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Brenda Montes

Immigration Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   29 reviews

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Ms. Montes represents clients in numerous areas of immigration law including deportation defense, immigration bond hearings, detention cases, consular processing, adjustment of status via family petitions, naturalization, and other immigration relief including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Humanitarian Requests and U-Visas. Ms. Montes specializes in complex cases where criminal law and immigration law intersect, offering expert legal advice and representation for her clients.

    9 years, 100 cases

Ms. Montes is a passionate and dedicated attorney, representing clients in numerous areas of immigration law, including deportation and removal defense in Immigration Court, immigration bond hearings, representation for ICE detainees, ISAP visits, consular processing, family petitions, naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Humanitarian Requests, VAWA, T- and U-Visas, and several other forms of immigration relief.

Attorney Montes’ legal expertise comes from a profound passion to represent clients with complex legal issues, such as cases where criminal law and immigration law intersect. Having a deep understanding of the injustices found throughout the criminal and immigration law systems, Attorney Montes is particularly adept  at helping rehabilitated immigrants who have had encounters with the criminal justice system seek relief in the United States.

Licensed for 10 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Montes Law Firm
177 E. Colorado Blvd.
Suite 200
Pasadena, CA, 91105


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2022
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Brenda delivers
Brenda is compassionate, organized and effective in helping guide you through the citizenship process. Very happy with her performance and professionalism.
Posted by Rakib | December 10, 2021
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Best attorney
she is best immigration lowyer. i found her through my friend. and i got my residency with 4 months. my case was little bit complicated. but she handled it so well. the immigration officer couldn’t deny.. i highly recommend this attorney..
Posted by Joseph | September 12, 2020
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Incredibly understanding and proactive
Brenda and her team helped me and my wife through our whole immigration process. She assured us of the best case scenario, but also prepared us to be ready for the worst case scenario. She was very clear with our options, and strategized multiple approaches. Her work made us confident in our ability to move our case forward. She was very understanding as well; there were times where what we needed to deal with was emotionally taxing, but Brenda and her team were sensitive yet honest during this.
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Posted by Leah | September 3, 2020
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STRATEGIC, ethical, smart, and diligent - you WANT Brenda Montes on your side
My husband and I are clients of Ms. Montes through multiple stages of our immigration journey for 5+ years now. Brenda Montes is an exceptional attorney. While others may boast similar qualifications, one of her many strengths and what sets her apart is her background as a NATIONALLY RANKED intercollegiate policy debater prior to her law career. Not all lawyers have the level of argumentation skills that Brenda has. Her persuasion and impact is clear when in her presence, as she explains the legal process and different ways to approach your specific situation. She knows how to talk to people like real people, while answering concerns honestly without causing panic. You'd be surprised how many lawyers don't know how to communicate with their clients in ways they will understand. Being lost amongst a sea of lawyers, it's difficult not knowing what to expect or who to trust to put in their best work versus those who do the bare minimum and see their clients merely as another account or file. Brenda truly cares and tries to understand each client's legal situation as unique to them, rather than applying general advice you may hear from different attorneys. She present you with multiple options and her best recommendation, thoroughly explaining the pros and cons to each path, and which she is confident in pursuing. Brenda is able to explain complex rules and laws, while continuously learning and developing new strategies as quickly as immigration laws and processes are being changed. You WANT an attorney as diligent as Brenda. She thinks of the best and worst case scenario and creates a plan for them so you don't have to. If anything, Brenda OVERPREPARES, which is a good thing. She literally has a plan A, B, C, and D. Get yourself a strategic attorney. It's imperative that lawyers have their own takes and approaches to legal battles for the betterment of their client. Great attorneys think outside of the box to solve problems. Brenda is AMAZING. If you're looking unsure and looking for a sign, this is it. I'm so glad we have Brenda Montes fighting in our corner.
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Posted by Edgar | April 7, 2020
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Professional, Thorough, Honest.... Profesional, Minuciosa y Honesta
I am an American and Brenda was recommended to me by 2 family members, one who is also an immigration lawyer (but not specializing in my situation), and another who had a similar situation to mine which is married to a Mexican woman. From the beginning Brenda was very thorough in her questioning, she wanted to know every detail of my situation, she was available for questions by phone or via e-mail, she reached out several times to ask more information as the need arose and let us know what she was doing every step of the way. She researched our case, looked up some obscure information regarding our situation and made us feel good about our decision to go to her. We certainly feel comfortable recommending her to anyone looking for a great lawyer to help them, my family members were right in recommending her. She's a great lawyer, but an even better human being for being so dedicated to her chosen profession which is to help others in need. Thank you Brenda for all that you do... The Corrales family. Yo soy Americano y Brenda fue recomendada por 2 familiares, una que es abogada de emigración (pero que no se especializa en casos como el nuestro), y otro que tenia un caso similar al mio que es estar casado con una mujer Mexicana. Desde el momento en el que Brenda tomo el caso, ella hizo muchas preguntas queriendo saber todos los detalles de nuestra situación, estuvo disponible todo el tiempo por teléfono o por correo electrónico. Estuvo en contacto todo el tiempo y siguió haciendo preguntando según iba procediendo el caso, asegurado que todo fuera bien y que nosotros estuviéramos al tanto. Brenda busco por mar y tierra nuestro caso y de verdad nos hizo sentir muy bien de nuestra decisión de contratarla. Nos sentimos muy orgullosos de poder agregarle a sus ya estelares recomendaciones, pero la realidad es que se los merece cada y uno de ellos. Mis familiares nos hicieron un gran favor al recomendarla. No cabe duda que es una gran abogada, pero también es una gran persona por estar tan dedicada en una profesión en la cual puede ayudar a toda la gente que tanto lo necesita. Gracias Brenda, por todo los que haz luchado, luchas y de seguro seguiras luchando por todos aquellos que lo necesitan... La familia Corrales.
