Rex B. Wingerter has been an attorney almost 30 years, focusing on immigration law, criminal defense, and family law. He accepted his first immigration case in 1986 and has litigated many hundreds of cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Department of Homeland Security. His practice emphasized immigration litigation and defense of removal, including waivers of inadmissibility, cancellation of removal, and political asylum and Convention Against Torture relief, as well as non-immigrant student and business visas, family and business based adjustment of status applications family, and naturalization. Prior to receiving his law degree, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado where he taught “Middle East Politics and the International System.” Rex was an adjunct professor at The Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, D.C. where he taught “Refugee and Asylum Law.” He is a former chair for the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Rex has lectured and written extensively on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He spoke on this topic before judicial conferences, public defender offices and the private, criminal defense bars in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and seminars at the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He testified as an expert in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions in courts in Maryland and Connecticut. He wrote “Consequences of Criminal Convictions” for the Maryland Bar Journal and Mr. Wingerter’s in-depth writings for Immigration Briefings, published by West Law, include “Challenges to Removal Based on Criminal Convictions: Post-Conviction Relief and Immigration Proceedings” and “Defenses to Removal Based on Criminal Convictions: INA Waivers.”
His criminal defense practice includes traffic, misdemeanors, and felonies. He has an extensive experience in seeking to vacate convictions or modify sentences for his clients through either the post-conviction statue or common law corum nobis petitions.
His domestic relations practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, and domestic violence and protective orders. He often consults with family attorneys on immigration-related issues and his article Immigration Basics and Family Law appeared in the Prince George’s County Bar Association Newsletter.
Boston University, Boston, MA
University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies, Denver, CO
Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Education & Court Admissions
Rex graduated from Antioch School of Law and received his M.A. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and his B.A. from Boston University. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Leadership , Membership & Honors
Rex was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to work at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. where he advocated for international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights.
As an independent scholar and free-lance writer, Rex toured and resided in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. His scholarly research papers on the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and the U.S.-China arms race for spaced based weapons has appeared in Asian Perspectives, SAIS Review (School for Advanced International Studied, Johns Hopkins University), Middle East Policy, and the Bulletin of Concerned Asia Scholars. His articles and book reviews on law and U.S. domestic policy and foreign policy have appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus, In These Times, The Progressive, Baltimore Sun, Jordan Times, Middle East International, Middle East Journal, Journal of Palestine Studies, and Middle East Report. Rex is the editor of Middle East Book Review.