michael mendez Michael Mendez is a partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL., where he leads the firm’s deportation defense practice in cases involving Requests for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal and Waivers of Grounds of Removability. Since Mr. Mendez worked for the Public Defender’s Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, where he obtained valuable skills with regard to criminal defense law, Mr. Mendez specifically has an abundant amount of experience concerning immigration cases involving criminal matters.  In his years of service as an Orlando Deportation Attorney Mr. Mendez has become experienced in the field of “Crimmigration” combining his experience and knowledge of criminal defense with his unique understanding of US immigration law.

Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Mendez has had the privilege to successfully litigate deportation cases throughout the state of Florida and the United States. He has notably won deportation cases before all currently presiding Immigration Judges in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Mendez believes that in life sometimes we make bad choices; however, we all deserve a second chance no matter where we come from.

Such is the case of one of Mr. Mendez’s clients who had a 20 year old drug conviction, which made him deportable. Other attorneys had told his client he did not have a winnable case; however, Mr. Mendez carefully reviewed the case and found a way to avoid his deportation.

Mr. Mendez is equally qualified to represent clients in appeals and other immigration matters such as family based petitions, fiancé visas, naturalizations, and adjustment petitions. Mr. Mendez will go to any length to try and obtain the best results for his clients, including international travel. Mr. Mendez once had a visa case he was handling where his client had been denied a visa four consecutive times in Mexico. He personally traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico and persistently advocated for his client resulting in the granting of her visa after years of failed attempts.

Mr. Mendez’s fluency in Spanish and his experience with not only the Immigration Court, but also immigration enforcement authorities such as Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and ICE Investigations Unit has resulted in the successful representation of clients while being investigated by the foregoing authorities.

Mr. Mendez was born in Queens, N.Y. of parents who migrated from the Dominican Republic. Throughout his youth he witnessed the struggles his parents made to remain in this country and achieve the American dream. Seeing his immediate and extended family go through complications with the immigration process has provided Mr. Mendez with the ability to relate to his clients on a personal level. Aside from other speaking engagements, Mr. Mendez has had the honor of serving as a panelist at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies Conference, where he educated judges throughout the state of Florida on the legal technicalities of U.S. immigration law.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration
  • Criminal Defense
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Business Litigation

EDUCATION

  • University of Central Florida (B.S., Business Administration, 2004); Florida A&M University College of Law (J.D., 2007)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Admitted to Bar 2007, Florida; Florida Supreme Court
  • UCF Legal Knights Alumni Chapter- President
  • City of Orlando Chapter 57 Board- Vice Chair

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese