Dr. Ricardo de Anda is a lifelong resident of Laredo. He was one of the first Latino graduates of Stanford Law School. He is a civil rights attorney who has been practicing for over 40 years, and he currently runs his own firm focusing on trial litigation involving commercial disputes, civil rights, asylum and other immigrant rights, and legal consultation services for private and public clients. He is a committed, lifelong fighter for underserved communities and immigrants, and he has successfully represented asylum seekers as well as confronted racist militias operating in Texas in court. He recently led the legal and political effort to stop the construction of a border wall in Webb and Zapata Counties.
Ricardo has worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Webb County Heritage Foundation, as well as served on the board of directors of the Texas Rural Legal Aid. He actively participates in state and local politics.