Michelle Rivero is an immigration attorney and also the daughter of immigrants to the United States.  She is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish and has operated a solo law practice specializing in immigration law since 2002. 

Michelle handles matters before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) ("immigration court"), and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).  She also helps individuals applying for immigrant visas at US embassies abroad.   Michelle also has experience with immigration cases in Federal District Court and at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.


JD, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, 1998                                                                        BA, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 1994


Minnesota Supreme Court, 2002; Illinois Supreme Court, 1999-2003 (no longer active); US District Court, District of Minnesota, 2008; 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)                                                                           National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)


National Advocate of the Year, 2015 Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota                                       Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award, 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association                 


Michelle is frequently invited to speak at continuing legal education conferences and seminars.   Some of her speaking engagements include the following:

  • Preparing for an Individual Calendar Hearing, June 2017 AILA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Representing Minors in Asylum Claims before the Immigration Court,  October 2015 (Advocates for Human Rights)
  • Defending Detainees in Dilley, (moderator), August 2015, (AILA/Advocates for Human Rights)
  • Central American Docket: Representing Children/SIJS (moderator), April 2015 AILA Upper Midwest Conference
  • Asylum in Removal Proceedings, 2014 Asylum Conference, Minneapolis (Advocates for Human Rights)
  • Representing Central American Refugees, September 2014, (Advocates for Human Rights);
  • The Mechanics of Immigration Court Practice, 2013 Asylum Conference, Minneapolis (Advocates for Human Rights)
  • Starting Your Own Immigration Practice, 2012 AILA Upper Midwest Conference
  • Crimmigration Parts 1 & 2, 2012 (National Lawyers Guild and AILA)
  • Drafting an Affirmative Asylum Affidavit and Gathering Supporting Documents, May 2010 AILA Upper Midwest Conference
  • Recent Trends In Asylum Law, FGM, Material Support, and Affirmative Case Updates, May 2009, AILA Upper Midwest Conference


Michelle Rivero and Sandra Feist. "A practical, tested solution for our undocumented immigrant puzzle." Pioneer Press, December 9, 2016. 

Kara Lynum and Michelle Rivero. "End the inhuman detention of refugee women and children." Star Tribune. October 22, 2015. 


 Some of Michelle's Pro Bono/volunteer activities are listed below:

  • Volunteer attorney, Artesia Legal Defense Project, Artesia, New Mexico (2014)
  • Volunteer attorney and attorney mentor, Advocates for Human Rights (2002-2018);
  • AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Pro Bono Committee co-chair (2017-2018)
  • AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Advocacy Committee chair (2016-2017)
  • AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Immigration Court (EOIR) liaison (2011-2013);
  • AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chicago Asylum Office liaison/committee member (2015-2016, 2010-2011)