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Former United States Immigration Judge Roberto Moreno graduated from the Interamerican University School of Law (J.D.) in Puerto Rico and went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Law and Marine Affairs (LL.M.) from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Roberto Moreno started his legal career in 1976 as an attorney with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., eventually becoming the Southeast Regional Counsel for the agency with responsibilities over 17 states and the Caribbean area.
In 1979, Mr. Moreno became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division for the District of Puerto Rico. In his role there, he was assigned to all of the environmental, admiralty and high profile civil litigation cases in the district.
In 1981 he joined the litigation section of the Law Offices of Jimenez & Fuste, a firm specializing in the defense of international admiralty cases.
In 1984 he returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office as a member of a Special Prosecutions Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Moreno dealt exclusively with organized crime, police corruption, major drug trafficking organizations, and was solely responsible for terrorism investigations and prosecutions. He was thereafter named a Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Criminal Division and also continued prosecuting terrorist activities of national significance to the United States.
In 1987, Roberto Moreno was named the Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Orlando Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. There, he was in charge of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions and had managerial responsibility over all staff. He continued with a criminal trial docket and pursued affirmative civil litigation cases.
In 1995, Roberto Moreno was appointed a United States Immigration Judge. He began his tenure in Miami, Florida and moved to the Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida. He has presided over all types of cases in both the detained and non-detained dockets and in the State of Florida prison system under a Criminal Alien Program.
Mr. Moreno was also an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and retired in 2002 with the rank of Commander. He was active duty during the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, serving as an interrogator of prisoners of war and the intelligence officer in charge of a prisoner of war facility in eastern Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy awarded him high decorations for his Gulf War service. In addition to his wartime service, the U.S. Military has called upon Mr. Moreno as an instructor on numerous occasions, including instructing prisoner of war interrogation techniques at the Air Force Reserve School in California and traveling to Colombia on various occasions pursuing U.S. Navy intelligence activities.
Additionally, Judge Roberto Moreno has instructed body language recognition and the use of body language in interrogations. He instructed and lectured judges and prosecutors in Guatemala with Harvard Law School's Center for Criminal Justice, and has also instructed judges, prosecutors and investigators in Peru and Bolivia.
He has lectured at the University of Maine, Catholic University School of Law in Puerto Rico and taught a continuing education seminar in the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute at the Interamerican University School of Law. Additionally, Judge Moreno has participated in numerous legal conferences and served as Master of Ceremonies in many others. He also conducts international immigration and business conferences.
In 2003 he retired as an Immigration Judge, joined a law firm specializing in immigration law and in 2010, founded the Law Offices of Roberto Moreno with two offices (in Orlando and Hunters Creek).
In 2011, he joined the NeJame Law Firm as a partner.
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