Melissa Dominguez

Melissa Dominguez

New York, New York

I.                    Court Admissions and Area of Practice

Ms. Dominguez is a member of the Florida State Bar since October 31, 2008. She was later admitted to the Florida Southern and Central District Bars in 2009 and the New York State Bar in October of 2010. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Cuban American Bar Association.  Her focus is on the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law before Immigration Courts and USCIS. 


II.                  Background

Before joining YMF, Ms. Dominguez was practicing Immigration and Nationality Law in Miami, FL for a private firm. There she focused on representing primarily low-income Spanish speaking clients before the Immigration Courts and USCIS.  There she gained experience in assisting clients with family petitions, consular processing, petitions under the Cuban Adjustment Act, Cancellation of Removal, U visas, TPS, prosecutorial discretion and stay of removal, adjustment of status, naturalization, NACARA, asylum, withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture and DACA.  Ms. Dominguez supervised paralegals in all stages of the process of filing these applications. Upon graduation from Law School, Ms. Dominguez also practiced Bankruptcy Law; assisting clients with filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and representing them in Bankruptcy Court before the creditors and trustees.

As a Law Student at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL Ms. Dominguez was a member of The Human Rights Law Review. She also served as treasurer of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and was involved with the Cuban American Bar Association. Ms. Dominguez also had the opportunity to intern for the St. Thomas University Human Rights Institute where she assisted indigent clients with representation before the Immigration Court as well as filing petitions under the Cuban Adjustment Act.

III.                 Dedication to Immigration Law

Although Ms. Dominguez was born in the United States, her family emigrated from Cuba almost forty-five (45) years ago. It was hearing her family’s stories of both the joys and struggles of immigrating to the United States that first ignited her passion for Immigration Law. Growing up in the diverse community of Miami, FL exposed her to immigrants of all countries and further instilled in her a dedication to helping immigrants achieve their dream of legalization in the United States. Ms. Dominguez is happy to be fulfilling her calling of practicing Immigration Law and firmly believes that all Immigrants deserve legal representation of the highest quality that is both knowledgeable and ethical.