Press Release

Munsch Hardt Recognized as 2017 Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Texas

Feb 20, 2017

Munsch Hardt is pleased to announce it was recently named the 2017 “Immigration Law Firm of the Year – Texas” by Corporate INTL magazine. The award merits leading advisers from around the world and commemorates firms for providing excellent service and expertise to their clients throughout the year.

Firms are selected by an independent research team at Corporate INTL that identifies candidates based on service range, business type, geographical location, and the types of services provided. Winners are then selected by an independent awards panel. 

Munsch Hardt’s Immigration team encompasses more than 40 years of experience in corporate and family immigration services. The practice regularly manages a number of challenging immigration matters and identifies and implements innovative, cutting edge solutions for its clients. Resent representations include international personnel transfers for major companies, both non-immigrant and permanent immigration proceedings for key employees, multi-tier immigration planning for uniquely qualified specialists, and immigration filings for an international company’s most senior executive and key personnel. The team also assists U.S. companies with temporary work permits and visas for foreign jurisdictions, including Canada, Latin America, and European countries. 

Key members of the team include the following attorneys:


  • Irina Plumlee: With a strong focus on the the health care, education, technology, energy, construction, and transportation industries, Irina’s practice encompasses both business and family immigration, including international executive and managerial personnel transfers, investment-based (EB-5) immigration proceedings, U.S. work visas for professional workers, and employment and family-based permanent immigration proceedings, as well as on employers' I-9 compliance, and fairness in employment practices. Irina is currently ranked by Chambers USA at “Band 3,” and she has been ranked as a “Leader in Their Field” since 2009.
  • Elvia Munoz: Elvia’s practice focuses on business and family immigration, mainly executive and managerial personnel transfers, H-1B  visas for professional workers, and employment and family based permanent immigration proceedings, and employers’ I-9 compliance.


  • Gary Ilagan: With more 20 years of experience, Gary has devoted his practice to employment-based and family-based Immigration, I-9 compliance and Naturalization/US Citizenship. He provides innovative Immigration solutions to families and to companies and their employees in the healthcare, oil and gas, engineering, biomedical research, media, information technology, telecommunications, education, industrial services, manufacturing and other industries. An AV-Preeminent-rated attorney by his peers, Gary is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) and as a Texas Super Lawyer (2012-2016).
  • Nathaniel Martinez: Nathaniel’s practice emphasizes employment- and family-based immigration, I-9 compliance and naturalization/U.S. citizenship. With more than 10 years of experience in immigration legal needs through various roles, Nathaniel seeks to bring value to his clients by providing innovative solutions. 

The Munsch Hardt team publishes a complimentary, monthly newsletter, entitled “Immigration Update”. This newsletter is designed to inform readers about the latest developments in immigration law. To learn more, please visit