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Posted by PILAR | March 4, 2020
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I had the pleasure of dealing with Brenda Montes, whom I hired as my husband’s Immigration Attorney. Though she was highly recommended by a friend who also benefited from her professional services, my husband & I put our faith in her hands & professional knowledge to educate & assist us with the legal matter of obtaining “permanent/legal residence” (for my husband) not really knowing what the outcome will be. The process seemed overwhelming at first due to the endless paperwork, but her patience & remarkable dedication to the cause was uplifting and at the end, well worth it. Brenda has a passion for helping people with immigration problems, she is a thorough and straight forward attorney who tells you like it is, no false promises however, she, goes above & beyond her call of duty to help you, make sure you understand the importance of having everything you need to prepare for a positive outcome. She, as well as her staff are excellent and highly organized. Brenda does an outstanding job. Best of all, she is fluent in English & Spanish. My husband & I consider ourselves fortunate to have had Brenda handle his case. Thank you Brenda for the wonderful experience. Pilar
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Posted by abuaashiya | February 28, 2020
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Brenda is a very professional detail oriented Law professional. In my case, i wasnt sure about my documentation, as i had my Immigration petition filed with my previous employer but it did not go well due to my project situation. Brenda, was very patiently listening about my previous case and gave me a confidence that the new application will not have any impact and she justified with every legal explanations. When she was organizing my documentations, she took so much care in a detail oriented manner. She is the kind of Law professional who will make her clients feel so comfortable and confident with her way of detail oriented work and providing transparent explanations of the case about what is needed, what will work and what not will work.
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Posted by Cayetano | February 26, 2020
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Strongly Recommended
Brenda is exceptional at what she does. She explains the process and paperwork in a way that seems achievable and not intimidating. Both herself and her team carry themselves very professional. Never have I doubted their work. She provides the confidence I seek in someone handling my future. I strongly recommend her!
Posted by Carlos | January 29, 2020
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No Impossibles for Her!
I cannot stop saying good things about this wonderful lawyer. She is honest, efficient, respectful, well organized and responsible in every way. She took my case when no other lawyer wanted to take it because it was almost impossible to win since it was not only an immigration case but also had penal connotations. She worked side by side with me and my family and the lawyers I had to hire at my home country, El Salvador, and the fact that she speaks fluent Spanish was very helpful. My case was very special due to the its complexity but she kept on going even when everything seemed lost. She got me a bond to get me out of the detention center I had been in for three months in a short period of working as my lawyer. She went above and beyond to help me and I cannot be more thankful about her and the work she did for me and my case, and thanks to her diligent work she won my case and now I get to stay legally in this country. Accessible prices and could accommodate to installment payments. I would definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Hugo | January 27, 2020
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Professional, Welcoming, thorough
I have no complaints whatsoever. She was professional and friendly whenever my family and I had a meeting with her. Very thorough with her work. She's always doing her best to help you understand how the situation is and what she can do to give you the best possible course of action.
Posted by Danay Quesada | October 9, 2019
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Abogada Brenda
La abogada Brenda es muy buena y comprometida en su trabajo. Ella ayudo a un amigo a salir de un Detention Center y siempre estubo en comunicacion con la familia y nos ayudo en todo momento muchas gracias por su ayuda
Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2019
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Abogada excepcional.
Brenda Montes es una abogada con experiencia y muy eficaz.! Yo personalmente recomiendo sus servicios como abogada.! Tuve la oportunidad que ella me tramitará mi residencia permanente y todo salió muy bien.! Es muy honesta, confiable y pone mucho interés a los tramites con inmigración.! Se las recomiendo totalmente y espero en Dios ella me pueda ayudar con mi ciudadanía.! Precio razonable y con opciones de pagos mensuales.!
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Posted by Joseph | August 22, 2019
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Passionate, Professional, & Thorough
My wife and I initially met with an assortment of lawyers and were dissatisfied. Brenda was recommended to us by my university and thank goodness. Brenda helped my wife get her Residency extremely fast. She also prepared my wife and I before our interview and was with us every step of the way. She is respectful and told us what we can expect and what could happen. We were thoroughly prepared and constantly in contact whether it be via text, call or email. I would trust Brenda to help my friends and family. She speaks Spanish so she can help my mother and father in law with their residency soon. Thank you so much, Brenda!
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Posted by Hussein | August 20, 2019
