Mr. Salazar was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. as an infant. Mr. Salazar was raised in the San Joaquin Valley by parents whose primary employment was seasonal farm work. Not only was Mr. Salazar the first in his family to attend and graduate from a University, but he was also the first to obtain a post-graduate degree.
Mr. Salazar has extensive experience in immigration cases including immigrant and non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, naturalization and removal (deportation) defense. He has also handled complex personal injury litigation matters in Federal District Court, California State Court, and other states throughout the United States.
Mr. Salazar is currently a member of the Mexican Consulate’s PALE Program (a program under the Foreign Ministry of Mexico to provide legal advice to Mexican nationals residing in the U.S.) and a former Consulting Attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Fresno, CA. From 2009 to 2011, he served as an advisor to the Institute of Mexicans Living Abroad (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior [IME]) (a decentralized agency of the Foreign Ministry of Mexico).
Mr. Salazar is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the United States Federal District Court of California for the Eastern District and in all locations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) across the United States.
In 2010, Mr. Salazar was awarded the Attorney of the Year by Central California Legal Services. He is a member of various organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The American Bar Association and the Fresno County Bar Association.
“In 2013 and 2014, Northern California Super Lawyers recognized Mr. Salazar as a “Rising Star”, a title limited to “less than 5% of attorneys named to this year’s Northern California Super Lawyers list”. Mr. Salazar has been the guest speaker for attorneys as part of their continuing education on the interplay between criminal law and immigration. Mr. Salazar is frequently called to speak at various Migrant Education Programs throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Know Your Rights events hosted by the Mexican Consulate of Fresno and various non-profit organizations. He has also been featured as a speaker at the University of Guanajuato – School of Law, Politics and Government in Guanajuato, Mexico, regarding his position as consulting attorney for the Mexican Consulate. Mr. Salazar is frequently asked to provide advice on immigration law and policy to elected officials at various levels of government.”