Gisselle Martinez




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngGisselle Martinez

BA '10, JD '13  Orlando, FL

Legal Director, Co-founder
Orlando Center for Justice


As the driving force behind the nonprofit law firm Orlando Center for Justice, Gisselle represents those who make too much to qualify for legal aid but not enough to afford a private attorney. Since earning her law degree from the Levin College of Law in 2013, she has represented clients before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of State and Florida family courts and dependency courts.

An immigrant herself, Gisselle has been passionate about immigrant rights and advocacy since high school. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science (2010) at UF, she served as an officer of CHISPAS, a student-run organization that promotes equal rights, fair treatment and empowerment of the immigrant community. That experience inspired her to study at the Levin College of Law, where she earned her juris doctorate in 2013, interning at Yale Law School’s Immigration Legal Services Clinic and at UF’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic. She currently chairs the Pro Bono Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida chapter.

In her spare time, Gisselle enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures.