Michael Noriega is a partner with Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas & Woodruff in Scotch Plains, NJ, where he leads the immigration section and assists in the management of the criminal section. He has dedicated his practice to assisting clients with legal matters throughout Northern New Jersey. He has argued many times on behalf of his clients in the local immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Further, he appears regularly in Superior Court and Municipal Courts throughout the State, the Immigration Courts of New Jersey and New York, and various other states for immigration matters. Michael has appeared before the Supreme Court of New Jersey where he argued on behalf of the ACLU in the matters of State v. Kaltner and State v. Morgan and he has previously argued in the Appellate Division of New Jersey.
Michael began his career as the Law Clerk to the Hon. Camille M. Kenny in the Civil Division of the Hudson Vicinage, before becoming an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in the Essex County Adult Trial Region from 2003 to 2008. During his tenure there, he handled hundreds of cases involving all forms of criminal charges from street level drug charges to racketeering charges in the first degree, robbery, possession of weapons and murder, to name a few.
In 2014, Michael took his practice to the firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, & Woodruff, a firm specializing in personal injury, workers compensation and criminal matters. Currently, Michael serves as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, where he has enjoyed teaching for over eight years. Additionally, he has been invited to lecture throughout the state training other lawyers on the topics of criminal immigration, even lecturing during a seminar in 2013 in Costa Rica.
Michael volunteers at community initiative functions throughout the state to speak to crowds of undocumented individuals about the current state of our immigration laws and its future. Additionally, Michael has worked with various victims of trafficking organizations throughout the state to assist clients in need of pro bono representations in matters pertaining to both criminal and immigration matters.
Michael has also appeared on on Telemundo’s Revistas with Ana Esther Perez where he has been interviewed on the possible changes in Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and CNN Espanol’s Realidades en Contexto con Mercedez Soler, as a guest commentator.