Manuel A. Miranda has practiced law since 1987 but brings to our firm well over 34 years of immigration and refugee experience. He also brings deep business law and litigation experience, as well as public policy and legislative knowledge. His focus in Maryland, however, will be exclusively on immigration law. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is pending admission to the Bar of the State of Maryland.
Himself an immigrant, Mr. Miranda's working experience on immigration and refugee issues began 34 years ago when he interrupted college studies to work in Geneva, Switzerland as an operations officer for the International Organization for Migration (then ICEM), including assignments to Southeast Asia and Spain. A year later, at age 21, he traveled solo through 17 countries studying the work of international migration and refugee relief and resettlement.
Mr. Miranda has previously served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and as Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he advised Senate leadership on matters including immigration reform. Mr. Miranda was the most senior Hispanic among Senate leadership aides. He has also been a Visiting Legal Fellow and Senior Immigration Counsel at leading Washington think tanks and has published 35 columns for the Wall Street Journal. He has lectured on immigration and other topics at over 40 law schools.
During “the Surge” of the Iraq War, Mr. Miranda served as a U.S. Department of State diplomat at the Embassy in Baghdad where he was U.S. Senior Advisor to the Legal Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister and the first Director of the Embassy Office of Legislative Statecraft. Among other accomplishments, he was solely responsible for negotiating the national reconciliation of the Bars of Iraq and of the Kurdistan Region, significantly increasing access to justice for the Iraqi people.
Before public service, Mr. Miranda enjoyed a long legal career at some of the world's most prominent international law firms, including with White & Case, with Reid & Priest, and with Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts, where he began his career in the canyons of Wall Street. His clients have included Mobil Oil Corporation, Ramada Renaissance, International Finance Corporation, InterAmerican Development Bank, Bank of America, Irving Trust, Bank of New York, Credit Lyonnais, National Grid (UK), Caterpillar, PEMEX, BHP Power, King Ranch Power, and the Russian Orthodox Church of America. Mr. Miranda has also litigated with success, writing and making winning summary judgment and motion arguments, including a precedent-setting case involving complex Delaware corporate law.
Mr. Miranda received degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. At Georgetown, he was the Circumnavigators' Foundation Fellow for 1981 and at Hastings he was the Charles Rummel Scholar. He is a frequent lecturer and conference panelist on judicial affairs and immigration and has logged over 200 television, radio and press conference appearances, in two languages, including regular appearances on Univision. Mr. Miranda is fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Italian and other languages.
NB: Until Mr. Miranda is admitted to the Maryland State Bar he will practice only federal immigration law in Maryland.
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