Gustavo Ortiz is an Attorney at Contreras & Metelska, PA. Gustavo represents individuals in a variety of immigration and criminal matters. Gustavo began working at Contreras & Metelska, PA as a Law Clerk in 2015. Since then, he has worked in hundreds of immigration and criminal cases as a law clerk and as an attorney.
Gustavo has experience working in a variety of immigration matters including removal proceedings, asylum, u-visas, family-based petitions, humanitarian parole, adjustment of status and consular processing. Gustavo represents individuals before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Prior to joining Contreras & Metelska, PA, Gustavo worked as an advocate at the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) where he assisted attorneys representing migrant workers in variety of legal matters including immigration petitions, labor disputes, public benefit appeals, identity theft and housing code violations.
Gustavo has volunteered for various organizations including CASA, where he served as a Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate (CAJA). He has also volunteered for one of the largest firms in the Twin Cities assisting in the Pro Bono immigration department.
Gustavo was born in northern Mexico and lived there until he was 11 years old. On his 11th birthday he moved to the United States with his parents and lived in Alabama and Tennessee. Ultimately settling in Alabama, he witnessed and experienced the difficulty of growing up as an immigrant in the South. Despite the limitations, he attended the University of Alabama Huntsville and graduated with a double major in History and Political Science. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2013 to attend law school at the University of St. Thomas School Law where he received his law degree in 2016.
Gustavo had a strong Catholic upbringing that continues to shape and inspire him in practicing law. He is dedicated to upholding the principles of dignity and respect, particularly in those individuals that are most vulnerable such as immigrants. He hopes to be able to be a positive force and impact in the immigrant community just as it has been a driving force in his life.
As a child, Gustavo heard many stories of political intrigue and international conflict from his grandmother. This led to his unquenchable interest in history and political science. He spends much of his free time reading. Moreover, Gustavo enjoys spending time camping, hiking and playing sports including soccer, football, dodgeball and kickball. He loves music whether it is country, classical, alternative, rock or heavy metal. He is regularly humming or whistling a tune for his colleagues to enjoy.
Minnesota State Bar, 2017
Juris Doctor - University of St. Thomas School of Law
Bachelors of Arts – University of Alabama Huntsville
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)