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Melisa Pena is an attorney of Peruvian decent admitted to practice law in Florida and the Southern District of Florida. She received her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University College of Law and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. She practices in the area of Family Law, Immigration Law and Civil Litigation. 
Ms. Pena was a legal intern with the Florida International University Immigration and Human Rights Clinic where she represented low-income immigrant clients in federal immigration court. She advocated on behalf of clients with human rights violations. She assisted in several clinics including TPS, DACA, and Citizenship. and matters before international human rights bodies, U.S. federal courts, and in other contexts.
Ms. Pena was a Florida Bar Fellowship recipient. She worked as an intern at Catholic Charities Legal Services, a Pro Bono organization dedicated to providing legal aid to low income individuals with immigration issues. Since law school Ms. Pena has worked directly with detained immigrants in removal proceedings. In her free time, she regularly volunteers with non-profit and community organizations to help indigent and underrepresented immigrant adults and children.

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Immigration: 50%
  2. Family: 35%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Nadine Navarro

    Ms. Peña is an excellent attorney. She is passionate and works hard to help clients in every way she can. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Nadine Navarro Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Contact info

Jarbath Pena Law Group

717 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Suite. 212
Coral Gables, FL, 33134

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing201201/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
FellowshipFlorida Bar2010
Scholarship Fund RecipientHispanic Scholarship Fund2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJarbath Pena Law Group, P.A.2013 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionCLE committee member2015 - 2016
Hispanic Affairs Advisory BoardBoard Member2015 - Present
Florida Bar Family Law Section, Membership CommiteeCommittee Member2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Haitian Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaTreasurer2008 - 2009
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida International University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Florida International UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionImmigration CLE2015
MDCP Legal Initiative at St. Thomas Law SchoolImmigration Law2014
Ethical Governance and Civic InvolvementEthical Governance and Civic Involvement2014
2014 Summer Institute on Basic Immigration Law (Pembroke Pines)Immigration Law2014
Community Legal WorkshopDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals2012