Mr. Pineda is himself a refugee, an immigrant, a veteran, and naturalized American citizen. Mr. Pineda has been advocating for the American dream by exclusively practicing U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law since 1996. He obtained his law degree in 1996 from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and the Texas Supreme Court licensed him that same year. He represents clients at U.S. consulates around the world, and at USCIS offices and immigration courts across the nation. He has also been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1999.