Milton DeJesus

Arkansas Injury Attorney

Milton A. DeJesus is a native of Puerto Rico, a Vietnam era Navy veteran who attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota law school. DeJesus pursued double majors in Psychology and Political science in college and both his advisors in Psychology and Political Science encouraged him pursue law as a career. The prodding of his mentor Professor G. Theodore Mitau, who was a WWII refugee who fled from Nazi Germany, determined the career choice. DeJesus trained in trial advocacy at the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, earning the U. S. Supreme Court Justice, retired, Tom C. Clark Memorial Scholarship in 1977. He joined a small law firm in St. Paul where he trained in immigration law under the tutelage of one of the lions in immigration law and the Minneapolis Legal Aid Society before relocating to Little Rock, Arkansas.

DeJesus practiced general law with a firm in Little Rock, and later opened a solo practice with a core emphasis in immigration law, appearing in immigration proceedings in Boston, El Paso, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle. He also met with and advocated for his clients at U.S. Consulates in Mexico, Canada, Manila, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

DeJesus litigated significant immigration court cases both before the Board of Immigration Appeals and U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of which became a precedent decision before the Board of Immigration appeals, codified in federal regulations establishing a standard for evidence in immigration proceedings. In 2021 he filed a Petition For Writ Of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court (Herrera-Acosta v Garland, No. 21-1183) seeking certiorari in a case corollary to the U. S. Supreme Court cases of Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S, Ct. 2105 (2018) and Niz-Chavez v. Garland, 141 S. Ct. 1474 (2021).

He has admission to practice in the federal courts of Arkansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Texas, the 5th, 7th and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., the International Court of Trade in New York, the Supreme Court of Arkansas and Minnesota and the United States Supreme Court.

He has extensive federal litigation experience with several acquittals in criminal cases and a substantial award against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in a Federal Torts Claims Act case. He is proficient and experienced in criminal and civil litigation.

DeJesus was an American Bar Association Section of International Law selectee to the International Legal Exchange (ILEX India 2009) along with twenty other International and U.S. attorneys. The delegation comprised of outstanding lawyers engaged in a broad range of legal practices who participated in a high-level, multi-dimensional exploration of Indian law and society. The delegation toured Mumbai, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Delhi and met with tech sector (Infosys) officials, government officials, U. S. Ambassador to India, members of the Bar across India, and the Chief Justices of the High Courts in Mumbai and Bangalore.

DeJesus served on the Board of Directors at KUAR/KLRE during 1983-1985 when the station became a member of National Public Radio; past member of the board of World Services for the Blind; past member of the board of Single Parents Scholarship Fund, and other civic activities. DeJesus is well known in the Arkansas legal community as a tireless advocate for his clients.

He is recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters and is an avid supporter of the William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Born: Puerto Rico

Macalester College
University of Minnesota Law School
Hastings College of the Law

  • Tom C. Clark Scholarship Winner

Memberships and Service:
Court of International Trade, New York
Federal Court of Appeals, D.C., 6th and 8th Circuit
Arkansas Supreme Court
Minnesota Supreme Court
PALE Attorney for the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock
American Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association


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