Office: New York, NY and Orlando, FL
Areas of Practice: Immigration, Criminal and Civil Litigation
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Haitian Creole
Attorney Felipe was awarded an Equal Justice Fellowship to participate in a new fellowship program called Public Defender Corps, which was co-sponsored by Gideon’s Promise. This fellowship trains lawyers with an eye towards shaping public defense in our country. Felipe started his legal career with the Monroe County Public Defenders Office in Rochester, New York where he handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, including taking many of those cases to trial and obtaining favorable results for his clients. During his time in Rochester, he was trained by a national expert on how to analyze criminal convictions for purposes of eliminating or mitigating their immigration consequences for non-citizen clients. He quickly developed a passion for this new area of the law now commonly being referred to as “crimmigration”.This passion and commitment was noticed and he was subsequently offered the opportunity to help defense attorneys across the state of New York understand immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Felipe Alexandre soon after served as the director of the Criminal Defense Immigration Project at the New York State Defenders Association. He frequently assists attorneys in drafting immigration friendly dispositions to their cases, writes advisory opinions for lawyers and judges, and gives presentations to lawyers about developments in “crimmigration” law.