Melina LaMorticella

Tonkon Torp LLP
1600 Pioneer Tower
888 SW Fifth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

PHONE: 503.802.2122
EMAIL: melina.lamorticella@tonkon.com
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Melina joined Tonkon Torp’s Business Immigration practice group in 2014. She represents regional and international companies in matters related to employment-based immigration and naturalization. Melina has successfully handled immigration matters for multinational corporations and regional technology firms, health care providers and universities on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options and procedures including PERM and Naturalization Applications as well as I-140 and Extraordinary Ability Petitions.
 
An active volunteer in immigration-related activities in Portland, Melina is the Chair-Elect for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Liaison to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, assisting individuals who are having trouble obtaining driver’s licenses. She is a coordinator for the annual student writing contest for the American Immigration Council. And she served for two years at Portland State University’s Immigration Clinic and currently mentors first year law students at Lewis & Clark. Melina is also a frequent speaker on employment-related immigration topics.
 
Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Melina practiced immigration law at a boutique firm in Portland. Before she earned her law degree, she worked for more than eight years as an immigration paralegal at Tonkon Torp and another firm.
Melina joined Tonkon Torp’s Business Immigration practice group in 2014. She represents regional and international companies in matters related to employment-based immigration and naturalization. Melina has successfully handled immigration matters for multinational corporations and regional technology firms, health care providers and universities on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options and procedures including PERM and Naturalization Applications as well as I-140 and Extraordinary Ability Petitions.
 
An active volunteer in immigration-related activities in Portland, Melina is the Chair-Elect for the Oregon chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Liaison to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, assisting individuals who are having trouble obtaining driver’s licenses. She is a coordinator for the annual student writing contest for the American Immigration Council. And she served for two years at Portland State University’s Immigration Clinic and currently mentors first year law students at Lewis & Clark. Melina is also a frequent speaker on employment-related immigration topics.
 
Prior to joining Tonkon Torp, Melina practiced immigration law at a boutique firm in Portland. Before she earned her law degree, she worked for more than eight years as an immigration paralegal at Tonkon Torp and another firm.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Oregon Chapter Chair (Present)

Department of Motor Vehicles
Liaison (2011-2016)

 
Before pursuing law, Melina worked as an editor at a science text book company in New York City. She has lived in Tokyo, Japan and Quito, Ecuador. A fluent Spanish speaker, she enjoys travel abroad with her family. Closer to home, Melina likes to hike and garden, and can often be found cheering on the sidelines of her children’s soccer games.