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Melisa Pena

Immigration Attorney at Coral Gables, FL

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2012
    Status
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About Melisa

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QUALITY LEGAL SERVICE - YOU CAN TRUST. WE CAN HELP WITH ALL YOUR IMMIGRATION NEEDS.

Melisa Pena is an attorney of Peruvian decent admitted to practice law in Florida and the Southern District of Florida. She received her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University College of Law and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. She practices in the area of Family Law, Immigration Law and Civil Litigation. 
Ms. Pena was a legal intern with the Florida International University Immigration and Human Rights Clinic where she represented low-income immigrant clients in federal immigration court. She advocated on behalf of clients with human rights violations. She assisted in several clinics including TPS, DACA, and Citizenship. and matters before international human rights bodies, U.S. federal courts, and in other contexts.
Ms. Pena was a Florida Bar Fellowship recipient. She worked as an intern at Catholic Charities Legal Services, a Pro Bono organization dedicated to providing legal aid to low income individuals with immigration issues. Since law school Ms. Pena has worked directly with detained immigrants in removal proceedings. In her free time, she regularly volunteers with non-profit and community organizations to help indigent and underrepresented immigrant adults and children.

Awards

Top Contributor 2020,2014
Top Contributor
2020 2014
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

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Location

Jarbath Pena Law Group
717 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Suite. 318
Coral Gables, FL, 33134

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Victor | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Melisa and her team are amazing. Cannot describe in words what a hardworking, dedicated and understanding team she has. They feel like family and the goals I want to accomplish with my case became their goal. Recommend them 100%. Melisa’s knowledge in immigration has helped me understand my case so much better and the best part is how human and empathetic she is. She does not stop working until they get the results they want. I am so happy I chose Jarbath Pena Lawgroup to represent me and my husband through this long and hard immigration process, having them join us in this journey has made everythig much more easy.
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Posted by Hady | August 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney & very knowledgeable
Melisa is truly a great attorney. She has a wealth of knowledge in immigration rules. She also gave us a lot of time and answered our many questions. We were successful in getting our visas approved thanks to her. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Misael | June 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Melisa is a great lawyer. She took time of her day to answer a couple of questions I had and she answer them right away. I had recently messaged a hand full of lawyers and she was the only one to respond. If you’re looking for a great immigration lawyer she’s the best for you.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing attorney
I consulted Melisa a couples of times and I have always been pleased by her services . She is very knowledgeable , understanding, trustful and kind. Melisa is great as a lawyer but also as a person . I definitely recommend her . Thanks again Melisa !
Posted by Katia | June 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and professional attorney
Melissa Pena is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Everyone at her practice has been very helpful with my husbands immigration case. They always respond within hours of contacting them, always keeping us up to date with any news related to the case. She helped us send an impecable application to USCIS and get my husbands residency in order as soon as possible. I have zero complaint about this attorney or anyone working at Jarbath Pena.
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Posted by Ingrid | March 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Melisa did help me with immigration process. She was extremely helpful with every step, question and issue what I had. I would definitely recommend her any time and to everyone.
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Pena for the past year and half for which has provided me with the best service imaginable. During my difficult process, she gave me clear and direct answers to all of my questions and was extremely informative through every step. Her passion, dedication, and honesty is what makes her a true gem in and out of the legal field. I recommend Melisa's service to anyone and everyone and will always keep her in mind should another legal situation arise.
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Posted by Armando Aluicio | February 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Altamente recomendada!
La Doctora Melisa Peña no es solo una excelente abogada pero más importante aún un excelente y cálido ser humano. Compasiva, profesional, inteligente, apasionada, dedicada, precisa, leal y honesta son solo algunas de las palabras que la describen. Eternamente agradecidos!
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
FANTASTIC PERSON , very pratic , excellente
Melissa is a great person and very helpful I liked her work with my case. I suggest everyone to call her office for anything you need
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
I hired Melisa 2 years ago to help me with my immigration process and I've been extremely satisfied! She's really prepared, caring and most important, honest! I recommended Melisa to a friend and she was also very satisfied! She's the best choice!
Posted by Diego | January 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Three simple words to start this review for Ms. Pena would be, professional, loyal and most important honesty. Ms. Pena truly demonstrated to us how important it is to pick the correct attorney for the case. Every step of the way Ms. Pena explained the process and not once she was incorrect, she was always on point and also very informative to ensure that we as the family could also have a peace of mind as it was a very difficult time. Her dedication and devotion ensured the freedom of our family member, but not only that it also reunited a family once again. We are very pleased to know that she accepted our case and worked with us every step of the way. It is with great pleasure to provide my highest recommendation for Ms. Pena and wish her much more success in her future endeavors. Sincerely, Diego F. C. Staff Sergeant/ USMC 2001-2010
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Posted by Jose | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Our Guardian Angels !!!!!!
Melisa and Fritznie are the best lawyers in the wolrd! They were never caught off guard. Their preparation for court, was top notch. When we started the process we had no earthly idea what to do, but that's when these two angels took us under their wings and resolved our case in truly remarkable time.
Posted by Cesar | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Trustworthy Attorney
During my 22 year career in law enforcement and 6 years as a security consultant, I've had countless opportunities to meet and deal with civil and criminal attorneys from around the country and the world. Throughout the years, I kept a short list of attorneys that I would either hire or recommend to friends or clients. This year, I met and employed the services of Melisa Peña. Melisa proved to be knowledgable, aggressive, reliable, honest and reputable. Her fees were reasonable, her service and work product were impecable. Melisa kept me informed of the progress of the case daily. Her knowledge of civil and immigration law is impressive. When she walks into a courtroom, she owns the courtroom and I guarantee that, with her by your side, you will not be intimidated by the other party's attorney or the system itself. I am pleased to add Melisa to my list of trusted attorneys.
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Posted by David | October 24, 2014
Very helpful
Melisa and Fritznie are partners at JP LAW. Although I dealt with Fritznie mostly, Melisa helped out as well since her partner gave birth. She was very helpful and was easy to maintain contact with. I definitely recommend this Law Group to anyone needing family lawyers. They also do Civil Litigation and Immigration. TWO THUMBS UP!
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Posted by A.I.B | August 15, 2014
Best lawyers
“Best Lawyers" “This is the best immigration law firm in my opinion. If you want the best lawyers working on your case, this is the place. Jarbath Pena Law Group provided professional advice on my adjustment of status. These ladies are very knowledgeable and experienced in the field. From the first consultation they were able to explain the process and anticipated what would happen in my case. Which allowed us to prepared. Their expertise gave my wife and I the confidence to hire them after our first consultation. Fritznie & Melisa guided us through the process every step of the way and I was able to become a permanent resident in less than 5 months. I did not think that was possible, we are so happy with their professional but warm service and outstanding outcome. Thank you Jarbath Pena Law Group my Wife and I will forever be grateful to you guys.
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Posted by Maggie | July 31, 2014
Confident and Knowledgeable
Ms. Pena assisted me with the completion of my citizenship application. She knew the process well and guided me through every step. I believe it was her prompt attention to my case which brought about quick and positive results. About three months after submitting my application, I received my interview letter in the mail, and the process moved quickly thereafter. She has also assisted my family members with Residency renewals. I would highly recommend Melisa Pena.
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Posted by Carlos | July 29, 2014
Confidence at first sight
I just had my first meeting with her regarding my immigration issue and want to share with you that I am positively impressed. As a young professional, she displays a lot of self-confidence and knowledge in this matter.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2014
Best attorney in Miami!
Ms. Pena, is an amazing attorney! I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an attonrey that will fight for your rights and what is fair. I was pleased with the results of my case. Ms. Pena is one of the few attorneys I have met that truly cares about her cases and is passionate about what she does. One of the best attorney in Miami!
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Posted by Daniel | June 3, 2014
My lawyer :)
Hiring Melissa was just not getting a lawyer, but meeting a wonderful person. To me, she acted like a friend who is also a lawyer. Her work environment is so friendly and home like. She handles her business very well , stays on top of everything, and she makes sure business is being served. Am glad my wife and I met such a great lawyer.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Jarbath Pena Law Group, P.A.
  • 2013 - Present

