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Ernesto Alvarez, Jr.

Senior Attorney
fax +1 832.397.3517

Ernesto Alvarez, Jr. is a seasoned litigator known for his client-centered and pragmatic approach. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he focuses on commercial litigation, breach of contract actions, personal injury defense, maritime, and oil and gas law. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to client success, Ernesto combines zealous representation with a practical mindset, ensuring tailored and effective solutions, always with an eye toward achieving optimal, client-focused outcomes.


J.D., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
B.A., summa cum laude, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
Curso superior en la lengua espanola, Universidad de Salamanca, Curso superior en la lengua española


Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers (2022-2024)

Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Litigation – Environmental by Best Lawyers (2023-2024)

Articles and Notes Editor, Texas International Law Journal, Vols. 49-50

Plummer Award Recipient, Lamar University

Named among Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters (2022-2024)


Jefferson County Bar Association

Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association

Houston Bar Association, International Law Section

State Bar of Texas, Immigration and Nationality Law Section

Appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee – Downtown Houston subcommittee



State Bar Licenses


Litigation and Compliance

  • Successfully second-chaired a corporate defendant in a multimillion-dollar personal injury trial resulting in defense verdict for client.
  • Defended and obtained federal court summary judgment on behalf of a national retailer in an alleged negligence and premises liability lawsuit.
  • Counsel oil and gas companies conducting business in Venezuela regarding the present state of U.S. sanctions to ensure compliance.
  • Represented a Hong Kong based company in recouping $1.25MM USD it was owed.
  • Argued numerous contested hearings, including discovery motions, Daubert motions, and venue motions.
  • Assisted in bringing and pursuing derivative claims against closely held corporations on behalf of majority shareholders.
  • Represents numerous corporate clients and successfully argue necessary injunctions in the protection and enforcement of their trademarks and confidential and proprietary trade secrets.


Business Immigration

  • Assisted in successfully securing hundreds of temporary worker visas under the H-2B program for an oil and gas company in need of welders and pipefitters.
  • Obtained and renewed an E-2 treaty investor visa for various small to midsize business.
  • Appealed various denials of H-2B temporary non-agricultural labor certifications before the Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) resulting in the reversal of the Certifying Officer’s denial, granting of temporary labor certification, and establishment of BALCA precedent.
  • Counseled clients in successfully obtaining legal permanent residency through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
  • Oversees preparation of various nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and responses to Requests for Evidence presented to USCIS and US consulates worldwide