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GEORGE R. WILLY – FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY

George Willy

Mr. Willy is the founder and principal of Willy, Nanayakkara, Rivera & Goins. Over the last twenty-five years, Mr. Willy has built the Houston-based firm from a single attorney practice to a bustling five-attorney firm with a presence in Atlanta, Georgia, Montreal, Canada and Hyderabad, India. Mr. Willy combines a thorough knowledge of immigration law with a unique perspective. As an immigrant himself, nearly thirty-five years ago, he has never forgotten the uncertainty and the difficulties of the process. His personal mission is to make immigration equitable for everyone. To that end, he has frequently been involved in the push for immigration reform and in ensuring that policy makers are aware of the needs and positive qualities of the immigrant community. Since his arrival more than two decades ago, Mr. Willy has been a leading member of Houston society and has been particularly involved in the local South Asian community.

Activities, Honors and Community Involvement

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Chair-Elect, Houston Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for South Asia, 2012-2013 (takes over as Chair on May 1, 2013);

Vice-Chair, Christus Health System of the Gulf Coast Region; 2013-2014;

Attendee, White Houston Briefing to Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders, 2012;

Board Member, Asian American Justice Center, 2011 – Present;

Board Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Houston Chapter, 2011 – 2012;

Advisory Board, DAYA, 2009 – 2012;

Board Member, Christus Health System of the Gulf Coast Region; 2007 – Present;

Mayor’s Appointee, Houston Zoo Board, 2006 – 2012;

National Advisory Council, Asian American Justice Center, 2002 – 2011;

Vice-Chair, United Way Asian Pacific Islander Community Campaign, 2002-2003;

Charter Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Houston Chapter, 2000 – Present;

Attendee, Luncheon Hosted by Vice-President Gore in honor of Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Visit to the United States, 2000;

Attendee, President’s Announcement of Appointees to the Asian-American Advisory Commission held at the White House, 2000;

Attendee, White House Briefing on President’s Trip to India, 2000;

Chairman, South Asian Chamber of Commerce, 1998;

Participant, Round Table Conference on Asian Issues with President Clinton and Vice-President Gore, 1997;

Attendee, White House Briefing on Administration Policies affecting Asians during the White House Celebration of the Asian-American Heritage Month, 1997;

Participant, White House Consultation on Immigration Reform Legislation, 1996;

Attendee, White House Briefings on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Visits to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, 1995;

Attendee, White House Briefing and Consultation on U.S. Policy in South Asia, 1994;

Delegate, Delegation of South Asian Leaders to the White House, 1994;

Appointee, Trade and Commerce Representative in the United States (by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape of South Africa), 1994;

Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 1993;

Member, State Bar Journal Committee, 1993;

Represented Texas Governor in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan to promote Trade with Texas, 1993;

Editor-in-Chief, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Journal, 1992;

Co-Chairman, International Business Opportunities Task Force at the Texas Department of Commerce, 1991-1993;

President, Asian American Bar Association, 1991-1992;

Delegate, American Lawyer Delegation to Japan, 1988.

Education

McMaster University, Canada (B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, double honors, Summa Cum Laude, 1979);

South Texas College of Law (Doctorate of Jurisprudence 1985).

Professional Awards and Affiliations

United States Supreme Court – Admitted to Practice;

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Admitted to Practice;

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Admitted to Practice;

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – Admitted to Practice;

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – Admitted to Practice;

State Bar of Texas – Admitted to Practice;

Certified Mediator, A. A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1992.