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Manuel Portela Jr.

Federal crime Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   28 reviews

About Manuel

Learn Manuel’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    50%

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    The Portela Law Firm, P.C. defends individuals in all types of State and Federal criminal cases, including, but not limited to: Tax Evasion, Theft of Services, Sale to Minors, Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a Suspended License, Domestic Violence, Assault, Drug related arrests, Shoplifting, Weapon Possession, Summons related offenses, and general non compliance with The New York State Criminal Code and the rules and regulations of other New York State administrative agencies.

    30 years

  3. Family
    10%

  4. Immigration
    10%

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.

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Licensed for 29 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1993
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The Portela Law Firm, P.C.
177 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY, 10033

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Manuel is the best LAWYER ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Manuel portela is the best lawyer, who could see me recommended. We are very grateful with the results of manuel and with the firm the portela law firm and his assistant bruny. Thank you very much, Manuel, you are the best. I recommend 100 percent to the lawyer Manuel, he will always get the best for his clients.
Posted by Phyllis | September 5, 2019
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vindicated finally
I am so pleased with the Portela Law Firm. I am vindicated of unjust allegations. My entire familia is grateful for the legal services of the Portela Las Firm.
Posted by Leonardo Espinal | July 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
EL Señor Portela trabajo mi caso Excelente.
El abogado Portela trabajo mi caso en la corte Excelente. El puso todo bien. Yo recomendé al.abogado Portela a mis compañeros y el Señor Portela tambien resolvió bien los casos. LO RECOMIENDO!
Posted by Eladio | June 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Estoy Feliz Con Mi Divorcio
Estoy feliz y muy agredecido de los servicios del Doctor Portela. Con un trabajo muy bueno y eficiente. Yo lo recomendio Eladio Marmolejos. Cuando quiera un buen servicio el Doctor Portela.
Posted by Facundo | May 22, 2019
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Lawyer
It was 22 years that i did not show up in court and was scared to show up. When a friend recommended me lawyer Manuel Portera. He took my case and told me that he would help me. Last monday i went to court and he fought for me taking away the order of arrest and cleaning my record. I recommend everyone who has a problem in any situation with the police this lawyer. Thank god and this lawyer for helping me.
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Posted by Ana | December 12, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
I hired Manuel Portela to represent me in a case. I was very satisfied how he handled my case which he won. I recommend Mr. Portela.
Posted by Mabel | July 9, 2018
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Thanks Mr. Portela!!! Best attorney ever!
I am pleased with your firm's services , and everything has been answered in a timely manner. I appreciate having your firm handle my case. They have put my mind at ease . I would absolutely recommend The Portela Law Firm to family and friends. Thanks a lot Mr. Portela. Mabel Villalba New York-NY
Posted by Luis B. | June 26, 2018
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Great Lawyer i'm very satisfied with the service
Spectacular law firm being first time dealing with an accusation ( being false) and as serious as the situation was mr Portela didn't break a sweat i was in and out of my situation before i knew it and i can rest at ease , i felt welcomed and also felt dedication when handling my case , ver satisfied and content i can't thank mr Portela and his firm for putting me and this situation at ease ! i would definitely recommend
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Posted by Yamilka Hernández | March 29, 2018
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Excellent!
I contracted the Portela Law Firm for a landlord Tenant case. The management wanted me to pay 13,000 for a wrong accusation that was not true. After just One cónsult i dos not have to pay this amount and i recieved my léase. The staff was excellent! I am very sastisfied with the Job.
Posted by Paula | January 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
In response to the person based in Yonkers, NY who posted anonymously with the header “NO STARS IF I COULD.” I am based in Yonkers, NY and hired Mr. Portela who is currently representing my son in law in Yonker’s court. My son in law’s court hearing was scheduled for January 4th 2017. I am aware and have confirmed with Mr. Portela that my son in law’s case is the ONLY case that he is working on out of Yonkers court at the present time. Most of his current cases are based out of NYC courts. Mr. Portela has ALWAYS appeared to the court hearings. He is a reputable, extremely professional, exceptionally knowledgeable and very attentive attorney. On JANUARY 4, 2018 Governor Cuomo Declared a State of Emergency Across New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. Due to the snowstorm. Yonkers ended up getting 10 inches of snow. Thereby, the January 4th hearing was rescheduled by the court. It is astonishing to me that someone would actually take the time to ANONYMOUSLY write such a false, disparaging and hateful review. I can attest firsthand, that the review is completely false. My only conclusion is that either the review was intended for another attorney. Due to the fact that I am the ONLY person who hired Mr. Portela out of Yonkers, NY or it may have been erroneously written in Mr. Portela’s page.
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Posted by Daisy | October 20, 2016
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Excellent Service
