Former Punk Rocker Becomes Immigration Attorney

July 28, 2015 4:31 am
by David Jakeman

Immigration lawyers come from many different backgrounds, but very few started out in a punk rock band. Recent law graduate Royce Nunley was a high flying punk rocker for The Suicide Machines for nearly a decade in the 1990s to the 2000s. The band was fairly successful, touring the United and Canada—and even Europe twice, and Japan four times. He’s left that world behind, recently graduating from law school and starting to practice immigration law.

Intro to Music

Nunley got his start into the punk scene when he was in high school, though his role in playing the bass was based on circumstance rather than passion. He and some friends had begun to listen and explore punk music, and they had the brilliant idea to start a band. One of his friends already owned a guitar, so that position was taken. The other friend already owned a drum set, taking care of that need. The next thing they needed was a bass player, so Nunley got his mom to buy him a bass. She consented, but later came to regret it, saying it was one of the biggest mistakes she had ever made. Nunley, however, vehemently disagrees.

When Nunley finished the tour scene and went back to school, he settled on a degree in Spanish. Building on that schooling, he went to law school. His interest in Spanish and newly acquired legal skills built the foundation for his newly opened immigration law firm. He contends that law school was actually much easier than touring. Perhaps a little more time management was needed for law school, but going on tour is constant work from the time you get up.1

Find Your Immigration Lawyer

Perhaps some might be skeptical of hiring an immigration lawyer who had previously spent a decade in the rock scene. The stereotypical punk rocker fries their brain with drugs, and then deep fries it again with loud “music” for legions of disgruntled teenagers angry with The Man. But it appears that Nunley has approached his legal career with purpose and care for helping effect change for vulnerable immigrants found in his region.

So if you’re looking for a Detroit immigration attorney, maybe you’ll end up with a punk rocker retiree on your side. Unfortunately, immigration court judges probably wouldn’t be swayed by a punk rocker taking the stage screaming their lungs out while playing a guitar, even as a last resort.

Whatever the case, you have to be impressed that someone has the energy to make it through law school after the time-consuming life on the road touring and playing throughout the world. Such worldwide travels should also provide the ability for this immigration attorney to connection with immigrants from all over, even if they don’t have an interest in punk rock.