James D. Prappas

James D. Prappas  -  Partner
Immigration, International, Labor and Employment, Energy

* A.B., with honors, Davidson College (NC)
* J.D., University of Houston Law Center
* Mr. Prappas also attended the MSc economics degree course at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Court Admissions
* 1986, Texas
Immigration and Nationality Law


James D. Prappas has over 25 years experience representing Fortune 500, middle market and emerging companies in U.S. immigration matters and transactions. He has a broad practice in a diverse range of immigration matters and has advised clients on strategic immigration planning and related transactional matters.

Mr. Prappas has extensive experience in nonimmigrant visas including the international transfer of key personnel and treaty trader/treaty investors, employment based immigrant visas, family immigration, I-9 matters, naturalization and derivative citizenship. Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Mr. Prappas' career included over 10 years in private practice where he represented domestic and international businesses concerning business, corporate and immigration law.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Greek

Mr. Prappas is a member of State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Community Involvement
Mr. Prappas serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the British-American Business Council Houston, Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce - Texas Chapter, and The Parish School as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston. He also is an active member in GlobalScot. Previously he served as a Board Member of the Houston Grampian Association, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Houston InterAmerican Chamber of Commerce, and the Texas - Israel Chamber of Commerce. He also has served as a volunteer with the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and as honorary legal counsel to the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston.

Mr. Prappas is included in the 2011-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America under Immigration Law.

Publications & Speaking Engagements
* Obtaining Ancillary Benefits

* Case Study: Setting Up a United States Business

* Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

* Business Immigration Ethics

* U.S. Immigration and International Taxation Key Concepts and Differences

* U.S. Immigration and International Taxation Key Concepts and Differences

* Temporary Non-Immigration Visas: Beyond the Basics

* Visas Temporales e Permanentes EE.UU.

* Selective Overview of U.S. Immigration Law Issues

* U.S. Immigration Law

* Fleeing the Mexican Drug War: Foreign Investors' Immigration Issues

* Artists And Athletes - O And P Visas: A New Memo and a New Era of Adjudications

* Best Practices in the New Era of Immigration Worksite Enforcement - PDF

* Maneras de Obtener la Residencia Permanente en los EEUU

* Help! The Play Date is Booked - What about a Visa§ The Merry Confusions of U.S. Immigration Law

* Primer on Doing Business in Texas

* Worksite Enforcement Update - ICE Launches Initiative to Audit Hiring Records - DOL to Increase Wage and Hour Enforcement

* Is This the Right Time to Enter the U.S. Market

* New I-9 Form Required April 3, 2009

* L-1 Intracompany Transfers: Opportunities for Creative Lawyering

* Employment Based Immigration

* DV 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery

* U.S. Immigration, International Tax and Estate Planning

* Employment Based Immigration

* Employers Are Required to Use New I-9

* 45 Day Extension of the I-9 Documentation Requirement for Employers Hiring Victims of Hurricane Katrina

* Employer's Update - Winter 2005

* Mexico e-Alert--Mexican Trucks Can Roll into USA - Says USA Supreme Court

* USCIS Announces Increase In Immigration Fees Effective April 30, 2004

* Case Study - Setting Up a United States Company

* Case Study - Setting Up a United States Company PowerPoint

* Immigration Insider - Winter 2004

* DV 2005 Diversity Visa Lottery

* Immigration Insider - Fall 2003

* DHS Publishes Final Rules Requiring Certificates For Certain Health Care Workers

1401 McKinney Street, Suite 1900 Houston, TX 77010

 T: 713.752.4298 |  F: 713.308.4151 |  jprappas@jw.com