Dustin J. O'Quinn

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7949 |

Areas of Practice

Dustin O’Quinn counsels employers in the technology, energy, design and financial sectors on a wide array of U.S. immigration issues, including I-9 compliance and government audits. He develops immigration programs for startup companies in the technology industry, counseling clients on corporate structure, funding and investor relations. Dustin also advises large corporations on the immigration implications of mergers and acquisitions.

Dustin has significant experience representing multinational corporations in H-1B, H-2B and L-1 visa matters, as well as uncommon classifications, including investor and extraordinary-ability visas, and maritime immigration matters.

Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and its sources have stated that Dustin “stands out for his honest and humble demeanor, as well as his inclusive approach,” and for “his willingness to answer all questions.”

Professional Experience

  • The Dustin O’Quinn Law Firm, Immigration Attorney (2015-2016)
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    • Sr. Corporate Immigration Associate (2014-2015)
    • Corporate Immigration Associate (2010-2012)
  • Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Of Counsel (2012-2014)
  • Foster LLP (formerly FosterQuan LLP), Corporate
    • Immigration Associate (2008-2010)
  • De Mott, McChesney, Curtright and Armendáriz, LLP, Corporate Immigration Associate (2007-2008)

Admitted to Practice

  • Texas


  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law (J.D., 2005)
    • Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, Editor-in-Chief
    • Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Staff Editor
    • Political Asylum Project of Austin/American Gateways, Immigration Law Volunteer
    • Advanced Civil Litigation Law Clinic, First Place
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Philosophy, 2002)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Immigration
  • Diversity Committee


  • “Homeland Security Dangers During Mergers and Acquisitions,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes (July 2013)
  • “Completing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Forms and Fundamentals (2012-2013)
  • “Workplace Enforcement at Every Turn,” Texas Lawyer magazine (April 2, 2012)
  • “Know the Procedural Ins and Outs to Avoid Immigration Pitfalls,” Texas Lawyer magazine, Co-author (February 22, 2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Business Immigration Update: One Month With the New Administration,” Lane Powell Business Immigration Webinar, Presenter (February 23, 2017)
  • “Diversity in Firms,” Western Region of the National Black Law Students Association Annual Convention, Panelist (January 2017)
  • “Navigating Immigration Options for Businesses,” Lane Powell and WeWork Lunch and Learn, Co-presenter (December 14, 2016)
  • “I-140, Immigrant Worker Petitions: Best Practices, Common Pitfalls & Evidence Review,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Midsouth and Texas Chapter Conference (November 2016)
  • “PERM Recruitment, Requirements, Degree Equivalency Issues, Audits and DOL Updates,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter Conference (November 2015)
  • “H-1B Visas in the Medical Context,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter Conference (November 2014)
  • “Onboarding Employees in the United States: From Interns to Executives,” National Oilwell Varco Global Human Resources Summit (October 2014)
  • “PERM Labor Certification Strategy,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Texas Chapter Conference (April 2014)
  • “The Immigration Impact of Windsor and the Repeal of the Defense Marriage Act,” Austin LGBT Bar Association (November 2013)
  • “Immigration Options for Students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Updates,” Goose Creek Independent School District (August 2013)
  • “Employment-based Immigration: Can Our Immigration Policy Foster Business?” Texas Wesleyan Immigration Initiative and State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section Panel, Panelist (March 2013)
  • “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Immigration Options for Students,” Dallas Independent School District (January 2013)
  • “Immigration Options for Students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Updates,” Goose Creek Independent School District (November 2012)
  • “The DREAM Act Policy and Immigration Options for Students,” Texas Association of Vocational Adjustment Coordinators (August and September 2012)
  • “Immigration Practice Dos and Don’ts,” J.L. Turner Legal Society (July 2012)
  • “PERM Labor Certifications: Laying the PERM Foundation,” American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference (June 2012)
  • “PERM Labor Certification Applications,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference (April 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Texas Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Immigration: Business (2014-2016)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Immigration (2014-2016)
  • Named as a “Top Lawyer in Houston,” Houstonia magazine (2014-2015)
  • Avvo Rated 10/10 “Superb”

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Houston Bar Association (2014-Present)
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
    • Board of Directors (2013-2016)
    • Volunteer (2013-2015)
  • Houston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016)
    • Board Member
    • Chair, Emerging Leaders Council
    • Vice Chairman of the Board (2016)
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association, Energy Counsel Committee (2015-2016)
  • State Bar of Texas, Immigration Section
    • Vice President, Employment-based Issues (2013-2014)
    • Vice President, Conference and Publications (2012-2013)
  • Board of Directors, J.L. Turner Legal Association (2013-2014)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Co-chair, Texas Chapter Fall Conference (2013)
    • Co-chair, Dallas Section (2012-2013)
  • Planner, Dallas Regional Chamber, Young Professionals Committee (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer, Catholic Charities (2010-2012)


  • Spanish

Dustin J. O'Quinn

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7949 |