Spanish Language. Marisa then received her Juris Doctor from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. While in law school, Marisa served as a research assistant and assisted with two published works, ¿Comprende?: Celebrating the Spanish that All Americans Know and One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Future of the Democratic Party by Professor Steven Bender.