Education

  • Florida International University, College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Florida International University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • New Leaders Council of Miami
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section, Membership Commitee
  • Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Haitian Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • CLE committee member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Fellowship
  • Florida Bar
  • 2010
  • Scholarship Fund Recipient
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • 2004
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Immigration CLE
  • 2015
  • MDCP Legal Initiative at St. Thomas Law School
  • Immigration Law
  • 2014
  • Ethical Governance and Civic Involvement
  • Ethical Governance and Civic Involvement
  • 2014
  • 2014 Summer Institute on Basic Immigration Law (Pembroke Pines)
  • Immigration Law
  • 2014
  • Community Legal Workshop
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (35)
Endorse Melisa
Immigration Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melisa Pena is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients as well as her level of experience. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Pena is a rockstar when it comes to immigration law. If you’re visiting her page and trying to decide whether to hire, look no further! Her passion and understanding of immigration law is bar none! She’s who I go to for all the answers I need and who I refer immigration cases on South Florida."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melisa Pena cares about her clients. She is thoughtful and compassionate and looks for creative solutions to your immigration problems."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melisa is an excellent immigration attorney and a zealous advocate for her clients. I recommend that you call her if you have any questions about any facet of immigration law."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melisa is not just a great advocate and attorney, she is also a stellar person who cares about her community. She is intelligent, hardworking, dedicated and knowledgeable. I fully endorse her."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Outstanding reputation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melisa is passionate and dedicated. She is a zealous advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melisa is knowledgeable, professional and passionate. She is committed to ensuring that her clients get the best results for their case. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Peña is an excellent attorney. She is passionate and works hard to help clients in every way she can. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being an advocate for clients."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Melisa Pena is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is an attorney that acts as if her clients legal matters were her own. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"A zealous advocate and litigator, Ms. Pena seamlessly fights for her clients rights in the immigration courtroom everyday. She is extremely knowledgeable in this area of law since she has been practicing immigration law through internships on law school and for several prestigious non-profit organizations throughout the greater Miami area. I highly recommend her for any of your immigration needs!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melisa has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2020
Top Contributor

Melisa earned significant contribution points in 2020.

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Coral Gables Immigration Lawyer Melisa Pena
Melisa Pena
Immigration Attorney
Coral Gables, FL
Licensed for 11 years