When I contacted The Portela Law Firm, P.C. I was in a very difficult situation. The attorneys and non-lawyer staff promptly assisted me. They understood my needs and addressed them with professionalism. I was treated with respect and was always updated in all the stages of my case. I am very grateful beyond words to this firm and its staff. I highly recommend the services of The Portela Law Firm to all my friends and family and anybody who is in need of an experience lawyer.
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Posted by James | May 19, 2016
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My Case
Mr. Portela at The Portela Law Firm was responsible for the best possible outcome for my summons case. Truly, I am amazed by how easily Mr. Portela was able ensure me the best possible outcome. He navigated me through the process and I was always involved from the start to the end. He is intelligent, motivated, dedicated, and understanding. Don't hesitate to contact The Portela Law Firm for guidance.
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Posted by Alex | October 31, 2015
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MR
From my personal experience MR. portela and The Portela Law Firm had a very polite and professional manner who gave a great consultation and advice regarding personal inquiring . MR. portela took proper action regard my inquiries . I recommend 100% , .. .....
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
Thanks!!
I have never ever written a review on any thing before but my lawyer Manuel Portela did an excellent job on my case, I just had to share with very one. Mr Portela was very professional in and out the court room. He was always on time and straights to the point he tells you what's going on and is always positive even when things looked very bad. I was wrongfully accused of a crime I didn't do and was in jail for a week already with a 50 thousand dollar bail before my family reached out to Mr Portela. He immediately began working on my release a week later my bail was lifted and I was released. When we returned to court my case was dismissed I was so happy and relieved I wouldn't ever want no one to be in my shoes but if you happen to find your self in a sticky situation like mine Mr Portela is who you want working your case thanks Mr Portela your client JQ
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Posted by Cynthia Hernandez | August 7, 2014
BestLaw Firm
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the outstanding work you and your staff did for my son, Dario Matos. Words cannot give my appreciation justice. You in combination with your staff, down to and including Bruni, were superbly efficient, professional and compassionate. Mr. Asaf's dedication and hard work was unremarkable. He was focused, driven and sensitive to our needs at all times. Bruni's patience, warmness and empathy gave me and my family the security and confidence that we were lacking in a time of much need. Your insight, perseverance and guidance towards Dario's case was truly remarkable. It goes without saying that I will always refer to your firm if the need ever arises. Once again my heartfelt thanks. CH
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Posted by francisco | March 19, 2014
Best Attorney
I had a Criminal case with Mr. Portela and this attorney save my life cleaning and drop off the charges and gave me only a disorder conduct now i am not affray about Imm. Consequence
Posted by Liza | March 9, 2014
Exelent
The Attorney Manuel Portela resolved my criminal court case. My Assault charges was dismissed right after he placed me in front of the judge. He was very straight forward with the D.A. I truely recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Vicentinia | March 9, 2014
Very Trustworthy
I'm a business owner because Mr Portela has helped me tremendously by keeping the door of my business open . He saved my lease and prevented me from being evicted. I can deeply recommend this lawyer to the business owner of the community.
Posted by Michael | September 11, 2012
best Lawyer in New York
Manuel Portela is highly competent, he took our case and won when other lawyers would not; his staff Especially Betsy is a pleasure to work with always keeping us about the situation. I recommend Manuel Porela without any hesitation Michael Bayan PcMac Express
Posted by Y Lung | September 10, 2012
Experienced & Knowledgeable
We are extremely pleased with Mr. Portela and his team of attorneys. They are highly responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable. We hired Mr. Portela based on his 20 years of experience. He has pretty much seen and handled all types of cases. Before accepting my case, I asked how confident he was in regards to a forfeiture case. He said that he was "very confident". Mr. Portela did not disappoint. He worked meticulously on the case and produced very favorable results. It could not have gone better.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal of The Portela Law Firm, PC
  • The Portela Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • The Law Office Of Portela & Santamarina
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Court Appointed Attorney
  • Assigned Counsel Program
  • 1995 - 2016
  • Supreme Court Trial Attorney, Assistant District Attorney
  • The Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Investigations Bureau, Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Grand Jury Bureau, Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Complaint Room, Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Criminal Court Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Legal Intern
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Summer Associate
  • Gleason & Flynn, PC
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Domestic Bank Examiner
  • The Federal Reserve Bank Of New York
  • 1986 - 1987
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Fordham University, College of Business
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • IMMIGRATION: ICE REMOVAL ENFORCEMENT, BUSTS AT THE STEPS OF THE COURTHOUSE
  • DISMISSAL
  • IMMIGRATION: ICE REMOVAL ENFORCEMENT, BUSTS AT THE STEPS OF THE COURTHOUSE
  • DISMISSAL
  • THE PORTELA LAW FIRM, P.C. DISMISSES CLIENT’S CLASS A-1 FELONY CHARGE
  • DISMISSAL OF A-1 FELONY
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Associations

