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Member Profile

Dr. John L. Minnella

Regular Member
1010 North Ross Street
Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92701-9300

Phone: 714/543-9005
Fax: 714/543-9006
Web Site:

Law School: Western State Univesity & National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (1975; 1993)
Foreign Languages: Spanish

Practice Areas:

B.A., J.D., Lic. en Der.
1010 North Ross Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, California 92701-9300
Telephone: 714/543-9005 - Facsimile: 714/543-9006
Email: or


Doctor of Law (“Licenciado en Derecho”), 1993: National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Leon.

Certificate, 1993: Management Institute for Colleges, Universities & Schools.
Institutional Management.

Certificate, 1981: California State University, Fullerton, CA.
Export Documentation.

Juris Doctor (“J.D.”), 1975: Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA.

--, 1970-71: Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL.

Mediation Certification Program: The Institute for Conflict Management, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Santa Ana, CA.
Completed comprehensive mediation training program.

Bachelor of Arts (“B.A.”), 1970: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Sammartino College of Education, Rutherford, NJ.
Major in Secondary Education/Social Studies; History minor.

--, 1962-67: Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.
Major in History.

--, 1964: Indiana Institute of Technology, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Major in Civil Engineering.

--, 1962-64: American Institute of Banking (of the American Bankers Assoc.)


Private Practice

Attorney, 1993–Present: J.L. Minnella & Assocs.. International Migration matters.

Legal Consultant/Of Counsel, 1995-Present: Minnella Romano & Assocs.. Consultant to attorneys worldwide on the laws and legal procedures of Nicaragua, Cambodia, Jamaica, California and USA, especially regarding asylum and refugee matters, migration, deportation, business and investment, litigation strategy and tactics, and election law.

Mediator, 2005-Present: Minnella Romano & Assocs.. Private Mediator for legal and other disputes.

Board Chairman/President/CEO/Dean, 1989-1999: ILA Polytechnic Institute, Orange & Anaheim, CA. Developed and oversaw all aspects and operations of private, post-secondary vocational educational institution. Developed curricula, secured licenses, negotiated contracts with government and insurers, managed faculty and staff, supervised finances.

Partner, 1995-99: Minnella, Mendieta & Assocs., Managua & Diriamba, Nicaragua.

Immigration Law Clerk, 1980-82: Manulkin & Glasser, Los Angeles & Fountain Valley, CA. Under attorney supervision, interviewed clients, prepared complex litigation and legal documents, performed complex legal research.

Law Clerk, 1975-80, 82-89: Niven Law Corp., Orange, CA. Under attorney supervision, interviewed clients, prepared complex litigation and legal documents, performed complex legal research.


Instructor, 1996-1999: ILA Polytechnic Institute, Orange, CA. Developed and taught program for Immigration, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Criminal and Divorce law paralegal students.

Instructor, 1987-89: Extension Division, University of California at Irvine, CA. Developed and taught Immigration Law and Legal Research programs.

Teacher (Substitute), 1972-73: Los Angeles Unified School District. Taught public high school & junior high school classes at such schools as Manual Arts, Belmont, Venice, Crenshaw, Hollywood, and Berendo.

Public Service

Election Supervisor, Los Angeles & Orange Counties, CA, 2002-Present. Appointed/served as precinct/ election board supervisor of elections staff & polling places for primary and general elections.

Candidate, Area 7 Trustee, So. Orange County Community College District Governing Bd., Nov. 2000 election. Placed third.

Founder & Managing Director, 1974-80: Immigration Law Project of The Gary Center, La Habra, CA. Founded and directed non-profit community clinic program. Reported to Center’s Board of Directors and implemented policies adopted.

Military Service, 1964-70. US Army/NJ Army Reserve National Guard. Officer Candidate/Non-Commissioned Officer/CBR Specialist/Tank Crewman.


Special Advisor, 1994-97. Consulate General of Nicaragua, Los Angeles. Provided professional advice and services to Consul General Luis Mauricio Chamorro.

President, 1985-89. Minnella Specialty Books. Organized & developed small specialty mail order book distribution company.

Law Librarian, 1971-72: Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA. Organized & developed university’s first real law library.

Editor, 1972-75: Western State University Newspaper, “Dictum”. Overall management of weekly university legal newspaper. Assigned staff positions & news coverage reporting. Supervised headlines & article composition. Operated within budget. Supervised printing & distribution.

Editor, 1973-74 Western State University “Campus Directory”. Overall development & production of first free, 32-page, annual university campus directory publication done entirely within very limited budget.

Publisher & Editor, 1969-70: Fairleigh Dickinson University Campus Handbook, “Campus Key, 1969-70”. Overall development & production of extensive, free, 76-page university campus handbook publication within very limited budget.

