He has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2013, and the organization's South Florida Chapter.
While in law school at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida, Mr. Botelho was the Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review. In his last semester, he worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Broward County Office of the Public Defender, where he tried his first jury trial. He graduated from St. Thomas magna cum laude in May of 2007. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in September of 2007.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Botelho attended and graduated in 1996 from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he majored in History and studied Spanish and Portuguese. He is originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Botelho worked in sales for an international manufacturing company, during which time he lived and worked for 18 months in Mexico and attained fluency in Spanish. He also taught high school Social Studies and Spanish in Massachusetts and Texas.
Mr. Botelho is fluent in Spanish, and proficient in Brazilian Portuguese.
- Jeffrey A. Botelho, Comment: Who Should Pay The Human Price of "Every Day Low Prices"?, 18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 825 (Spring 2006).
- Jeffrey A. Botelho, Congressional Responsibility in Controlling the War Machine, 21 St. Thomas L. Rev. 305 (Spring 2009).
Mr. Botelho earned his J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida, in 2007 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year.
He has represented dozens of clients in immigration matters with the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in the U.S. immigration courts of EOIR (Executive Office of Immigration Review), and in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), in visa applications before the U.S. Department of State, and in enforcement matters with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He has also represented criminal clients in Florida state courts, and both plaintiffs and defendants in employment matters in front of administrative agencies, state courts, and federal courts in South Florida.
Mr. Botelho is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, as well as immigration courts of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) throughout the United States.