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Melissa Ann Gawelek

Immigration Attorney at Akron, OH

4.6   16 reviews

also known as The Law Offices of Melissa A Gawelek

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Melissa A. Gawelek is an experienced and compassionate immigration attorney. She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2013 with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. Focusing her curriculum on immigration law, she participated in many hands-on learning opportunities during school. One of her favorite experiences was studying international human rights in Strasbourg, France where she was inspired by visits to the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. During her second year of law school, she externed for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, where she gained a behind-the-scenes look at removal proceedings.  As a third year student, she worked as student associate for the school’s civil litigation clinic where she worked with clients in various legal matters, including a complex appeal of a detained asylum seeker’s removal order. For her volunteer work during law school she was awarded the Pro Bono and Community Service award in Gawelek truly enjoys the challenging and changing nature of immigration law. She has helped refugees and immigrants from many different nations file hundreds of applications and petitions. Among her many interests, Mrs. Gawelek is greatly interested in refugee issues and human trafficking cessation. A compassionate advocate, Attorney Gawelek has participated in relief work in many developing nations. She has additional training in Critical Incident Stress Management and Disaster Response, tools which aid her in compassionately representing clients who may have survived torture, domestic violence, or displacement. Her current and former clients have appreciated her down-to-earth approach, her warmth, and ability to connect on a human Gawelek is licensed by the Ohio Supreme Court and can practice immigration law in all fifty states. She is a proud member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, the West Shore Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She assists several local non-profits with pro or low-bono representation for needy clients, and she sits on the Board of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Gawelek lives in Parma, Ohio with her husband and two adopted pugs. She enjoys traveling, music, and adventures in the great more about why she loves what she gets to do for a living, here.

Location

The Law Offices of Melissa Gawelek
789 West Market Street
Akron, OH, 44303
The Law Offices of Melissa Gawelek
1085 Rockside Road
Suite 8
Parma, OH, 44134
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Richard | January 27, 2021
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Won an asylum case
I was referred to Melissa after my case was dropped my a previous attorney. Little did I know is that I was actually miraculously being connected to a more professional and more competent counsel. If you have an asylum application with the court; I recommend Melissa and her team. Very skillful and human.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2019
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Naturalization
Melissa helped me obtain my US citizenship flawlessly. She eased all of my anxieties about the process. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to apply for their citizenship. She was wonderful to work with and is really passionate about her job. I truly enjoyed working with her and couldn't be more excited about this new chapter of my life, all because of her help!
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Posted by AJ | December 4, 2017
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Thank you!
The immigration process can be intimidating for many but Melissa helped me through and through. Thank you!
Posted by Stacey | December 2, 2017
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An excellent immigration attorney
Attorney Gawelek did an excellent job on my citizenship application. She was professional, explained everything thoroughly and submitted my application in a timely manner. She was a calming presence on my interview day, telling me exactly what to expect and how to respond in a succinct manner. I would highly recommend attorney Gawelek for your immigration needs.
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Posted by Keota | December 2, 2017
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Melissa gawelek help me with us Citizenship.
I would highly recommend Melissa Gawelek to my friends and family. She is highly talented and a very good lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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Client
I highly recommend Lawyer Melissa for someone who's having some echou with immigration, she excellent with her work! You can see she puts her heart to it.
Posted by Kate | July 14, 2016
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Great initial meeting
My fiancé and I met with Melissa to review our visa adjustment paperwork. We both found the session incredibly helpful, leaving us both at ease by the end. Melissa is confident, professional, and we look forward to working with her during our immigration process.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2016
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Client
I filed a green card for my mom and the process was very long. I didn't have money to higher a lawyer. I went to see Melissa and she agree to work with me in installment and did a wonderful job.
Posted by Philip | April 11, 2016
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Melissa Gawelek
I saw Melissa Gawelek for two reasons -- one, in order to become a citizen, and two, to bring my wife here to live. The first was accomplished without a hitch, thanks to her meticulous attention to the details, and we're in the process of the second, which shows every indication of being successful. I wish it were a shorter process, but that's hardly her fault; and besides, without her help, it would be taking much longer. I could not be more pleased, and I would highly recommend her to anyone with immigration questions or problems. During one of my conversations with her, she expressed her enjoyment of her job, one of the reasons being, "I get to help people." This is a wonderful attitude for someone in any business, but as the nature of her work is assisting those in need of advice, answers, and practical help, one cannot ask for a better person than somebody who really enjoys providing those things. Thank you, Melissa.
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Posted by Tim | March 31, 2016
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Complex greencard replacement case
I am a clinical social worker at a large mental health agency. I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Gawelek regarding one of my client's greencard replacement. Our clients suffer from severe and persistent mental illnesses, and as such are sometimes struggle with assisting in their own case in a clear cut, timely manner. Melissa worked extremely well with my client and represented us through the entire process in a professional and compassionate manner. We would have never been able to accomplish this without her help.
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Posted by Jorge and Beth | January 11, 2015
Trusted lawyer
She was very meticulous to give us almost perfect application. And she would go out her way to help us in dealing with the project she was handling.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2014
Great lawyer
Melissa helped us with a small claims case and currently citizenship for my husband. She took care of the small claims case quickly and efficiently. We didn't need to appear in court. She is very good about educating us about the process of becoming a citizen and look forward to completing the process soon.
Posted by Kim | October 28, 2014
Fair and Informative
Melissa helped me when my former employer tried to deny my unemployment. She provided me with the necessary information and honestly assessed my case. Her pre-hearing preparation and representation during the hearing were instrumental in winning the appeal. I would recommend her services.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2015
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Caring and professional
I was able to sit down with Melissa and talk to her like a person. Im sure she also wants a positive outcome for my family but at this time we both agree its not time yet to take any action.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2014
Being sued by hospital because of my medical insurance company's error.
I was very nervous, at first, in meeting with Melissa; but by the end of our meetingI felt comfortable and hopeful. My case is still pending and I know that she is doing everything she can to help me.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2022
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Client
I’ve spent thousands hiring this attorney ..upwards of 10,000 and sadly my love and I are still not processed. They always ask for more money and still no progress in any way on my immagration case ..call the office with a question , no return call ,just ignored . They really only care about taking your money then make many excuses . Take my advice ,do NOT hire this attorney… I’m still waiting and it’s been 3 years now and 10,000
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Response from Melissa Gawelek March 20, 2023
This review does not appear to have been left by an actual client of mine. Perhaps they have confused me with someone else? I do not charge over “$10,000” for a typical family reunification case, nor do I recall any such case pending for over “three years.” Should the author be an honest client with a true complaint, they may email me at [email protected] to resolve. If not, please consider removing this negative review.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Melissa Gawelek, Attorney at Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Manager of Legal Services
  • Asian Services In Action Inc.
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Immigration Attorney
  • The International Institute of Akron
  • 2015 - 2016

