Daniel M. Kowalski


Centennial, CO



A native of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Kowalski has been practicing immigration law exclusively since 1985. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Bender's Immigration Bulletin, published by LexisNexis, the Online Editor of the LexisNexis Immigration Law Community (ILC)., Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition, www.bibdaily.com, and the Editor of Immigration Law & Procedure: Desk Edition (LexisNexis). In 2010 Mr. Kowalski was named a "Senior Fellow" at the Institute for Justice Journalism. He is a member of IMMLAW, the National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms, www.immlaw.com.

Areas Of Practice

  • Immigration Law

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1985
  • Texas, 2010
  • Washington, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1992


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D.
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Major: Spanish

Published Works

  • "Sentencing Options for the Deportable Non-Citizen", 8 Fed. Sent. R. 286 (1996)
  • "Defending the Non-Citizen" (with co-author Daniel C. Horne, associate, Law Offices of Daniel M. Kowalski), Colorado Lawyer, September 1995, Vol. 24, No. 9, p. 2177
  • "Lessons from Turri: Building and Pursuing "Suspension of Deportation", Trial Talk, October 1993, Vol. 42, Issue 9
  • "Motions to Reopen: Discretion, Deference, and Dissent", Immigration Journal, October-December, 1988, Vol. XI, No. 4
  • "Lawful Permanent Residence and Citizenship for the Adopted Foreign Child" (co-author), Colorado Lawyer, December 1988, Vol. 15, No. 12, p. 2207
  • “A Crime of Violence: Malum in Magallanes,” The Federal Lawyer, January 1999
  • “Things to Do While Waiting for the Revolution,” 21:3 Georgetown J. Legal Ethics 37, Winter 2008
  • Co-author: Immigration Enforcement: I-9 Compliance Handbook, Publisher: Matthew Bender, ISBN: 9781422471487, 2009
  • Numerous editorials in Bender's Immigration Bulletin, 1996-present

Representative Cases

  • Matter of Sanchez, 21 I&N Dec. 444 (BIA 1996)(limited INS's use of in absentia exclusion hearings)(AILA amicus brief co-author)
  • Sibanda v. District Director, 881 F. Supp. 1494 (D. Colo. 1995)(reversed INS district director's denial of voluntary departure)
  • Dulane v. INS, 46 F. 3d 988 (10th Cir. 1995)(reversed BIA denial of suspension of deportation)
  • Turri v. INS, 997 F. 2d 1306 (10th Cir. 1993)(reversed BIA denial of suspension of deportation)
  • Marczak v. Greene, 971 F. 2d 510 (10th Cir. 1992)(set standards for judicial review of detention decisions by INS)
  • Lanza v. Ashcroft, 389 F.3d 917 (9th Cir. 2004)(“streamlining”)
  • Alarcon-Chavez v. Gonzales, 403 F.3d 343 (5th Cir. 2005)(due process)


  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder; Fall 1994 Semester; Immigration Law
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Law, University of Washington at Seattle; Fall 1997 & 1999 Quarters; Immigration Law
  • Panelist, 44th Anniversary Symposium, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, June 1990; "Criminal Grounds of Deportation and Exclusion"
  • Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association Midyear Seminar,Advanced Family-Based Immigration Law &Practice, Cancun, Mexico, January 25, 1991: "Marriage and Divorce, Immigration Style"
  • Panelist, March 23, 1991, Denver, CO, "The Immigration Act of 1990:A Skills Seminar", National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter
  • Presenter, April 16, 1991, University of Denver, College of Law, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Employment Law in the 90's: An In-depth Update, "Immigration Law and Employment Law: A Shotgun Wedding"
  • Panelist, 46th Anniversary Symposium, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 1992; "Marriage Fraud: Problems and Procedures"
  • Panelist, 1994 AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, June 1994; "Basic Waivers -Grounds of Deportability"
  • Panelist, 1994 AILA Annual Conference, Atlanta, June 1995; "Deportation & Exclusion Roundtable"
  • Program Chair and Presenter, September 1995, "Defending the Non-Citizen," Denver; Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc.
  • Moderator, 1996 AILA Annual Conference, Phoenix, June 1996; "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions"
  • Planning Committee Chairman, University of Texas School of Law 26th Annual Conference on Immigration & Nationality Law, San Antonio, September 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Denver Bar Association Special President's Award, 1988
  • 1993 Denver Bar Association "Barrister's Ball" Pro Bono Award Co-Recipient
  • 1993 American Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award Co-Recipient
  • 1998 Attorney of the Year Award, Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Seattle
  • 1998 Community Service Award, AILA Washington Chapter
  • 2003 Border Justice Fellow, USC Annenberg School of Communication; 2006 Border Justice Faculty
  • 2010 Senior Fellow, Institute for Justice Journalism

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Colorado Chapter Chair, 1990-91, 1985 to Present
  • Denver Bar Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Washington Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Law Institute, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Board of Governors, 1994-1996
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Secretary, Wa. AILA Chap., 1999
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Treasurer, Wa. AILA Chap., 1998-99

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Ann Allott, P. C.; Littleton, CO; June 1985 to February 1988, Associate
  • Reina & Bates; December 2008 to Mar. 12, 2010, Contract Attorney
  • Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland; November 1996 to August 2001, Of Counsel
  • Tindall & Foster, P.C.; August 2001 to October 2002, Of Counsel
  • The Fowler Law Firm, Austin, Texas, Attorney, 2010 to 2016
  • Allott Immigration Law Firm, Centennial, Colorado, Owner & Managing Attorney, 2016 to 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • American Bar Foundation, Member
  • American Gateways (formerly Political Asylum Project of Austin – PAPA), Board Member, 2004 to 2010
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Board Member, 2014 to 2016


  • Spanish
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