Who We Are
We believe that practicing immigration law is much more than a job – it’s a calling. Our team of attorneys—Andrea, Megan, and Zach—bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and tenacity to each case. They speak fluent Spanish and are backed by a team of experienced and dedicated bilingual legal assistants and administrative staff. Together, we are Martinez Immigration Law.
ANDREA C. MARTINEZ
Andrea’s work covers most aspects of immigration law, from family-based visas and naturalization to immigration court removal defense and humanitarian visas. Prior to entering private practice, Andrea Martinez served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.
Andrea also worked for nine months in Guatemala assisting in the prosecution of child sex offenders with non-profit organization International Justice Mission. During law school, Andrea served as a summer law clerk to six immigration judges at the Arlington Immigration Court. She is fluent in Spanish.
- J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2007
- B.A., Cross-Cultural Services, John Brown University, Magna Cum Laude, 2004
- A.S., Broadcasting, John Brown University, 2004
Awards and Distinctions
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Missouri-Kansas (MO-KAN) Executive Committee
- 2020-2021: Immediate Past Chair
- 2019-2020: Chapter Chair
- 2018-2019: Chair-Elect
- 2017-2018: Vice Chair
- 2016-2017: Secretary
“When I was a junior in college at John Brown University, a group of human rights lawyers from the International Justice Mission presented at my college about the injustice in the world and how we can fight injustice through the legal system. After that presentation, I went back to my dorm room and felt a deep calling to become a lawyer to advocate for and defend people who didn’t have a voice. I went to law school after graduating from college with the sole purpose of becoming a “human rights lawyer.” The only problem was, I didn’t know precisely what the term “human rights lawyer” actually meant.
I went to Guatemala to work with IJM for nine months but quickly learned that I couldn’t live in Guatemala forever and use my U.S. law degree. I returned to the U.S. and began a federal judicial clerkship in Washington, DC. I worked as a federal law clerk and pondered how I could be a human rights lawyer in the U.S. I was also in the process of marrying my Honduran husband and filing a petition with the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security for his green card. I learned through filing my husband’s permanent residence petition that the U.S. immigration laws are incredibly complex. I enjoyed helping my husband gain legal status in the U.S. and came to realize how important that service is to immigrants in the U.S.
I love being around people from other countries (and using my Spanish language skills when I can), so serving immigrants felt like an excellent fit for me. I became passionate about helping immigrants navigate the U.S.’s immigration laws and quickly realized that IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS! I feel called to be an immigration lawyer and feel so grateful that God led me to this career. It is an honor to be able to serve and empower immigrants every day as an immigration lawyer.”
MEGAN B. GALICIA
Megan (pronounced “Meegan”) joined Martinez Immigration Law in 2017, focusing her practice on family and humanitarian petitions and removal (deportation) defense. Megan is a former teacher who lived and taught in Texas and Mexico before returning to her hometown of Kansas City to fulfill her dream of becoming an immigration lawyer. Megan graduated with honors from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law in 2016 and is a former editor of the UMKC Law Review.
While in law school, she served as a judicial intern at the Kansas City Immigration Court. Megan is fluent in Spanish and is a frequent volunteer with the pro bono legal project at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Megan helped launch a Kansas City organization that trains lawyers to provide free legal representation to detained immigrants in immigration court bond proceedings. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. (AILA).
- J.D., University of Missouri–Kansas City, Magna Cum Laude, 2016
- B.S., Mathematics/Philosophy/Spanish, Rockhurst University, 2000
Awards and Distinctions
- 2021 Super Lawyers® Missouri & Kansas Rising Star
- 2019 Recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Presidential Commendation
“My dream of practicing immigration law took root during a semester I spent volunteering with migrant farmworkers in rural Missouri. I was just back from a Spanish immersion program in Xalapa, Mexico, and eager to practice my new language skills. Suddenly, the ability to speak Spanish opened a new world to me, but one that I didn’t have to travel to experience. This community of farmworkers, many of whom were immigrants, opened their lives and homes to me. Speaking their language allowed me to witness and share their struggles, joys, heartaches, and triumphs. Even today, nearly 25 years later, I treasure what they shared with me and who they helped me become.
Comic Trevor Noah, who grew up in South Africa speaking multiple languages, said, “when you make an effort to speak someone else’s language . . . you are saying to them, ‘I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being.’” Understanding my clients’ stories and discussing their goals and concerns in their language is fundamental to my role as an attorney. I hope that clients leave my office carrying less of a burden than when they came in. Especially in the problematic immigration climate of the last four years, we don’t always have good news. Still, we do have this: the promise to treat each person with dignity, to give honest and reliable advice, and to work creatively to find the best way forward in each and every case.”
ZACHARY P. BEALER
Zach is the most recent addition to Martinez Immigration Law and centers his practice around family-based and humanitarian visas in addition to representing clients in immigration court. Before attending law school, Zach served as a medical interpreter in Guatemala and as an AmeriCorps member in Lawrence, Kansas. Zach graduated with honors from Washburn University School of Law where he was also the recipient of the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice as a student intern in the Family Justice and Immigration Clinic. He is a former Notes Editor for the Washburn Law Journal.
While in law school, Zach held various positions as a Small Group Leader, a Research Assistant, and a Teaching Assistant for his Legal Analysis, Reading, and Writing Professor. He was also selected as a Student Fellow for the Equal Justice Works Rural Summer Legal Corps.
- J.D., Washburn University School of Law, Dean’s Honors, 2021
- B.A., Anthropology, University of Kansas, with Distinction, 2008
“I was first exposed to the hardships immigrants face while on an alternative winter break trip to Immokalee, Florida. There, migrant farmworkers work tirelessly picking tomatoes that are later sold to fast-food chains and supermarkets. It was at that moment I made it my goal to do something to prevent the exploitation of those often left without a voice in the United States.
To be an effective advocate for these people I knew I needed to become fluent in their language, so I spent a total of three years living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where I formed deep relationships and gained a more profound understanding of the culture. Having the fortune to spend time alongside people fleeing their country and witnessing first-hand the reasons why further solidified my decision to pursue a career as an immigration attorney. It was with this knowledge and passion that I returned to the United States and began my law school career.
Being an immigration attorney at Martinez Immigration Law allows me to do what I love best – interact with immigrants, listen to their stories, and fight for the rights of those who often face an uphill battle. I feel honored to be able to do so alongside others who share the same passion.”