Our philosophy is based on the belief that our clients' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from referrals. We believe in providing a fair and independent assessment of a client's situation and proposing strategies for dealing with every situation without any "spin." If there is a clearly advantageous strategy, we lay it out, but not to the exclusion of other options. This way, our clients maintain an active role in the decision making process.
Mr. Milanes brings over 20 years of legal experience to every case handled by the law firm. Most of this experience has been in the area of federal civil rights and federal litigation in U.S. District Courts across the United States, while working for the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney. Given his extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights law, and federal crimes, the firm is specifically focused on representing clients in federal matters, especially consumer bankruptcy cases.
Upon leaving the Department of Justice in 2008, Mr. Milanes also decided to focus his federal practice in Bankruptcy because he saw the need to provide competent bilingual legal services to the many individuals suffering from the housing bubble caused by greedy Wall Street banks. As a civil rights and consumer rights advocate, Mr. Milanes decided to provide bankruptcy services for those in need, while providing much needed litigation services to the bankruptcy bar in the Eastern District of Virginia to defend consumers against the continuing excesses of big banks.
The secondary area of focus for the firm is in the area of federal and state-level personal injury cases. As an attorney in the Torts Branch of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice and at a major plaintiff's personal injury law firm in Washington, D.C., Mr. Milanes has significant experience in handling both complex tort cases worth millions of dollars and routine auto-accident cases. Regardless of the amount of damages, the law firm is committed to obtaining the best results possible for each individual client and thus, seeks to maximize every possible settlement or award.
Mr. MilanÃ©s has built a solid reputation for outstanding legal work and inspirational management and mediation skills. With over 20 years of legal experience, Mr. MilanÃ©s offers the skills and competence that you have come to expect from the "big firms" in Washington adn Northern Virginia without the "sticker shock" that comes from big firm billable hours. By opening his own office in Reston, Virginia, and maintaining a presence in San Juan, P.R., Mr. Milanes offers every-day consumers with top-notch legal work at affordable prices. Don't overpay for a "big firm" name when you can obtain the same or better results from an attorney who has "been there and done that."
Before embarking upon his distinguished legal career as a Trial Attorney and Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. MilanÃ©s attained invaluable trial and litigation experience during the years he worked at a major Washington, D.C. law firm and at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Mr. MilanÃ©s has experience in the areas of federal civil and commercial litigation, federal criminal defense, civil rights litigation, mediation, bankruptcy, aviation and admiralty torts, and personal injury litigation. During nearly twelve years as an attorney with the federal government, Mr. MilanÃ©s held several positions of significant responsibility, ranging from Trial Attorney with the Aviation and Admiralty Office at DOJ to Attorney-Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to trainer for the Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Office at DOJ. During his time at DOJ, Mr. MilanÃ©s appeared as lead counsel in over 500 cases, successfully prosecuting and trying many felony narcotics and white collar cases. Mr. MilanÃ©s has carried over his experiences and successes as a public servant into the private sector, wherein he has applied his considerable problem solving, litigation and courtroom experience to the benefit of individual clients.
Mr. MilanÃ©s is also very proud of his educational credentials that helped to prepare him for his legal career. In 1988, Mr. MilanÃ©s obtained his Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Houston, Texas. In 1991, he graduated from the top-rated Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington, DC.
Mr. MilanÃ©s is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is also licensed to practice in the U.S. Court of Claims and U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of Texas. In addition, he is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, First and Fourth Circuits.
Mr. Milanes serves as a board member of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia, is a member and past-President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the Commonwealth of Virginia (an HNBA Affilliate), and serves on the Virginia State Bar's Council of Local and Specialty Bar Associations.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Washington, D.C., USDOJ, San Juan, PR.
- Trainer, Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training Office, USDOJ, Washington, D.C.
- Trial Attorney, Torts Branch, Civil Division, USDOJ, Washington, D.C.
- Assistant Director for Equal Employment Opportunity, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, USDOJ, Washington, DC.
- Attorney Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), Washington, D.C.
- Acting Director of Enforcement, FHEO, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.
- Staff Attorney, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Washington, D.C.
- Litigation Associate, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & Regan, Washington, D.C.
- Past President, Hispanic Bar Association of the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Member, Board of Governors, Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center
- Council Member, Virginia State Bar Council of Local and Specialty Bar Associations
- Member (Term: 1993-97), Virginia Board of Social Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
- Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel for the District of Puerto Rico
- Member, Puerto Rico Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
- Member, Puerto Rico Federal Bar
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, Virginia State Bar
Our credentials speak for themselves. We offer excellent service at affordable prices.
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