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Mercedes S. Cano is the sole proprietor of the Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano.  She has extensive experience in the area of immigration law, and more specifically in matters involving deportation, immigration petitions with criminal issues and criminal defense in both immigration and criminal courts.  She has represented immigrants abused by United States citizens or permanent legal residents.  Ms. Cano has successfully represented immigrants in immigration courts in and out of

New YorkState and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Her practice advising immigrant communities helped her emerge as a practical and efficient business consultant for business negotiating leases, contracts, and the purchase and sale of corporations.



Community Service: In 1999, with funds from the Initiative for Public Interest at YaleUniversity, Ms. Cano formed a not-for-profit organization that provided her with her first immigration cases. After forming a community center in JacksonHeights, Queens, New York, she created an immigration clinic that helped over 1700 immigration families. The research and handling of these immigration cases gave rise to the immigration, criminal and family practice she fervently developed after leaving the community center.


She was published by the New York City Law Review, Volume Twelve, Fall 2008 in the collaborative article titled  “Public Interest Practice Section Notes from the Field: Challenges of Indigent Criminal Defense.”



Ms. Cano received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature cum laude from Queens College and her Jurist Doctorate from CUNY School of Law.  In 2011 she became an Adjunct Professor at CUNY School of Law in a special project as a consultant to immigration and criminal defense attorney after a landmark decision (Padilla v. Kentucky) decision by U.S. Supreme Court requiring defense attorneys to advise their clients on immigration consequences. She has lectured attorneys through Continuing Legal Education lectures on immigration consequences in criminal and family courts, specifically to defense attorneys in the private bar and to Assigned counsel attorneys in the Bronx Family Court.  She has made presentations to business groups, churches, schools, hospitals and not-for- profit organizations on immigration, criminal and family issues.  She is the President of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Queens County Bar Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business, Count Me In/Make Mine a Million, National Association of Professional Women and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 70%
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
  3. Prenuptials: 5%
  4. Real Estate: 5%
  5. Family: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Raisa Cohen

    An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation.


    Raisa Cohen Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alicia Armstrong

    I was a student intern at the Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano in the summer of 2010. I was very impressed by her knowledge and style of practice, and her passion for helping the community. Located in the heart of Jackson Heights, Queens, Mercedes had a bustling office and often took client walk-ins with diverse issues. She never turned anyone away and always offered to help people in need. While working for Mercedes, I assisted in researching mandatory detention and bond, criminal immigration issues including CIMT and aggravated felonies under NY and NJ statute, and other complicated matters involving removal proceedings, inadmissibility issues, and transactional work. I also assisted Mercedes with preparing a CLE course she gave on Padilla v. Kentucky. Mercedes' commitment to helping the community through her legal expertise is impressive. Her passion for social justice is apparent in the work that does. She handles each case professionally, effectively, and with compassion.


    Alicia Armstrong Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

The Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano

100 Park Ave.,
Suite 1600
New York, NY, 10017

The Law Office of Mercedes S. Cano

40-26 82nd Street
Jackson Heights, NY, 11373



NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women's History Month AwardeeNYC Commission on Women's Issues2011
HonoreeQueensborough President and NYC City Council2011
Distinguished Public AwardCUNY School of Law2007
Awardee for Outstanding Contribution to Public Interest LawCUNY Public Interest Law Association2003
Maria Abella de Ramirez AwardQueens Hispanic Parade2002
Echoing Green FellowshipEchoing Green2000
Union Square AwardFund for the City of New York2000
Initiative for Public Interest AwardYale University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole proprietorLaw Office of Mercedes S. Cano2003 - Present
DirectorCentro Comunitario y de Asesoria Legal1999 - 2003
Legal AssistantLaw Office of Steven C. Hermann1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens CountyPresident2013 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
New York State Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
National Association of Professional WomenMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Client in deportation and assisted by previous lawyer who was practicing without license in NYClient is now a legal permanent resident.
Successful asylum grant for gay client from Colombia with deportation orderClient was granted asylum.
Undocumented crime victim (and family members) granted U non-immigrant statusDeportation terminated and client and family now are all documented.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
City University of New York School of Law at Queens CollegeLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
City University of New York, Queens CollegeEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NoticieroPregunte Sin Miedo2013
Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD)The Impact of American Immigration Reform In The Dominican Diaspora2013
Young Explorer's ProgramImmigration and Criminal Defense2012
Premier Seminario Internacional de Asistencia, Juridica y Social en el EcuadorImmigration and Criminal Law2010
Latino Lawyers Association of Queens CountyCLE on Padilla v. Kentucky2010