The Springdale Law Team

Yuchen “Jeanie” Zhang 

Founder and Managing Attorney

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x1000

Email: jeanie.z@springdalelaw.com

Attorney Jeanie Zhang was born and raised in the ancient Chinese capital city, Xi’an. Jeanie graduated from the China University of Political Science and Law (a top 3 law school in China). In 2012, Jeanie flew to the United States with two suitcases and enrolled at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she obtained her J.D. Even in law school, Jeanie knew immigration would be a major practice area for her career. 

Experience

Immigration Experience

Immigration 

After gaining hands-on experience in some global immigration law firms, she started her own firm in Austin Texas with one desk, one laptop, and one paralegal. She focused her practice on providing international workforce solutions and compliance advice to corporations and start-up businesses, as well as creative solutions to help foreign nationals, families, professionals, and business entrepreneurs live and work in the U.S. She represented companies in IT, finance, entertainment, real estate, architecture, insurance, healthcare, pre-education schools, restaurant, and auto shops. She also helped a variety of clients from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia, Eastern Europe, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Guatemala, and South America. Jeanie loves to dive into complex immigration and compliance issues and come up with creative solutions. After years of practicing in the immigration field, Jeanie finds it rewarding to help employers and individuals secure legal status and work authorization. 

As a Chinese immigrant, Jeanie herself has been on F-1 status, H1-B status, and back to F-1 status, before obtaining permanent resident status, so she empathizes and understands her client’s problems personally.  

Estate Planning Expertise

When Jeanie was a minor, her family hired an estate planner to create a living trust for her grandmother. When her grandmother passed away, unfortunately, ended in probate simply because that lawyer didn’t fund the trust appropriately. After settling down, Jeanie became interested in estate planning and asset protection and realized how important they are to families with assets, minor children, and pets. Clients came to Springdale with catastrophic asset distribution problems which unfortunately are very hard to solve without certain documents in place before trouble hits. Jeanie and her team launched an estate planning program to help clients avoid time-consuming and costly probate court proceedings. Jeanie and her team often work with busy parents, blended families, business owners, and pet lovers.

Their focus is to help families avoid collapse after the death or illness of a loved one. Their mission is to explain what will happen if certain documents are not in place before trouble strikes. They have advised hundreds of families through the estate planning process, and have ensured families and loved ones stay out of court and out of conflict. They help you prepare for life.

In her free time, she likes to make crafts, hike with her dog “durian” and play tennis. 

Credentials & Memberships

Member: 

Illinois Bar Association  

Chicago Bar Association  

Austin Asian American Bar Association

Licenses:  

Illinois Bar Association 

​Chinese (P.R.C) Bar Association

Education: 

Chicago-Kent College of Law LL.M. 

Chicago-Kent College of Law J.D.

China University of Political Science and Law LL.M. 

Katy Thompson

Associate Attorney 

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x5000

Email: katy.t@springdalelaw.com

A natural advocate, Katy was drawn to the art of arguing at a young age and turned to law as quickly as she realized she could turn her talent into a profession. Much to the relief of her parents. She received a BS in Political Science and a BA in History from Tarleton State University and an MA in Political Science with distinction from Texas State University before attending Baylor Law School. At Baylor, Katy was a brief writer for a national championship team, participated in client counseling and mock trial competitions, and attended a two-week trial intensive at St. Andrews in Scotland. At graduation, Katy was lauded as both a public interest scholar and a leadership development scholar for her efforts in volunteering at the veterans legal clinic, the immigration clinic, and adoption day. 

Katy is licensed in Texas and has honed her skills in personal injury and complex civil litigation. With a strong track record of successful outcomes, Katy has established herself as a respected advocate for her clients. Her extensive experience in advocacy and litigation has provided her with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively represent clients in a variety of legal matters in family law, estate management, and immigration law. I believe that my ability to advocate on behalf of my clients and negotiate favorable settlements would be beneficial in the practice of family law and estate planning. 

