Jose Z. Marin, Esq.
Founder and Attorney at Law
Jose Zamudio Marin founded Jose Marin Law in 2013. Jose is licensed to practice in the State of California, and is admitted to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2013. Jose served in the United States Marine Corps for close to 10 years. He was meritoriously promoted ahead of his peers and received multiple service awards, including a fifth gold star in lieu of his fifth award of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.
During law school, Jose worked in both the public interest sector and private practice. He provided pro bono legal services at the nonprofit Bay Area Legal Aid in their San Rafael and Richmond offices; and worked at the firm Mallison & Martinez on issues involving complex litigation, class action lawsuits, unlawful discrimination, and wage and hour claims.
At JML, Jose provides legal services in areas of immigration and employment law in different forums, including administrative, state and federal court. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALRP). Jose has volunteered as an advocate at La Raza Centro Legal in the Worker’s Rights Program in San Francisco.
Jose’s hobbies include long distance running, dining out, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Melanie Kehr, Esq.
Melanie Kehr is an associate attorney at Jose Marin Law. She graduated magna cum laude in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and attended the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she graduated cum laude in 2011. During law school, Melanie was a member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law; and worked in the Women & the Law Clinic, where she represented survivors of domestic violence at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and helped human trafficking survivors obtain immigration benefits. Melanie is licensed to practice in New York and is a member of the D.C. Bar. Her California practice is limited to federal immigration law. She also is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
After law school, Melanie worked at the nonprofit Bay Area Legal Aid in San Francisco with the Domestic Violence Prevention practice, where she helped low-income survivors obtain restraining orders, divorces, custody and visitation rights, and child support at the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco. She also assisted undocumented survivors with U-Visas, employment authorization, and permanent residency.
Melanie joined JML in 2016 and specializes in a variety of family-based and humanitarian immigration matters. She has experience representing clients with asylum applications both affirmatively and in removal proceedings; U- and T-Visas; immediate relative petitions, adjustment of status and naturalization; and motions to reopen with the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALRP).
In her free time, Melanie enjoys documentaries, indie music concerts, exploring coastal California with her husband, and fashion.
Office Manager, Artist
Gerardo Flores is the office manager and director of client relations at Jose Marin Law. He joined JML after moving to the Bay Area in 2016. Prior to that, Gerardo attended Buena Vista University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Digital Media in 2015. During his undergraduate years, he was Vice President of Time Out, an LGBTQ+ organization fostering visibility and providing a safe space for all to share. He also was Secretary for the Society of Collegiate Journalists, an Honor Society where he honed his ability to help others. Gerardo is fluent in Spanish, and is involved in case management, preparing forms, translations, interpreting during client meetings and USCIS interviews, and filing and serving documents.
Gerardo enjoys painting and practicing his photography in his free time.
Alfredo Aguirre is a legal assistant at JML. Since the firm’s inception, he has overseen case management operations such as form preparation, filing with Immigration Court, and serving documents on the Department of Homeland Security. He is fluent in Spanish and provides interpreting and translating services for clients. Alfredo is a student at Sacramento State University and will be graduating spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He plans to attend law school in the future.
Alfredo’s hobbies include watching and playing soccer, spending time with family, and collecting limited edition footwear.