Attorneys

Bruce D. Nestor

Bruce D. Nestor

Susana De León

Susana De León

Jesús Torres-Garza

Jesús Torres-Garza

Bruce D. Nestor   

Bruce D. Nestor represents individuals in areas of immigration, criminal defense, and post-conviction relief to eliminate the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Bruce represents people charged with crimes in state and federal court and representing immigrants before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. Bruce also challenges decisions of the Immigration Court and USCIS in federal district court and the federal courts of appeal.   

Bruce is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has tried over fifty misdemeanor and felony criminal cases to a jury. Bruce has handled criminal, immigration, and civil appeals before several Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court. Bruce is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the United States District Court of Minnesota and is routinely appointed to represent defendants in complex criminal proceedings.  

Bruce specializes in the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, including representing people seeking to vacate or set aside past criminal convictions to obtain immigration benefits. Bruce has obtained post-conviction relief for aggravated assault, felony drug convictions, and other crimes, both under Padilla v. Kentucky for failure to advise of the immigration consequences of convictions, and for other constitutional defects. Bruce was counsel in Reyes Campos v. State (a victory before the Minnesota Court of Appeals case holding that Padilla is not a new rule of constitutional criminal procedure, later reversed by the Minnesota Supreme Court) and in State v. Reynua (Minnesota Court of Appeals decision barring state prosecution for statements on the federal I-9 form).  

Bruce graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1992, with the highest honors. Bruce has been in private practice since 1994, after working for Legal Services Corporation of Iowa. Bruce has appeared before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, and Eleventh Circuit; the United States District Court for Minnesota, Southern District of Iowa, Northern District of Iowa, Middle District of Illinois, and Northern District of Alabama; state courts in Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota; and immigration courts nationwide, including the Board of Immigration Appeals.     

Bruce is the past President of the National Lawyers Guild (2000-2003), a national bar association of progressive attorneys, law students, and legal workers, founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States. He is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   

Bruce is also a political activist whose community work focuses on immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and racial justice. Bruce has worked with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Centro Campesino, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, $15 Now (Minimum Wage), the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Black Lives Matter and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Bruce has also traveled to Nicaragua, Cuba, Palestine, Arizona, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Japan, South Korea, and Egypt as a member of human rights delegations. 

 

Susana De León

Susana De León is a nationally recognized immigration attorney. Susana practices exclusively in the area of Immigration. Susana regularly teaches local and national seminars and prioritizes the representation of crime victims, women who are victims of physical and sexual violence, children, and cases of urgent humanitarian need. 

Susana is a 2001 graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota where she taught as an adjunct professor. Susana is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is the past-President of the Board of the National Immigration Project.  

In addition to her legal work, Susana is a community organizer and cultural activist. Susana is the Director of Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue, a community-based traditional Aztec dance circle. Susana also served on the Board of the Latino Economic Development Center and Voices for Racial Justice. Susanas commitment to social justice has been recognized by Centro Campesino, the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, and Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en La Lucha, among others. 

Jesús Torres-Garza   

Jesús Torres-Garza focuses on immigration, criminal defense, and civil rights matters. Having immigrated to the United States at a young age, Jesús understands the challenges families and individuals face when dealing with the complex and ever-changing immigration and criminal system. Jesús is committed to providing quality legal services and individualized attention to help clients achieve their goals.  

Jesús earned his B.A. from Mankato State University and his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. While in law school, Jesús was an Ella Baker intern through the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, where he gained practical litigation experience and sharpened his theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing, and lawyering. 

To this day, Jesús remains committed to supporting social justice organizations. For instance, he partners with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) to represent victims of labor trafficking and civil rights abuses, he provides probono representation to victims of crime through the Immigrant Law Center, and he provides mentoring and support to probono attorneys representing asylum seekers through the Advocates for Human Rights. Also, Jesús has partnered with The Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic of the Center for New Americans and has worked on appellate litigation before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Jesús has also served as a board member at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Voices for Racial Justice.

Bar Admissions:  

  • Minnesota State Bar  
  • U.S Court of Appeals For The Eight Circuit. 

Professional Affiliations:  

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association 
  • National Lawyers Guild 
  • National Immigration Project 
  • Minnesota State Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association 
  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

 

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