Hello.  Welcome to the website of the Law Office of Joshua J. Mikrut.  Thanks for visiting!  

I started this firm because I care very much about the legal profession, and I wanted to put into effect a dream of mine: to build a business that could allow me to try to serve people to serve individuals: men and women with faces and names and stories.  

The lawyer who wrote the document which declared American independence from England, President Thomas Jefferson, famously wrote that “we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all [people] are created equal, and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…”  The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins with similar language when it establishes “we the people” as the source and intended beneficiaries of all the laws which were written into the Constitution.  The preamble reads:

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

One of my heroes, Abraham Lincoln (another lawyer!) in an address given at the civil war military burial ground at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ended his short speech in fantastic fashion, drawing upon both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in some of the most electric, memorable language ever uttered by a lawyer or an American president.  He said:

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought . . . have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us . . . that we here highly resolve that . . . this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

In short, I believe it is my calling as a lawyer is to try to help make our American system work for the people.  After all, as these selections above show, our government ultimately exists to provide for and to defend and protect individual liberty.  Large corporations, government entities, law enforcement agencies… they will never lack money or resources or legal representation.  They will always have lawyers, and the system works well enough for them.

Our system does not and will never work effectively if rights and liberties are not defended against the powerful and against the power of government, within its ever-more-complicated systems and rules.  I believe that is true, and I’m trying to do my part to be helpful in that mission. 

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Our Team

Joshua Mikrut


Joshua was born in Grand Rapids and hails from a very large family of Polish, German, Swedish, and Dutch ancestry.  His is the oldest of six, and his father is one of twelve.  Because his father is from such a large family, Joshua has over fifty-five first cousins on only one side! 

Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2006, double-majoring in Political Science and English Language and Literature.  In his time at Grand Valley, he also minored in Philosophy and studied Spanish abroad at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.    

After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Joshua went on to earn his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2008, in “International Development Administration.”  During this time, Joshua focused his study on international relations, economics, and the difficulties that developing nations face as they attempt to grow into the twenty-first century.  

Throughout his master’s curriculum, Joshua focused on the People’s Republic of China, and on the unique problems that face Latin America today, especially Mexico and Central America.  While studying for his Master’s, Joshua traveled to China three times and began learning the Chinese language.  

Joshua also served as a graduate assistant at WMU and taught classes in urban politics.

After this, Joshua went on to law school and graduated cum laude (“with honors”) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January of 2011.  In his time at Cooley, Joshua was the Chairman of the Grand Rapids branch of the Moot Court Board, and he was a two-time participant in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  In 2009, Joshua earned the award for 3rd Best Advocate out of 96 in that competition, and 6th of 100 in 2010.  

Joshua was a member of the editorial board of Cooley’s Law Journal, and he made the Honor Roll and the Dean’s List on multiple occasions.  He also earned the “bluebook award” for highest grade in the class four different times.

Before becoming a member of the Michigan State Bar in 2011, Joshua interned for six months at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals where he worked for the Hon. Richard Suhrheinrich.

After graduating, Joshua developed practice areas in immigration, constitutional, criminal defense, family, and appellate law.  He has extensive experience in litigating cases in Immigration Court, having represented well over 200 individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security, facing deportation.

In Immigration Court, Joshua has had tremendous success earning immigration bond, cancellation of removal, and adjustment of status for clients in very difficult circumstances, both earning and saving Permanent Resident Status for many individuals.  

Joshua also has significant federal court trial experience in litigating civil rights actions, and has had success in several appeals before Michigan Circuit Courts, the Michigan Courts of Appeal, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Of much help to his practice, Joshua speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned in large part from studying abroad in 2001 at the University of Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico.  In his scarce free time, Joshua enjoys reading world history, British and early American literature, playing the guitar, and spending time with his wife, Laura, and his daughter, Julia.   

Kevin Michael Fein

Associate Attorney

Kevin M. Fein is an Associate Attorney at Law Office of Joshua J. Mikrut, PLC. He primarily focuses on the practice of Immigration Law, with some overlap into Criminal Law where there may be immigration consequences at stake.

Kevin has a strong passion for using his skills to help others achieve their goals. When it comes to immigration matters, these goals are often as essential as obtaining personal safety, liberty, the unification of family, and the right to earn a living. As an attorney, he strives to help each client succeed in these objectives to the fullest extent available under the law. This work aligns with his personal ethics as a firm believer in human equality and in the value of cultural exchange.

Kevin speaks Spanish and has been a licensed attorney and member of the Michigan State Bar Association since 2011. Before working at Law Office of Joshua Mikrut, PLC, his earlier practice largely focused on supporting the arts and small business.

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Kevin earned his B.A. from Michigan State University Honors College in 2007. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, completing two majors and a minor in only three years. For the minor, Kevin studied the Spanish language. He reached fluency after completing a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador. His majors were Humanities Pre-law and Telecommunications (Digital Media Arts & Technology). During his time at Michigan State, he earned a scholarship and internship awarded to the top 1% of freshman, made the Dean’s List every semester, and graduated as salutatorian in one of his majors.

Two years later, Kevin accepted a full ride scholarship to Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While attending Cooley, Kevin participated in the Law Review as a Senior Associate Editor, earning the John D. Voelker Award for significant contributions to the publication. During this time, his own article was selected for publication by the Eastern District of Michigan Intellectual Property Report. Additionally, he was hired into two positions at the school: tutoring other students at the Academic Resource Center and reviewing final exam scores as a member of the Grade Appeals Board. He also spent a semester working for the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, managing a staff of ten interns who were coordinating pro bono legal services for low income artists and nonprofit organizations. He earned a total of five “bluebook award” Certificates of Merit: Constitutional Law II; Evidence; Professional Responsibility; Wills, Estates, and Trusts; and Intellectual Property of Entertainment.

