Himedes V. Chicas
Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse, LLC
Himedes V. Chicas is the lead attorney and head of the immigration department at the Law Offices of Jezic & Moyse, LLC. Himedes is the immediate-past chair of the Immigration Law Section of the MSBA, and the Vice Chair of the AILA, D.C. Chapter Liaison Committee to the DHS-ICE Baltimore Field Office.
Himedes focuses his immigration law practice on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, namely the immigration consequences of criminal convictions on noncitizens. Himedes advises clients and their criminal defense attorneys on these matters, including crafting immigrant-friendly plea deals, providing pre-trial immigration advisory opinions, and serving as an expert witness in postconviction matters before criminal courts.
Himedes also directly represents clients facing removal proceedings before the EOIR—requesting release on bond, challenging removal, and/or applying for various forms of relief from removal before the immigration courts. He also represents clients in administrative appeals before the BIA, as well as petitions for review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Himedes recently co-counseled a significant victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, that resulted in a precedential opinion from the Court regarding the proper application of the categorical approach to a state criminal conviction.
Himedes has lectured and presented in numerous conferences, symposia, and training sessions to practitioners on immigration law—including private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, state prosecutors, and state court judges.
Himedes is a graduate of the University of Scranton and the University of Maryland School of Law. He served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law, an Asper Fellow for the Honorable Althea M. Handy, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and a Legislative Law Clerk for Senator Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Himedes is a member of the state bar of Maryland and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.