Edgar Saldivar is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas. He defends the civil rights and civil liberties of ACLU clients in high impact litigation in state and federal courts. His practice is focused on immigrants' rights, voting rights and government accountability.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Edgar was a trial lawyer in private practice, managing a diverse docket of complex, multi-party lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Texas. Edgar also advised clientele from Spain and France on doing business in Texas and served as the keynote speaker at a business symposium in Galicia, Spain. In 2012, he was recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 for his work in stimulating international business. After an accomplished career in the private sector, Edgar pursued “the good fight” to seek justice and equality for the most vulnerable in society.
In his first year, Edgar helped the ACLU of Texas secure significant victories for civil rights, including two record-breaking settlements against the federal government that resulted in changes to immigration enforcement policies at the border. Edgar also led the team of volunteer lawyers at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport in the broad effort to prevent constitutional violations of protesters and travelers affected by the president’s Muslim ban. Recently, Edgar was part of the legal team that secured the release of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old child with cerebral palsy, from federal custody and helped reunite her with her family.
A native of Pasadena, Texas and son of Mexican immigrants (his mother was a migrant farm worker and father worked in a slaughterhouse), Edgar is ever mindful of his origins and the challenges faced by immigrant and minority communities. His work is driven by a deep passion to serve the poor and marginalized. In 2017, Edgar was the only Texas attorney and sole representative of the NGO sector honored by the Hispanic National Bar Association with its prestigious Top Lawyers Under 40 Award. This gave him the rare distinction of being honored with Under 40 awards for his separate contributions to the business sector and the public interest sector.
Edgar graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in philosophy. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and subsequently completed post-graduate courses in existential psychology and French at Rice University.