Nicholas Costas
Nicholas CostasAttorney
Nicholas is an associate attorney with NELSON | SMITH, LLP, in Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu, Hawai’i. Nicholas represents those individuals needing assistance with Family-Based petitions and applications for Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Fiancée Visas, Naturalization, U visas for victims of crime, VAWA, and Employment options, including: EB 5, Treaty Traders and Investors, H-1B visas, Entertainers (Television and Film), Artists and Athletes, E, O and P visas. Nicholas practices removal defense and represents individuals at bond hearings. Nicholas also speaks Spanish. Nicholas is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Hawai’i.

Professional Profile

Nicholas Costas
Attorney
208 SW First Avenue Suite 360
Portland, Oregon 97204
Nicholas graduated cum laude from the University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law in 2012 and served as an editor of the school’s law review. During his three years in law school, Nicholas clerked at the Department of Justice: Executive Office for Immigration Review in Honolulu, Hawai’i, for the Honorable Judges Dayna Beamer and Clarence Wagner and also interned with NELSON | SMITH, LLP. Nicholas is a member of the Oregon and Hawai’i Bar Associations and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Nicholas spent three years as an educator in Vietnam and Taiwan and enjoys speaking Vietnamese. In his time away from immigration practice, Nicholas loves spending time with his fiancé traveling to far and distant places.
  • NELSON | SMITH, LLP, Portland, Oregon
    Associate Attorney, October 2012 – Present
  • Trecker & Fritz, Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Personal Injury Law
    Intern, June 2011- August 2012
  • Department of Justice: Executive Office for Immigration Review, Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Summer Clerk, 2011
  • NELSON | SMITH, LLP, Portland, Oregon
    Summer Intern, 2010
  • New York Language School, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
    Teacher, August 2006 – August 2007
  • Future Heir Bilingual Elementary School, Taichung, Taiwan
    Teacher, May 2005 – August 2006
  • University of Hawai’i, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawai’i
    Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 2012
  • Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
    Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 2009
  • Supreme Court of the State of Hawai’i
  • Supreme Court of the State of Oregon
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai’i
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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