Olsa Alikaj-Cano is a senior attorney and leads our litigation team at Foster LLP in our Houston office. Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyers, she works primarily on family-based immigration cases, particularly involving federal litigation as well as deportation and removal and defense.
A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center with a double major in linguistics and political science from The University of Texas at El Paso, Olsa served as a student attorney at the University of Houston Immigration Legal Aid Clinic.
Olsa has been admitted to practice before the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the State Bar of Texas, the U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is the new members division (NMD) liaison for American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National and the ICE Houston liaison for the AILA Texas Chapter, and frequently presents at their national and international conferences throughout the year. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas International Law Section where she has also been very active serving as a Judge of the International Jessup Moot Court Competition, as well as presenting on issues of Immigration and Removal for schools throughout Houston. She is a member of the Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, as well as a pro bono attorney for the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Tahirih Justice Center.
Prior to joining the firm, Olsa worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William R. Burke, of the 189th Civil District Court in Houston, Texas. She was also an intern for the U.S. Funds for UNICEF Southwest Region, of which she is an active member and volunteer to date, as well as a Mediator and Arbitrator for the Houston Better Business Bureau.
Olsa is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.
Why Did You Decide To Become An Immigration Attorney?
As someone who has gone through our immigration system, I understood early on not only the need for good immigration attorneys, but also my deep desire, strength and ability to be able to be one of the very best to help our immigrants in need. – Olsa Alikaj-Cano
- November, 2019 – Presented on “Citizenship” at the AILA TX/OK/NM Chapter Fall Conference in Negril, Jamaica.
- March, 2019 – Attended the Texas Day of Action in Austin, TX to discuss with legislators some of the bills being represented in the 86th legislative session.
- March, 2018 – Participated as a guest panelist at the University of Houston Law Center’s Human Trafficking Symposium.
- May, 2017 – Presented on “Drugs, Alcohol, and Immigration” at the Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston, TX.
- February, 2017 – Presented on “Immigration Consequences of Domestic and International Criminal Activity” at the 29th Annual International Law Institute of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Texas.
- June, 2016 – Panelist on “Fundamentals Boot Camp” panel at the AILA National Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
- April, 2016 – Participated in the AILA National Day of Action in Washington, D.C.
- AILA (April, 2019) The Government Shutdown and Its Impact on the Immigration Court
- AILA New Members Division E-News, Vol.6, Issue 6. (January, 2015), When Your Detained Client is a U.S. Citizen
- AILA New Members Division E-News, Vol. 6, Issue 4. (September, 2014), Representing Unaccompanied Children
- AILA New Members Division E-News, Vol. 6, Issue 3. (July, 2014), Seeking Termination vs. Administrative Closure, Tips on Proceedings Before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
- Texas Super Lawyer 2019
- Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2016-2018)