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Brenda Montes., she is well organized, on time,she knows her staff, very good personality,she help my cousin asylum and bond, any one looking immigration attorney I recommend montes Law farm
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2019
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Excellent experience. Excellent attorney.
My partner and I recently had the privilege of working with Brenda Montes as our attorney on an immigration case. My partner is a Guatemalan citizen who was going through the process of obtaining a green card and permanent residence in the United States. I will start by saying the service and attention that we received from Brenda and her team was truly incredible. We could not have asked for a better attorney to guide us through the complex and complicated process. Brenda is an exceptional attorney who cares deeply about her clients and their cases. She is incredibly knowledgeable and well versed in immigration laws, she is thorough and ensures that her clients are completely prepared before they meet with immigration officials. Throughout our process, she made sure every detail was taken care of and nothing was overlooked. When we arrived in Guatemala for our interview, it became clear that we were beyond prepared, the immigration officer even commented on how much documentation we had and that we were ready with tax documents that many other people didn’t know would be required. We were comfortable during the interview and confident answering the questions they asked. We were a bit nervous going in, but because of the preparation with Brenda, it went smooth and was much easier than either of us had anticipated. There were a few follow-up things we had to do after the interview in order to obtain the final documentation. Brenda and her awesome assistant, Leslie, provided step-by-step instructions on how to get everything we needed. The hard work they put into our case was abundantly clear when we showed up for the interview in Guatemala. It’s a long process and can be stressful at times, but I’m so thankful that we had Brenda and Leslie to help us through it. I cannot say enough good things about our experience working with her team, and I would recommend them without hesitation to anyone else going through this process.
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Posted by Sayuri | May 16, 2019
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Superb Professional
Highly recommend! Brenda is a smart, knowledgeable, compassionate, efficient, detail oriented, highly responsive professional in every way. We were fortunate to be referred to her by grateful detainees at Adelanto Detention Center who have found her to be outstanding, trustworthy, highly competent legal counsel in their own cases. Brenda has rolled up her sleeves and helped us to evaluate a complex deportation case that was botched by a previous attorney, a case in which our friend's life is at stake. She has her ear closely to the ground regarding current Court and BIA thinking and has excellent, highly practical strategic thinking skills. She is a rare gem who is practicing law in order to help people and save lives and I can't recommend her highly enough. I wish that the immigration attorney world were filled with a million Brendas!
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Posted by Shamin | May 14, 2019
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Exceptional lawyer and a wonderful person.
My family was facing adverse conditions in our home country and decided to apply for asylum in the USA. I initially met with a bunch of lawyers but none of them seemed to be a good fit as I got the feeling that they prioritized the money instead of us. I then met with Brenda and felt that she actually cared about us and our situation. This made us hire her and the whole experience with her was great. She was very patient with my family and helped us navigate through the entire process with the utmost care. She spent countless hours with my family explaining everything clearly to them. I am glad to say that my family was granted asylum on the 9th of this month and I was only because of Mrs.Brenda. Not only is she an exceptional lawyer but she is a wonderful individual as well who truly cares about her clients. If you are looking for an immigration attorney I highly recommend Mrs.Brenda
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Posted by Noman | December 22, 2018
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Best Immigration Lawyer
Brenda Montes, A five star review is not enough to explain about this name. I have never seen any attorney as promised and professional as her. She is a fighter and she knows how to win. Recently, she dealt my family case which was almost impossible to win. She worked so hard and won the case. I got my family back. Most important thing is, she has very deep feelings for the people and families who are struggling with immigration. I can guarantee that she is the safest hand for family cases in Southern California.
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Posted by Marlon | December 17, 2018
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Passionate Lawyer
Brenda Montes has been an exceptional lawyer, she has been working really hard for my niece in court and outside of court. She is always prepared for the worst, so when the worst comes she’s got a solution for it. She pays attention to small details that could hurt the case in court. Besides making sure everything is being done well in court she makes sure that the well being of her clients, whether emotionally or physically, is being taken care of. I have many things to thanks her for, she made it possible for my niece to be with us for the holidays.
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Posted by Ven Rimon | August 20, 2018
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She is very friendly an open minded explain every single fact of my case ,I set my mind to hire her for my case. and I also recommended to hire her as your attorney .
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Franco Law Group
  • 2013 - 2017


  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008


  • Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Latino Lawyers Bar Association
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Clinical Law Review
  • "A For-Profit Rebellious Immigration Practice in East Los Angeles"
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • "Know Your Rights" Forum
  • "Know Your Rights" for Immigrants and their Families
  • 2017
  • “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
  • Immigration "Know Your Rights"
  • 2016
  • 13th Annual Social Services in the Latina/o Community Conference
  • Immigration: The Seperation of Families and the Hope of Relief
  • 2015
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Pasadena Immigration Lawyer Brenda Montes
Brenda Montes
Immigration Attorney
Pasadena, CA
Licensed for 10 years