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ATTORNEY PROFILES

Andrés López


BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Andrés López is the owner and founder of the Lopez Law Firm, PLLC. He practices in all areas of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Being an immigrant himself from Medellin, Colombia, Mr. López is passionate, committed, and an enthusiastic advocate for the immigrant community. He has grown up and lived in various places with different immigrant communities, including New York, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He believes in helping the diverse immigration community achieve their unique American dreams which collectively emphasize on maintaining family unity, creating businesses, obtaining education, and weaving their cultural heritages into the rich rubric of the American society. Attorney López understands and respects his client’s desire of having a direct relationship with their attorneys, and he prides himself on his accessibility and quality of work.

EXPERTISE

Mr. Lopez has extensive experience practicing removal defense for individuals who appear before the Immigration Court in Charlotte, as well as other Immigration Courts, including the ones in Atlanta and in Lumpkin, Georgia (Stewart Detention Center). He also assists individuals and families with family-based immigration strategies, whether it be adjustment of status, provisional waivers, U Visas, special juvenile immigrant visas, and more. Lastly, he enjoys assisting businesses with employment-based immigration needs.

EDUCATION

He graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, majoring in International Economics. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2007.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Federal Bar Association, providing him with a network of experience and resources to help his clients.  He has served as the chair to the Mecklenburg County Bar Immigration Section.  He has also been the AILA liaison to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Charlotte, as well as the assistant AILA liaison to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Charlotte. He frequently volunteers his time with the Immigrant Outreach Project for the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, as well as handles pro bono cases on their behalf.

Daniel Melo

BIOGRAPHY

Daniel joined the Lopez Law Firm in March of 2017. He practices all areas of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. As the son of an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Daniel developed a passion for helping underserved populations navigate the increasingly complex and frustrating immigration system. He has lived amongst immigrant communities and spent part of his childhood growing up in the Dominican Republic. He believes that empowering immigrants to protect their rights, establish themselves, and strengthen their families and communities lies at the very heart of what makes the U.S. what it is today.

EXPERTISE

Throughout his time in law school and his career, Daniel has worked with the immigrant community in Charlotte, including time spent at organizations like International House and Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont. Daniel is a member of the North Carolina Bar and the Mecklenburg County Bar, and is admitted to practice before all Immigration Courts and matters before the Department of Homeland Security. He assists families with adjustment of status, citizenship, consular processing, and much more, while also representing clients before the Immigration Court.

EDUCATION

Daniel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Pfeiffer University in 2011 and he received his law degree Magna Cum Laude from the Charlotte School of Law in 2014. He has been licensed to practice since 2015.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Daniel is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as one of the committee chairs for AILA NC’s Administrative Response Advocacy Team. Daniel also serves on the board of the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He has performed pro bono work for the NC Guardian Ad Litem office doing appeals on behalf of children, as well as remote legal work for the CARA pro bono project assisting detained mothers and children with their asylum claims.