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Marcela A. Mendoza


P 303-225-2387
F 303-892-5575


Marcela A. Mendoza is a Principal in the Denver, Colorado, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Mendoza has experience working with clients that range from Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, U.S. branches of global corporations, and individuals. Since 2001, Ms. Mendoza has been advising companies, families, and individuals on temporary and permanent visa options. Her practice covers all aspects of employment-based immigration. 

Ms. Mendoza manages the green card process for multinational managers, individuals of extraordinary ability, and labor certification for skill workers. She also has extensive experience in guiding foreign-born clients through consular processing. Ms. Mendoza also specializes in temporary visa processes, including H-1B, L-1A and L-1B, E, J, B, F, and other non-immigrant status. 

She has significant experience in immigrant and non-immigrant process for professionals in the technology, education, research, energy, banking, and healthcare industries. Ms. Mendoza also advises corporations on compliance issues, I-9 audits, E-Verify, and Department of Labor-related audits. Ms. Mendoza also specializes on immigrant and non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility.

Ms. Mendoza gained valuable experience during her 11-year tenure as immigration counsel for a Fortune 500 company, Qwest Communications/Century Link. While in-house, Ms. Mendoza handled immigrant and non-immigrant petitions and advised the company on compliance issues, such as I-9 internal audits. Additionally, Ms. Mendoza counseled management in the areas of affirmative action compliance, representing the company in compliance evaluations and administrative review audits initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Previously, Ms. Mendoza was an Assistant Attorney General for Ken Salazar and clerked for Justice Hobbs on the Colorado Supreme Court.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Hispanic Bar Association
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission, Appointed Member
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Latin American Educational Foundation
  • National Hispanic Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Centro San Juan Diego, Community Liaison – Immigration
  • Mi Casa Resource Center, Immigration
  • Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network

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December 20, 2017
Latino Leaders Magazine

Marcela Mendoza and Pedro Jaime Torres-Díaz are Recognized in "Top Latino Lawyers 2017"

December 20, 2017

 Marcela Mendoza and Pedro Jaime Torres-Díaz are spotlighted in "Top Latino Lawyers 2017," published by Latino Leaders Magazine on pages 28 and 32.    Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 16, 2017
Law 360

Marcela Mendoza Discusses USCIS Interview Requirements for Green Card Applicants

November 16, 2017

Marcela Mendoza discusses how employers can prepare for USCIS interview requirements in "recently expanded USCIS interviews with employment-based green card applicants," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 24, 2017
MSU Denver Insider

Marcela Mendoza Discusses Her Journey from Pilot to Immigration Law

October 24, 2017

Marcela Mendoza discusses how earning a commercial pilots' license led her to a career in immigration law in "Taking off as a pilot, landing in law," published by MSU Denver Insider. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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September 6, 2017

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is Rescinded, AG Sessions Announces

September 6, 2017

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being rescinded, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5, 2017. The DACA program was implemented in 2012 by an executive order signed by President Barack Obama. Under the program, certain individuals who arrived in the United States as children are eligible... Read More

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USCIS Memorandum on Qualifying ‘Economist’ under NAFTA TN Classification Raises Questions
February 15, 2018

NAFTA’s TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. One TN-qualifying profession is that of an “economist,” which requires a baccalaureate or licenciatura degree. Read More

In-Person Interviews for Each Green Card Applicant to Begin October 1
August 29, 2017

USCIS spokesperson Carter Langston confirmed that as of October 1, 2017, the employment-based green card process will include an in-person interview. Formal interviews have been a possibility for employment-based permanent residency applicants. Read More

Insights: Expediting H-1B Petitions
August 16, 2017

While unusual, the government has suspended expedited or premium processing for H-1B cases from time to time. In years past, in response to the filing of Cap cases, the start of the 15-day adjudication clock was delayed. Read More