Law Offices of Juan Milanes, PLLC

The Law Offices of Juan E. Milanes is focused on bankruptcy law and federal criminal and civil litigation.

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Firm Overview

We are a law firm in Reston, Virginia that takes great pride in helping our clients deal with the U.S. legal system. We provide zealous bilingual (English & Spanish) representation in Bankruptcy, Federal Criminal and Civil litigation, and personal injury cases. Whether you are facing a possible foreclosure, collection of a judgment, garnishment or other financial crisis - or if you just need to speak with a competent bankruptcy attorney - we can help. If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime and you need an experienced defense team with 20+ years of experience, we can help.

In the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, you can rely on the legal team of Juan E. Milanes to provide you with prompt and excellent professional service. We routinely assist our clients with foreclosure, short sale deficiency, judgment, unlawful detainer, warrant in debt, collections and other financial problems By filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, clients routinely obtain a full discharge of their debts within 90 days of filing their petition through our office. By filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, clients routinely obtain confirmation of repayment plans that offer a livable budget and sometimes include the elimination of 2nd and 3rd mortgage liens on their properties.

In the U.S. District Court, you can rely on the sound advise that comes from a former Federal Prosecutor with over 20 years of legal experience, who has been involved in over 500 federal felony cases. Whether you are facing federal narcotics trafficking or white collar mortgage fraud charges, you do not want to risk your freedom in the hands of just any attorney appointed by the court. You need to feel comfortable with your attorney and know that he has the experience and the skills needed to confront the U.S. Attorney's Office and/or the U.S. Department of Justice.

We pride ourselves on offering first-rate legal services with a distinctly human touch and a deep commitment to personal integrity. We welcome you to schedule an appointment and discover why our clients feel at ease with us.

- Bankruptcy -- Chapter 7 Petition preparation and filing
- Bankruptcy -- Chapter 13 Petition preparation and filing
- Bankruptcy -- Consumer Bankruptcy and Protection from Creditos/Collection Agencies
- Bankruptcy -- Chapter 13 Plans and Reorganization
- Bankruptcy -- Chapter 13 Mortgage Lien Strip-offs
- Bankruptcy -- Adversary Proceedings and Bankruptcy Litigation

- Federal Criminal Defense - Narcotic Controlled Substance Distribution
- Federal Criminal Defense - Extradition
- Federal Criminal Defense - Immigration (entry and re-entry after deportation)
- Federal Criminal Defense - White Collar Crimes (bank fraud, mail fraud, corruption, etc.)

- Federal Civil Rights Litigation - Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) violations
- Federal Civil Rights Litigation - Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) violations
- Federal Civil Rights Litigation - Sexual Harassment (hostile work environment and quid pro quo)
- Federal Civil Rights Litigation - Age Discrimination in Employment Act violations

- Personal Injury/Accidents - Admiralty claims (including Jones Act claims)
- Personal Injury/Accidents - Aviation accidents
- Personal Injury/Accidents - Automobiles, Motorcycles and Public Transportation
- Personal Injury/Accidents - Slip and Falls (Hotel/Restaurant/Personal/Business Entity Negligence)
- Personal Injury/Accidents - Federal Torts Claims Act cases against the U.S. Government

- Federal Civil Litigation - Tucker Act and Contracts Claims Against the U.S. Government











Main Office

Reston Office
1831 Wiehle Avenue, Suite 105
Reston  VA  20190

Phone
  • (703) 880-4881
Fax
  • (703) 742-9487
Bankruptcy
In the last four years, the Law Offices of Juan Milanes, PLLC has served over 400 satisfied bankruptcy clients with superb service and outstanding results. Let us show you why we are considered one of the top bankruptcy firms in Northern Virginia.
A Legal Team That Cares About The Communities We Serve...

We are a friendly, casual law firm and welcome the opportunity to earn your trust. Our main goal is to aliviate the pressures that have complicated your life. During the initial consultation, which may be in English or Spanish according to your preference, we explain the different Chapters of bankruptcy, make a determination of which Chapter would most benefit you, discuss our fees and discounts, which are very competitive within the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia markets, and educate you on your legal and financial options. Further, we discuss the new requirement for credit counseling and debtor education and provide you with a guideline to proceed with bankruptcy. Even if we agree that bankruptcy is not ideal for you at that specific point in time, we discuss other services we provide which can benefit you such as debt negotiations with with your creditors.

