Minerva Cansino Blanchette, Esq.

Attorney

Attorney Blanchette has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1999 and has nearly two decades of jury trial experience.  She is a top honor law graduate from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts where she has obtained her Juris Doctorate degree, and an honor and scholar graduate from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where she has obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Foreign Languages.  She has practiced throughout the State of Georgia  and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Law & Immigration Law.  Her practice also includes Estate Law and Family Law. Attorney Blanchette began her career in the area of Property & Tax Law where she has assisted in fighting various municipalities on property tax issues for major corporations such as Exxon, Texaco & Mobile.  Her experience also extends to the area of Estate & Trusts where she assisted in representing the Estate of a well known celebrity entertainer and defending clients on tax issues against the IRS. Attorney Blanchette is most recognized for her work as a former Prosecutor for the State of Georgia for over 7 years where she has served as a Lead Trial Assistant District Attorney in 3 Judicial Circuits:  South Georgia Judicial Circuit (Decatur, Mitchell, Calhoun, Baker & Grady Counties), Cherokee Judicial Circuit (Bartow & Gordon Counties), and the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit (Polk & Harralson Counties).

As a prosecutor, she handled both Felonies and Misdemeanor cases and was trained to be the Circuits’ lead prosecutor for Capital Felonies including Death Penalty Cases, Murder, Rape, Sexual Crimes, Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery.  She has also taught and held seminars for local law enforcement agencies and the community on various criminal law related topics.  As a former State Prosecutor, Attorney Blanchette has earned an impressive reputation throughout the State of Georgia for her diligence, knowledge, readiness, and skill in the courtroom.

Attorney Blanchette was then recruited to serve as a Senior Assistant Lead Public Defender and has served in the area of indigent defense for 7 years.  She was a sucessful Lead Trial Attorney for the Chief Superior Court Judge and has gained the respect and admiration of her clients, her fellow attorneys, the Courts, and the community.  She is sought after as a mentor to her fellow colleagues and praised by her clients as being diligent, aggressive, trustworthy and bestowing confidence in her clients that they have an experienced lawyer on their side.  She has represented clients is all criminal matters and proceedings including jury trials, appeals, probation revocations, pre-trial motions, and has gained an expertise in the area of DUIs and major felonies.  She has let her experience gained as a prosecutor work in her client’s favor.

Attorney Blanchette is also a member of the Georgia Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association-Immigration Law Section, American Bar Association, Paulding County Bar Association, Bartow County Bar Association, and Cobb County Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice in both the Georgia Appellate Courts and the Federal District Courts.  She also speaks English and Spanish.

Giovanni Izaguirre

Consultant

Mr. Izaguierre is 1998 honor graduate from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusettes. His legal experience includes Immigration Law and Business Law/Management.

As an entrepreneur, he has started many sucessfull business adventures in Georgia and has assisted many clients in business operations.

In Venezuela, Mr. Izaguierre had extensive experience in Contracts, Immigration, and Business Law and is a valuable asset to the Cansino Blanchette Law Firm as a consultant.

M. Tyler Linn

Office manager

Tyler joined the firm in January of 2015, handling the management and operations of the firm and its cases.  Tyler is passionate about each and every case our firm takes, and is always willing to go above and beyond for our clients.  Mr. Linn is a native of Cartersville, GA, growing up in the Cartersville City School System before graduating from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Journalism while minoring in Spanish.  He is bilingual and frequently helps with our Spanish speaking clients.  Count on Tyler to put his heart into his work for you.

Kathia Mendoza

Paralegal

Paralegal Kathia Mendoza joins the firm with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University in New York.  Kathia went on to receive her Paralegal Certificate from Kennesaw State University in 2016.  Ms. Mendoza is a certified court interpreter and is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.