Katy is a proud member of the Texas Bar College, which recognizes attorneys who go above and beyond the legal education requirements, and enjoys legal research. When not zealously advocating for her clients, Katy can be found hiking with her vizla, traveling, working with Austin theater and education non-profits, or exploring the Austin food scene. 

Member: 

Texas Bar Association

Licenses:  

Texas Bar Association 

Education: 

Baylor Law School. J.D. 

Texas State University M.A. in Political Science with distinction

Tarleton State University B.S. in Political Science and B.A. in History 

Jody Barton

Of Counsel

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x5000

Email:

Jody Barton has been a licensed attorney for more than 20 years. He practices in both state and federal courts and has represented clients in family law, personal injury, criminal defense, and contract/business negotiations. He has also spent a significant amount of time representing low-income clients in a variety of civil rights issues including; disability law, prisoner rights, free speech, and police brutality cases. Mr. Barton’s focus is on identifying the client’s needs and using all the tools available to ensure the best possible outcome. 

Jody Barton is also very active in the community. Enjoying yoga, soccer, and a little acting on the side. 

Member: 

Texas Bar Association  

Licenses:  

Texas Bar Association 

Admitted in federal courts in the Eastern, Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas

Education: 

South Texas College of Law – Houston, TX      J.D. 

Sam Houston State University – Houston, TX  Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Case Managers

Kevin Sanchez

Client Service Director (Spanish)

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x2000

Email: kevin.s@springdalelaw.com

Case Manager Kevin Sanchez was born in an immigrant family. His mother is from Honduras and his father is from Colombia. Kevin is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English.

His parents immigrated to the U.S. decades ago so he inherited the Latino culture and can thus easily connect with Hispanic clients who face the complexity of the U.S. immigration system and bear the emotional weight of going through such a long process. He understands the fear and challenges many immigrants have been facing. It is a brave move to leave everything behind and move to the U.S. to pursue better opportunities for families. He is motivated to help them make their American dreams come true.

As a case manager at Springdale Law Group, Kevin has developed a deep interest in immigration law. He mainly focuses on family-based immigration, business immigration, VAWA, asylum, U-visa, and SIJ visas. He has helped immigrants unite in the U.S., and helped entrepreneurs to expand their businesses to the U.S.

In addition, he has contributed his time to mastering family law and elder law. He aims to devote himself to helping Hispanic families in terms of divorce disputes, child support, spousal maintenance, child custody, will, living trust, and elder law.

Education: 

B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Houston

Sixing Zha

Client Service Director (Mandarin)

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x3000

Email: xing.z@springdalelaw.com

Ms. Sixing Zha was born and raised in China. She is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English. She started her career at Changzhou Toshiba Transformer Company as purchasing manager, and was in charge of transformer parts procurement. With her experience, she learned efficiency and multitasking. In 2015, she was brave to start a new chapter and immigrated to the United States, so she understands the pressure and anxiety that each client has. She understands that each visa application is a life-changing step for each client. She understands the importance of filing legal documents with expedience and precision.

Ms. Sixing grow up in a family-owned business where she learned the importance of providing quality service and attention to detail. After settling in the United States, Sixing assisted her husband with the family business with great customer service. With a background in managing family businesses, Sixing is an organized, efficient, and reliable worker who can manage the most complex legal cases. To better serve her clients, she continuously upgrades her technical skills and has excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong sense of responsibility.

As a case manager at Springdale Law Group, Sixing aims to devote herself to helping families and business owners in terms that mainly focus on family-based immigration, employment-based visas, business immigration, and estate planning. Sixing uses her extensive knowledge and genuine concern to serve the best interest of each client to achieve optimal results. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and attending church events. 

Education:

– China Wuhan University of Technology  

– China Nanjing University of Finance and Economics 

Wenjia “Rebecca” Wu

Client Service Director (Mandarin)

Phone: (512) 575-2666 x3000

Email: rebecca.w@springdalelaw.com

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