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Rusten C. Hurd is an AV Rated Orlando immigration attorney and founding partner at the law firm of Colombo & Hurd, PL. In over sixteen years of legal practice, Mr. Hurd has garnered experience with a wide variety of immigration matters including investor visas, business immigration, removal litigation, family petitions and naturalization and citizenship matters. As the husband of an immigrant, Mr. Hurd is fully cognizant of the importance of this process to his clients. To visit the Spanish and Portuguese language versions of our website, click or Mr. Hurd also has successfully appeared before immigration judges throughout the United States concerning a variety of removal issues.

Mr. Hurd has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. An AV rating is the highest such rating available to any single lawyer for skill and integrity and the rating is reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field.

Mr. Hurd also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to performing appellate work before appellate courts throughout the state of Florida as well as the Board of Immigration Appeals. Mr. Hurd has had noteable appellate success both with the Board of Immigration Appeals and with Florida Appellate Courts. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Hurd has served as Guardian ad Litem for troubled children and was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for his service and contributions.


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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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  • Jeremy Stanton Sloane

    I've known Rusten and worked with him over a number of years. He represents his clients zealously, with integrity, responsiveness, attention to detail, and professionalism. Aside from being a very good lawyer, Rusten is one of the "good guys" and a family man.


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  • Brent Rainey

    I give Russ my full endorsement. He is the ONLY immigration attorney in town I will send my own client's to when they need legal counsel in that field.


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Contact info

Colombo & Hurd, PL

301 E. Pine St., Suite 300
Orlando, FL, 32801

Colombo & Hurd, PL

357 Almeria Drive
Suite 103
Coral Gables, FL, 33134



FLMember in Good Standing199801/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recogntion Exceptional Pro Bono ServiceSupreme Court of Florida2015
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
Pro Bono Appreciation CertificateOrange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in OrlandoOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2013
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Exceptional Pro Bono ServiceSupreme Court of Florida2012
Orlando's Top LawyersOrlando Home & Leisure Magazine2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Rated Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Rated AttorneyMatindale-Hubbell2009
Award for Pro Bono Legal RepresentationOrange County Bar Association2002
Order of BarristersUniversity of Florida1998
Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Service AwardUniversity of Florida1998
Trial Competition Team Final 4 ChampionUniversity of Florida1996
National Honor SocietyGolden Key1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderColombo & Hurd, PL2006 - Present
ShareholderZimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A.1998 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitAttorney and Counselor2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMiddle East Interest Group2013 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAttorney and Counselor2011 - Present
Attorney MemberAILA Federal Court Litigation Section2011 - Present
Small Business Advisory Board for Florida’s Eighth Congressional DistrictBoard Member2010 - 2010
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2010 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2010 - Present
Attorney Alliance of OrlandoAlliance Member2009 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Central Florida chapter)Attorney Member2008 - Present
Workers' Compensation Section of Florida BarAttorney Member1999 - 2013
Florida BarAttorney Member1998 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
University of Florida Trial Competition TeamPresident1997 - 1998
FSU World Affairs ProgramDirector1994 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Checkers v. Wiethoff, 925 So. 2d 348 (Fla. 1st DCA 2006) (en banc)Judges Decision Overturned
Deportation DefenseGreen Card Reinstated
Cancellation of RemovalSuccessful preservation of Green Card
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Florida State UniversityFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
35th Annual AILA South Florida Immigration UpdateWhen Is “Mandatory” Custody Really “Mandatory?”2014
Immigration 101: Family & EmploymentImmigration Family & Employment Law2012
Immigration Law FundamentalsInadmissibility & Removal Proceedings, Issues and Ethics2011
Fox News WOFL 35US Broken Legal Immigration System2011
Fox News WOFL 35Should Florida Adopt Arizona's Immigration Law2010
Fox News WOFLArizona Immigration Law Struck Down by Federal Court2010
Workers Compensation Claims Professionals Spring ConferenceUtilization Review2002