B.A. '01 (English)
Legal Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
Luis Maldonado has dedicated his career to public service, having worked in the nonprofit sector as well as for the State of Florida and the federal government. He joined the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of the Chief Counsel’s Atlanta office in November 2016, where he serves as legal counsel for the agency and provides legal advice and works on administrative appellate and federal litigation arising in Georgia and Alabama. Before joining USCIS, starting in 2011, Maldonado served as Deputy Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor in Orlando, where he managed a team of attorneys and support personnel responsible for handling administrative litigation for central and northern Florida.
Between 2009 and 2011, Maldonado was an Associate Legal Advisor with the National Security Law Section at ICE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He also served as Special Counsel to the Deputy Principal Legal Advisor between 2010 and 2011 and as an acting manager for the Homeland Security Investigations Law Division, with oversight of the National Security Law, Human Rights Law and Criminal Law Sections.
Maldonado began his federal government career as an Assistant Chief Counsel with the Orlando Office of Chief Counsel in 2006, where he served as a point of contact for human rights violator and fraud cases. Before joining ICE, Luis worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families and served as an immigration attorney with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. He graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, cum laude, where he was a two-time Florida Bar Foundation Fellow and a Public Service Fellow. He was also a Florida Education Fund scholar and was honored for volunteering hundreds of hours of pro bono service through the Pro Bono Project.
In 2001, Maldonado graduated from Stetson University’s College of Arts and Sciences, magna cum laude. While at Stetson, he was honored as his class’s commencement speaker; he was also a recipient of the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the June Brooks Award for Social Activism and Public Service. He was also named one of the state’s top 20 student leaders by Florida Student Leader Magazine.
He is the founder of two endowed scholarships—The Dr. Iliana Mankin First Generation Endowed Book Fund at Stetson and The Dr. Cassandra Etgeton Math Education Scholarship at the University of North Florida.
Maldonado previously served on Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board from 2012-2017, and he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2017.