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Juan E. Milanes

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Mr. Milanes has built a solid reputation for outstanding legal work and inspirational management and mediation skills.  Throughout his twelve year career with the United States Department of Justice, during which time he held several positions ranging from Federal Prosecutor to trainer for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Office, Mr. Milanes appeared as lead counsel in several hundred cases, successfully trying several.  He spent years working in various capacities in both the Washington, D.C. metro area and San Juan districts and, in addition to having significant legal connections and being a well-respected litigator in both jurisdictions, has vast knowledge of those venues, including the judges and jurors before which he practices.  Mr. Milanes has carried over his experiences and successes as a public servant into the private sector, wherein he has applied his considerable problem solving, litigation and courtroom experience in the representation of corporations and individuals. 


In 1988, Mr. Milanes obtained his Bachelor's in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Houston, Texas.  In 1991, he graduated with distinction from the Washington College of Law at The American University, Washington, DC. 


He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.  He is also licensed to practice in various federal courts including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Courts for the District of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of Texas. 


He is admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Courts for District of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of Texas.  In addition, he is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First Circuit and Fourth Circuits.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 25%
    24 years, 300 cases
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 25%
    24 years, 200 cases
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 25%
    24 years, 300 cases
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 25%
    24 years, 200 cases



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  • Robert Douglas Moreton

    I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Milanes in both bankruptcy and federal criminal matters. I find that Mr. Milanes is a passionate advocate with a strong courtroom presence. He displays a personable nature balanced with assertive and confident advocacy and argument. I endorse Mr. Milanes in areas of criminal law and bankruptcy law.


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  • Robert Ross Weed

    Juan Milanes is one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in Northern Virginia. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. He uses is experience as a former Federal prosecutor to fight back when debt collectors try to do illegal things to his clients. A year or so ago he won an especially important case saying the forms used to speed up Florida foreclosures violated the bankruptcy law.


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Contact info

Bankruptcy Law Offices of Juan E. Milanes, PLLC

1831 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 105
Reston, VA, 20190-5220

Law Offices of Juan E. Milanes, PLLC

252 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 400
Hato Rey, PR, 00918-2017



DCActive 199305/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199109/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of RecognitionCounty of Fairfax, Virginia2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney -- Private PracticeLaw Offices of Juan E. Milanes PLLC2008 - Present
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Dept. of Justice1991 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hispanic Bar AssociationVice PresidentN/A
Hispanic Bar Association of VirginiaPast PresidentN/A
Puerto Rico Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Puerto Rico Federal BarMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)MemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of VirginiaMemberN/A
National Partnership for Careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and SecurityMemberN/A
Virginia State Bar Council of Local Bar AssociationsCouncil MemberN/A
Hispanic Bar Association of VirginiaPast PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chapter 13 -- 2nd Mortgage Strip OffCase Discharged, Plan Complete and 2nd Mortgage Wiped Out
Chapter 13 -- Five year payment plan completedChapter 13 Plan Confirmed, Paid in full three years early and case discharged.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cinco de Mayo EthicsEthics Seminar Powerpoint Presentation and Material2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of St. Thomas AquinasInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cinco de MayoEthics2012
TrainingOverseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training Office, US Dept of Justice2003