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Manuel Portela Jr.

also known as THE PORTELA LAW FIRM, P.C., Manuel Portela, Esq.

About me

Manuel Portela, Jr., Esq. is an alumnus of Fordham University and American University Law School. He is admitted to the New York Bar, New Jersey Bar, and U.S. District Court (First and Second Departments). After graduating from law school, Mr. Portela commenced his legal career working as an Assistant District Attorney at the King's County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, New York. During his tenure as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Portela received extensive training and instruction in the Criminal Court Bureau, Early Case Assessment Bureau, Grand Jury Bureau, Felony Investigations Bureau, and Supreme Court Bureau. He tried numerous Felony and Misdemeanor trials, and resolved thousands of cases through effective plea negotiations.

After working many years as an Assistant District Attorney and in private practice, Manuel Portela established the law firm of Portela & Associates expanding his area of practice to include: Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Contested and Uncontested Divorces, Commercial Organization and Disputes, Real Estate, and Administrative Law (including Vehicle and Traffic Regulations, Alcohol and Beverage Control, Department of Consumer Affairs, Fire Regulations, Building Regulations, Environment Regulations, and Taxi and Limousine Commission Regulations).

Mr. Portela started the Law Firm of Portela & Associates with the aim of fighting hard to protect the interests of his clients while at the same time providing professional, courteous, and efficient legal counsel and representation.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    24 years
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Immigration: 20%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Phillip Mahony

    I endorse this lawyer. As a former police officer, I can say with certainty that Manuel Portela's knowledge of criminal law and his ability to achieve successful results in that field is exemplary. I recommend him without hesitation.


    Phillip Mahony Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Charles Claudio Simpkins

    I endorse this lawyer. Manuel is an exceptionally committed attorney with ample experience, ability, and compassion for his clients. He is a true community lawyer and I have seen him handle complex cases and difficult situations with consummate professionalism.


    Charles Simpkins Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Portela Law Firm, P.C.

177 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY, 10033


NYCurrently registered 199303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AUIDUIA' 10 Best Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
2014-10 Best- Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Kings County District Attorney Service Appreciation AwardThe Kings County District Attorney's Office1995
Senior Editor: American University International Law JournalThe American University, Washington College of Law1987
Ben Harter's Chief Executive Officer Business AwardFordham University1986
Outstanding Young Men AwardOutstanding Young Men, USA1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerThe Portela Law Firm, P.C.2001 - Present
Founding PartnerThe Law Office Of Portela & Santamarina1995 - 2001
Court Appointed AttorneyAssigned Counsel Program1995 - 2016
Supreme Court Trial Attorney, Assistant District AttorneyThe Kings County District Attorney's Office1994 - 1995
Investigations Bureau, Assistant District AttorneyKings County District Attorney's Office1993 - 1994
Grand Jury Bureau, Assistant District AttorneyKings County District Attorney's Office1992 - 1993
Complaint Room, Assistant District AttorneyKings County District Attorney's Office1991 - 1992
Criminal Court Assistant District AttorneyKings County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1991
Legal InternKings County District Attorney's Office1989 - 1989
Summer AssociateGleason & Flynn, PC1987 - 1987
Domestic Bank ExaminerThe Federal Reserve Bank Of New York1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Angelic Grau v. City of New York, New York City Police Department and Hector ArizaDismissal of Criminal Case & Settlement $200,000
Luis Rosas v. Calvin Jerome BrownSettlement of policy limit, 25k
Fatal Accident at Tortilleria Chinantla-Tortilla FactorySettlements with OSHA, Attorney General, Worker's Compensation, Department of Labor
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Publication nameTitleDate
PRLOGCargos por Delitos Graves en Contra del Dueño de Tortilla Factory Reducidos a un Delito Menor2014
Release, PR Department, New York, September 10, 2013Portela Law Firm P.C. Ejerce Práctica Legal Integral.2012
New York TimesTortilla Factory Owner Arrested Over Business Practices2012
Daily NewsTortilla factory owner Erasmo Ponce arrested after probe by AG Schneiderman2012
La Informacion.mxChinantla. Noticias, vídeos y fotos de Chinantla en lainformacion.mx2012
New York Law JournalLegal Representation of Corporations in Criminal Cases2003
New York State Trucking Association Monthly NewsletterLength, Width, and Weight Dimension Requirements for Trucks Traveling Into The City2003
New York Law JournalExcessive Force2002
New York Verdict ReporterUse of Excessive Force During Arrest after Traffic Infraction2001
El Diario NewspaperIndemnizan a Hispana Victima de Abuso Policial2001
El Diario NewspaperPolicia De Rikers se Declara Culpable, Pero es Liberado1997
El Diario NewspaperVictoria Contra la Brutalidad Policial1997
New York Law Journal53 Prosecutors are Appointed Assistants in Brooklyn Office1990
Washington College of Law Inernational Law JournalSenior Editor1990
Washington College of Law International Law JournalJunior Editor1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Fordham UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Telemundo National News BroadcastFBI vs. Apple2015
Citibank Law ForumCriminal Defense and Immigration2013
Chanel 41 Spanish Nightly NewsMotorcyclists arrests involving Road Rage in NYC2013
Legal Analysis of the George Zimmerman trialMagazine International2012
Intrevista del abogado Manuel PortelaEl Abogado Manuel Portela Nos habla de los requisitos legales para abrir un negocio2012
Intrevista del Abogado del casoEl Caso de Tortilleria Chinantla2012
Como evitar ser deportado por el ICEDeportaciones2012
Chanel 47 News NetworkTortilleria Chinantla-Tortilla Factory Criminal and Administrative charges2012
American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio DivisionGeorge Zimmerman and the Trayvon Martin Criminal Case2012
American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio DivisionMagazine International2012
Live TelevisionImmigration-Questions and Answers2009
ContactoCriminal Law - Question and Answers2009
Cable NetworkWeekly Television Legal Segment2009
Cable NetworkWeekly Televison Legal Segment-2009
USA and European Legal SystemA roundtable discussion addressing a comoparative analyses of the Euripean and American Legal System2003
Channel Eleven News, Special ReportA report on obscure laws under New York's Administrative Code and how they affect the daily lives of New Yorkers2003
Court TV InterviewTrial Techniques2001
Channel 11 News NetworkIssue of whether gun manufacturers should be sued for the unlawful acts of owners of firearems2001
Univision NewsUnjustified Arrest and Civil Rights1996
Television appearanceConsultando con tu abogado "Manuel Portela"N/A