Avanti Law Team
Robert Anthony Alvarez
Robert is a founding member of Avanti. Robert has been fighting for workers at the state and federal level, in all manners of employment issues, from collecting pay to multi-million dollar class-action lawsuits, since the early 2000s.
Before joining Avanti, Robert worked in the not-for-profit field, representing migrant farmworkers who were not being paid adequately, or at all. He later transitioned to private practice to offer bilingual legal services in the areas of immigration law, criminal defense, family law, and employment litigation.
Robert is now a nationally recognized employment litigator, having chaired several impact litigation cases, and having fought and won cases at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Robert is passionate about representing and advocating for people’s fundamental rights. His tireless defenses of employees across all spectrums of industry is why Avanti Law Group is responsible for recovering over $5 million in unpaid wages.
Robert is from Texas, but is a Michigander at heart. He is married with four kids and two grandkids. He is a “mama’s boy” if there ever was one. He has played more practical jokes on the office than we’d care to admit (He also gets much more joy out of them than his victims! ahem). He can quote every Star Trek episode every made and lives by morals brought to us by Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. He is generous to a fault and probably the best dad you’ll ever know. You can find him grilling in his backyard or snuggling with one of his four dogs.
Raquel A. Salas Guzman
Raquel is a founding partner and the managing member of Avanti. Raquel heads Avanti’s criminal defense practice and is also experienced in business law, family law, and bankruptcy. Raquel has a reputation for her aggressive, thorough, creative, and compassionate approach to defending her clients — and for her superb results for her clients. She is a fearless straight-shooter that is happy to settle, but not afraid to go down in a fight for her clients.
Raquel represents defendants in misdemeanor and felony cases throughout the state of Michigan.
Raquel has been named Michigan Weekly’s Women In The Law, Michigan Super Lawyer’s Rising Star, West Michigan’s 40 under 40 Business Leaders, and has been recognized multiple times as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In 2008 Raquel was honored to be a guest of President George W. Bush to the White House and in 2015, she was honored to be invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to attend a policy briefing for leaders from across the country. Raquel writes and lectures on business, law, and entrepreneurship. Her writings have been published in legal and business journals.
Raquel graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, Magna Cum Laude. She is licensed in both Michigan and California.
Prior to founding Avanti, Raquel worked in the family, litigation, and business practice groups of Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP where she assisted in the representation of high-profile clients such as Whirlpool Corporation, Alticor, Macatawa Bank, Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank and East Jordan Iron Works
Raquel was born in the Dominican Republic and brought her fierceness with her when she immigrated to the US. She is a born entrepreneur. If she’s not kicking butt for her clients, she is strategizing about growing her current businesses and searching for new business opportunities. Raquel adores her family and is passionate about travel (anywhere, anytime!). You can find her on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which she submitted in 2017.
Meghan E. Moore
Meghan is a founding partner of Avanti and manages Avanti’s immigration practice. She attended law school with the sole intention of becoming an immigration lawyer and now devotes her practice exclusively to that area of the law.
Meghan focuses her practice on family-based immigration, naturalization, U and T visas, and waivers of inadmissibility. She is proud to have advised individuals, families, farmworkers, small businesses, Fortune 500 Corporations, universities, professional athletes and artists, and renowned scientists in all immigration matters.
Meghan is fluent in Spanish. She speaks nationally and internationally about immigration law, legal ethics, and the intersection of the two. She is a proud graduate of Carleton College and Chicago Kent College of Law.
If Meghan weren’t an immigration lawyer, she would not be a lawyer at all (she does not have a confrontational bone in her body). Instead, we think she might start a farm, which would be home to lots of cuddly animals, and be full of dahlia fields. Meghan loves gardening and outdoor adventures with her husband and two kiddos. She can also eat her weight in blueberries. You can find Meghan taking her best friend dog, Juneau, on long walks in the woods.
Amy Nicole Grauman
Amy Grauman practices family law for Avanti Law Group. Her flair for helping families in need drove her to pursue family law.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her two children.
Attorney Jimenez practice has been focused primarily on immigration matters, criminal defense, and civil litigation. He routinely handles all facets of criminal cases, ranging from misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Much of attorney Jimenez’s criminal practice is devoted to defending:
-Drug & gun offenses
-Criminal Sexual Conduct cases And others.
Victor lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Jessica.