Radlyn Mendoza is a partner in the Virginia Beach based law firm, Gardner & Mendoza, P.C..
Ms. Mendoza is a native Virginian and the daughter of Filipino immigrants. She graduated from Old Dominion University in 1994, cum laude, and received her Law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. During her third year of law school, Ms. Mendoza completed an internship with U.S. District Judge Nicholas Politan in Newark, New Jersey. She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1998 and in 1999 was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In 2000, Ms. Mendoza spent three months in Salamanca, Spain, enrolled in an intensive Spanish language course to better serve her Spanish-speaking clientele.
She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is the local AILA Brown Bag Lunch Coordinator for Hampton Roads and the Peninsula, and is the local AILA liaison with the Norfolk United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In 2002, Governor Mark Warner appointed Ms. Mendoza to the Special Advisory Committee on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits.
Ms. Mendoza’s practice focuses exclusively on immigration law. She has shared her immigration expertise with other attorneys and local judges as a speaker for several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses sponsored by the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Virginia Beach Bar Association. Ms. Mendoza has also provided attorney training to the Norfolk Public Defenders’ Office on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Ms. Mendoza recently conducted a webinar for Liberty Tax’s ‘Experts Speaking Expertly’ series on immigration and taxation.She has appeared as a guest speaker for the League of Women Voters’ unit meetings and was the guest speaker at the league’s Hampton Roads’ chapter’s 2008 annual meeting.
Ms. Mendoza has coordinated for two years in a row the Hampton Road area’s Citizenship Day held at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church. She and other local immigration attorneys, paralegals and USCIS volunteers assisted locals in completing Naturalization applications. It was a free event.