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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 80%
    11 years
  2. Business: 10%
    9 years
  3. Entertainment: 10%
    7 years



Hourly ($175-225/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Anthony Michael Kuehn

    Ms. Bortel has been an invaluable source of information in a very complex area of law. Many of my clients require advice regarding the immigration consequences of their case, and Ms. Bortel has always been available to provide in-depth and thoughtful analysis of their case. I would recommend her to anyone who has questions relating to immigration or naturalization.


    Anthony Kuehn Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

The Bortel Firm, LLC

The Medical Arts Building
825 Nicollet Mall, Suite 811
Minneapolis, MN, 55402


MNAuthorized to practice200607/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FLASUniversity of California - Berkeley2003
Herma Hill Kay FellowshipBoalt Hall Women's Association2002
Upper Midwest Human RIghts FellowshipUniversity of Minnesota Human Rights Center2002
Young Leadership FellowshipIREX/U.S. State Department2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Women's Program Staff AttorneyThe Advocates for Human Rights2007 - 2009
ConsultantAngela Bortel (Consulting)2006 - 2007
Associate AttorneyKerosky and Associates2004 - 2006
Legal InternBay Area Legal Aid2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
AILA MN-Dakotas LGBT Sub CommitteeChair2010 - Present
Minnesota Lavender Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
The Advocates for Human RightsVolunteer Attorney2009 - Present
Immigrant Law Center of MinnesotaVolunteer attorney2009 - Present
MiramedBoard Member2009 - 2011
Hennepin County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2012
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2012
Lawyers Committee for Civil RightsVolunteer Attorney and Mentor2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Immigration ProjectMember2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Krotova v. GonzalesNinth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded.
Karamurzin v. GonzalesNinth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded.
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Publication nameTitleDate
HearsayHuman Trafficking in Minnesota: The Problem and Responses2009
Stopvaw Expert's CornerTechnology and Violence against Women2009
Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of MinnesotaThe Advocates for Human Rights2008
Professionals for CooperationEnding Trafficking in Women: A VICTIM-CENTERED APPROACH TO LEGISLATION2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Kalamazoo CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Moscow State UniversityLaw and Public AdministrationFellowshipN/A
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Advocates for Human Rights 2013 Asylum ConferenceLGBT Asylum2013
Same-Sex Marriage: A General Overview of Changes with Implications for PractitionersImmigration for Same-Sex Couples2013
DOMA No MoreSame-Sex Immigration issues after the end of Defense of Marriage Act2013
2013 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law ConferenceDOMA2013
Practice Pointers Surrounding the Transition of Immigrant Clients between Criminal and Immigration CustodyICE Detainers2012
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Annual ConferenceImmigration and LGBT individuals and families2012
Human Trafficking RoundtableHuman Trafficking2012
Challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in the Immigration ContextImmigration Issues for Same-Sex Couples2012
AILA Upper Midwest ConferenceStarting your own law firm2012
Surviving Beneficiaries: How to keep your petition alive after death under 204(l) and Humanitarian ReinstatementHumanitarian Reinstatement2011
Sex, Gender, and Human Rights: LGBT Issues from Anoka to UgandaLGBT Immigration Issues2011
LGBT Immigration IssuesLGBT Immigration Issues2011
Domestic Violence Advocates TrainingDomestic Violence against Immigrant Women2011
2011 Upper Midwest ConferenceTo Be (Prepared) or Not To Be (Coached): The Ethics of Readying Your Client for an Interview2011
Midwest Regional ConferenceHuman trafficking2010
Law & the Modern American FamilyImmigration and Alternative Families2010
HIV Care Provider Immigration TrainingLGBT Immigration Issues2010
Elimination of the HIV BanElimination of the HIV ban2010
Building Healthy Communities Serving Immigrant and Refugee Survivors of Domestic ViolenceAsylum Law2010
AILA National ConferenceHuman Trafficking2010
2010 Upper Midwest Immigration ConferenceEliminating bias against LGBT in practice of immigration law2010
Women on WednesdayHuman Trafficking2009
Labor Trafficking in MinnesotaOverview of Federal and State Laws on Labor Trafficking2009
Labor Trafficking in MinnesotaImmigration relief, Public benefits and crime victim rights for Trafficking Victims.2009
International Women's DaySex Trafficking in Minnesota: Past, Present and Future2009
Human Trafficking TrainingHuman trafficking crime and responses2009
Human Rights Law and Policy ConferenceWomen and Human Rights2008
AILA MN-Dakotas Regional ConferenceVAWA, T and U Visa Update2008
National Network to End Violence Agaist Immigrant Women Biannual conferenceObstacles battered immigrant and refugee women face when seeking help.2007
LGBT and HIV-Based Asylum ClaimsLGBT and HIV-Based Asylum Claims2007