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Michael Mendez, is a partner at the immigration law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL., where he leads the firm’s deportation defense practice in cases involving Requests for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Cancellation of Removal and Waivers of Grounds of Removability.  Since Mr. Mendez worked for the Public Defender’s Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, where he obtained valuable skills with regard to criminal defense law, Mr. Mendez specifically has an abundant amount of experience concerning immigration cases involving criminal matters.  Throughout his years of practice, Mr. Mendez has had the privilege to successfully litigate deportation cases throughout the state of Florida and the United States.  He has notably won deportation cases before all currently presiding Immigration Judges in Orlando, Florida.  Mr. Mendez believes that in life sometimes we make bad choices; however, we all deserve a second chance no matter where we come from.  Such is the case of one of Mr. Mendez’s clients who had a 20 year old drug conviction, which made him deportable.  Other attorneys had told his client he did not have a winnable case; however, Mr. Mendez carefully reviewed the case and found a way to avoid his deportation.

Mr. Mendez is equally qualified to represent clients in appeals and other immigration matters such as family based petitionsfiancé visasnaturalizations, and adjustment petitions.  Mr. Mendez will go to any length to try and obtain the best results for his clients, including international travel.  Mr. Mendez once had a visa case he was handling where his client had been denied a visa four consecutive times in Mexico.  He personally traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico and persistently advocated for his client resulting in the granting of her visa after years of failed attempts.

Mr. Mendez’s fluency in Spanish and his experience with not only the Immigration Court, but also immigration enforcement authorities such as Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and ICE Investigations Unit has resulted in the successful representation of clients while being investigated by the foregoing authorities.

Mr. Mendez was born in Queens, N.Y. of parents who migrated from the Dominican Republic.  Throughout his youth he witnessed the struggles his parents made to remain in this country and achieve the American dream.  Seeing his immediate and extended family go through complications with the immigration process has provided Mr. Mendez with the ability to relate to his clients on a personal level.  Aside from other speaking engagements, Mr. Mendez had the honor of serving as a panelist at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies Conference, where he educated judges throughout the state of Florida on the legal technicalities of U.S. immigration law.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Portuguese

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    9 years
  2. Family: 5%
    8 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    9 years



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  • Francisco Fraerly Symphorien-Saavedra

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an exceptional advocates for his clients. He is passionate and dedicated to their cause. I would trust him blindly with immigration matters involving my close family members or anyone important to me.


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  • Laura Audra Moffett

    Michael is very good at what he does. I have referred clients to him and I would not do that if I did not have absolute confidence that Michael will treat that client with respect and get the job done. He cares about his clients and is knowledgeable. I fully endorse Michael Mendez


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Contact info


301 E. Pine Street
Suite 300
Orlando, FL, 32801


1200 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL, 33131



FLMember in Good Standing200706/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCOLOMBO & HURD, PL2007 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Robert Wesley2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida BarMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
City of Orlando Chapter 57 BoardChairman2010 - 2014
UCF Legal KnightsPresident2010 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida A&M University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Central FloridaMarketingBS - Bachelor of Science2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Local NewsU Visa Options2016
Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies ConferenceImmigration2013
Florida A&M Immigration DebateCurrent Immigration Laws2012
Deferred Action for DREAM Act Eligible YouthImmigration2012
2012 UCF Graduation CommencementAlumni Commencement Speaker2012
Cara a Cara con William DiazCurrent Hot Immigration Topics2011
Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS)Immigration2010