News Editor, 1967-70: Fairleigh Dickinson University Newspaper, “The Bulletin”. Managed news gathering & writing of weekly university newspaper. Assigned staff positions & news coverage reporting. Supervised headlines & article composition. Operated within budget. Worked under direct faculty supervision of the late, distinguished & esteemed New York Times editor and journalist, Martin Gansberg.

Associate Editor, 1968-69: Fairleigh Dickinson University Rutherford Campus “Student Handbook”.
Assisted editor-in-chief with overall development & production of extensive, free, 48-page university campus handbook publication within very limited budget.


Memberships and Activities

Member, 1993 to present, Bar of Attorneys of Nicaragua
Member, 1993 to present, Association of Democratic Jurists of Nicaragua
Member, American Legion, Post 132 (Orange, CA)
Member, Knights of Columbus, Council 4922
Supporter, International Fellowship of Christians & Jews
Member & Former Historian, Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternity
Blood Donor, American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter
Founder & Former Director, Immigration Law Project, The Gary Center, Inc.
Founder & Former President, Nicaragua-USA Chamber of Commerce
Former Member, 1959-, Congress on Racial Equality/CORE
Former Youth Commissioner, 1976-79, City of Fullerton, California
Former Member, Southern California Rehabilitation Exchange
Former Member, Occupational Bilingual Rehabilitation Assocs., Orange County Chapter
Former Board Director & Secretary, 1976-80, Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Former Board Director & Secretary, 1993-94, Family Service of Orange County
Former Member, National Federation of Independent Business
Former Board Director, V. Pres. & Secretary, Minority Business Council of Orange County
Former Special Deputy Sheriff, 1962-83, Office of the Sheriff, Passaic County, NJ
Former Member, American Historical Association
Former Member, Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen of No. America/AFL-CIO
Former Member, Culinary Workers & Bartenders Union/AFL-CIO
Former Member, Taxi Drivers’ Union Local/AFL-CIO
Former Board Director, Laotian-American Chamber of Commerce
Former Member, Calif. Assoc. of Rehabilitation Professionals
Former Member, Calif. Hotel & Motel Assoc.
Former Member, American Hotel & Motel Assoc.
Former Cadet Member, 1955-60, Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary), NJ Wing, Group 221
Former Musician Member, 1960-62, Doremus (American Legion) Post 55 Drum & Bugle Corps,
Hackensack, NJ
Former Musician Member, No. Caldwell (NJ) Community Orchestra


Recipient, Cold War Service Recognition Certificate, US Secretary of Defense, 2000
Awarded, NRCC Congressional Order of Merit, 2008
Recipient, Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal, 2004
Honorary Chairman (California), US House [of Representatives] Majority Trust, 2004
Recipient, 2003 Businessman of the Year, Business Advisory Council: National Republican
Congressional Committee
Recipient, National Leadership Award, Business Advisory Council: National Republican
Congressional Committee, 2002
Appointee for California, Presidential Business Commission, 2002
Appointee, Honorary Chairman, Business Advisory Council: National Republican Congressional
Committee, 2002
Nominee, 2002 Businessman of the Year, Business Advisory Council: National Republican
Congressional Committee
Recipient, Presidential Commendation, Office of the President of Nicaragua, 1996
Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, City Council, Fullerton, CA, 1978
Recipient, Walter Greacen Memorial/Poorfellow of the Year Award, 1968-69, Epsilon Nu Delta
Recipient, Proclamation of City of Orange, California
Honoree, Who’s Who in the West, 14th ed.
Honoree, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 42nd ed.
Service Honoree, The Gary Center, Inc.
Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Orange County Legal Education Program
Recipient, Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Significant Legal Scholarship (Administrative Law),
West Publishing Company
Elected, 9th Circuit Governor, Law Student Division, American Bar Association, 1974-75
Executive Editor & Publications Editor, Western State University Law Review
President, Student Bar Assoc., Western State University College of Law
President, Senior Class, Western State University College of Law
Justice, Moot Court Competition, Western State University College of Law
Justice, Student Court, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Recipient, Honorable Discharge, USA Armed Forces, 1970


Attorney. Supreme Court of Justice of Nicaragua
Holder. Law Qualifying Certificate, State of New Jersey
Holder. California State Community Colleges Life Teaching Credential (Law).
Authorization Service Certificate (Administrator & Instructor). California State Board of Private
Postsecondary & Vocational Education
Provisional Secondary School Teaching Certificate. State of California.
Secondary School Teacher (Social Studies) Certificate. New Jersey State Dept. of Education


English and Spanish. Very limited ability to read German and Italian.


Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan/ROC, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands.

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