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Regent University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • West Shore Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Stories From The Border
  • Immigration Law
  • 2019
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Immigration 2017 What You Need To Know
  • 2017
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Current and Recent Future Immigration Issues For The Juvenile Court Practitioner
  • 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Ohio chapter)
  • US CIS Update
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Endorse Melissa
Asylum Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa is a compassionate and intelligent attorney with substantial drive and enthusiasm to handle her clients' matters in the best manner. I have had the privilege to work alongside with Melissa and watch her passionately speak with and listen to her clients to determine the best approach for their case. Melissa fights for justice and the rights of her clients in a zealous manner."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is brilliant, incredibly hardworking, and exceptionally devoted to her clients. She possesses a wealth of knowledge about the intricacies of immigration and many other areas of the law. Melissa is a zealous advocate and would serve as a valuable asset for anyone to have in their corner and on their side."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend this attorney. Melissa is very thoughtful and knowledgeable in the area of U.S. immigration law and is dedicated to helping her clients obtain the best outcome."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Among all of her many positive attributes, of greatest importance (particularly in the field of immigration law), Attorney Gawelek is a compassionate advocate. She cares about her clients and their families immensely. Her passion for helping people through very difficult situations is directly reflected in her work ethic. She doesn't just care about getting the job done, she cares about its overall impact on the people that she represents. I highly recommend Ms. Gawelek's services. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Other
"Competent, professional, and all around a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a young lawyer with a bright future. She is dedicated not only to her clients, but to continually learning about the law. She takes the time to research issues fully and also to talk to her clients. She is a rising star whom I would not hesitate to refer immigration cases to."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Other
"I am Director of the Cleveland-Marshall Solo Practice Incubator, where Melissa is a lawyer tenant. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful lawyer. She is deeply devoted to her clients and pursues immigration and domestic law as avocations to help those in need. She is super-smart and is constantly at work honing her substantive legal prowess."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is a compassionate advocate who works hard to ensure the best possible outcome for her clients. She works on diverse matters from immigration to criminal defense to divorce. If you face a legal challenge, I encourage you to contact her."
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