Cara Wilkins

Cara Wilkins

Houston, Texas

Cara Wilkins is a former Assistant Chief Counsel & Legal Advisor U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration & Customs Enforcement (legacy INS). She represented the U.S. government in immigration law and employment law matters for 10 years before opening her private law office.  During her tenure at DHS ICE, Cara Wilkins represented the U.S. before immigration courts for deportation and removal proceedings, bond proceedings and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. She also served as agency counsel on numerous worksite enforcement/I-9 cases enforcing employer compliance with I-9 reporting. Ms. Wilkin provided legal advice to all DHS ICE  and INS departments including deportation, citizenship and naturalization, asylum, adjustment of status.

Ms. Wilkins  also served as an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) training immigration agents and officers and ICE management officials on immigration laws.

While at DHS ICE (legacy INS), Ms. Wilkins also developed an expertise with federal government employment law issues. She was the agency attorney who counseled and represented DHS ICE management officials and department chiefs in employment law issues and personnel actions involving suspensions and removals and discrimination complaints and lawsuits. She represented the agency before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, and Federal Courts.
Ms. Wilkins brings her vast knowledge of immigration law and employment law to her private practice representing individuals and companies.
Ms. Wilkins earned her law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1990. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Southbend, Indiana in 1987. She is conversational in both French and Spanish.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Discrimination
  • Adoption
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Texas


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Juris Doctor - May, 1990
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. - May, 1987
    • Major: Government and International Studies/French
  • Universite Catholique de l'Ouest - Foreign Studies Program, France


  • Spanish
  • French
  • English