Gary J. Ilagan



700 Milam Street
Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77002-2806

O: 713.222.1470
D: 713.222.4055

Gary is a Shareholder in the Corporate section of the Houston office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. Gary is an experienced Immigration lawyer who has devoted his career to family-based and employment-based Immigration, I-9 compliance and Naturalization/US Citizenship. He provides innovative Immigration solutions to families and to companies and their employees in the oil and gas, engineering, healthcare, biomedical research, media, information technology, telecommunications, education, industrial services and manufacturing industries.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Gary served as the Principal of Ilagan & Associates for eight years. He also worked for one of the top boutique immigration firms in the country for six years. He is the first Houston-based Immigration attorney for Munsch Hardt, and he serves on the firm's Diversity Committee. 

Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian-American Bar Association of Houston, and he is also the President of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas. He speaks frequently on Immigration issues at continuing legal education as well as community and business-related seminars.

An AV-Preeminent-rated attorney by his peers, Gary is also Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Bachelor of Arts in French from Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vanderbilt University
  • Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Best Lawyers in America in Immigration Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2017

  • Chambers USA - Leaders in Their Field, Immigration (Texas), 2017

  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016

  • Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2005, 2008-2010

  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2009-2010, 2013-2015

  • Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008

  • Houstonia Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine, 2013-2015  

  • Outstanding Service as Co-Chair of the Lawyers for Literacy Committee, Houston Bar Association President’s Award


  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit


  • Limited Proficiency in Tagalog (Filipino)
  • Proficient in French

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • National Healthcare Professionals/Physicians Committee Member, AILA, 2014-2015, 2015-2016 
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association of Houston, Board Member, 2015-2016
  • Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council (MITDC) Asia & Australia
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce Texas, President, 2015-2016
  • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce