Andres Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He earned his bachelor’s degree and graduated cum laude from the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. He later went on to earn his J.D. and graduated from the Inter-American University School of Law. He Passed the Puerto Rico bar with a 91.5% percentile. The Puerto Rico bar is notorious for being one of the hardest bars in the country.
Andres Rodriguez moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in June of 2015. He started to work in immigration law and directed the immigration department of a New Orleans, Law Firm. He later moved to Houston and practiced Immigration Law with Houston based law firm for over a year.
Mr. Rodriguez has had numerous success with asylum cases. He has been success in obtaining asylums based on gang recruitment, political opinion, sexual harassment, imputed sexual orientation, crime witness, domestic violence, member of nuclear family and torture claims. He has also argued successful cancellation of removal cases and adjustment of status before the Immigration Court. He has also worked on family visa petitions, student visas, work visas, fiancé visas, employment visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Cases, DACA Renewals, bonds and more.
Mr. Rodriguez has a passion for helping immigrants and to keep or join families together. Mr. Rodriguez is very adept at research and investigating every possible aspect to help his clients out. He has done research on currently country conditions to help his client’s case. After representing hundreds of clients for their immigration case, Mr. Rodriguez’ sole objective is to do everything he can to successfully complete the case and to keep families together in the United States.
Andres Rodriguez is a member of the Puerto Rico Bar and the National Immigration Lawyers Association
Edward Okwueze: A Trusted Houston Attorney
Both passionate and compassionate, Edward Okwueze is committed to obtaining justice for the residents of Texas. His hard work has resulted in numerous case dismissals for those accused of driving under the influence and other crimes. If you work with Edward Okwueze, you will enjoy the personalized attention of a Houston attorney who clearly cares about you and your future as a Texas resident.
Academic and Professional Background
Prior to embarking on a successful legal career, Edward Okwueze attended Southern University. After he obtained his Juris Doctor, he began to secure his reputation as a top criminal defense attorney in Houston. Over the years, he has handled a variety of criminal cases, including assault, DUI, and more.
Awards and Distinctions
Edward Okwueze has been recognized on numerous occasions. He was highlighted by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the 40 top lawyers under the age of 40. Additionally, the American Institute of Criminal Lawyers named him to a list of the ten best attorneys. He has received numerous endorsements from fellow attorneys, who speak highly of his professionalism and assertive representation style.
Approach to Law: A Passion For Justice
When you work with Edward Okwueze, you can rest assured, knowing that your Houston attorney will make every effort to defend your rights in and out of the courtroom. During your initial consultation, you will be struck by Edward Okwueze’s demeanor and his clear desire to get to know you and the details of your case. You’ll learn that, although he’s kindhearted, he’s also determined to prepare you for the harsh realities of the criminal justice system. This means being completely open and honest with you, even while delivering bad news. He won’t sugarcoat your situation, but he will treat you with the respect you deserve.
Ready to put your criminal charges in your past and secure a fresh start? Do not hesitate to seek counsel from Edward Okwueze.
David Runcie’s primary focus at Edwards Law Firm is criminal defense. His experience as Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is a valuable asset to his work on these cases
While at the DA’s office, David worked on a wide variety of misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony criminal cases and trials. His work as a trial advocate gained the attention of the District Attorney, Kim Ogg, who wrote a letter of commendation outlining David’s determination and success in trying complex cases.
As a law student, David clerked with prominent defense attorneys known throughout the country for their work in overturning wrongful convictions and making major changes in Texas law. David earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, where he competed in advocacy competitions all over the United States as a member of the St. Mary’s Law School Mock Trial Team. His work and dedication as an advocate was instrumental in the team being ranked 2nd in Texas in the American Association for Justice National Mock Trial Competition. David also earned the Most Outstanding Mock Trial Student award and was inducted into The Order of the Barristers National Honor Society. In addition, he garnered the Best 3L Award in the Jimi Derrick Constitutional Moot Court Competition. During law school David was a member of the St. Mary’s Law School Board of Advocates, helping others who had an interest in trial advocacy reach their full potential.
Houston native Lorenzo Williams earned his license to practice law on February 14, 2013. After earning his license, he worked as an insurance adjuster with Nationwide Insurance. After leaving Nationwide Insurance, Mr. Williams went to work for the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office in Marshall, Texas. After serving in this capacity for close to 3 years he joined the Harris County District Attorney’s Office until joining our law firm.
