Manuela has been a licensed attorney practicing exclusively immigration law since 2007. Her experience with the issues immigrants face is much more extensive and deep-rooted than this. She remembers vividly what it was like starting school at a young age and not speaking or understanding English. Her passion, honesty and integrity as an attorney and her experience as a first-generation American is what make her an advocate for her clients. She has a strong reputation for not taking advantage of her clients and instead providing them with honest, concise and straightforward information about their individual cases. Manuela is a hard-working, thoughtful and energetic individual who understands the significance of individuals’ immigration concerns and works hard to find legal solutions for her clients.
Manuela ran her own boutique immigration law firm, MDP Immigration Law, for nearly ten years. She has extensive experience with both family-based immigration and removal defense. On the family-based immigration side, Manuela focuses on family petitions, adjustment of status in the United States, consular processing abroad, affirmative asylum applications, U visas for victims of crimes, VAWA, citizenship, and deferred action for childhood arrivals. Manuela also successfully represents clients through the waiver process and has a very high approval rate for all I-601 waivers of inadmissibility and I-601A provisional unlawful presence waivers she has filed on behalf of her clients.
On the removal side, Manuela represents all individuals before immigration judges, whether detained or not. She has extensive experience helping clients apply for various forms of relief before the Immigration Court such as: cancellation of removal for both lawful permanent residents and non-permanent residents, asylum and withholding of removal, waivers in court, I-751s in proceedings, and adjustment of status. She has successfully litigated many 42A cancellation of removal for lawful permanent resident cases, where lawful permanent residents are facing removal due to various criminal issues.
Manuela will not only be your immigration attorney, but will be your counselor throughout your immigration case. She has an enormous amount of enthusiasm for the practice of immigration law and a strong desire to assist her clients fairly and effectively.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, DETROIT
Juris Doctor, 2007
DE PAUL UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO
B.A., Spanish, Latin American and Gender Studies, 2004
Activities & Affiliations
Michigan Bar Association, Member
American Immigration Lawyers Association
English, Spanish, Italian