Discover How Bankruptcy Can Be The Key to Regaining Control of Your Life...

Filing for bankruptcy protection is NOT for everyone. You should NEVER file for bankruptcy protection without FIRST consulting a qualifed Bankruptcy Attorney who can analyze your situation and advise you about your options. There are many possible resolutions to an individual's financial crisis. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be able to resolve your financial situation without the need to seek Bankruptcy protection. For some, however, the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides consumers with the ability to start over.

Many see bankruptcy as an admission of failure or as a punishment for people who can't pay their bills. These people just don't understand what bankruptcy is all about. Bankruptcy is NOT a punishment. It's NOT an admission of failure. It's just a way to say, "I've looked at my options and this is the most practical way for me to start over..."

If you feel that things have gotten out of hand or that you don't have control over your financial life, come talk to us. We will look at your situation together and ensure that you understand all of your legal options. You need an experienced legal team in this regard and we are here to help.

Free Bankruptcy Consultation.

The initial Bankruptcy consultation is always free. There are no further obligations unless we decide together that we can help you.

What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal process wherein individuals and businesses are given the opportunity to start over if they have become overwhelmed by debt. The bankruptcy laws allow you to discharge your debts or reorganize your debts, depending on whether you have assets that need to be administered by a third-party trustee. The trustee ensures that you are not "abusing" the bankruptcy process by attempting to hide assets or by trying to escape debts that you could actually pay. In many cases, however, persons filing for bankruptcy just simply have fallen on hard times due to circumstances out of their control, like a long-term illness, a slumping housing market or lay-offs.

Are there different kinds bankruptcy?

Yes. There are four main types of bankruptcy proceedings for indivicual consumers - Chapters 7, 11, 12,& 13. The majority of consumer bankruptcy filings are under Chapters 7 & 13.

- Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a form of bankruptcy in which a debtor liquidates assets, with creditors collecting the funds from the sale of the assets. In order to qualify to file under this Chapter, a debtor must not have enough disposable monthly income after deductions for necessary expenses available to make some minimal monthly payments to creditors under a repayment plan or make a yearly salary which falls below that individual's state median income. At the end of this process, the majority of the debtor's debts are discharged, allowing him or her a fresh start. In addition to being used by individuals, chapter 7 bankruptcy can also be utilized by businesses. It is the most common form of bankruptcy in the United States.


- Chapter 13 bankruptcy is also known as a "wage earner's" plan. An individual is eligible for Chapter 13 relief as long as the their unsecured debts are less than the statutory limits. Chapter 13 enables individuals with regular income to develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts. Under this Chapter, debtors propose a repayment plan to make installments to creditors over three to five years. If the debtor's current monthly income is less than the applicable state median, the plan will be for three years unless the court approves a longer period. If the debtor's current monthly income is greater than the applicable state median, the plan generally must be for five years. In no case may a plan provide for payments over a period longer than five years.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Mr. Milanés has built a solid reputation for outstanding legal work and inspirational management and mediation skills. With over 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Milanés 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. Milanés 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. Milanés 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. Milanés 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. Milanés appeared as lead counsel in over 500 cases, successfully prosecuting and trying many felony narcotics and white collar cases. Mr. Milanés 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. Milanés is also very proud of his educational credentials that helped to prepare him for his legal career. In 1988, Mr. Milanés 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. Milanés 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.

Experience:

- 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.

Memberships/Civic Activities:

- 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

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our credentials speak for themselves. We offer excellent service at affordable prices.

Juan Milanes

Juan E. Milanes, has established an outstanding reputation not only with his clients, but within the legal communities of Washington, D.C., Virginia and Puerto Rico for his dedication, work ethic, integrity and commitment to excellence. With over 20 years of legal experience, Mr. Milanes 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. Milanes 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. Milanes 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. Milanes 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. Milanes appeared as lead counsel in over 500 cases, successfully prosecuting and trying many felony narcotics and white collar cases. Mr. Milanes 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. Milanes is also very proud of his educational credentials that helped to prepare him for his legal career. In 1988, Mr. Milanes 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. Milanes 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.

Experience:

- 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.

Memberships/Civic Activities:

- 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
- Member, District of Columbia Bar

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