Rojelio Vasquez is a home-grown Houston native that created his own path in life. Mr. Vasquez grew up with little to no resources but still found a way to get things done.
While working fulltime, Mr. Vasquez obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston – Main Campus and majored in Political Science with a Minor in Sociology. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he decided to attend law school at Thurgood Marshall School of Law to pursue his career as a lawyer. After passing the Texas bar, Mr. Vasquez is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.
Mr. Vasquez has plenty experience with dealing with law enforcement as he too was a police officer for 10 years. While as a police officer, he worked plenty investigations from misdemeanors to felonies. While serving as police officer, he worked with investigators, tactical units, and has experience with other specialized units within the department.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Vasquez worked for lawyers and gained experience in dealing and helping clients. Mr. Vasquez is also fluent in Spanish and understands his client’s needs when it comes to dealing with the law.
Carson Joachim (pronounced Yokum) is a Houston native and began his legal career at The Harris County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained valuable legal experience in both felony and misdemeanor cases during his three (3) year stay. On Conferring The Harris County Attorney’s Office, Carson joined the notable firm Nichols Law P.L.L.C., where he focused his legal practice on family law issues, with additional experience in divorce, custody, and guardianship proceedings.
About conferring Nichols Law P.L.L.C. To expand his legal experience and range of knowledge, Carson represented police officers from the Houston Police Department as legal advisor to the Houston Police Patrol Union, The Fraternal Police Order 109. While at SPPH, Carson dealt with all forms of administrative hearings. and disciplinary appeals (including Loudermill Hearings, arbitration, etc.) and shootings involving officers.
Carson later became general counsel for the Harris County Deputies Organization (HCDO), where he dealt with civil administrative matters, IAD investigations, complaints, and criminal matters for HCDO members. Additionally as a lawyer for HCDO, Carson advised the executive board on legal matters affecting the union, he also assisted members in critical incidents, such as- Deputy involved in shootings and deaths in custody. Carson was an Internal General Counsel for more than ten (10) years. Today, he still manages Deputies and Sheriffs cases as a private attorney.
In his private practice, Carson focuses on criminal and family cases. From the valuable experience gained as a prosecutor, Carson has dedicated his private practice to judicial work, giving his clients the ability to fight their case in court. Being a criminologist or family matter, Carson promises his clients the best personal service. He recognizes that the issue his clients deal with is the most important issue in his life. If you have a matter involving felonies, misdemeanors, or juvenile law, you will receive a fair and honest evaluation of your case and a fervent and aggressive advocate for your case.
On a personal note, Carson is a graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School where he played football, baseball, basketball, and ran the track. He accepted a scholarship from Eastern New Mexico University where he played four (4) years as a wide receiver. And he attended the Baylor School of Law. He is the father of two (2) beautiful daughters and husband to Amber, who is a prosecutor.
Carson looks forward to assisting you with your legal matter.
Attorney Syed’s unique focus is criminal defense. Throughout his career he has administered a variety of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies, on both sides of the law.
Attorney Syed’s career began as a prosecutor, a position he held for nearly 3 years, rising to the level of felony prosecutor. Lawyer Syed prosecuted a range of different cases while serving as a prosecutor, ranging from DWI’s cases to Aggravated Robberies. Before working with the District Attorney’s Office, Syed attended Oklahoma University of Law, where he had the opportunity to serve at The International Human Rights Clinic in addition to the school’s Criminal Defense Clinic.
Bilingual in both English and Bengali, Syed joined our firm in serving as the District Attorney’s Office in her quest to continue to bring justice to the citizens of Harris County.
Sara Roque was born in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to the Houston, Texas area when she was 11 years old. She is a trial lawyer currently focusing in the area of criminal defense. Throughout her career Sara has worked on a variety of cases ranging from DWIs and domestic violence to murder and child abuse.
Ms. Roque is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she studied history and philosophy. She earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was a member of the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Journal of Consumer and Commercial Law. While at UH Law, Sara participated in the law school’s Immigration Clinic and Trial Advocacy course. Prior to her employment at the Edwards Law Firm Sara worked at multiple firms in Houston and a Mexican energy regulatory agency. Her experience includes criminal law, business and commercial litigation and international oil and gas law.
Sara is completely bilingual in English and Spanish. She joined the Edwards Law Firm to continue pursuing her passion for criminal defense and defending those in need.
Areas of Practice
Texas State Bar
U.S District Court for the Southern District of Texas
American Bar Association
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association