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Radlyn Christine Mendoza

About me

As an immigration attorney, I have seen true despair in my clients' faces, and to be able to fix that and make the pain and worry go away with a positive outcome is an unbelievable feeling.  Only my three children can top that feeling!


I am the daughter of Filipino immigrants, and I grew up alongside my parents working in our ethnic grocery store, 12 hours a day, when I wasn't in school. It's no wonder I'm an immigration attorney today.  All of our grocery store customers were immigrants, and I witnessed first-hand their struggles. All I ever wanted to do since I was 8-years old was to be a lawyer to help my parents and to help the people around me.  I didn't know then that meant one day being an immigration lawyer, but I am so fortunate to be in one of the most rewarding areas of the legal profession.  


I started my law firm with my husband, John Gardner, over 15 years ago, and when you become a client, you also become part of our family at Gardner & Mendoza. 


We look forward to meeting you and serving you.


-Radlyn Mendoza


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Tagalog

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    17 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Joy Alegria Haynes

    I have known and worked with Radlyn for years. She is knowledgeable, reliable, creative and dogged in her pursuit of a positive outcome for her client. She cares on a personal and professional level, setting her apart from her peers.


    Joy Haynes Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jamilah Danyel Le Cruise

    I endorse Ms. Mendoza. She was gracious enough to speak at several CLEs held on behalf of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Immigrant Outreach Committee when I chaired it. I refer all immigration clients to her because I know they will be in excellent hands.


    Jamilah Le Cruise Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Gardner & Mendoza, PC

909 First Colonial Rd.
Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA, 23454


VAAuthorized to practice law199803/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite Immigration LawVirginia Business MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGardner & Mendoza, P.C.2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Speaker coordinator2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington, DC chapter)Norfolk USCIS Brown Bag co-chair2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Norfolk United States & Immigration Services Liaison co-chair2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A1999 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)USCIS Liaison2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNorfolk USCIS Liaison2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Same-sex marriage Green Card (Adjustment of Status)Lawful Permanent Resident status granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hampton Roads Mix MagazineImmigrants, The New AmericansN/A
American Immigration Lawyers Association Immigration HandbookLove & Marriage: Marriage-Based ImmigrationN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Old Dominion Bar Association 75th Anniversary ConferenceImmigration Reform Issues2015
BB&T Multicultural EventDeferred Action (DACA/DAPA)2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association Bangkok Chapter Annual ConferenceDEALING WITH THE PENALTIES: EXPECTING AND WAIVING INADMISSIBILITY DETERMINATIONS2015
Unit Meeting, League of Women VotersImmigration Reform2014
Old Dominion University Hispanic Heritage Month KeynoteHispanic Heritage Month Colloquium: Hispanos/Latinos en Hampton Roads2014
Hispanics In Hampton Roads Open ForumImpact of Immigration on Hispanics in Hampton Roads2014
Williamsburg Economic Development Authority Business Roundtable LuncheonEB5 OverviewN/A
Virginia Beach Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationImmigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsN/A
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationImmigration LawN/A
National Public Radio Hearsay Program with Cathy LewisImmigrationN/A
National Public Radio Cathy Lewis ShowImmigrationN/A
Local speaker prior to Jeb Busch simulcast interview in NYImmigration Reform - Impact on Hampton RoadsN/A
Liberty Tax Professional Webinar SeriesThe Fundaments of Immigration and TaxationN/A
League of Women Voters, Annual MeetingImmigration In AmericaN/A
Immigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsImmigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsN/A
American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NevadaMarriage-based "Green Card"N/A