In May of 2011, Kevin earned his J.D. and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He ranked 7th in his graduating class of 438. He passed the Michigan Bar Exam on the next available testing date and was admitted to the Michigan Bar that November.

When he takes off his “lawyer hat,” Kevin is also a multi-instrumentalist who greatly enjoys playing and recording music. He has helped set up and run live sound for hundreds of artists at local music festivals. He also thoroughly enjoys trips to the woods or the beach, especially with his wife, Andrea, his son, Benny, and their dog Maebeline. 

Bar Associations:

  • Michigan, 2011
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2011

Ryan Felber 

Associate Attorney

Ryan M. Felber is an Associate Attorney who has been practicing law in West Michigan for ten years.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law in 2011 after graduating from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2008.  At MSU, Ryan double-majored in Political Science and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree.


Since joining the Law Office of Joshua J. Mikrut, PLC, Ryan has practiced primarily Immigration Law and Criminal Law.  This comes on the heels of his solo practice in criminal defense, in which he served as a public defender in three separate courts in Kent County.  Ryan’s dedication to the rights of society’s most vulnerable has transitioned from criminal defense to immigration, where he serves as a fierce advocate for individuals who are seeking ways to legally become part of the fabric that has made the United States what it is today.


Ryan embraces courtroom litigation and looks forward to the challenges associated with handling difficult cases.  When he’s not in the courtroom, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, two sons, Landon and Easton, and two dogs, Cooper and Otis.  He is also a big hockey fan, having played collegiately for the Michigan State University Division III team for three years.  Additionally, he roots for Spartan football and basketball.  Finally, Ryan has a love of classic rock music, notably The Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses.


Lauren Punch

Office Manager

Lauren Punch is an only child born in Havana, Cuba, who immigrated to the United States at the young age of 13 with her parents.  She has many family members who followed her to Michigan, and her family has now established has a veritable enclave in Lansing, MI.  She learned English as a second language, and excelled academically, earning honors as her high school’s National Honor Society president.

Lauren earned her associate degree in Business and Accounting at Lansing Community College, and also took advanced science courses at Michigan State University.  She is a Spartan at heart, and bleeds green!  She has held various positions in the healthcare field, including running a Pathology Department, and serving as the administrative assistant of a large Pharmacy Department.  Lauren has also worked extensively as an executive assistant at a tax office as a registered tax preparer, Spanish / English translator, and notary public. 

Lauren moved to Grand Rapids in 2018, following her husband accepting an internal medicine residency and subsequent attending position.  She is excited to work as the Office Manager at the Law Office of Joshua J Mikrut PLC.  In her spare time, she likes to paint landscapes and hang out with her cat Loki. 


Charles Anderson


Charles Anderson is a Paralegal specializing in Work Permits and Freedom of Information Act practice. He was raised in West Michigan hailing from a small family in Ada, Michigan. He attended K-12 Spanish Immersion schooling learning Spanish from the age of five and reaching Spanish fluency. He graduated from Forest Hills Northern High School with honors.

Charles later went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University graduating cum laude majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish and Philosophy. In his time at Grand Valley, Charles studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Carlos III Madrid taking classes in Law, Sociology, and Politics while practicing his Spanish and fostering a passion for international affairs.

Charles is passionate about immigration and loves to use his skills to help others. In his free time, Charles likes to learn languages such as French, Russian and Korean. He also enjoys reading history, philosophy and poetry.




Elvia Mendez


Elvia Mendez is a Paralegal at the Law Office of Joshua Mikrut, PLC. Being born from Mexican parents, Elvia is fluent in both English and Spanish. 

Elvia graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2020, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with two minors in Spanish and Human Rights. During her time at GVSU, she was involved with Laker Familia, Latino Student Union, and the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy. 
Elvia’s involvement in student organizations, internships and work experience, led her to learn more about and work with people of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. This has also led to where she is now, working as a Paralegal, hoping to learn more about immigration and criminal law. 


Amairani Rojas


Amairani Rojas is a family based immigration paralegal. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI.  She is from a Mexican-American family of immigrants, making her a paralegal who has a deep understanding of the immigration process and it’s intricacies. Amairani has been working in immigration since 2015.

Amairani’s experiences have helped her become a passionate professional constantly striving to learn more about immigration law and the ways she can help others. In her free time, Amairani likes to spend time with her family, including her one year old son and her German Shepherd, Canela. 


Sonia Sahavedra


Sonia is a Paralegal at the Law Office of Joshua Mikrut. Sonia was born in McAllen, Texas and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan. 

She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2021, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a double minor in Juvenile Justice and Spanish. During high school, Sonia earned her paraprofessional certificate and was able to gain experience working with children of all ages in various positions through the YMCA. She hopes to further her knowledge in immigration law. Sonia is passionate about working with people, especially with youth. She puts this passion to use everyday by striving to serve our clients.
In her free time Sonia enjoys listening to music, reading, watching crime documentaries, and spending time with friends and family. 



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Lessons from the Past

I am not a saint, and I am sure I have done things I might have done better or differently, or not at all.  I have also left undone things that I should have done.  But I believe and hope that I have been honest with myself and with others, that I have been faithful to my friends and fair to my opponents, and that I have tried my very best to make this great Government work for the good of all Americans.

Gerald R. Ford

Statement before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration [Vice Presidential Confirmation Hearings], November 1, 1973

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