West Town Law Office

West Town Law Office is a community based law office in the heart of the Puerto Rican community. The office has existed for more than thirty years. Attorney Melinda Power has worked in the law office for almost thirty years. Attorney Sandy Basran has worked in the office for almost ten years. We specialize in criminal defense, civil rights and domestic relations. West Town Law Office is proud to represent our clients, many of whom have been falsely arrested, falsely accused and physically abused by the police. We also help to resolve domestic issues, such as divorce, paternity, child support and custody.

About the company

We work closely with the Puerto Rican community and aim to listen to the needs of the community in which we are located.

Additionally, this office has a proud history of representing people arrested due to their political convictions. Melinda Power represented Alejandrina Torres, accused of seditious conspiracy for her commitment to fight for Independence for Puerto Rico. Ms. Power has represented protestors who have opposed U. S. intervention in Central America in the 1980s. She, along with a team of attorneys, successfully won two mass criminal trials using the necessity defense. That defense enabled the arrestees to present evidence that convinced juries that the defendants actions in trespassing on U.S. military bases was necessary to prevent the greater harm of U.S. war in Central America.

In the 1990s, Attorney Melinda Power successfully represented protestors arrested for protesting the 1st Gulf War in 1991; women who opposed pornography and supporters of locked out workers in Decatur, Illinois.

More recently, Attorney Power, with a team of lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild, fought a nine year legal battle on behalf of the 850 people wrongly detained and arrested by the Chicago police on March 20, 2003.

Presently, she is representing five of the anti-NATO protestors arrested in May 2012 protesting the U.S. government’s massive economic support for war and its minimal support for education, jobs and housing.


Member of...

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Volunteer with First Defense Legal Aid
  • Illinois Coalitiona Against Torture

Teaching Experience

  • Taught Civil Rights Law, DePaul Law School, Chicago.

Se Habla Español.

Contact Us If...

  • You have been arrested and have a pending criminal case;
  • You have been falsely arrested and or physically abused by the police;
  • Your right to protest has been abused;
  • You wish legal representation to obtain a divorce, in child custody and paternity issues.

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