Mr. Marcel Porfirio Cardona Cervantes, born in 1974 in Orange Walk, Belize was admitted to the Bar and enrolled as Attorney-At-Law of the Supreme Court of Belize on 25th of November, 1999 being only 25 years of age. He was then the first Belizean born and raised in Orange Walk and the youngest Belizean ever admitted to the Bar. Mr. Cardona graduated from the University of West Indies Barbados Campus, with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree in 1997, and the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston Jamaica with the Certificate in Legal Education in September of 1999. He began his legal studies participating as a student in the UWI long distance Challenge Programme, which he successfully completed in 1995. On April 25th of 2000 he Obtained LICENCE TO PRACTICE AS A NOTARY PUBLIC following appointment as a Notary Public by the Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Said W. Musa.
Marcel started his career as a lawyer in the Legal Department of Carlisle Holdings Limited where he specialised in the practice on International Commercial Law, Corporate Legal services, Offshore Financial services (including local and foreign incorporations and establishment of trust instruments), Estate Planning, Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, etc.
In 2003 – 2004 Marcel worked as an Attorney-at-Law & Notary Public at the Law Firm of Lois Young Barrow & Co. in Belize City, where gained experience in advocacy and civil litigation, including Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Incorporations of Companies and establishments of Trusts, and Family Law.
In 2004 Marcel opened own Legal Practice back in his native Orange Walk - Law Firm of Marcel Cardona Cervantes & Co. Attorneys-at-Law & Notaries Public as a General Legal Practice but with a focus in Corporate Legal Services, including procurement of incorporations of Local and Foreign Companies, Real Estate and Real Estate Development, Notarial Services, Drafting of Contracts, Wills, Agreements for Sale of both Real Estate and Personal Property, Consultancy Services in representing clients before the relevant Governmental Authorities, including the Immigration and Nationality Department in applications for Permanent Residence and Nationality, and the Labour Department in Applications for Work Permits, and the Belize Tourism Board in Applications under the Qualified Retired Persons Program, etc.
However at that time he could not have simply stayed in his Law Practice. Ever since early youth Marcel always wanted to make a difference. Thus he joined the politics as a member of the Opposition Party (UDP back in 2003). In February 2003 Marcel was appointed as a Member of the Property Tax Appeal Board for Orange Walk Town.
On March 25, 2003 Mr. Cardona was appointed, by the Governor General of Belize, as a SENATOR of the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BELIZE on the advice of the then Leader of the Opposition, following the General Election held on March 5, 2003 and served in this capacity till 2006.
During the General Election held on February 7, 2008 Marcel was duly elected as the AREA REPRESENTATIVE for the ORANGE WALK EAST ELECTORAL CONSTITUENCY in the Orange Walk District of Belize following his appointment on February 13, 2008 as a Member of Belize’s Cabinet with portfolio as the MINISTER with responsibility for YOUTH, SPORTS and CULTURE in Belize, where he served until 2010 when he decided to retire from politics and continue to serve his constituents as a Legal Practitioner.
Still from 2009 through 2012 Marcel served as a Member of the Board of Directors of “FRIENDS OF BELIZE” – a Non-Governmental Organisation promoting the improvement of commercial, economic, social, and cultural ties between Belize, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, with distinguished participation of the Former Ambassador of the United States of America to Belize Robert Dieter, and the Former British High Commissioner to Belize H.C. Phillip Priestley.
Marcel is well known in the country and well respected in Orange Walk Attorney with deep ties to community he has unbeatable reputation of the lawyer who "stands up for people"! His office is never absent of the clients who come to seek his legal advice, help or just chat about life, and Marcel manages accommodate everybody in his busy schedule.
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