About Us

Dick A. Zonneveld

Mr. Zonneveld is the firm’s owner and founder. He practices exclusively in the field of immigration law, because that is where his passion and experience meet. His work focuses mainly on family-based immigration, deportation defense, naturalization and asylum. He enjoys helping clients with unusual or particularly challenging problems, such as immigrants who have been victims of domestic abuse or other crimes.

As an immigration practitioner, Mr. Zonneveld has testified before the Minnesota House of Representatives and is often asked to give presentations to attorneys, immigrants, civic groups, and others interested in immigration law. He is an active member of the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), currently serving as Chapter Secretary for the organization's 200+ members in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Mr. Zonneveld has extensive experience living and working overseas and helping diverse immigrant and refugee communities in the United States. His prior work experience took him to Senegal, West Africa, with the U.S. Peace Corps; Brussels, Belgium, with the European Parliament; and the Czech Republic as an English teacher. In the United States, he previously worked for Catholic Charities, helping resettle refugees from all corners of the globe. He has also taught English and writing skills to university and junior college students in this country.  He speaks French and Wolof (a national language of Senegal).

Mr. Zonneveld received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Minnesota Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with high honors, from Cornell College. Son of European immigrants and married to a Chinese-Malaysian wife, immigration is a family matter for Mr. Zonneveld.

 

EDUCATION:

Juris Doctor.  University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Cum laude).

Bachelor of Arts (History).  Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Magna cum laude).

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

Minnesota Supreme Court

U.S. District Court (District of Minnesota)

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Chapter Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter (2009-10)
  • Immigration Court Liaison, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter (2008-09)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • Member, National Immigration Project (NIP) of the National Lawyer’s Guild
  • Mentor and Volunteer Attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights (formerly Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights)

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

 “Practice in the Immigration Court,” Discussion Leader and Panelist, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Bloomington, Minnesota (April 30, 2009).

T, U & VAWA:  New Regulations and Adjustment of Status,” Panelist, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Bloomington, Minnesota (April 30, 2009).

Immigration Law and Your Practice:  A Collision Course – Immigration Basics for Non-Immigration Lawyers,” Co-Presenter, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (January 30, 2009).

 “Immigration Law & Crimes,” Panelist, Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, Eagan, Minnesota (May 2, 2008).

Diversity Visa Lottery:  How to Ensure Your Client Can Turn a Lottery Win Into Permanent Residence,” Discussion Leader, National Web/Audio Seminar, American Immigration Lawyers Association (March 6, 2008).

Immigration Legal Issues in Helping Human Trafficking Victims,” Panelist, Human Trafficking in Minnesota Conference, St. Paul, MN (September 28, 2007).

Testimony:  “Trafficking in Minnesota,” Minnesota House of Representatives, Public Safety Finance Division Committee, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 6, 2007).