  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Expert Network
  • 2017
  • AUIDUIA' 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 2014-10 Best- Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Kings County District Attorney Service Appreciation Award
  • The Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 1995
  • Senior Editor: American University International Law Journal
  • The American University, Washington College of Law
  • 1987
  • Ben Harter's Chief Executive Officer Business Award
  • Fordham University
  • 1986
  • Outstanding Young Men Award
  • Outstanding Young Men, USA
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Release, PR Department, New York, September 10, 2013
  • Portela Law Firm P.C. Ejerce Práctica Legal Integral.
  • 2012
  • New York Law Journal
  • Legal Representation of Corporations in Criminal Cases
  • 2003
  • New York State Trucking Association Monthly Newsletter
  • Length, Width, and Weight Dimension Requirements for Trucks Traveling Into The City
  • 2003
  • New York Law Journal
  • Excessive Force
  • 2002
  • New York Verdict Reporter
  • Use of Excessive Force During Arrest after Traffic Infraction
  • 2001
  • El Diario Newspaper
  • Indemnizan a Hispana Victima de Abuso Policial
  • 2001
  • El Diario Newspaper
  • Policia De Rikers se Declara Culpable, Pero es Liberado
  • 1997
  • El Diario Newspaper
  • Victoria Contra la Brutalidad Policial
  • 1997
  • New York Law Journal
  • 53 Prosecutors are Appointed Assistants in Brooklyn Office
  • 1990
  • Washington College of Law Inernational Law Journal
  • Senior Editor
  • 1990
  • Washington College of Law International Law Journal
  • Junior Editor
  • 1989
  • New York Law Journal
  • Legal Representation of Corporations in Criminal Cases
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Telemundo National News Broadcast
  • FBI vs. Apple
  • 2015
  • Chanel 41 Spanish Nightly News
  • Motorcyclists arrests involving Road Rage in NYC
  • 2013
  • Citibank Law Forum
  • Criminal Defense and Immigration
  • 2013
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Motion Picture, Television, Cable and Radio Division
  • Magazine International
  • 2012
  • Cable Network
  • Weekly Televison Legal Segment-
  • 2009
  • Cable Network
  • Weekly Television Legal Segment
  • 2009
  • Live Television
  • Immigration-Questions and Answers
  • 2009
  • Channel Eleven News, Special Report
  • A report on obscure laws under New York's Administrative Code and how they affect the daily lives of New Yorkers
  • 2003
  • USA and European Legal System
  • A roundtable discussion addressing a comoparative analyses of the Euripean and American Legal System
  • 2003
  • Channel 11 News Network
  • Issue of whether gun manufacturers should be sued for the unlawful acts of owners of firearems
  • 2001
  • Court TV Interview
  • Trial Techniques
  • 2001
  • Univision News
  • Unjustified Arrest and Civil Rights
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (31)
Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Portela Jr. is a top-notch immigration attorney. A zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Litigation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Other
"A very knowledge and competent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Portela is a colleague who I've just recently become associated with. I am privileged to be working with him on personal injury matters and recommend and endorse him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Experience, Knowledge and Conviction are a few words to describe Manuel. A seasoned lawyer in a variety of fields with a great team of attorneys and paralegals makes Manuel and The Portela Law Firm, P.C. a great choice for several different legal issues."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Portela is a colleague whose office is in the same building as my own. We have also been adversaries as he occasionally practices divorce law. He is reasonable in his approach to a case and is easy to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Portela in th District Attorneys Office. Mr. Portela is not only knowledgeable, he is very caring and gives each client individualized attention, something that is truly rare. He has worked to build a successful practice based on his high eithical standards, his devotion and his incredible ability. i woudl recommend Mr. Portela to any one of my clients and highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"A zealous advocate and former prosecutor - Manuel Portela is an excellent attorney. The firm's focus on client satisfaction is second to none, as evidenced by the "repeat and referral" business brought in by the firm. I highly recommend Manuel Portela and The Portela Law Firm, P.C."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Portela brings over 20 years of experience to the table. His honest consultations provide a realistic picture of what the client's options are and the best way to move forward. Whether you would like to get an appraisal of your case or know you are ready to take action, Mr. Portela and the Portela Law Firm is well worth the call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Portela is a knowledgeable attorney with 20+ years experience in the areas of administrative, immigration, personal injury, and criminal defense law. Mr. Portela is a genuine attorney who has the strategy and the will power to achieve the best result for your case."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"As a senior associate for the Portela Law Firm I can personally relate the high degree of professionalism that this firm demonstrates on behalf of all of its clients. Customer service and aggressive advocacy are number one priorities for the firm."
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