""Frank" Symphorien-Saavedra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. As the Florida Bar’s website explains, less than 7% of all lawyers in Florida have earned Board Certification, which is the “Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation for the competency and experience of attorneys.”
A NeJame Law Partner, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, a rising star by Super Lawyers, and 10.0—Superb, by AVVO. The ratings reflect the highest ethical standards and legal ability.
Outside of his practice, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra advocates for immigrant rights. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra currently serves as the U.S. Customs and Border (CBP) Protection Liaison Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has also been actively involved in the past with the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida (HBACF) as the Public Relations and bylaws Chair.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra has provided commentary on WVENTV—Univision, Unimas, and other local news media outlets. He has been a guest speaker on a number of immigration related topics, ranging from immigration reform, to state immigration statutes, among others.
A native of Venezuela, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old. His father worked 24-hour shifts as a taxi driver in New York City in order to bring his wife and children to the United States.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended West Orange High School in Winter Garden where he participated in the law magnet program and won a mock appellate brief competition. His promising young career was evident when he also presented mock oral arguments on his written brief before the Florida Supreme Court.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra attended The Florida State University College of Law after graduating with high honors from the University of South Florida. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra focused his studies on Asylum and Refugee law, International Law, and served as an editor of the FSU Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also worked as a summer law clerk for the Orlando Immigration Court, then consisting of United States Immigration Judges, Rafael Ortiz-Segura, Earl B. Wilson, and Victoria Ghartey.
Mr. Symphorien regularly handles all aspects of Immigration and Nationality Law, including business immigration, family petition, deportation defense, federal appeals and district court actions.
In his current practice, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra fights deportation charges in Immigration Court. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra’s employment-based immigration practice works closely with businesses to guide them in complying with immigration laws and obtaining necessary work personnel.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also regularly helps clients obtain lawful permanent residence (green cards) and non-immigrant visas through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). He provides legal counsel to immigrants on the Department of State consular process at embassies around the world. Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra also processes employment visas and family petitions and represents clients during USCIS naturalization or green card interviews.
Fighting to limit delays for his clients, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra frequently litigates cases in Federal Courts throughout Florida. Through his efforts, clients may gain a court order requiring that their case be processed at a reasonable pace. Additionally, Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra challenges legal errors by often filing appeals and petitions for review before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra is married with two children. He frequently enjoys cycling sports on various trails with his family.
Mr. Symphorien-Saavedra meets with clients regularly for personal consultations. He would be honored to assist you in achieving your immigration goals.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education||Board Certified Specialist- Immigration & Nationality Law||2014|
|Top Contributor Award for 2013.||AVVO||2013|
|Partner||NeJame Law||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||NeJame Law||2010 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Stoller & Moreno, P.A.||2008 - 2010|
|Summer Fellow||Community Legal Services Of Mid Florida, Inc.||2006 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||CBP Liaison Chair||2013 - Present|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida||Board Member, Bylaws Chair||2012 - 2013|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida||Board Member, Public Relations Chair||2010 - 2012|
|American Immigration Lawyers Associatioin||CBP Liaison Chair||2009 - 2011|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Matter of DN||Cancellation of Removal Granted|
|Matter of MA||Immigrant Visa Issued and client admitted to U.S.|
|Dang v. U.S. Secretary of State||Immigrant Visa Issued|
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|Orlando Style Magazine||What's Missing from Immigration Debate?||2010|
|Florida State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of South Florida||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|The Ins and Outs of Consular Visa Processing||Consular Processing, Venezuela||2014|
|Professionalism Bootcamp||Professionalism Bootcamp||2014|
|What's at Stake for the Supreme Court||Legal implications of DOMA & Prop 8 Cases for Florida Practitioners||2013|
|Econmic Impact of Immigration Reform||Immigration Reform Seminar||2013|
|Should the Sunshine State Become an Immigration Legislation State||State Immigration Statutes||2011|