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Barbara V. Melendez

Barbara V. Melendez

Practice areas:

Immigration, Employment & Labor

About Me

I represent employers and employees with business and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and naturalization matters. I advise employers on compliance and employment eligibility as required under IRCA. I train personnel on  immigration compliance, including I-9, E-Verify and IMAGE.  I provide the most recent updates on immigration via a weekly radio show on Mondays at noon on 102.3 FM Utah, where I respond to questions from listeners.  Join me for my upcoming September 23rd webinar on Employer Compliance and Updates on Immigration Reform. Registration info to follow.  


Languages Spoken: Spanish, Portuguese

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Immigration: 90%
    17 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 10%
    17 years

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Nathan D. Alder

    If you have a legal matter involving immigration issues, then you want to hire Barbara Melendez to be your lawyer. She's an absolutely wonderful person and a top-notch attorney. I have referred many people to Barbara and she consistently delivers. I trust her and listen to her carefully as she is wise and has excellent logic, reasoning, good instincts and makes sound decisions. I recommend her without hesitation.


    Nathan Alder Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alan W Mortensen

    Barbara is a fantastic immigration attorney. She was co-counsel on a massive mine collapse case where several of the miners that died had immigration issues. She worked well with the various consulates and members of our Congressional staff to get these issues resolved. She also did a great job on the actual case itself.


    Alan Mortensen Aviation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Richards Brandt Miller Nelson

299 South Main Street
15th Floor
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Utah Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Utah Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2009
Utah’s 20 Most Influental Hispanic Business LeadersBusiness Connect Magazine2008
30 Women to WatchUtah Business Magazine2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney & Immigration ChairRichards Brandt Miller Nelson2014 - Present
Chair Immigration Practice GroupRichards Brandt Miller Nelson2013 - Present
PartnerKuck Immigraiton Partners2012 - 2013
ShareholderKirton & McConkie2006 - 2012
Law ProfessorBrigham Young University Law School2005 - 2009
AttorneyChristensen & Jensen, PC2004 - 2005
JudgeJustice Court Judge- Salt Lake City2004 - 2006

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Salt Lake Chamber of CommerceBoard Member2011 - Present
State of Utah, Governor's Commision on Immigration & MigrationGovernors Commision2011 - Present
Utah Bar FoundationBoard Member2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Utah chapter)Past ChairN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Education WeekOverview of Immigration Law--Family-Based and Employment-Based Immigration—Compliance and Following the Law2012
Tri State ConferenceImmigration - What's Going On?2011
Immigration ComplianceEmployer Compliance2011
AILA National ConferenceReligious Worker Visas2009