Maryland Immigration Lawyer
Associate Immigration attorney, Himedes V. Chicas is the lead attorney and head of the immigration department at the Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse, LLC. Himedes currently serves as the Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Co-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, D.C. Chapter Liaison Committee to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Baltimore Field Office.
Himedes focuses his immigration law practice on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, namely the immigration consequences of criminal convictions on noncitizens. Himedes advises clients and their criminal defense attorneys on these matters, including crafting immigrant-friendly plea deals, providing pre-trial immigration advisory opinions, and serving as an expert witness in postconviction matters before criminal courts.
He also directly represents clients facing removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review—requesting release on bond, challenging removal, and/or applying for various forms of relief from removal before the immigration courts. He also represents clients in administrative appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as petitions for review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In addition, Himedes represents clients applying for affirmative family based and humanitarian benefits before the Department of Homeland Security.
He has lectured and presented in numerous conferences, symposia, and training sessions to practitioners on immigration law—including private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, state prosecutors, and state court judges.
Himedes also volunteers his time and provides pro bono representation and advice to indigent clients through the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition, the Tahirih Justice Center, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Immigration Clinic, and the World Relief Organization.
Himedes is a graduate of the University of Scranton. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he represented indigent clients as student attorney in the law school’s Immigration Clinic. He also served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law, an Asper Fellow for the Honorable Althea M. Handy, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and a Legislative Law Clerk for Senator Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Himedes is a member of the state bar of Maryland and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Select Presentations, Engagements, and Trainings
- Faculty/Presenter, Prince George’s County, Maryland Bar Association, Alan Goldstein Annual Memorial Lecture, Duty of Criminal Defense Attorneys to Advise Noncitizen Clients, (March 2014)
- Faculty/Presenter, Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Section, CLE Spring Conference, The November 21, 2014 DHS Enforcement Priorities Memo: Alive and Well in Maryland and throughout the Country, (May 2015)
- Faculty/Presenter, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Immigration Program, The Immigrant and Criminal Defense Institute, Relief from Removal: Cancellation, 212(h), (September 2015)
- Faculty/Presenter, District of Columbia Bar, Continuing Legal Education Program, Immigration Practice Law Clinic: Litigation and Advocacy before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, (October 2015)
- Faculty/Presenter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington D.C. Chapter, 2015 Fall Conference, Enforcement Priorities and Prosecutorial Discretion: Confronting These Countervailing Forces, (November 2015)
- Speaker, University of Baltimore School of Law, Immigration Law Association, Crim-Imm Symposium: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Representing Noncitizen Clients in Criminal and Immigration Proceedings (April 2016)
- Faculty/Presenter, Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, SAO Training, Immigration Law Fundamentals (May 2016)
- Faculty/Presenter, Maryland State Bar Association, 2016 Annual Conference/Joint Ben Bar Conference, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions Fundamentals (June 2016)
- Faculty/Presenter, District of Columbia Bar, Continuing Legal Education Program, Immigration Litigation Series, (June 2016)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”), Member (2010-Present)
- AILA, Washington D.C. Chapter, Baltimore—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Liaison Committee, Vice Chair (2012-2014)
- AILA, Washington D.C. Chapter, Baltimore—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee, Co-Chair (2015-Present)
- Bar Association of Baltimore City, Member (2011-2013)
- Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Member (2015-Present(
- Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, Member (2015-Present)
- Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”), Member (2010-Present)
- MSBA Immigration Law Section Council, Chair (2016-Present)
- Maryland Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, Member (2010-Present)
- Montgomery County Bar Association, Member (2014-Present)
- Regional Criminal-Immigration Collaborative, Participant (2014-Present)
- University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, Immigration Clinic-World Relief, Baltimore Immigration Court Consultation Project, Volunteer Attorney (2011-Present)
You may email Mr Chicas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him in the office at 240-292-7200.