Ms. Montano obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center (cum laude, 2001). While there, she worked as a Student Attorney for the Law Center's Immigration Law Clinic. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While an undergrad, she studied a semester abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. She is licensed in the State of Texas and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has also been admitted to practice before the U.S Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Ms. Montano was named Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in Immigration Law in the March 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2006 editions of the Texas Monthly magazine. Additionally, she has made numerous media appearances including: "Immigration Lawyer savors Supreme Court win," Houston Chronicle local edition, Week of February 16-22, 2012, regarding the successful U.S. Supreme Court case, Umer v. Holder; Telemundo Broadcast on Immigration Fraud, August 22, 2011; Telemundo Broadcast on Possibility of Colombian Nationals Obtaining Temporary Protected Status, March 21, 2011; Univision Broadcast on Who Can Qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Jan. 13, 2011; and Univision Broadcast on the Likelihood and Limits of a Presidential Executive Order in Lieu of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Additionally, she has been a Guest Lecturer at the South Texas College of Law, Federal Litigation and Immigration Class, and at the University of Houston Law Center, Family Immigration Class. She has been a co-panelist on a national webinar on "Advanced Ability to Pay" in Petition for Immigrant Worker hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and at a session regarding employment-based immigration at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law's 2006 Immigration Law Conference. Angelique has been a co-presenter for several U.S. State Department's delegations of individuals representing countries throughout the world regarding the representation of victims of severe forms of trafficking and in training volunteer attorneys.
Angelique is fluent in Spanish.