SHAH
LEGAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

Anuj Shah has practiced law since 2002, and his primary area of practice is Immigration and U.S. Nationality Law. Anuj has practiced in a variety of arenas over the years, however, including international law, energy regulatory law, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. Since 2002, Anuj has successfully represented and counseled both individual and business clients.

Before starting The Law Office of Anuj A. Shah P.C. in 2007, Anuj was a founding member of Skadden, Woo, Shah & Azimpoor, PLLC, as well as of a boutique law firm specializing in Labor and Employment and Immigration Law. Anuj also worked as an associate attorney in the energy regulatory section of the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. In addition to working in the private sector, Anuj served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Marcia A. Crone of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Anuj has traveled and lived around the world and is proficient in Spanish, French, Gujarati, Hindi, and Classical Sanskrit.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

My parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s to pursue what most people coming to the United States want: The American Dream. My father is a physician, my mother a biochemist, and I witnessed firsthand how, through their hard work and perseverance, they became lawful permanent residents and, ultimately, proud citizens of the United States.

Immigration, as a result, has been at the forefront of my consciousness since my childhood. Therefore, it is my mission to assist those who, like my family, want to come, either temporarily or permanently, to the United States and create a life of happiness, prosperity, and possibility for themselves. It is an honor and privilege to be an advocate for those people, and I am grateful that I can rise each day and provide this service.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

Houston Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Asian American Bar Association
South Asian American Bar Association
Animal Legal Defense Fund

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

EDUCATION

2002 – J.D., University of Southern California School of Law
1999 – Ph.D., East-West Center/University of Hawaii
1995 – M.A., University of Houston
1993 – Certificates de Premier et Deuxième Degrès, La Sorbonne, Université de Paris
1992 – B.A., Rice University, Wesleyan University

ACCOLADES/PUBLICATIONS

Senior Editor – Southern California Law Review
Winner: Warren J. Ferguson Prize for Best Essay on Social Justice, 2002
Senior Editor – Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies
“Invented Cages: The Plight of Wild Animals in Captivity,” with Alyce Miller,
Journal of Animal Law (Vol. I, 2005)

LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES

Spanish – Proficient
French – Proficient
Hindi – Proficient
Gujarati – Proficient
Classical Sanskrit – Proficient